Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Exhibit

Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Exhibit

Visitors to the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center are enjoying the Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Exhibit. The exhibit was placed for visitors to enjoy during the Festival of Trees and is staying longer for winter visitors to enjoy. Train enthusiasts will want to visit the home of the Cumberland Valley Model Railroad at 440 Nelson Street in Chambersburg. On display are 10 gauges of trains: In all, there are 3700 pieces of rolling stock; 1207 on the tracks and 2500 on display. There’s 909 square feet of HO, 501 of O and 120 of N. There are 35 gauge miles of HO track, 8- O scale miles and 10- N gauge miles. The space is filled with trains, as far as they eye can see and overhead.

Holiday hours are:

Dec. Sun 15th, Sun 22nd, Sat 28th

Jan. Sat 4th, Sun 12th, Sun 19th

Noon to 4 PM.

Make the holiday complete and visit. For details about the Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club, visit .

Greencastle’s Lights Are Beautiful

Greencastle’s Lights Are Beautiful

Fifteen homes in the Greencastle-Antrim area have officially registered for the 2019 Heritage Christmas Light It Up exterior home decorating contest. This year’s contest, sponsored by Fran Kenawell – State Farm and Smeltz Insurance & Financial Services – State Farm, includes homes in both the Greencastle Borough and Antrim Township.

The 2019 Light It Up contestants are:
The Bietsch Home at 7450 Kuhn Rd., Antrim Township
The Cabral Home at 6 Starlight Dr.
The Doubleday home at 431 W. Baltimore St., Apt. B
The Faight Home at 137 N. Ridge Ave.
The Harne Home at 220 / 222 E. Baltimore St.
The Moreland Home at 422 Catherine St.
The Myers Home at 1401 Choxes Chase, Antrim Township
The Peter’s Home at 908 Redwood Dr., State Line
The Porterfield Home at 12884 Grant Shook Rd.
The Reagan Home at 257 N. Carlisle St
The Robinson Home at 14686 Ridge Rd., Antrim Township
The Smith Home at 430 Catherine St.
The Todd Home at 7348 Kuhn Rd.
The Webster Home at 155 Addison Ave.
The Witmer Home at 2951 E. Weaver Rd.

The public is encouraged to judge the homes according to their impression of the most colorful, the brightest, classiest, silliest, or a general favorite. A contribution of $1 per vote should be dropped off or mailed to the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce by December 20. All funds will be donated to the Greencastle-Antrim Food Pantry.

The top winner will be announced on the Chamber Facebook page, the Chamber’s website and the Echo pilot on December 20. The contest is an initiative of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce

Festival of Trees – Fun With A Cause

Festival of Trees – Fun With A Cause

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce that Franklin County Festival of Trees raised $2000 for WellSpan’s Hennessy Home, Oncology Bridge, and other cancer support in Franklin County. The tree receiving the most votes and bragging rights as this year’s Best of Show Tree was The Great Neighbor Tree: Inspiring Hope and Health. The Best of Show wreath was decorated by Hamilton Height’s Elementary. Gnome/Home for the Holidays, decorated by Totem Pole Playhouse, generated the most funds in the silent/online auction. Decorators were the Chambersburg YMCA, Community Uniting, OSI (Occupational Services Inc.), F&M Trust, Save-A-Pet Save-A-Vet, Renfrew Museum & Park, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Comemrce, Wellspan, Franklin County’s Certified Tourism Ambassadors (CTA), Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, Marco Technologies Inc., Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce, Holiday Inn Express, Chambersburg Quilt Guilde, Cub Scout Pack 125, Engraved Memories Plus, Hip Gypsy Emporium, Star Theatre, Cumberland Valley School of Music, Menno Haven Chambers Point Health Care Center and Assisted Living, Christian Missionary Alliance Kids Club, Will F Sellers Funeral Home, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Young Women, plus Friends of Franklin County Visitors Bureau. In all there, there were 30 wreaths and trees in the first Franklin County Festival of Trees.

More than 3500 visited the display. To view the trees or wreaths and the amount of the silent auction bid, please visit

Anyone wishing to reserve a tree for decorating in the 2020 Festival of Trees, can contact the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 866.646.8060 or email . Plans for the 2020 event will begin in September 2020.

Christmas on the Farm at Renfrew Museum & Park

Christmas on the Farm at Renfrew Museum & Park

Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas on the Farm at Renfrew Museum & Park in Waynesboro PA on December 6, 7 and 8. This year’s Christmas on the Farm includes access to the Museum House, summer kitchen, smoke house, cabinet shop, and pottery shop. Each building offers historic period interpreters sharing holiday traditions from Yuletides past. Enjoy cookies and cider, live entertainment, family photo opportunities, and a chance to make Christmas crafts.

Event hours will be December 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, December 7 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm and December 8 from 1 pm to 5 pm. Admission is: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for ages 7-17 and children 6 and under are free. Members of Renfrew Museum and Park Members are admitted free.

Museum House tours begin every fifteen minutes and include a chance to view interactive, historic vignettes that explain the progression of Christmas through the years. Decorations in the Museum House represent simpler times. On Friday evening and Saturday, guests will be treated to live music performed by Bill and Joyce Weaver in the dining room.

Local Boy Scouts of Waynesboro Troop 97 will offer a greens lot; volunteer readers will read Christmas stories near the warming circle between the Visitors Center and Museum House; and historic tradespeople will share their skills including blacksmithing, wool spinning, chair caning and more.

Luminaries will provide soft light as guests walk around the grounds and access buildings to enjoy the sights, sounds and wonders of Christmas on the Farm. Crackling cresset baskets will be positioned in front of the Museum House helping to provide additional light for guests walking around the property.

Refreshments will be served in the beautifully decorated Visitors Center. The Wagon Shed room will offer crafts. Guests may make a picture frame, a fragrant orange pomander, or a Victorian scrap ornament. Take a break from the festivities to shop special gift items available in the Renfrew gift shop–including commemorative ornaments, holiday décor, pottery, jewelry and more.

Additional information can be found by calling 717-762-4723 or visiting:

Catch The Holiday Spirit at Chambersburg’s Christmas on Main

Catch The Holiday Spirit at Chambersburg’s Christmas on Main

The businesses of downtown Chambersburg present Christmas on Main, December 6, from 5 PM to 8 PM. Celebrate the beauty of the season and the holiday spirit with the Cocoa Crawl, Kinder Christmas Market, and the final evening of Festival of Trees.

Cocoa Crawl

Cocoa Crawl is a chance to taste special hot cocoa recipes served by downtown businesses and organizations. At 5:45 PM, Cocoa Crawl mugs go on sale on the square in front of F&M Bank. Participants can sip, stroll, shop, and enjoy the beautifully decorated Main Street of Chambersburg. At the end of the evening after tasting all the cocoas, vote for favorite your favorite.

Kinder Christmas Market

Kinder Christmas Market is a special Christmas Market. It gives young artisans a chance to showcase their talent and try their hand at entrepreneurship. These wares are extra-special gifts to share original art with friends and family, plus support young talent and build their confidence.

Festival of Trees at the 11/30 Visitors Center

Be sure to visit Festival of Trees at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center, located next door to Central Presbyterian Church. Enjoy the beauty of more than 30 trees and wreaths, decorated by county-wide businesses, organizations, and groups. Vote for your favorite or bid on one to take home. Children can color a Ben Franklin holiday page or make a candy cane or wreath ornament. At 6:30 PM in the lobby of the 11/30 Visitors Center, enjoy the 2019 A Cappella & Unplugged winners—For F4ith—as they sing selections from their holiday cd—A Faith-Filled Christmas. (The cd will be on sale for $10.) At 7 PM, Marla Hart, a 2019 A Cappella & Unplugged finalist, will perform holiday favorites, including fun, jingle bell songs and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Plus, Santa will be downtown from 5 PM to 6:30 PM. Holiday music along Main Street will be proviced by Rick Summers and James Buchanan Alumi Chorus,