December at Allison Antrim museum

December at Allison Antrim museum

Allison-Antrim Museum’s annual Christmas Celebrations will be quite pared down this year due to the Coronavirus. On the kitchen porch (Ridge Avenue South), a “living holiday scene” depicting a Civil-War era scene of decorating the Christmas tree, will take place between 5:30 and 8:30 pm, on Friday, December 11. Decorations during the Civil-War era were handmade, such as marzipan fruits, cookie cutouts, dried orange and apple slices, and strings of popcorn, like those on the Museum’s tree.

And of course, the one-horse open sleigh, donated by the Sellers’ & Coldsmith families, will be in its traditional place, also on the South Ridge Avenue Irwin House porch.

Allison-Antrim Museum looks forward to seeing you as you drive by in your car or stroll down the sidewalk. Don’t forget to drive down the Museum’s driveway and catch a glimpse of the 1860 Irwin House front-door transom, decorated with a Della Robbia fruit arrangement.

Also, enjoy the December Virtual speaker at Allison-Antrim Museum, a look back at the twenty-three paintings of Mark Twain Noe, a legacy of the Greencastle area. View here.

The Cumberland Shop Is A New Way To Shop Local

The Cumberland Shop Is A New Way To Shop Local

Downtown Shippensburg has a new store—the Cumberland Shop. Local and handmade items are the centerpiece of the new boutique, located at 16 West King Street. The shop is a place where local artisans of all genres can showcase and sell their handiwork. From beautifully crafted wood pieces like charcuterie boards and manipulated serving boards to hand-crafted scarves, bags, children’s clothes, and various wall art from local artists, the Cumberland Shop gives holiday gifting a double benefit. The gifts not only bring pleasure to the giver and receiver but also fulfill the artisans who created them.

Nancy Hudson, pastor at Oasis of Love Church in Shippensburg, had the vision for the Cumberland shop. “I’ve done a lot of traveling. I like to get something hand-crafted in the areas that I visit. I thought that Shippensburg had so much to offer and felt there was a void. I wanted to bring all the makers and creators together from this area,” she said.

The Cumberland Shop offers an outlet for people to earn money through the sale of their handiworks. The majority of items are locally crafted, but some items originate in other countries. An example is Ghana where a multi-faith training center specializes in using local batik fabric to create bags and purses for the shop. The cloth is made by painting cloth with hot batik wax and dying it.  The cracks in the batik wax give the material its special appearance. Hand-crafted glass beads made in Ghana are also used to create a variety of beautiful jewelry, again made specifically for the shop. A short video on display, gives the consumer a birds eye view of the intricate process of bead making, and that makes their purchase all the more meaningful.

Because the Cumberland Valley aligns with the mid-point of the Appalachian Trail, one of the shop’s artisans is making walking sticks. A portion of the proceeds from the walking sticks is given to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, which oversees the national trail.

The quality of items at the Cumberland are matched by the variety. Some of the many items are: honey products of Honey Bee Friendly, LLC; original paintings, cards and ornaments by TokkiDesign; charcuterie boards by Natures Platters, a special Cumberland roast by Abednego Coffee Roasters; children’s clothing by Plum Baby; fabric art by Afinchsong Creation; paintings by Jean Frey; jewelry, crocheted, and hand woven items plus hand-made purses by Kasudelu; soaps by Fourth Century Farms; ceramic art by Yellow Door Studio; hand-knitted shawls by Debbie Rhinehart; photography by Judy Witter; Hot Head Hot Sauce and Sadie’s Dressing.

Looking ahead, the Cumberland plans to offer classes. For now, less than a month after opening, the Cumberland shop is happy to be inspiring artists, providing a means of sharing works and supporting a variety of makers as they grow and earn a livelihood—all in the heart of the beautiful Cumberland Valley.


The Institute Holds First Solistice Celebration

The Institute Holds First Solistice Celebration

The Institute is hosting their first-ever Winter Solstice Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 20 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Red Run Park in Rouzerville, Pa. The winter solstice is the longest night—or the shortest day—of the year, and falls on December 21 this year in the Northern Hemisphere.Since ancient times, people all over the world have recognized this important astronomical occurrence and celebrated the “return of the sun” in a variety of ways. After the solstice, the days get gradually longer.

The Institute’s solstice event is a family-friendly celebration of the season with entertainment and activities. Storyteller Bruce Rowland will tell winter folktales at 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. Activities for children include free grab-and-go kits to create edible outdoor garlands for animals, and others with materials to construct a paper lantern. These projects can be taken home, or created on site during the event. Fire pit stations and hot chocolate will provide warmth.

Members of the Tri-State Astronomers club will be on hand with telescopes to safely observe the solstice sun. After sunset, there will be opportunities to view the celestial features of the winter sky. Vendors include Artesano Bake Goods, offering cookies, holiday snack mix and whoopie pies for purchase, Four Sons Farm with handcrafted wool creations, and The Native Niche, featuring bird food bundles, outdoor winter decorations, and natural “solstice crowns” of winter foliage for sale.

The event is free but pre-registration is required. Attendance is limited. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed and signed safety waivers are required for registration. To protect everyone, face masks are required for this event. Register via email at The entire event is outdoors, so attendees should dress accordingly.

This event is supported by lead sponsor, Steel Warehouse, and by The Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; The John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation; APX Enclosures, Inc.; and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support courtesy of Washington Township.

Heritage Christmas in Greencastle Offers Shop Small Sweepstakes 2020

Heritage Christmas in Greencastle Offers Shop Small Sweepstakes 2020

As part of the Heritage Christmas season, the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce is delighted to offer the 2020 Shop Small Sweepstakes. The contest begins on Shop Small Saturday, this year November 28, and runs through December 18.

The rules are simple: participants are asked to shop at five different Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce member locations between November 28 and December 18 and bring their receipts as proof of purchase to the Chamber office by December 15 to be entered into a drawing for one of three $25 cash prizes. (Receipts will be returned after being checked.) The drawing will be held on December 21. Winners will be contacted by phone.

Visit these Chamber members for Shop Small Saturday: All Things Country; Alternative Choices; Antrim Way Honda and The Shoppes @ Antrim Way; The Bean & Biscuit; Bill Bowers Tire & Auto Center; Blaise Alexander Chevrolet; Breathe Bodywork; Brother’s Pizza, Buchanan Auto Stores; Carl’s Drug Store; The Center of Balance; The Dapperhouse Barbershop; E.L.M. Department Store; ELM Shoes; El Sombrero Restaurant; Farmer’s Union Co-op; Greencastle Golf Club; Greencastle Ace Hardware; Greencastle Golf Club & Fireside Pub; Growing With Music (CVSM); Henry’s Floor Covering;  Ivy Hill Farm; The Jewelry Shop; The John Allison Public House; Keystone Ford; Lizzy’s Restaurant; Lumber Direct; Mi Tierra Linda; Mikie’s Ice Cream & Green Cow Gifts; Rebound Adventure Cycles; Sunbodies Tanning Salon; Sunnyway Diner; Sunnyway Foods; Teal Blossom Boutique; the shop; Tony’s Pizza; Tracey’s Orchard; Wildflower Apparel; Vinnie’s on 11 and Violets & More. For a complete list of Chamber members, pick up a membership directory  in the Chamber office, or visit the online directory at

“The purpose of the contest is to encourage shoppers to spend their holiday dollars locally. Especially now, with our small businesses feeling the effects of COVID, the loyalty and support of the community is vital,” commented G-ACC’s Interim Executive Director Valerie Meyers. She added, “Imagine our town without it’s small businesses, and you’d be imagining a place without the neighborly smiles or friendly hellos that greet you when you walk through the doors of our local shops. We have so many great retailers and services just outside our own front doors that shopping local is super convenient. By shopping locally, we’re supporting our neighbors and strengthening our whole community by circling those holiday dollars back into the community.”

For more information, call the Chamber office at 597-4610 or visit the Chamber’s website at Serving the area since 1955, the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce strives to promote member prosperity through economic well-being and community vitality. Join. Grow. Prosper.

Christmas on the Farm at Renfrew Museum & Park

Christmas on the Farm at Renfrew Museum & Park

Renfrew Museum and Park will host its annual Christmas on the Farm holiday event on December 4, 5, and 6, 2020. Renfrew invites visitors to “Walk Back in Time” through over 200 years of tradition on its historic Pennsylvania German farmstead and rediscover the simple joys of Christmas Past with a safe, family-friendly experience this holiday season!

Follow the soft glow of flickering lanterns and the fiery blaze of torches to the beautifully decorated Museum House to encounter how treasured traditions evolved over the centuries. Explore some of our historic outbuildings where period-attired interpreters will share even more holiday cheer! Enjoy a cozy warming circle while waiting to take a horse-drawn wagon ride down Fahnestock Lane or enjoy a goodie or warm beverage from one of our vendors.             Guests can also step out of the chill into the festive atmosphere inside our Visitors Center where even more family fun awaits. Peruse the gallery, then browse Renfrew’s museum shop and Christkindlmarkt for that special gift. Admission also includes live music, historically-inspired crafts, and more!

Guests are asked to please observe and respect COVID-19 safety and gathering restrictions in effect at time of event. Masks are required inside Renfrew’s buildings at all times and outdoors when a minimum distance of 6′-0″ cannot be maintained. This event will be held rain or shine, and is designed to be indoor-outdoor with limited occupancy permitted within buildings. There’s plenty of room to spread out at multiple locations on the farmstead and maintain physical distancing. Guests are encouraged to stagger their arrival and may enter at any point during the scheduled event time on their chosen date. A period of about two hours is recommended to fully enjoy all planned activities. Sanitizing stations will be provided by Renewal By Andersen Central PA.

Christmas on the Farm is scheduled for three days only: Friday, December 4 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm; Saturday, December 5 from 3:30pm to 8:30pm; and Sunday, December 6 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth ages 3 to 12, and free for children ages 2 and under. Friends of Renfrew Museum and Park Members are also admitted free. Pre-registration is encouraged online at, by phone at (717) 762-4723, or in-person at the Renfrew Visitors Center, 1010 E. Main Street, Waynesboro during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Admission may also be purchased on site at two “Welcome Tent” locations at the east and west ends of the park.

Christmas on the Farm is made possible with generous support from the following sponsors: Renewal By Andersen Central PA, McLaughlin’s Energy Services, Middletown Valley Bank, Buchanan Auto Stores, Bartlett Tree Experts Chambersburg, J & M Printing, and Franklin County Visitors Bureau. For more information on Christmas on the Farm at Renfrew Museum and Park please visit Questions may be directed to Becky LaBarre, Executive Director, at (717) 762-4723 or