The Franklin County Visitor’s Bureau is reaching out to visitors and residents to dine and explore fresh food and fun in Franklin County with the annual “Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide.” The publication is distributed to over 10,000 visitors and residents annually.
The new edition includes features on Franklin County agriculture history, Master Gardeners, harvest festivals, the importance of pollinators, gardening tips, and a tasty tour of Franklin County foodie stops. It offers a complete listing of farm stores, creameries, orchards, cheese makers, farmers’ markets, and produce stands throughout the county. Finally, it spotlights the local flavor of Franklin County in its many neighborhood and county dining spots along with an extensive list of local restaurants.
Agriculture is a consistent part of Franklin County’s economy and pairs well with tourism because visitors are attracted to freshly grown food, festivals, and the open space beauty of farmland. Beginning the last weekend of September, Franklin County has fall harvest festivals, corn mazes, hayrides, and pumpkin picking through the first weekend in November. Visit the Fall Fun listings for a selection of apple festivals, beer fests, and pumpkin festivals.
“It’s a great time to explore. The foliage is amazing, and families enjoy corn mazes and hayrides. Franklin County is a favorite spot for a fall hike, a drive, or a bike ride. Our trails are amazing when the trees are gold, crimson, and copper,” said Janet Pollard executive director of the Franklin County Visitor’s Bureau. Download a copy of the 2017-2018 annual “Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide” here.
Harry Potter is working his magic in downtown Waynesboro and your invited to join the fun at the Harry Potter Festival on August 18-19.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 18
5:30–8 PM: High-energy Celtic music from Across the Pond at Music Makers, 46 W. Main Street.
6:30–8 PM: Sorcerer’s Paint Party. Age 21 & up.
7:30 PM: MAGIC WIZARD’S PARTY at Christine’s Café. Entry fee includes giveaways, butter beer, treats and a movie ticket to “Fantastic Beasts.” Live music on the patio! Plus~a costume contest (ages 16 and up). Prizes! (more…)
Franklin County Visitors Bureau showcases the Laser Cap, a new golf training tool, invented by a Franklin County golf course manager and certified PGA professional.
Franklin County has ten golf courses with a variety of terrains and levels, so there is plenty of opportunity to use the Laser Cap, invented by Dan Baker, manager of the Waynesboro Municipal Golf Course and a certified PGA professional. The Laser Cap is a training aid to help golfers keep their heads still and their eyes focused on the ball. Powered by a lithium battery, the Laser Golf Cap is turned on with the push of a button, and the laser light gives immediate feedback on when a golfer’s head moves. The hat easily puts to rest any question to whether or not a golfer moved his/her head. It is undeniable because the beam of light shows the movement.
Even skilled golfers can improve with the use of the Laser Golf Cap. “It is simple, effective, and it works. It is good for teachers and students,” Baker said.
The prototype for the Laser Cap was an ordinary golf cap with a laser pointer duct taped to the brim. To keep the laser pointer on, Baker duct taped a penny to the “on button.” Baker said he noticed when instructing golfers that in a golfer’s peripheral vision, the golfer was watching what was moving—the putter blade. So, to stop golfers from mishitting the put, he invented the prototype of the Laser Cap.
“If that red beam moves, you moved your head. The biggest fault in golf, be it amateur or professional—is excessive head movement,” said Baker.
From there, the Laser Cap took off. Baker introduced it at the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. As he waits for the patent, he said he is excited about the possibilities.
“I have it in the hands of Champion Tour professional Michael Allen, and the cap will be introduced on the Golf Channel sometime in April. It is exciting to see where it goes.”
The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore Franklin County PA and enjoy the trails of history, arts and architecture, golfing and recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods, great inventions, 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 to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
Franklin County is home to beautiful, rolling hills and wide open spaces–a good RX for a long, snowy winter. With specialty shops and racing clubs, the county is a great place for runners to stretch their legs and find a community of support. Spring 2016 offers a variety of charity, memorial and qualifying races that take place all over Franklin County.
The Chambersburg Half Marathon kicks off race season with the 38th annual event on March 12, 8:30 AM from Chambersburg Area Middle School South. Over the years, the Chambersburg Half Marathon has welcomed many known runners, including 1992 Olympic runner Steve Spence, who currently holds the men’s record for the course. For more information or to register, visit www.chambersburghalf.org.
In the beginning of April, the Greencastle Flyers, a track and cross country club, will be hosting the Martins Mill Covered Bridge 5 Mile Challenge. On April 2, starting at 8:30 a.m., runners are challenged to a historic 5-mile course, beginning at Antrim Township Park and including Martins Mill Covered Bridge. For more information or to register, visit www.greencastleflyers.org
One of the Greencastle Flyers’ biggest events is the Greencastle Pub Run. This year, the 4th event, the half marathon will be held April 16, starting at 8:00 a.m. The race starts and ends from the John Allison Public House’s new location on South Antrim Way. For more information or to register, visit www.greencastleflyers.org.
The Pine Hill 5K Trail Run is one of Franklin County’s newest races. Scheduled for April 30 at 9 a.m., the Pine Hill 5K challenges everyone to run off-street and take to the rolling hills of Pine Hill Recreation Area in Waynesboro. This unique course is run completely on trails. More than holding a successful race, the Pine Hill 5K wants to promote a regional culture of wellness and encourage everyone to take a step toward a healthier lifestyle. For more information, visit www.PineHill5K.org.
“A Twist of Lemmon” is coming to the Capitol Theatre stage in Chambersburg, Franklin County, PA on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 3:00pm. This true father/son story that unfolds on stage is based on Chris Lemmon’s book “A Twist of Lemmon” which tells the story of a beloved Hollywood icon, his dad, Jack Lemmon. Jack starred in over 60 films, was nominated for 8 Academy Awards and won 2 Oscars including one for “Mister Roberts” for Best Supporting Actor and the other for “Save the Tiger” for Best Actor. The nostalgic feel of this show is a perfect complement to the ambience of the beautiful 1927 historic Capitol Theatre located at 159 S. Main St. in downtown Chambersburg, PA.
“Twist” chronicles the lifelong journey of Chris and his world famous father Jack Lemmon. It’s a unique universal celebration of a father and son torn apart, only to find one another again, becoming the best of friends against all odds. Couched in the lore of the Golden Age of Hollywood and told entirely in the voice of Jack Lemmon. “Twist” is filled with dozens of stories of movie stars and directors who were Jack’s close friends like Gregory Peck, Marilyn Monroe, Jimmy Cagney, JFK, and his best friend Walter Matthau.
Chris is an exceptional performer, actor and a classically trained musician with a career spanning over 30 years. He performs his original score, of some of Jack’s favorite Gershwin songs. Jack himself was an accomplished pianist and through their mutual love of music they became friends. A story that will make you laugh, and cry, then laugh again. Broadway World recommends, “A lovely, warm, intimate, heartfelt evening of memories and music! Chris Lemmon, as he echoes Jack Lemmon’s greatness, is equally unforgettable.”
On December 12 at 7 PM, the Capitol Theatre welcomes LePetit Cirque de Noel–a new holiday show with an all-children cast full of enchantment, thrill and wonder. It is sponsored by the Gilmore-Hoerner Endowment. A perfect holiday story for the whole family, LePetit Cirque de Noel is the story of a young boy, who is visited by an angel and toys that come to life to help him learn the true meaning of giving.
Tickets for the shows may be purchased online here or call the Capitol Theatre Box office at (717) 263-0202. Box Office hours are Monday – Friday 11:00am – 4:30pm and one hour before show time. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. A discount is available for groups of 10+ by phone.