Sweets, treats, and nostalgia mixed with a touch of modern flare, that’s what you’ll find at the brand-new addition to Mainstreet, Waynesboro at Warner’s Old Fashion Soda Shoppe. There’s something for kids of all ages and a heaping dose of the good ole’ days with an array of old-fashioned candies, ice cream, hand-spun cotton candy, glass bottled soda and floats!
Warner’s Old Fashion Soda Shopped opened their doors in June of 2020 with a mantra of “Do What You Love” and that’s exactly what they did! Aside from the delicious treats and fun events that Warner’s hosts, there is more meaning behind their existence than the product at the store front; their vision is to inspire the youth in the community to unapologetically, do what they love. The shoppe owner loves her community and wants to celebrate inclusivity, diversity, trueness to one’s self and support of the community and those who reside and visit. She believes that despite the troubles that many have faced, we are all in this together and it is our differences and struggles that make us stronger!
Whether you’re looking for a unique, creatively crafted, delicious treat or want to take a stroll down memory lane, you’ll feel all the good “feels” when you support this local hot spot! Follow Warner’s Old Fashion Soda Shoppe on Facebook at facebook.com/warnerssodashoppe to keep up on all the sweet treats, specials and fun events that they have planned for everyone to enjoy. They have so much fun lined up, you’ll become a regular in no time!
Warner’s Old Fashion Soda Shoppe would also like to announce that they will be offering their space for small party rental. Whether it’s a birthday party, baby shower, bridal shower, ect. we recommend hosting your next event at their uniquely sweet shop!
Tourism Partner Spotlight by Lauren Formosa
Break out the lederhosen and dirndl because Renfrew Museum & Park is celebrating Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 19. Join Renfrew Museum & Park as it celebrates German heritage with good food, good beer, and plenty of family- friendly fun at the 5th Annual OktoberFest. The celebration is moving to the beautiful grounds of Renfrew where visitors can enjoy the beauty and authenticity of the Royer family farmstead.
Renfrew is offering two four-hour events, to ensure compliance to COVID-19 guidelines for outdoor gatherings. Entry tickets are $5/person and children 12 and under are free. The first event is Noon to 4 PM, and the second is 4 PM to 8 PM. Each event will include:
- Traditional German and Oktoberfest music
- Hot dog or 8-oz. vegetable soup
- Samples of local craft beer, wine, and cider in the Biergarten Tent
- Tour of the main floor of the 1812 Royer farmhouse
- Kids Activities, including 19th century farm chores–like rug-beating and washing clothing, making an Alpine hat, and playing old-fashioned games.
- Historic trades and crafts
- Food, art, vintage items, and artisan wares for purchase
- Accession Tag Sale to benefit the care of Renfrew’s museum collection
- Silent Auction
Advance registration is highly recommended; attendees are limited. Register online here. Attendees, aged 21 and over, may purchase four Biergarten tokens for $20 at the event. ID is required.
Renfrew Museum & Park is 107 acres of history and nature. The grounds offer more than 5-acres of walking trails, catch-and-release fishing, and beautiful views. As the home of German-American tanner and farmer Daniel Royer, the land sustained generations of the Royer family. The property was sold and used for tenant farming in the early 1900s. In 1943, Edgar and Emma Nicodemus married and made Renfrew home. When Emma Nicodemus passed in 1975, she bequeathed the property to the Borough of Waynesboro and stipulated it be a museum and park named Renfrew.
This week’s Music Spotlight features a former A’Cappella Unplugged contestant: introducing Mr. Robert Twine!
A resident of beautiful and historic Mercersburg, or as he calls it “The Wild West”, Robert Twine is one incredibly versatile musician. Robert pulls influence from country classic legends like Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson, and also the great Ray Orbison. Twine also collects influence from popular sensations over the years like Frank Sinatra, Jack Johnson, the Eagles, Nine Inch Nails, Tupac, Billy Joel, and so many more. As a result, listeners can hear a plethora of artists and tunes spanning the decades! It is hard not to sing along.
After hearing Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”, Robert knew he wanted to dig into the world of music. Initially, Twine started with learning his way around the keys on a piano. Eventually, he became intrigued by the rhythmic nature of playing the drums, however, these instruments were ultimately eclipsed by the guitar. After picking up his first guitar, Robert came to the realization of it being much more appealing and portable. Eventually, he began employing the use of harmonica to accompany his playing.
When it comes to music, Robert Twine loves the art of creating a song and making it his own. For him, there is just something about the process of creating a song, a pattern, a progression, and then fitting words to what is created. It is like a puzzle built by sound. Through finding this love of writing songs and also added a creative touch to his covers, Twine decided to give it a purpose. He has created a business based upon playing music for the elderly throughout the community. Robert travels to nursing homes and assisted living facilities to play for those in need of a little music. This is the case now more than ever. Through his eyes, he sees the struggles our elderly community members face. He believes a little entertainment can help.
If you want to know more about Robert Twine, you can find him via his personal Facebook profile. You can also listen to some of his original work on YouTube by searching “Robert Twine”.
For a little taste, here is his song, “Willing Yet”! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTHIvQMWIOs&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3QSdbcy9WKtmjChoWzx86bPRUISWysiu2Ow3YJs9Um8nmjrMrH1PRED5w
Music Spotlight by Evan Crider
August is National Peach Month and peach eaters for decades have known that “Chambersburg peaches” are among the sweetest and juiciest. Franklin County orchards have been bearing delicious peaches all summer and many are expected to be producing through Labor Day.
Most of the time, folks looking for Chambersburg peaches are referring to Redhaven peaches. But, do not be fooled. Just because it is a Redhaven peach doesn’t mean it is a Chambersburg peach. The soil of Franklin County and the warm summer nights make Franklin County peaches especially sweet and juicy. Part of the deliciousness lies in the knowledge of the county orchardists, who know when to pick the peaches. Plus, purchasing these sweet peaches locally means they are not overheated and bruised in shipping. There truly isn’t anything like a Chambersburg, Franklin County PA peach.
Shatzer’s Fruit Market in Chambersburg is a long-standing producer of Chambersburg peaches. The blustery cold and frost around Good Friday. It made the 2020 peach crop at Shatzer’s a little smaller, so peaches are available in quarts, not bushels.
Canning peaches is a way to enjoy the flavor of summer year-round. Hess Orchards on Route 316, about midway between Chambersburg and Waynesboro, has Sun High and Loring. Both are freestone varieties and good for canning. Hess, also, has a good Baby Gold, a cling variety that cans well.
Tracey’s Orchards on Hollowell Church Road in Greencastle has a variety of peaches to supply peach-lovers through mid-September, including white peaches.
Tawnya Tracey, co-owner of Tracey’s Orchards says “I recommend Creshaven peaches. It’s a personal favorite of mine and it’s a freestone peach. It’s a good, sweet peach that doesn’t deteriorate fast and it’s versatile because it can be used for canning, baking and eating.”
For more places to purchase peaches, see Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide, and check out the peach recipes, too.
The Franklin County Visitors Bureau is teaming up with tourism partners to showcase our wonderful local businesses and unique destinations withing Franklin County.
This week’s edition features a local business with a store front in Waynesboro as well as in Chambersburg. Introducing 1884 Market House and 1833 Schiers Market.
The 1884 Market House possesses a rich history within Franklin County. For four decades, The Market House was formerly part of Schiers Furniture Market. At one point, the building was also an ice cream producing location. However, then Harry Morningstar Jr. renovated the building into a host for antique goods and vendors from all over the area. His goal was inspired by the Waynesboro farmers market as well as by antique store owners James and Jess House of Goods. From there, Harry was set on establishing and improving the antique and vendor market in Franklin County.
1833 Schiers Market has been apart of Franklin County since it name states; 1833. The term “schier” is Pennsylvania Dutch for “barn”. Originally a hand built barn, Schiers then became a furniture store in 1955. It was then renovated and expanded in the year of 1965. Unfortunately, the furniture store reached its end in 2017, but was reopened and reimagined with Harry Morningstar’s vision.
Today, both the 1884 and the 1833 house a vast variety of vendors, craftsman and antique enthusiasts of all kinds. From vintage goods, refurbished items, to new-modern items, travels and antique shoppers can find all that they need from these two businesses.
Ultimately, the mission for Harry Morningstar Jr. and his staff is not to compete with other antique markets, but to “complete” it. The mission is to add color and some variety as well as unite antique and specialty good shoppers around the nation. Customers that shop at these businesses receive interchangeable incentives as well, another reason to check out 1833 Schiers Market and The 1884 Market House.
Both businesses are open daily between 10am and 5pm. You can find the 1884 at 15 Schier’s Way, Waynesboro, PA 17268 and you can find the 1833 at 2003 Lincoln Way E, Chambersburg, PA 17202.