Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to “A Conversation with Grandmother Edna: Fabric Artist and Storyteller” on July 17 at 1 PM in the Great Room of the 11/30 Visitors Center, on the square in Chambersburg PA. Visitors can enjoy more than a dozen quilts and pillow covers, created by Grandmother Edna and learn how she expresses herself through art to tell stories of her life and America’s history. The art, called “Pillow Talk” is on display in the lobby of the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Centers.
Williams hails from Baltimore and is displaying at the 11/30 Visitors Center through the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s relationship with the African American Historical Association of Western Maryland.
“I reach back to move forward. It is the only way to grow,” said Grandmother Edna. Her “Pillow Talk” display includes stories that connect directly to her mother, father, and grandmother as well as highlight her meetings with poet Maya Angelou and actor Harry Belafonte. Others tell stories related to enslavement and civil justice. Williams believes storytelling is a means to connecting people and endorses the importance of history stating, “Why create a mountain when you can cross a hill.”
“Pillow Talk” is displayed as part of the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center’s Let The Journey Begin…People, Places, Possibilities. In addition to the storytelling quilts of Grandmother Edna, the exhibit looks at the quest for freedom from the earliest European settlers to the importance of the Pennsylvania Constitution’s Environmental Amendment.
“A Conversation with Grandmother Edna” is free and open to the public. To reserve seating, please register here. A Conversation with Grandmother Edna is presented by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau as part of the July 17 Chambersburg Comes To Life Celebration, which includes the living history portrayal and light show depicting the 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg.
Join The Institute for four Tuesdays during July 13 to August 3at Pine Hill Recreation Kids in Grades 4 & Up. Limit 8. Pre-registration required. The $40 Institute member; $45 non-member plus a material fee of $18, includes skein of yarn, dyes & ribbon for drawstring bag.The class is instructed by Beth Skroban.
Students will learn the the wonders of weaving and the beauty of color!
• Learn to hand-paint yarn, then weave that yarn, using a rigid heddle loom, into a small drawstring bag.
• Students will also weave a potholder, and make a tapestry wall hanging from a cardboard loom.
• COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed. Signed waivers required for registration.
The Institute appreciates additional support by Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; The John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation; Alma W. Oyer; APX Enclosures, Inc.; and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin, and
facility support courtesy of Washington Township. Details at www.natureandculture.org. To register, visit here.
Music is coming to the Monterey Pass Battlefield on July 24, 1 PM to 4 PM. THE FLYING MATLOCKS (featuring Scott and Laurie) play acoustic rock, country, folk and blues music from the roots of early traditional American tunes through Classic Country and Modern Americana, featuring soaring two part harmonies and the delicate yet powerful interplay of guitar and violin. SOLEIL features the trio of Tresa Day, Scott Matlock, and Laurie Matlock, and they have been performing their mix of popular covers and original acoustic musicn for over a decade. Their songlist covers a variety of genres, including folk, country, rock, jazz, and bluegrass, with songs from such artists as Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, Hank Williams, Buddy Holly, and Led Zeppelin. The group blends acoustic guitar and violin with striking vocal harmonies to create an exquisite music experience for listeners of all ages. Food and beverages by Chicago Charley’s Hot Dogs & Antietam Dairy Inclement Weather Day July 25th, same time.
On July 3, join the militia of old Welsh Run as they gather at the Davis homestead in preparation for War. All are welcome to join the muster! Learn all the skills of a soldier: How to march, how to fight, what to eat and how to have fun amidst it all.
This program will allow visitors to experience a rural militia muster, civilians following the army, and aspects of a rural Pennsylvania community. Centered around the Tavern at the CI, but also making use of the full extent of the 30-acre property, such as the oven, woodland paths, homestead, and more. In addition to scheduled programs and vignettes, programming will be ongoing through the day such as cooking, local commerce, itinerant trades, signing oaths of allegiance, etc.
Scheduled Programming is as follows:
10 a.m. – Election of an Officer: Militias in Revolutionary America were a fickle thing. As a new idea of equality spreads it means a new way of leading. If every man is equal then why follow orders at all? As two local gentlemen vie for the position of the commanding officer, witness their merits and add your voice to the final vote.
11 a.m. – Inspection and Company Drill: The Militia of Old Welsh Run will have their arms and accoutrements inspected at the beginning of the muster. An important task when each man is bringing an individual firelock (of dubious quality). Following which the militia will begin to drill. With a mix of veteran soldiers, awkward rookies, and hopeless farmers, will they be able to march in a straight line, let alone stand against the British Redcoats discipline? The drill will end in a full company musket firing!
12 p.m. – Marching on their Stomachs: Learn what really kept soldiers going in hard times by looking at their rations and mealtime preparations. Help the war effort by baking some hard bread that will last for a long campaign.
1 p.m. – Volunteer Company Drill with Public: Having seen how the militia handles themselves, it’s time to try it yourself. Our sergeants will guide you through the paces of Marching, Facings, and Maneuvers that will make the difference between a militia and a mob. Do you have what it takes to outflank the British at the next great battle?
2 p.m. – A reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by a celebratory Artillery Firing: Join with pride at a reading of the Declaration of Independence. These important words that were held in every Patriot’s heart, would echo in every rustic field to the great halls of European Nobility and change the World! The Declaration will be celebrated with a firing of CI’s Swivel Gun “Spitfire” just as today celebrations occur with fireworks.
3 p.m. – Company Drill: A full day of training has made the militia mesh together better but practice makes perfect. More marching, more wheels, and more difficult maneuvers will be practiced before setting off for war. Company musketry will include different forms of firing that were utilized during the Revolutionary War.
4 p.m. – Diversions from Duty: Militia Musters helped bring the militia together, but were also a chance to relax, have fun and show off. Officers would often encourage soldiers to compete in footraces, boxing, and sports with cash rewards. Join the militia in unwinding in a group cricket match or a race around the green with prizes going to the best competitors.
Click here to visit the event page and see a full program list and register for free.
The Conococheague Book Club – Thursday, July 15th at 1 PM at the Welsh Barrens Visitor Center
All are welcome to join our book club regulars every month on the third Thursday at 1pm. For July the discussion will be on two women’s narratives of capture during the 18th century. “A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison” by James E. Seaver and “A Journal of the Captivity of Jean Lowry and her Children”
The discussion will be lead by Lois Steichen and the Jean Lowry journal is currently on sale in the CI gift shop.
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CoCo Sansoni returns to Totem Pole Playhouse, after a nearly 15 year absence, with a special musical tribute to all of the great ladies of country music. This will be an evening of toe-tapping country classics we all know and love. Join her as she salutes Dolly, Reba, Trisha, Patsy and a host of others in a rollicking evening of country classics. With Totem Pole favorite, Darren Server at the keyboards and leading the band, you won’t want to miss this dynamic performer with the voice of an angel and a heart the size of Texas. Shows are June 25 & 26 at 8:30 PM and part of the Outdoor Concert Series. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy this evening under the stars. Get ticket here.