Renfrew Museum Celebrates Christmas on the Farm with A Hometown Holiday

Renfrew Museum Celebrates Christmas on the Farm with A Hometown Holiday

Hometown Holiday is the theme for this year’s Christmas on the Farm at Renfrew Museum and Park on December 7 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, December 8 from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, and December 9 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  Christmas on the Farm is a yearly event at Renfrew Museum and Park.   Our Hometown Holiday theme was chosen to celebrate this year’s Bicentennial, celebrating 200 years since the Borough of Waynesboro was formed.

The Museum House will be decorated with Waynesboro holiday memorabilia and collectibles provided by local community members.  Model train layouts from Quincy Village Model Railroad Club and the Waynesboro Model Railroad Club will be in the Visitors Center.  A variety of musical groups will perform throughout the three days.  A full schedule of musical performances will be on Renfrew’s website by December 1.

An artist proof by Landis Whitsel, Christmas Past, was donated by Jeff Mace for this year’s raffle to support Renfrew.  An artist proof is one of the first ten prints from an original, signed by the artist.  Artist proofs are printed prior to a larger run of the print.

In addition, Mr. Mace provided historical photographs depicting Christmas scenes from the mid 1900’s.  Many of these pictures were taken by Sylvester Snyder, a noted amateur photographer in the area for many decades.  Mr. Mace’s collection also includes other seasonal memorabilia, including antique calendar.

David George graciously loaned Renfrew many items from his Waynesboro collection to help decorate the house.   The antique fruit dryer is one of the unique pieces of his collection that you’ll see as enter the Museum House through the kitchen.

Admission to Christmas on the Farm includes a Museum House tour along with entertainment in the Wagon Shed Room and the model train displays and refreshments in the Visitors Center.  Admission is $8.00 adults, $7.00 seniors, $5.00 ages 7-18, and Kids 6 and under and Renfrew Members are free.

For additional information on Christmas on the Farm please call 717-762-4723 or visit www.renfrewmuseum.org.

Toto 40 Trips Around the Sun Tour Lands at Luhrs Center

Toto 40 Trips Around the Sun Tour Lands at Luhrs Center

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents TOTO: 40 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN TOUR, Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. Reserved tickets are $75, $65 & $55 and are now on sale. VIP packages are available. A group discount is available for groups of 20 or more. Reserved tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling the Luhrs Center box office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

Historically, few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of TOTO. As individuals, the band members’ performances can be heard on an astonishing 5,000 albums that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums. Among these recordings, NARAS applauded the collected works with 225 GRAMMY nominations. Band members were South Park characters, while Family Guy did an entire episode around one of their hits, and recently Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell scored their honeymoon video to “Africa.”

As a band, TOTO has sold over 40 million albums, and today continues to be a worldwide arena draw staging standing room only events across the globe. With over 39 years together and thousands of credits and accolades to their names, TOTO remains one of the top selling touring and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical
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credibility. Their repertoire continues to be current through high profile usage on both broadcast television and in films. They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70s bands that has endured the changing trends and styles to a career enjoying a multi-generational fan base.

It is not an exaggeration to estimate that 95% of the world’s population has heard a performance by a member of TOTO. The list of those they individually collaborated with reads like a who’s who of Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, alongside the biggest names in music. The band took a page from their heroes, The Beatles, playbook and created a collective that features multiple singers, songwriters, producers, and multi-instrumentalists.

The band is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year with the “40 Trips Around The Sun” tour.

The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre offers a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers.

Remembering Veterans in Franklin County

Remembering Veterans in Franklin County

Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) invites the public to remember veterans throughout Franklin County this November. Waynesboro, in southeast Franklin County, is honoring local veterans with Hometown Heroes banners throughout the downtown. The banner initiative pays tribute to the contributions of Waynesboro area veterans.

The November 2nd First Friday in downtown Chambersburg is dedicated to remembering and honoring veterans. Brussels Café, 55 North Main, commemorates service men and women with a remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. U.S. Army Retired Colonel Doug Mastriano, author of Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne and Argonne: A New History of America’s Greatest Battle will be discussing his work and signing books throughout the evening. Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne received the William E. Colby Military Writers’ Award in 2015.

Allison-Antrim Museum, on Ridge Avenue in Greencastle, is commemorating the end of the Great War with a fall exhibit from its collection of uniform items and photographs of native sons. In addition, WWI recruiting posters, trench art, souvenirs, Prussian helmets, rifle bayonets, a slide show of WWI photographs from France and Germany are on exhibit through November 23, 2018. Allison-Antrim Museum is open regularly Tuesday to Friday, noon to 4 pm and Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm.

On November 24, as part of the grand opening of the Franklin County 11/30 Center, 15 South Main Street, local historian Mike Marotte will tell the story of WWI and its ending through the original source letters of a local resident. In addition, a feature exhibit of the new center will remember the impacts of WWI in Franklin County.

In November and throughout the year, visitors to Franklin County are invited to explore the Franklin County Military Trail of History. In Franklin County and throughout the country the local stories are the national contributions. The Military Trail guidebook is available online here or by contacting FCVB at 866.646.8060.

Grand Opening Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center Set For Small Business Saturday

Grand Opening Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center Set For Small Business Saturday

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) invites the public to the November 24th grand opening of the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center, named for its location at the intersection of the two historic Routes 11 and 30 in downtown Chambersburg. The grand opening coincides with Small Business Saturday 2018 and is a day-long event from 10 AM to 7 PM. It includes walking tours, book signings, speakers, musical entertainment, and tours of the facility. At 5 PM and 6 PM, FCVB will host a live performance of 300 Years of American History, including 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg. Visitors can enjoy the performance from inside the 11/30 Visitors Center with an indoor light show or enjoy a radio-style broadcast outdoors where an exterior light show will accompany the story.

The 11/30 Visitors Center is strategically located at these two main travel arteries of Chambersburg, the county seat of Franklin County, and establishes a gateway to explore Franklin County PA. It will feature five different exhibits, changing themes every eight weeks. The grand opening exhibits are Remembering World War 1, Artisans of Franklin County, Stone Arch and Covered Bridges of Franklin County, On The Move in Franklin County, and Fresh Foods of Franklin County. Along with the exhibits, FCVB will associate an itinerary to each theme for visitors to explore the five main communities of Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro plus areas in between or “around the bend” such as Fort Loudon, Mont Alto, Fayetteville, or Rouzerville.

FCVB coincided the Grand Opening of the 11/30 Visitors Center with Small Business Saturday because small town flavor is one of the draws for the half-million visitors to the county annually. FCVB is supporting several shopping giveaways and activities in Chambersburg, Greencaste, and Waynesboro. The retail and hospitality sector of Franklin County supports more than 15,000 jobs and is the core of more than $300 million of visitor spending annually.

FCVB purchased the 10,000-sq.ft. brick and marble building at 15 South Main Street in December 2016. The property, constructed in 1865, served as a bank throughout its existence. Historically known as the First National Bank of Chambersburg and in later years, Unitas Bank and Sovereign Bank, it last functioned in May 2015 as Santander Bank. With $1.6 million in renovations, FCVB transformed the property to the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center to tell stories of history and humanity and share the county’s healthy fresh foods, inspiring art, architecture, and entertainment. The two main vaults of the bank remain intact. One will host videos of the county and the other will hold the itineraries to help launch visitors throughout Franklin County.

Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center Grand Opening Schedule: November 24 – 10 AM to 7 PM

10 AM to 10:45 AM – Brussel Café – Coffee & Waffle Cake

10:15 AM– 10:50 AM – Walking Tour departs for Downtown Walk of History

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Mike Marotte presents: “World War I Touches Franklin County”

12:15 PM – 12:50 PM – Walking Tour departs for Downtown Walk of History

1 PM – 2:30 PM – Ted Alexander presents: “The American Civil War in Franklin County”

2:15 PM – 2:50 PM – Walking Tour departs for Downtown Walk of History

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM– Ghost Pit Presents  “Spirits of 15 South Main”

5 PM – Franklin County: 300 Years of American History, including 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg

6 PM – Franklin County: 300 Years of American History, including 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg

Exhibit viewing, video presentations, and building tours from 10:30 AM to 4 PM. Musical entertainment will be provided by semi-finalists and finalists of Franklin County’s musical contest A Cappella & Unplugged.

Franklin County: 300 Years of American History, including 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg is a variation of the annual light show. Visitors can enjoy the presentation from inside or outdoors. Two show are provided for visitors to enjoy both experiences.

Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide Connects Foodies to Great Food in Franklin County

Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide Connects Foodies to Great Food in Franklin County

Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) showcases fresh food and great dining in Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide. Franklin County has an abundance of freshness to share. The county ranks second in vegetable production in the state, is home to the Chambersburg peach, and yields  850 million pounds of milk annually. With such a variety of fresh foods, foodies love Franklin County.

Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide features healthy eating stories; all-American and international flavors of Franklin County; a spotlight on local breweries, wineries, and distilleries; listings of farm stands, farmers markets, and honey producers plus a guide to local restaurants. The publication is a great way to plan a “foodie tour” of Franklin County and take home some of the fresh foods from farmers markets, cheese makers, and creameries to enjoy a little longer. It even throws in a few favorite recipes and ways to eat more plant-based meals.

Food is an essential part of every trip, and Franklin County food is a reason to visit. Plan ahead by checking out the publication online here. Or, contact the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 866.646.8060 to receive a printed publication.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore Franklin County PA and enjoy the trails of history, arts and architecture, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods and the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and is an easy drive to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Discover more…plan a visit soon at ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com or by contacting 866.646.8060.