This week’s Music Spotlight focuses on a band primarily from the Carlisle area made up of some fathers and a mother. Introducing The Gregorys.
The Gregorys is Brett Rudder, Aaron Lepley, John Hope, and Colleen Hertzler. Like many other parents, these individuals don’t have much time at their disposal. Their lives are composed of the typical parental responsibilities: chauffeuring children around, feeding mouths, mowing lawns (when the season requires it), and fulfilling common home maintenance chores. But when their packed schedules have the slightest window of free time, they are hard at work practicing music and creating. Each member is a songwriter, bringing varying abilities in the to the table. The end result is a group with a truly collaborative nature. This is also supported by their band-held belief that humans were created to create.
The band’s influences vary greatly as well. Artist and band inspirations are spurred by acts like Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley, Jars of Clay, Beach Boys, Eagles, Creed, Hank Williams, Pink Floyd, and Hot Jam Factory. The folk and Americana movement, and the “Dad Rock” has been a driving force in shaping the harmony-driven, and acoustic-based sound of The Gregorys. Their music also captures their appreciation for God, love, and the motions of life. A live show will consist of originals with the occasional deep-cut cover with a twist.
In their eyes, they are not studied poets or accomplished musicians. However, for The Gregorys, connecting with the audience is number one. Music is something that affects each individual audience member differently. That connection between audience and creator is an added benefit to expressing themselves. In the words of front man, Brett Rudder, “We’re simple people, with simple lives, sharing our simple songs.” And sometimes, simple is more than enough to provide an excellent and entertaining listening experience.
To follow The Gregorys through their musical journey, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thegregorysmusic. Here is a music video to their song “The Pier”.
YouTube Video: “The Pier”
Spotlight contributed by: Evan Crider
The Path Valley Historical Society is a new organization in the area celebrating 2 years of coming together to preserve and celebrate the diverse history in Path Valley. The mission of the Path Valley Historical Society is founded on the ideals of educating and involving area youth, preservation, restoration and support the legacy that lies within its community.
Established in January 2018, the organization lends itself as a resource to the community and those passionate about history and the community though it’s museum, local research, genealogy and education efforts. Those interested in visiting the Path Valley Historical Society located at 19483 Spring Run Rd, Spring Run PA can do so on Wednesday’s from 2pm to 5pm. As the organization grows, they seek volunteers and individuals interested in partnering with the society as they endeavor to remember their past in an effort to preserve the future.
A recent area of interest in Path Valley has been the Carrick Furnace which volunteers have recently worked to clean and preserve so that visitors can enjoy this historical landmark also adding a driveway and parking lot. The Furnace was deeded to the Path Valley Historical Society in February 2020. Located in Metal Township, the property donnes a limestone furnace stack, Peter L Weimer blowing engine (1879), boilers from the steam engine and cast house foundation. The Carrick Furnace was built in 1828 by General Samuel Dunn. In 1837, operations were suspended and was then sold in 1843. After being leased to “Witherow and Walker” in 1879 it was converted to “hot blast” after the installation of the steam-powered blowing engine and went out of blast in 1884 which at the time had then been donated to the Franklin Historical Society. In 1991, Carrick Furnace was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 2020 continues to be revitalized now under care of the Path Valley Historical Society.
To get involved with the Path Valley Historical Society you can learn more here on their website or e-mail email@example.com / 717-349-2583
If you’d like to volunteer or donate to the preservation of history and the Carrick Furnace you can join the Facebook group Friends of Carrick Furnace.
Blog contributed by: Lauren Formosa
Country Creek Produce Farm is a local favorite and a visitor’s delight! They’re not your average produce farm! Locals look forward to all the seasonal fun they have to offer, and people travel from all around to get in on the “Fresh. Local. Family. Fun.” that can be found here!
Located at 3794 Etter Rd. in Chambersburg, you’ll be wowed by all the “agri-tainment” they have to share; from U-Pick strawberries, blueberries, flowers, and pumpkins, to hay rides, a giant corn maze, pumpkin cannons and so much fun that you’ll definitely need to come back!
Country Creek Produce Farm grows over 20 seasonal fruits and vegetables on the Chambersburg Farm which can be purchased locally at two farm stand locations in Chambersburg on Rt. 11 across from McDonalds and Rt. 30E at Snavely’s Garden Corner. Local giants (no pun intended) like Giant, Martins and Sunnyway also carry their fresh produce. New this year, Country Creek launched a weekly CSA (community supported agriculture) Box called, Your Farmers Box which supplies the most fresh, in-season, locally grown fruits and vegetables available from their farm to your home! If you’re lucky, you might also find a sweet treat in your box! Also new to Country Creek’s toolbox is their online store! Consumers can take advantage of the availability of eggs, honey, flowers and of course farm fresh produce that will be ready and available for curb-side pick-up. You can register for their Fall subscription or sign-up for the weekly CSA box here.
Fall is a major time of year for Country Creek Produce Farm and the fun is endless! On September 12th the 2020 season kicks off with the opening of the Corn Maze and other Fall fun through November 7th. This year, Country Creek will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale and all the wonderful nurses with a maze themed, “The Year of the Nurse and Midwife.” Other Fall fun that can be found include; Hayrides (starting September 19th), a hay pyramid, 2 jump pads, live animal petting zoo, the pumpkin cannon, barrel rides, slides and over 20 activities, photo ops and special activities for all! Kids love to host birthday parties here too! Book a party or plan a special day for that special someone and enjoy the magic of Fall at Country Creek. For more details on Fall Fun at Country Creek Produce Farm and to reserve your tickets or seasonal pass, click here.
Don’t forget to follow County Creek Produce Farm on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on all the fun in they have in store, all year ‘round! Or call 717-729-5343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Spotlight contributed by: Lauren Formosa
This week’s Music Spotlight features a fantastic local musician from Rouzerville, PA as well as a former A’Cappella Unplugged finalist. Enter musician and singer-songwriter, Blaine “Little Toe” Phebus.
Imagine rolling through winding country roads with the windows down. The sun is getting close to setting over the gentle rolling hills. The cool summer air is rushing in through the open windows and of course, there is the relaxing echo of a fuzzy radio playing out music as the car bends around turns, hitting long strides of an open county road. Blaine Phebus would be the source of that music. Between the raspy, twang of his voice and his articulate guitar strumming, Phebus would be the perfect choice for a leisurely drive.
As far as influences, Blaine has gravitated towards numerous groups and songwriters. From heartfelt ballads of John Prine, to the bluesy, soul saturated tunes of Ray Charles, to the 90s rock twang songs from Blind Melon, and so many more, Blaine somehow embodies characteristic from each of his influences. It is truly something one must hear.
For Blaine, music is an outlet. In his words, “Music is an outlet or a door for me. I go in and punch the clock to my tiny world.” Though simple, this statement rings true. It offers him the opportunity to be creative and to do something to test his mind and keep him occupied. It lends him a chance to escape the overwhelming nature of life. Blaine says, “When I’m doing my thing, all the weight from that tiny world is gone. There are no responsibilities. There is nothing at all.” For him it is pure enjoyment. Not to mention, it is rewarding to produce something people appreciate and love.
Blaine is actively playing at venues around the area when the opportunity arises. So be sure to follow him on Facebook for gig updates! Also follow him on YouTube by searching “Blaine Show”. For a little taste, here he is playing one of his original tunes “Way Back There” click here.
Spotlight contributed by: Evan Crider
Saturday, Sept. 12th at the lot at GearHouse Brewing Co. on Grant St. Chambersburg! 10am – 3pm featuring 25 small business vendors with vintage and handmade goods including clothing, accessories, housewares, bags, quirky odd gadgets, jewelry, plush animals, wood working, pottery, soap and more! This is a FREE event and pets on leashes are welcome! Please wear a mask! Click here to check out more details and vendor info!