Waynesboro’s Got Talent

Waynesboro’s Got Talent

Fourteen talented area students will take the stage in the third annual Waynesboro’s Got Talent, a community-wide talent show for area students, on Saturday, Feb. 1. The show runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Waynesboro Area Senior High School (WASHS) auditorium.

Auditions in January were open to all students in the Waynesboro Area School District, including homeschool students, from ages 8 to 18.

Following the auditions, 12 performances (two are duos) were selected to be part of the community show. In addition to the talent performances, there will be exhibition pieces by A&B Dance Dimensions and a performance by the WASHS chorus. 

The winner of the 2020 competition will receive a $500 prize; the runner up receives a $100 prize.

“The Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro was created to support and encourage the arts in our community,” said board president, Jonathan Ingels. “This includes our youth. Last year’s Waynesboro’s Got Talent was a great success, and with the talent we have this year, we expect another great show. We hope everyone will come out to support our talented young people.”

Performers include (in no particular order): Isaac Hege, Noah Hege, April DiGiacomo, Madeline Peterson, Tony Hiatt, True Benshoff, Mattie Wagner, Ezra Lehman with Delton Lehman, accompanist, Sara Policicchio, Samantha Pittman, Sarah Sasscer, Chloe Shacreaw, Lexi Marks with Ruth Showalter, accompanist, and Yoneika McKenzie, plus special performances by A&B Dance Dimensions’ Senior, Junior, Intermediate, and Competition Teams, and by the high school chorus.

Lead sponsors for Waynesboro’s Got Talent are Paul Gunder of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and the Owls Club of Waynesboro Inc. Additional support was received from J&M Printing, 42 West ARTS Co-op, A&B Dance Dimensions, Café Del Sol, Ceramic Arts Center of Waynesboro, Craig, Friedly, Potter & Moore Insurance, Paul Gunder/Coldwell Banker, Cumberland Valley School of Music, Eichholtz Flowers, F&M Trust, Knights of Columbus, Mainstreet Waynesboro, Sanders Furniture and Artisan Gallery, Trinity Players, and The Wildflower Marketplace.

Tickets are available on the arts alliance’s website, and will also be sold at the door the night of the show. Tickets purchased at the door will be cash sales only. Tickets cost $5; children age 8 and under are free.

For more information about the arts alliance, call 717-655-2500 or visit www.artsalliancegw.org.

Allison-Antrim Museum Offers 18th Century Dance

Allison-Antrim Museum Offers 18th Century Dance

A new experience at Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 S Ridge Avenue, Greencastle, PA 17225 is scheduled in the German Bank Barn, 365 S Ridge Ave, Greencastle, PA 17225 on Saturday afternoon, January 18, 1:00 to 4:00 pm. English Country Dancing will be instructed by Melanie Desmond, 18th century, living-history interpreter, friend, and volunteer at Allison-Antrim Museum.

English Country Dancing includes dances with which the William Allison family at Ebbert Spring and their friends may have been familiar. These social dances began during the Reign of Elizabeth I, and were enjoyed by “all” social classes. They reached the height of popularity during the late 18th C. (think of the “assemblies” mentioned in Jane Austen). The dances later developed into Irish and Scottish Country Dance, as well as into Contras and American Squares.

Please join us in learning some of the common dances popular during the 18th C. All are welcome (single or couples) and no experience is required. Office casual attire; no tie required. Wear comfortable shoes and “please” no high heels.

Please call Allison-Antrim Museum (717.597.9010) to let us know if you are coming. If inclement weather is an issue updates will be posted on the Museum’s Web site at greencastlemuseum.org, on Facebook, and on Twitter @greencastlemuzm.

A Cappella & Unplugged Open Mic Night – February 1 @ IceFest

A Cappella & Unplugged Open Mic Night – February 1 @ IceFest

Start your journey to winning $500. Join A Cappella & Unplugged IceFest Open Mic on February 1 at 5 PM in the Great Room of the 11/30 Visitors Center on the square in downtown Chambersburg

Performers of all ages are invited to perform and can be solo or groups with vocals or unplugged instrumental. Just be able to carry your instrument. and that it does not require electricity. Performances must be appropriate for a variety of ages and be celebratory – lively and inspiring, something that will make the audience come to life.

The audience’s applause and appreciation will pick the winning act. The winner is invited to perform in ROUND 1 of A Cappella & Unplugged at the Capitol Theatre in June 2020, where judges select the top six acts to move onto Round 2, In Round 2, the public views the performances of the top six acts and likes their favorite. The top three acts move onto the finals of A Cappella & Unplugged at the 1864 Burning of Chambersburg on July 18.

Register here on Eventbrite. We will save you a spot to perform. Bring your friends and family to cheer you on!

Next Open Mic Night is March 10 at The Thought Lot in Shippensburg, 37 East Garfield Street. All open mic nights go until there are no more performers. Please sign up on Eventbrite. There is no fee, but just conveys you are planning to attend.

MLK Day of Service in Franklin County

MLK Day of Service in Franklin County

The inaugural Franklin County MLK Day of Service on the national holiday and event which is observed as “a day on, not a day off”, is a community-wide celebration to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Franklin County event will be on January 20, 2020, 8am-2pm, at Central Presbyterian Church on the Square in downtown Chambersburg. This will be a unique day of fellowship, service and learning for friends and neighbors to join together in the spirt of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Beloved Community. This event is free and open to the community.  

The day will begin with a commemorative breakfast at 8am featuring keynote speakers Hugh and Suzette Davis. The Davises moved to Franklin County in 2015 when Hugh was hired as the CEO of Menno Haven. Both Hugh and Suzette are passionate about the intersection of spirituality and social justice. Their keynote speech will set the tone for the day as participants begin their MLK Day experience.

Following the breakfast, participants can choose to either volunteer for a service project with a local non – profit or can attend educational workshops, roundtables and movie discussions. The day’s topics range from white privilege to bystander behavior to racism. Workshops are being facilitated by members of Racial Reconciliation, a grass roots group that formed two years ago to address racism in Franklin County.

A range of volunteer service projects are available for those looking to make a direct connection with a community organization. There are a variety of cleaning, painting and organizing projects with over 100 volunteer slots.

Participating Non-Profits:

  • Chambersburg Council for the Arts
  • Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter
  • Occupational Services Inc.
  • Network Ministries
  • Maranatha Ministries Food Pantry and Shelter
  • South Central Community Action Programs
  • Franklin County Homeless Shelter
  • Chambersburg YMCA
  • First Start Partnerships
  • Franklin County Legal Services
  • Diaper Depot (a ministry of Central Presbyterian Church)
  • The Salvation Army Thrift Store
  • Chambersburg Hospital.
This is a great opportunity for those looking to find out how they can help others in the community. Project volunteers will receive a free MLK Day of Service t-shirt.

In addition to volunteer service projects at local non- profits, organizers are working with Chambersburg Area School District to paint two UNITY murals at Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS) and Stevens Elementary school. CASHS art teacher Holly Strayer is heading up the projects which provide an opportunity for staff, students, families and community members to bring the spirit of a Beloved Community to life through art.

The afternoon program will begin with lunch at 12:30pm and will feature a keynote speech by Dr. Linda Thomas Worthy, Executive Director of the Franklin County Housing Authority, who will share her vision of a Beloved Community. Dr. Thomas Worthy is a founding member of Racial Reconciliation and has spent her entire life working on social justice issues. A collaborative community dance and spoken poetry performances will be incorporated into the program.

Organizers of the event have created a schedule that is flexible and allows for participation in either parts of or the entire day.

The event is available to the community for free because of the generous support of sponsors. The presenting sponsor is Menno Haven. Other sponsors include Keystone Health, Worthy Consulting and Training, LLC, Noelker and Hull Associates, Franklin County Housing Authority, Mr. Phab Photos, and Wellspan Health. Attendees can choose to register for parts of or the entire program. The event is being coordinated by the Franklin County Coalition for Progress and Racial Reconciliation.

Registration is open through January 3rd, 2020. Visit www.fccforprogress.org for more information or call Mary Alleman of the MLK Day Planning Committee at 717-830-0067.

Background:

Legislation signed in 1983 marked the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a federal holiday. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that leads service and volunteering, with leading this effort. Each year, on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is observed as a “day on, not a day off.” MLK Day of Service is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.” Dr. Martin Luther King popularized the notion of the “Beloved Community”. King envisioned the Beloved Community as a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one’s fellow human beings. Fundamental to the concept of the Beloved Community is inclusiveness, both economic and social.

REmix Design in Downtown Chambersburg

REmix Design in Downtown Chambersburg

Driven by a need to create and a flair for design, Kendra Matusiak found a space on Main Street where she can mix her varied talents and share them with the public.

Matusiak opened REmix Design in July at 107 N. Main St. in Chambersburg, bringing to fruition an idea birthed during a power outage in September 2011. A few months before her concept came to light, she graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and moved back in with her parents, Chris and Ed Matusiak. She started repainting furniture she found at yard sales and doing some reupholstering.

While struggling to find a full-time job, she brainstormed while the electricity in her home was out about how she could make a living out of transforming personal and business spaces into welcoming environments. And then she needed a name.

“I’ve always been kind of geared toward sustainability,” Matusiak said, so having “re” (as in reuse, recycle) in her business moniker made sense. The “mix” refers to the myriad styles she loves, including industrial, rustic and mid-century.

The 31-year-old owner combined college lessons she learned about functionality and putting thoughts on paper with her interest in interiors and lighting to help her shape her business. She also incorporated the sewing talents of her mother, whose macrame creations, pillows and upholstery are sold there. The handy skills her father helped her hone have been useful, too, particularly with power tools.

Matusiak got her feet wet as a vendor at Vintage Market at the Old Red Barn on Warm Spring Road in Chambersburg. More than a year ago, she started selling plants there that she purchased from a wholesaler, rounding out her interior wares.

“I didn’t want to be just about furniture,” she said. Flora is an important, inviting element in decor, she added, and now the “plant bar” at REmix is home to some of her top-selling items.

Her diverse merchandise ranges from 25-cent stones and crystals, to plants for $3 and higher, to dresser and nightstand sets for $995. She does some online sales through Etsy and Facebook Marketplace, and has shipped items to buyers from Washington, D.C., New York, Colorado and Los Angeles. But the Chambersburg-area customers are the heart of her business.

“You can’t beat locally. People know you’re there,” she said.

The 1,000-square-foot space features two sizable tables in the center that hold merchandise when the store is open to the public and are used for classes at other times. Matusiak said she has room for 10 to 15 people to take do-it-yourself sessions, which have included lessons on plants, making autumn wreaths and macrame.

Another component of REmix is helping owners of homes and businesses bring their design ideas to fruition. Matusiak sees parallels in designing for both environments.

“A business should, in a sense, feel a little bit homey and welcoming,” she said.

Running a business with so many elements occupies only half of Matusiak’s nearly 80-hour workweeks. Since 2012, she has worked for AWI Fixtures and Interiors Inc. in Shippensburg, Pa., doing retail interior design for businesses like college bookstores and museums. She goes to REmix for an hour before work every weekday, then spends three to four more hours there every weekday evening. About eight hours on each weekend day are devoted to building up her inventory, keeping up with the bookkeeping and preparing the store for its public hours.

Matusiak embraces the seemingly exhausting endeavors.

“Being in the store isn’t work to me,” she said. “It’s like therapy to me. It’s my Zen time.”

The store is open for shoppers on the first and third Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. on the first and third Sundays. On the same days the second and fourth weeks, she works on projects or holds classes. Her mother works at REmix during the hours that Matusiak is fulfilling her duties with AWI Fixtures and Interiors.

 

Downtown Chambersburg Inc. President Sam Thrush credited the multifaceted business with attracting new visitors to the town.

“It’s bringing in a new population,” Thrush said. “It’s faces I haven’t seen before.”

In the midst of her first holiday season as a business owner, Matusiak has had to learn a lot about keeping her inventory stocked and organizing all the facets of REmix.

“I’ve had to bring stuff from my house in” when her shelves seemed a bit sparse, she said with a laugh. “It’s best to keep organized as you go. I’ve been forced to look ahead.”

Matusiak faces the future with enthusiasm. “I’ve always been the kind of person who wants to see where else I could go,” she said

For more information about REmix Design, call 717-372-5691; or follow REMix on Instagram @remix_design or at www.facebook.com/design.REmix