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

April is Spring Into History Month

Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) sets April 2018 as Spring Into History Month, expanding the day-long ramble into a month-long opportunity to take in Native American artifacts, frontier forts, stops on the Underground Railroad, and sites of Civil War invasions. It also offers a chance to explore genealogy and the Franklin County Military Trail of History. With 70 Pennsylvania designated history sites and nationally designated historic districts in the downtowns of Chambersburg, Greencastle and Mercersburg, Franklin County has plenty of history to fill the month.

For Spring Into History Month, Franklin County history partners are planning:

• April 6-8, and April 20-22 – The Old Jail in Chambersburg is hosting an escape room in the 1880 cell block.
April 7, 10 AM – 4 PM – Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum Opening Day in Waynesboro
April 12, 7 PM – Gloria Swift, retired curator of the Ford’s Theater Museum, presents “Secrets Revealed! Museum Objects Tell All!” at Allison Antrim Museum in Greencastle
April 14, 4 PM – 9 PM – Opening Day at Renfrew Museum in Waynesboro
April 14, 9 AM – 2 PM – Preserving Our Heritage Archives & Museum in South Mountain Open House with special discounts on local history books.
April 20 & April 27, 1 PM – 3 PM – Intro to Genealogy at the Old Jail in Chambersburg
With a full-month to search out and discover history, FCVB is adding a Spring Into History Scavenger Hunt as a fun way to encourage visitors and residents to explore Franklin County history. Not too difficult, the hunt requires only 20 correct answers from a list of 60 clues to win a Spring Into History keepsake, campfire mug. Also new is History Rocks, #historyrocksfcvb. Local libraries of Franklin County will be hosting rock-painting sessions where young and young-at-heart can paint a Franklin County history rock. FCVB will host a rock hiding and finding event on April 21.

Flat Ben, Franklin County’s version of Flat Stanley, is returning to ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com for 2018. Download him, color him, and photograph him at favorite Franklin County sites. Share his pix with #FlatBen

Capitol Theatre Makes A Great Gift

Capitol Theatre Makes A Great Gift

Set the stage for a simple shopping season! Give the gift of high quality entertainment! The Capitol Theatre has made your gift shopping a lot easier this year! It is offering electronic gift cards. Simply access this link to Buy The Gift of the Capitol Theatre Performances.
Thank you for purchasing Capitol Theatre Gift Cards – the card which gives the joy of performance and builds lifetime memories!

If you prefer, visit 159 South Main Street in person, or call the box office at 717.263.0202.The Box Office is open from Monday-Friday, 11 AM to 4 PM. All 2019 Event Tickets available NOW!

Icefest Giveaway

Icefest Giveaway

Get Out & Explore During Icefest 2019!

Enter to win: 4 Tickets to Icefest’s Chili Cook-Off • Dinner for 4 at Roy Pitz • 4 Tickets to Chambersburg Ballets Icefest Performance • Gearhouse, Tuscarora and JanZell Wine Gift Cards • Candy from Olympia Candy Kitchen.  A $500 Value!  No purchase necessary.

Totem Pole Subscriptions Are Good Gifts

Totem Pole Subscriptions Are Good Gifts

Season Subscriptions come in two forms–fixed and flex.

Fixed Subscription
A fixed subscription series allows you to have the same seats for each show for a fixed series of dates. These packages are not available for Preview performances or the Bonus Show. All of our fixed subscribers are given the opportunity to renew their same seats for the following year. If we do not receive a renewal request by our deadline, the seats are released and become available to those that request upgrades.

Flex Subscription
Flex subscriptions allow you to choose any date for any show. You will receive the best available seating for the performance date that you choose. These packages are not available for Preview performances or the Bonus Show. Flex subscribers cannot be renewed into the same seats for the following season.
Please note that a majority of our subscribers renew their subscriptions retaining their same seats, especially seats on the center aisle and/or close to the stage.

Our top subscription price is $171.00 Subscribers benefits are: s
Save 10% off regular ticket prices
Receive 25% discount on single tickets purchased for regular subscription shows
Receive 30% discount on all junior tickets.
Save $10 on your tickets to A Christmas Carol and lock-in your seats!(Unlimited number of tickets for purchase to A Christmas Carol for Totem Pole subscribers one month prior to going on sale to the general public.)
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Same seats for all regular subscription shows.
NO CHARGE for exchanging tickets.