On The Other End of a Certified Tourism Ambassador Experience

On The Other End of a Certified Tourism Ambassador Experience

Virginia’s slogan, “Virginia is for Lovers” turned 50 in 2019. To celebrate, letters spelling LOVE were setup throughout the state. Deltaville was chosen as one of the locations. The Deltaville Maritime Museum is in the background.

What does it feel like to be on the receiving end of a Certified Tourism Ambassador? My husband and I recently took a vacation that took us to some well-known tourist destinations and to places less known. We visited Myrtle Beach, Key West, Miami, and several places in the Caribbean.

But my best experience was in a small, out-of-the-way town in Virginia called Deltaville, located on a peninsula with the Rappahannock River to the north, the Piankatank River to the south, and the Chesapeake Bay to the east. The town developed around a large boat building industry, mostly for commercial bay watermen, but those days have passed.

Now the area is dotted with numerous marinas, boatyards, and marine-related businesses. Stingray Point, at the end of the peninsula, gets its name from the 17th century when Captain John Smith was stung by a stingray while fishing there. Seriously injured, Smith gave orders to his men to prepare a grave for his body. Legend has it that he was saved when Native Americans provided a cure, found at a nearby creek, now known as Antipoison Creek.

There isn’t much in Deltaville to brag about. No red lights. No fast food places. There is, however, a 7-11 convenience store, but there are no restroom facilities inside. It does offer a “job-johnnie” along the side of the building, if you are need. Our favorite place is the Maritime Museum and Grounds where we like to settle down at a picnic table, eat Maryland blue crabs and enjoy the beautiful view of the river. We have a small camper on a plot of land my husband owns outside Deltaville. It is raw camping. No electric. No heat. But the camper keeps us out of the weather.

Every year at the beginning of November, a near-by town, Urbanna, holds its annual Oyster Festival. It is a two day event and we enjoyed the first day of it together. The next day my husband wanted to go back to the festival, but I needed to find some place to park for the day and do some writing. I needed a table, a chair, electric, warmth and, hopefully, a place with wifi. We drove around Deltaville looking for a coffee shop or restaurant that would allow me to stay there for about five hours, but it was still too early. It seemed nothing opened until 10 am.

At one point we went to the Maritime Museum, but it was not open yet either. That’s when I spotted a woman walking on the grounds. I asked her if she knew anywhere in town that would meet my needs. She said, “I work here at the museum. You can use the board room, which is the library, and it will be quiet. There are snacks there that you can enjoy. And we also have wifi.”

I told her I felt like hugging her. After the museum open, I sat for hours and wrote our church’s Christmas production. I had to leave before it was done, but I finished it that night back in the camper, writing by the light of a small lantern, while shivering from the chilly night.

During the Tourism Summit in September, Mickey Schaefer talked about making positive experiences for the visitor. While this woman, who came to my assistance, probably was not a CTA, she should be, as she exemplified everything that the CTA program teaches.

While thousands were walking the streets of Urbanna at the Oyster Festival, I had the best experience as I enjoyed the hospitality of a place, which does not have many attractions to offer visitors. Deltaville was my favorite memory of our four week vacation along with that one person who portrayed the true CTA spirit. She showed me that it is not what your community has to offer that matters; it is what you offer those visiting your community.

By: Nancy Godfrey, CTA

CTA Newsletter Editor

Preparations Being Finalized for Waynesboro’s First Craft Beer Festival

It started as an idea a little more than a year ago. Now, the first Waynesboro Brewmaster Beer Festival is only a few days away.

The event, being presented by Mainstreet Waynesboro, Inc., will be held from 12:00 to 4:00 on the afternoon of Saturday, May 16 in the Grove-Bowersox Parking Lot behind the Waynesboro Post Office.

More than 40 craft beers from 18 microbreweries will be available to sample at the event. The confirmed list includes several businesses located in central Pennsylvania (Chambersburg’s Roy Pitz Brewing Company, Hershey’s Troeg’s Brewing Company and Gettysburg’s Battlefield Brew Works), two from Maryland (Frederick’s Flying Dog Brewery and Salisbury’s Evolution Brewing Company) and a few from across the country (Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Company, Denver’s Great Divide Brewing Co. and San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery).

Former Waynesboro resident, Andrew Maxwell, will return to town with four beers from his Rivertowne Brewing Company in suburban Pittsburgh. He, along with brew masters from Roy Pitz and Battlefield Brew Works, will each lead educational breakout sessions about the beer-making process and their respective entries into the industry.

Live music will be provided by Jon Ingels and Lucky Punk. Caveman BBQ, Dutch Country Soft Pretzels and Main Street Diner are set to serve as food vendors, selling a variety of items for attendees to enjoy.

Bob Steele from the Scorpion Radio Group will act as the emcee of the event, and people can capture memories of their experience using photographs provided by Click Pic Photo Booth.

Organizers have been impressed by the amount of support that this inaugural festival has generated from members of the community.

“Based on our ticket sales so far, I think it’s safe to say that this is an event that people are eager to be a part of,” said Scott Hershberger, Mainstreet Waynesboro’s director of economic development. “The planning process has also been made easier by managers at The Beer Shed and a generous number of monetary and in-kind donations.”

Sponsors of the festival are Alma Oyer (“Barrel Partner”), American Legion Post 15, F&M Trust and Greg & Debi Duffey (“Keg Partners”), The Broad Axe, M&T Bank and Realtor Darwyn Benedict (“Growler Partners”) and Franklin County Visitors Bureau, McLaughlin’s Energy Services and Waynesboro Veterinary Clinic (“Pint Partners”). The Beer Shed is sponsoring the five-ounce souvenir mugs that attendees will use when consuming their samples, and in-kind donations are being provided by AC&T (toilets), American Legion Post 15 (tables and chairs), Buchanan Automotive (food tent), Food Lion (ice), Home Depot (canopy tents), Martin’s Food Market (gift cards), Sheetz (ice), St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic School (tables) and Waynesboro Construction (fencing).

Tickets are $25 a piece, but anyone who wants to attend the festival and not consume alcohol can buy a “Designated Driver” ticket for $10. They can be ordered online by visiting www.facebook.com/WBBeerFestival or purchased at the office of Mainstreet Waynesboro, Inc. (13 West Main Street), The Beer Shed (226 Walnut Street) and the office of the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce (118 Walnut Street).

A limited number of tickets will be available to purchase (cash only) at the entrance on the day of the event. No one under the age of 21 years old will be permitted to attend. Everyone must display a valid form of identification, regardless of age. Smoking within the fenced in boundary of the festival is prohibited.


Totem Pole Playhouse, America’s beloved summer theatre located in Caledonia State Park, has announced 75 nominations in 15 categories for the second annual Totem Pole Awards recognizing outstanding achievement in musical theater production and performance by high school students in Adams, Franklin, and Fulton counties.

Named after the Totem Pole Playhouse, one of the longest running, nationally-recognized, fully professional summer theatres in the country, the awards focus solely on the performances of high school students, honoring their acting, singing, and dancing abilities.

Bermudian Springs High School production of Seussical led all schools with a total of 13 nominations followed by Mercersburg Academy’s production of Urinetown with 12 nominations.

The five high school productions nominated this year for the Carl Schurr Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical are: Urinetown, Mercersburg Academy; Seussical, Bermudian Springs High School; Little Shop Horrors, Waynesboro Area Senior High School; Guys & Dolls, Littlestown High School; Beauty and the Beast, New Oxford High School.

The nominees for Outstanding Performance by an Actress and an Actor in a Leading Role are:

Maggie Dennis, Waynesboro Area Senior High School; Crystalyn Gureckis, New Oxford High School; Keighley Taylor, Bermudian Springs High School; Sarah Steele, Chambersburg Area Senior High School; Andrea Crawford, Shippensburg Area Senior High School; Andy Barkdoll,

Waynesboro Area Senior High School; Zach McDonald, Mercersburg Academy; Alexander Wilkinson, New Oxford High School; Antonio Rinaldi, Gettysburg Area High School; Javier Sandoval, Littlestown Senior High School.

The nominees for Outstanding Performance by an Actress and an Actor in a Supporting Role are:

Nikki DeParis, Mercersburg Academy; Darcy Long, Shippensburg Area Senior High School;

Caitlin Binner, New Oxford High School; Alexa Frey,Bermudian Springs High School;

Lauren Mellott, Chambersburg Area Senior High School; Graham Hardman, Gettysburg Area High School; Alex Jackson, Mercersburg Academy; Matt Meckley, Bermudian Springs High School; Ben Stauffer, Littlestown Senior High School; Holden Lupey, Forbes Road Junior Senior High School

The nominees for Outstanding Performance by a Featured Female and Male Ensemble member are: Lexa Treml, Mercersburg Academy; Rachel Warthen, Gettysburg Area High School; Emily Curry, Bermudian Springs High School; Bailey Nordin, Chambersburg Area Senior High School; Brittany Parson, McConnellsburg High School; Richard Reinberg, New Oxford High School; Connor Zahm, Bermudian Springs High School; David Hewitt, Shippensburg Area Senior High School; Billy Crowder, McConnellsburg High School; Danny Booth, Mercersburg Academy.

The five nominees for Outstanding Performance by a Featured Dancer are: Abbie Smuda, Gettysburg Area High School; Sierra Everhart, Forbes Road Junior Senior High School; Sara Holden, Littlestown Senior High School; Lillian Doyle, McConnellsburg High School; Allyssa Christner, New Oxford High School

A total of 10 area high schools participated in this year’s Totem Pole Awards with the full list of nominees in each of the 15 categories available on Totem Pole Playhouse’s Facebook page and website.

Totem Pole’s Producing Artistic Director, Rowan Joseph, will host the awards ceremony at

Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater, Sunday, May 17th at 5PM which will include performances from the nominated actors, actresses, and musicals along with the presentation of the 2015 Totem Pole Awards.

Tickets for the awards ceremony will be on sale through the Majestic Theater beginning Wednesday, May 6th at a cost of $12.00 for adults and $5.00 for students

Vendors Wanted for Earth Day Recyle/Reuse Yard Sale—an opportunity to sell or buy

WAYNESBORO—Area residents can turn cast-offs into cash during Renfrew Institute’s 10th annual Recycle/Reuse Earth Day Yard Sale, the perfect place to find a buyer for the things you no longer want.


The community yard sale is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. during the institute’s Earth Celebration Day and Festival of Art event on the grounds of Renfrew Park in Waynesboro.


The event, which is a fundraiser for Renfrew Institute, is designed for sellers as well as bargain hunters. “The yard sale is a ‘win-win’ for those with items to sell and for buyers, and is perfectly aligned with Earth Celebration Day” said Tracy Holliday, event coordinator.  “Things you no longer need may be exactly what someone else is searching for.”


Individuals, families or groups can raise funds by renting a yard sale space to sell items. Spaces are $15 each, double spaces for $25 and triple spaces for $30. Each space accommodates an 8-foot table or two card tables. Sellers must bring their own tables.


In the spirit of recycling, several area groups are collecting items for re-use or proper disposal. The Lion’s Club will collect used eyeglasses, the Lioness Club will collect used cell phones in support of Women In Need, and Summitview Elementary School will collect used printer cartridges (no copy toner cartridges please).


Again this year, CFAR/Waynesboro Running organizers are collecting “gently used” running shoes to support the Waynesboro Area Middle School running club. Even worn-out athletic shoes are of value, as Barbara Layman and Steve Smith will collect them for recycling by Nike.


Early birds will find breakfast fare offered for purchase at the yard sale—fresh doughnuts donated by Krumpe’s Do-nuts, sticky buns donated by Hadley Farms Bakery, plus coffee, tea, cocoa and baked goods. A specialty hot dog will be offered, along with pita and hummus with veggies, “ploughman’s lunch” (rustic bread, cheese and an apple in bundled in a cloth napkin…no waste!), Frank’s Pizza, beverages and other tasty items, so shoppers and vendors can have breakfast or lunch in the park.


Renfrew Institute is not accepting yard sale items from the public. Pre-registration is preferred for vendors, but you may register upon arrival. No food or drink sales are permitted. Rain location is Waynesboro Area Middle School.


For more information and a registration form call the institute at 717-762-0373 or visit www.renfrewinstitute.org.


Underwriting support for this event provided by lead sponsor, Drs. Jerzy Kornilow O.D. & Alison Ridenour, O.D., Antietam EYE Associates, and by David Neterer, Sterling Financial Management, Hadley Farms Bakery, Dru’s Books & Things and Total Vac, and by Today’s Horizon Fund contributors, The Nora Roberts Foundation, APX Enclosures, Inc., and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support courtesy of Renfrew Museum and Park.