Franklin County Gold – Chambersburg Peaches!

Franklin County Gold – Chambersburg Peaches!

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to enjoy Franklin County’s 100-year-old sweet, golden treasure, Chambersburg peaches! Near and far, Chambersburg is known for delectable, juicy peaches found in many orchards in and around the South-Central Pennsylvania county. What makes these peaches so desirable? Franklin County has the rich soil and ideal climate for these sought-after peaches, such as the Redhaven peach, often compared to the Georgia peach. Other well-loved peaches that are in peak harvest through Labor Day are the Donut Peach, White Peach, Cresthaven, Sunhigh, and Baby Gold with freestone, cling-free and clingstone varieties.

Stumped on what to do with your yummy peaches aside from just sinking your teeth into the soft and juicy fruit? Peach fans love making jam, in-fact that is one of the first uses for peaches grown in the area. It’s a great fruit to use for jam because the entire fruit including the skins and pits can be used during the process and the sweetness makes for a perfect jam! Thinking outside the box (or crate), peaches can top sundaes, milkshakes, funnel cakes, donuts or fill a warm pie or cobbler. Peach lovers also get creative and make salsas and bar-b-que sauces with locally sourced Chambersburg peaches.

August is National Peach Month and Chambersburg peaches are celebrated throughout Franklin County. On Saturday, August 7th and 14th visit Country Creek Produce Farm for the Pick & Play Peach Festival! Enjoy peach treats, pick your own peaches from their peach orchard, and visitors can feed the farm animals and play on the slides, jump pads, zip lines, mountain slide and more! On August 21st head to Fort Loudoun for the 10th Annual Peach Festival from 9 AM – 3 PM for a day full of peachy fun including musical entertainment, food, kids activities, magic, reptile and puppet shows throughout the day and of course lots of peaches!

Franklin County is loaded with farm stands for all to quench their cravings and take home fresh, orchard-to-hand peaches! Peaches can be purchased at Tracey’s Orchard, Shatzer’s Orchard Fruit Market, Hess Orchard, Andrew’s Orchard and Farm Market, Country Creek Produce Farm and farm stands, Jim’s Farmers Market, Country Breeze Farm Market and many other locally owned grocery stores, markets, and roadside stands. For a full list and details on Franklin County markets and fruit stands check out the “Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide” here.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore history, arts and architecture, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods, and the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and is an easy drive from Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. For more information, visit ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com regularly or contact the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 866.646.8060 for information on peaches and 11/30 Visitors Center activities.

Contributed by Lauren Formosa

The Curtain Rises Again at the Capitol Theatre in Downtown Chambersburg

The Curtain Rises Again at the Capitol Theatre in Downtown Chambersburg

The curtain is rising again at the Capitol Theatre in Downtown Chambersburg with the exciting new, upcoming 2021-2022 season! 

(Chambersburg, PA…)   The Capitol Theatre Center is looking forward to welcoming patrons back with the following fun-filled season of entertainment for all ages including live shows, concerts, 21+ outdoor events and movie events!  Local, regional and national touring performers are sure to entertain.

Beginning August 16, tickets to all events for the 2021-2022 season will go on sale to the general public online at thecapitoltheatre.org or click here: https://www.thecapitoltheatre.org/shows-movies-events/live-shows-2021/ or by calling or visiting the Box Office.  The Box Office is open Monday – Friday from 11:00 am – 4:00pm and one hour before show time unless otherwise noted.  The Box Office can be reached at (717) 263-0202 and is located at 159 S. Main St. in Downtown Chambersburg.   Discounts are available for select shows for: seniors ages 60+, students 18 yrs. and under or over 18 yrs. with a college ID; and military and frontline workers with ID.  Discounts for Groups of 10+ are also available for select shows by calling the Box Office for reservations.  Current CDC guidelines are being followed.

UPCOMING 2021 – 2022 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Season Kick-Off event!

BLUES, BREWS & BARBECUE   Sat., Sept. 18, 2021 from 1pm-7pm (Doors Open at 12:30pm) Rain/Shine

with TWO BLUES BANDS:  TAS CRU AND JO’ BLUES  

The 21+ crowd has been supporting this popular outdoor annual fundraising event for the Capitol Theatre Center in Chambersburg, Franklin County, PA for ten years!  Guests bring their own lawn chairs and simply chill out with friends or get up and dance to the live music, sip craft specialty, domestic brews, wine or non-alcoholic beverages and grab delicious eats.  No outside coolers, food or beverages are permitted. No pets/service animals only.

Tickets: $15 all event admissions plus additional processing fees will apply.

 

SECOND HELPING: THE AMERICAN LYNYRD SKYNYRD SHOW   Sat., October 2, 2021 at 7pm

The audience can reminisce and sing-a-long with this national touring tribute showcase of the American rock band, that rose to prominence during the Southern rock boom of the 1970’s.  This night of entertainment will bring the audience back to a time of youth, fun and hope.  “These guys are the real deal. They do Skynyrd right.” — Randall Hall, Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitarist

Tickets: $30, 25, 20 plus additional processing fees will apply.

Wine, Beer, Non-Alcoholic Drinks, Concessions available for purchase when the doors open at 6pm.

 

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW MOVIE EVENT Sat., October 30, 2021 at 9pm

The Halloween season is not complete for many viewers 18 yrs. and older without this interactive movie event featuring the popular 1975 musical comedy horror movie (R).  Come in costume as your favorite Rocky Horror character if you choose, and join in the Costume Parade at 9pm before the movie begins!

No food or liquid props will be permitted. Prop bags will be sold while supplies last.  See website for details.

Tickets: $10 plus additional processing fees will apply.

Wine, Beer, Non-Alcoholic Drinks, Concessions available for purchase.

 

KELLY BELL BAND   Sat., November 6, 2021 at 7pm

An upbeat night of hip-hop, funk and blues electrified! Originally formed as the back-up band for rock and roll pioneer, Bo Diddley, Kelly Bell Band from Maryland has been touring the world ever since. The band has won two prestigious Maryland Music Awards, including “Best Blues Band.” KBB has been voted “Best Blues Band” in the Mid-Atlantic Region (12 years in a row), and was recently named “Best Band” by Baltimore Style Magazine.

Tickets: $30, $25, $20 plus additional processing fees will apply.

Wine, Beer, Non-Alcoholic drinks, Concessions available for purchase when the door open at 6pm.

 

ELVIS CLASSICS CONCERT with DAVID KING & THE SPIN-OUTS TRIBUTE BAND Fri., December 3, 2021 at 7pm

International award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist, David King and The Spin-Outs Tribute Band, will take the audience on a heartfelt and lively trip down memory lane.  Enjoy an evening of your favorite Elvis classics sprinkled with Christmas music.

$30, $25, $20 plus additional processing fees will apply.

Group discount available for 10 or more by phone

Concessions available for purchase when doors open at 6pm

 

POLAR EXPRESS PAJAMA PARTY & MOVIE Sat., Dec. 11, 2021  Party at 11am   Movie at 12pm

Come watch Polar Express on the big screen in your comfiest pajamas with friends and family this Winter! Young children and their families will enjoy the Capitol’s “Pajama Party” including a hot cocoa bar, a feature in the Polar Express movie! The 1985 Polar Express storybook made its way to the big screen in 2004 and is a classic Christmas story that has been enjoyed by young children year after year.

About the Movie: On the night of Christmas Eve, a boy is growing bitterly skeptical of the existence of Santa Claus. As he struggles to sleep, he is roused by a steam locomotive, Polar Express, bound for the North Pole. He boards the train and embarks on the journey of a lifetime as he rediscovers his belief in Santa Claus and the Christmas Spirit.  Runtime:  1 hr. 40 in.

Tickets: Adults – $15, Students – $10 plus additional processing fees will apply.  Ticket prices include movie and snacks/hot cocoa bar.  Advance ticket purchase is required for this event.

 

WHITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE & HOLIDAY SOCIAL EVENT Thurs., Dec. 23, 2021

Movie Times:  3:00pm & 6:30pm with holiday social festivities between screenings.

For many, this 1954 nostalgic and classic Christmas movie event at the historic Capitol Theatre has become a holiday tradition. Patrons can stay after the 3:00 showing or come before the 6:30 showing for social mingling, festive holiday treats, adult beverages, non-alcoholic drinks and concessions.

About the Movie:  Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera Ellen ~A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.  Runtime:  2 hours

Tickets:  $5.00 Movie plus additional processing fees will apply.

 

LOVE ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE with KIP CALAHAN YOUNG AND THE FOREVER YOUNG BAND

Sat., February 12, 2022 at 7pm

Join local performance favorites, Kip Calahan Young and The Forever Young Band as they bring the iconic love songs of Patsy Cline alive! This show is the perfect Valentine’s date.

Tickets:  $25, 20, 15 plus additional processing fees will apply.

Wine, Beer, Non-Alcoholic Drinks, Concessions available for purchase when doors open at 6pm

 

MOUNTAIN MUSIC & MOONSHINE Sat., February 26, 2022 at 7pm

with BANDS: REMINGTON RYDE AND DEAD HORSE REVIVAL

Folks looking for their Winter bluegrass fix will find it at the Capitol Theatre with this foot-stompin’ good time when two popular bluegrass bands take the main stage, plus moonshine and more…all night long!  Remington Ryde returns to the Capitol and will headline the night!  With their ten SPBGMA Awards in Nashville TN including Entertainer of the Year…this band is sure to please!  Also taking the stage will be high energy bluegrass band, Dead Horse Revival also from the Harrisburg area will share their wealth of experience as musicians, songwriters and vocalists.

Tickets:  $30, 25, 20 plus additional processing fees will apply.

Moonshine, Whiskey, Bourbon, Beer & Wine all night long starting when doors open at 6pm.

Concessions available.

 

IRISH HAPPY HOUR   Fri., March 18, 2022 from 5:30pm – 8pm

with ACROSS THE POND BAND

Continue your St. Patrick’s Day celebration at our traditional Irish Happy Hour taking place in the Capitol Theatre Center’s more intimate multi-purpose space called the Wood Center!  It is recommended that tables of eight be reserved in advance to ensure admission to the event and to make sure friends can sit together.  Otherwise individual event admissions will be at the door only, as available.  Across the Pond Band returns with their liltingly authentic Irish music!  Two gifted regional Irish dancers from the Hooley School of Irish Dance in Lancaster will have anyone who chooses, up learning the jig, plus guests can savor authentic Irish food while sipping Irish specialty drinks.  The luck of the Irish will be tested with the crowd pleasing raffle.  Patrons have enjoyed this unforgettable evening year after year!

Adult Irish Specialty Drinks, Beer, Wine and Food will be at an additional cost.

Tickets: Table of 8 – $120 (Must reserve in advance: includes one free drink per person.)

Individual Event Admission: $12 (at the door only, as available)

plus additional processing fees will apply.

 

EMISUNSHINE   Fri., March 25, 2022 at 7pm

As seen on American Idol 2021!  EmiSunshine is a young Americana, Country singer and songwriter from Tennessee.  Rolling Stone once named 15-year-old EmiSunshine among “10 new country artists you need to know.” Emi has been attracting national attention since the age of nine, with appearances on “The Today Show,” NBC’s “Little Big Shots,” “Pickler & Ben,” the Grand Ole Opry and elsewhere. In 2018, she was featured in the Grammy-nominated Elvis Presley documentary film “The King,” alongside Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Ashton Kutcher, Alec Baldwin and other stars.

Tickets: $30, $25, $20 plus additional processing fees will apply.

Wine, Beer, Non-Alcoholic Drinks, Concessions available for purchase when doors open at 6pm

JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE with JAMES GARNER & BAND   Sat., April 2, 2022 at 7pm

National touring professional act returns to the Capitol with Johnny Cash’s biggest hits faithfully recreated with stunning accuracy.

Tickets:  $30, $25, $20 plus additional processing fees will apply.

Wine, Beer, Non-Alcoholic Drinks and Concessions available for purchase when doors open at 6pm

 

ELVIS GOSPEL CONCERT with DAVID KING & THE SPIN-OUTS TRIBUTE BAND   Sat., May 7, 2022 at 3pm

Elvis Presley shocked the world with his exciting style of rock ‘n’ roll, but he also took the world to church with his beautiful, soulful gospel music. Elvis loved and sang a number of his favorite hymns in his concerts, and received 3 Grammy Awards for his gospel music. This performance featuring award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist, David King and The Spin-Outs Tribute Band will take the audience on a journey through a vast catalog of Elvis Presley’s finest gospel and inspirational hits featuring songs such as; “Peace in The Valley,” “He Touched Me”, “You Gave Me A Mountain”, How Great Thou Art” and many more!

Tickets:  $30, $25, $20 plus additional processing fees will apply.

Concessions available

 

21+ BACKLOT BLAST Sat., July 9, 2022 from 4pm-8pm (Doors open at 3:30pm) Rain/Shine

with THE REAGAN YEARS ‘80s TRIBUTE BAND

Outdoor fundraising event for the 21+ crowd to benefit the Capitol Theatre Center featuring the wildly popular original ‘80s tribute band, The Reagan Years, food trucks, beer, wine & non-alcoholic drinks.  This is an upbeat crowd-pleasing event with dancing or just chilling out with friends.  Bring your own lawn chair.  No outside coolers, food or beverages are permitted.  No pets/service animals only.

Tickets:  $20 all event admissions plus additional processing fees will apply.

Stay connected with what the Capitol Theatre is presenting and more by frequently visiting our website at thecapitoltheatre.org or click here https://www.thecapitoltheatre.org/shows-movies-events/live-shows-2021/ signing up for email notices via our website; liking us on facebook and instagram @capitoltheatrecenter; or stop by or call the Box Office for a brochure, at (717) 263-0202 Monday – Friday from 11:00 – 4:00pm.  The Capitol Theatre Center is located at 159 S. Main St. in downtown Chambersburg – Franklin County – PA.

All donation levels are appreciated and go a long way to help make it possible to continue bringing quality entertainment to the community and preserving this cherished cultural and historic venue for future generations.  Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law and can be made by: Checks made payable to Capitol Theatre Center Foundation and mailed to Capitol Theatre Center 159 S. Main St. Chambersburg, PA  17201; clicking the blue donate button on our website or directly by clicking here; https://ci.ovationtix.com/36040/store/donations. Donations are also graciously accepted by calling or visiting the Box Office M-F 11am – 4pm (717) 263-0202.

Article contributed by The Capitol Theatre

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Cumberland Valley School of Music

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Cumberland Valley School of Music

The Cumberland Valley School of Music is a non-profit organization celebrating 31 years of music education in 2020 with programs that teach orchestral and band instruments, voice, piano, guitar, drama and theatrical techniques and Suzuki piano with numerous classes for all ages! CVSM welcomes all with open doors to participate in lessons, classes, workshops, ensembles and concerts. They believe that “music can enrich everyone’s life!”

Founded in 1990 and housed in Thomson Hall on the Wilson College Campus with multiple satellite locations throughout Franklin County including; 42 Center Square in Greencastle, 32 W Main Street in Waynesboro, St. John Lutheran Church in Mercersburg and John Wesley UMC in Hagerstown, CVSM encourages all to chose what is most valuable to them through their core values. CVSM teaches students to maximize their potential with an unlimited commitment to serve individuals of all ages, aptitudes and interests with a supportive commitment to build a community based on mutual respect among faculty, students, alumni and other arts organizations. The Cumberland Valley School of Music values the important belief that music is vital to the human experience and is not expendable while upholding a commitment to excellence through quality instruction.

The Cumberland Valley School of music is open and offers online options for instruction, rentals for band and orchestra instruments online in addition to in-person classes. For a full line-up of available classes, click here.

For more information about CVSM, connect with them on Facebook  and online at https://cvsmusic.org, call 717-261-1220 or e-mail emailus@cvsmusic.org for questions, upcoming classes and performance information.

Music Spotlight: Mike Quinlivan

Music Spotlight: Mike Quinlivan

On this week’s Music Spotlight, we feature a musician who is a local Franklin County resident. Introducing, Mike Quinlivan.

At an early age, Mike fell in love with music. As a young boy, he loved singing, and soon became intrigued by the expressive sound of stringed instruments. Starting on violin and viola, what ultimately grabbed his attention was the guitar. The variety of guitar music surrounded him, and it became the instrument he set out to master.

Growing up, Mike surrounded himself with many varieties of musical genres with blues and jazz piquing his interest the most. The musical works of jazz composers like Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, and Jim Hall opened his mind to the world of possibilities in music. Soon to follow were world-renowned jazz and blues guitar players, Robben Ford, Mike Stern, and John Scofield. Then there was the innovative playing of early jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery and the raw and highly emotional playing of the great Rory Gallagher that really fed the fuel to Mike’s fire. All of these musicians set the stage on which Quinlivan wanted to walk.

There was something about jazz that seemed so freeing and expressive. It gave Mike the creative reigns that he so desperately desired. Jazz music emphasizes improvisation, and that aspect of jazz music really appealed to Quinlivan. It is certainly apparent when he is performing live.

When performing live, the music becomes a state of meditation for this musician. This is mainly as a direct result of Mike’s improvised nature of playing. When playing, he has one goal he always aims to achieve. In his words, “I try to achieve a level of musicianship where I am no longer playing music and instead, having a conversation.” In Mike’s experience, this is when he witnesses audience members dance, smile, or pensively contemplate human existence. “That’s when the music is happening”, Quinlivan says, “otherwise, it is almost like some one just listening to a radio or a record.” There is no change, no variation. Improvisation is like adding spice to a meal, making it tasty and something to remember.

Mike will soon be releasing his debut EP titled Blue Gadjo on every major streaming platform and frequently posts videos on Instagram so be sure to follow him at @mikequinlivanmusic. Mike Quinlivan is also an active music educator, teaching privately and at Cumberland Valley School of Music.

Fall Fest at Country Creek Produce Farm

Fall Fest at Country Creek Produce Farm

Saturday, Oct. 31 from 10am – 10pm enjoy all your favorite fun plus MORE surprises at the spectacular Fall Fest at Country Creek Produce (sponsored by Rotary Club of Chambersburg.) Discover more than 20 activities around the farm and from 5pm -10pm enjoy live music from Rich Fahle then at 7pm a firework show will light up the sky! Check out the event page here for all the details and admissions rates!