Stitches In Time Barn Quilt Trail Takes Shape

Stitches In Time Barn Quilt Trail Takes Shape

The Stitches in Time Barn Quilt Trail is the newest project of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau.  Barn quilts are wooden signs, painted with representations of quilt blocks.  The concept was originally designed 18 years ago in Ohio where they were mounted on barns, hence the name.  Today, these brightly colored blocks are found on barns, businesses, houses, churches or even garden sheds.

Barn quilts have been organized into trails that can be followed, like a scavenger hunt, and have become a huge boost to tourism. Organized trails are found in 43 states and spreading rapidly.  The largest one in PA is found in nearyby Fulton County.  The Frontier Barn Quilt Trail, was only organized about 6 years ago, and now boasts approximately 203 sites.  Bus tours, road rallies, or private care trips are popular – just go to the website and download their maps.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau “Stitches in Time Barn Quilt Trail” will launch in the upcoming weeks.  FCVB is in the process of painting the first 30 squares.  The average size is 4 -t, some are 2 and 3-ft. square, and the largest is to 8-ft., particularly when the site is viewed from a distance.

Learn more about the Barn Quilt Trail here.

Special thanks to Franklin County CTA Linda Hartman for authoring the story about the Franklin County Stitches in Time Barn Quilt Trail. Linda is an avid member of the Chambersburg Quilt Guild and approached the Franklin County Visitors Bureau in 2016 about the possibilities of a county-wide barn quilt trail.
SHAPE Gallery Opening of “Let Go”

SHAPE Gallery Opening of “Let Go”

Join SHAPE Arts Organization in Shippensburg on Friday, August 4, 2017, from 6-8 pm, for the opening reception of Let Go, Ann Wendle and Ashley Burrows’ collaborative exhibit of sculptures, ceramics, and paintings exploring the process of enlightenment. Showing at the SHAPE GALLERY on 19 East King Street, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, from August 4-August 25, the exhibit is both artists’ first independent show at SHAPE Gallery.

With Let Go, Wendle and Burrows weave together element, line, and color to lead viewers into an encounter with everyday feelings. “We want our work to invite viewers to share common struggles,” says Burrows. “Silently stand before a piece and really look. Look at it like it will look back at you and listen to how it makes you feel.” In Let Go, no piece is without provocation: “We ask that you slow down so you can hear your inner monologue. Your responses are at the heart of the exhibit.”

Meet the artists Friday August 4 at the Gallery opening from 6pm-8pm and enjoy Shippensburg’s creative community and hors d’oeuvres. The opening reception and exhibit are FREE and OPEN to the public; we look forward to welcoming you.

For more information about the gallery itself, visit or call (717) 532-2559.

Meet Capitol Theatre’s New Manager & Enjoy A Night of Bluegrass on Feb. 17

Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to pair up meeting Jon Meyer, new manager of the Capitol Theatre in downtown Chambersburg as he welcomes Mountain Ride and The Plate Scrapers to an evening of bluegrass on Friday, February 17, at 7 PM. Jon Meyer brings 35 years of theatre experience to the Capitol Theatre in downtown Chambersburg. In those years, he served as actor, director, dialect coach and choreographer. Prior to accepting the position at the Capitol Theatre, Meyer worked from 2009 to 2016 as the executive director of the Prescott Center for the Arts. In his work there, Meyer developed and initiated performance opportunities for youth, including a playwright festival, and secured funding for a black box theatre. Meyer is set to guide the 1927 Capitol Theatre into a successful 2017, beginning with the theatre’s first bluegrass event of the year—Mountain Music & Moonshine.

Mountain Music & Moonshine kicks off with local favorite Mountain Ride, a group of five friends, who perform for the simple need to play bluegrass. Mountain Ride brings a unique flair to the traditional, and a progressive twist to the original. Members are Eric Avey, on guitar and vocals; Chance Hurley, on mandolin; Scott Matlock, on fiddle and vocals; Corey Woodcock on banjo; and Kate Avey on bass and vocals.

The show wraps up with The Plate Scrapers from nearby Hagerstown, MD. Their style of bluegrass has a hint of folk, jazz, and heavy metal. This passion-driven group consists of Brett Kretzer, performing mandolin and vocals; Derek Kretzer on banjo and vocals; Andrew Jordan, on guitar and vocals; Kevin Johnson, on upright bass; and Jody Mosser, performing resophonic guitar and vocals.

Tickets are available online here or by contacting the Capitol Theatre box office, Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 4:30 PM, at 717-263-0202. Tickets can also be purchased one hour before show time. Doors and cash bar open at 6 PM.

Booksigning “Trail of Terror: The Story of Peggy Ann Bradnick

Crime victim Peggy Bradnick Jackson and author Kenneth L. Peiffer, Jr., will sign and discuss the book “Trail of Terror: The Story of Peggy Ann Bradnick and the Mountain Man” at the Grove Family Library, 101 Ragged Edge Rd. S., Chambersburg, on February 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Copies of “Trail of Terror” will be available for purchase at the book-signing. Published by Antietam Historical Association, Waynesboro, the 172-page book retails for $32.50 plus sales tax.

“Trail of Terror” recounts the criminal activities of the “Shade Gap Sniper,” William D. Hollenbaugh, from 1964 through 1966. His crime spree culminated in the abduction and week-long captivity of Peggy Ann Bradnick in May 1966. During the week, the search for Bradnick became the largest manhunt in Pennsylvania history up to that time, and included thousands of policemen, FBI agents, National Guardsmen, and volunteers. As the manhunt progressed, Hollenbaugh, an expert marksman, shot and killed FBI Special Agent Terry R. Anderson and a German Shepherd tracking dog and seriously wounded volunteer searcher Francis Sharpe, of Johnstown, and another tracking dog. The terror “the Mountain Man” inflicted on southern Huntingdon County ended when Hollenbaugh was killed in a shootout at the Luther Rubeck farm near Fort Littleton, Fulton County, one week after the abduction.

Ken Peiffer covered the Bradnick abduction as a photojournalist for the Chambersburg Public Opinion. His book includes more than 80 vintage photographs of the people and places related to the abduction and manhunt. The text is a straightforward factual account of the sniper’s reign of terror, and is indexed. It also contains the names of many of the FBI agents and police officers who participated in the manhunt.

Jackson supplied Peiffer with information about her captivity for his work. Her quotes appear in italics in the book. For more information, call 717-762-2006.

Franklin County Visitors Bureau Sights Opportunity To Join Historic Capitol Theatre Team & County’s Growing Tourism Industry

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau supports the tourism industry of Franklin County through support of its tourism partners. A key partner, the Capitol Theatre, is seeking an arts-inspired theatre manager to oversee all aspects of the theatre complex, including bookings and rentals, monthly events, a staff of 2-full time, 6 part-time, and 30-plus volunteers as well as board and committee responsibilities.  (more…)