3rd Saturdays on the Square in Greencastle

3rd Saturdays on the Square in Greencastle

Mark your calendars for 3rd Saturdays in the Square in Greencastle, PA, starting May 15, from 9 Am to 1 PM. Brought to the public by the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by West Penn Power as premiere sponsor and The Cara Sheaffer Group as Entertainment Sponsor. Visit the square in Greencastle for hand-crafted artisan wares and food vendors. 3rd Saturdays run through August. Want to be a vendor? Contact 717-597-4610.

Summer Camps at Totem Pole Playhouse

Summer Camps at Totem Pole Playhouse

Amidst the thick forest of Caledonia State Park in Michaux State Forest, children and teens will be found singing, dancing and acting.   Enrollment is now open for Totem Pole Playhouse’s Theatrical Summer Camps and with our current, amended Covid 19 Health Policies and Procedures in place, we can promise a safe environment for all involved.  Shippensburg resident and Drama Teacher, Luke Reed has been appointed Director of Children’s Theatre & Educational Outreach and will take the lead on this summer’s camps.  Since graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he has been working steadily in the field of theatrical arts.  Most notably he was a longtime member of the internationally acclaimed and awarded Department of Education at Lenox’s Shakespeare & Company.  Luke has also been a tremendous asset to Totem Pole and has Stage Managed, Directed and Choreographed several different productions.

SHAKESPEARE INTENSIVE – Campers will access and explore Shakespeare’s timeless language, characters, and stories.  Instruction will focus on bringing the text alive, creative play, and dynamic scene work, culminating in a performance of the Bard’s work performed in one of our scenic outdoor spaces.

Two Week Intensive for those going into the 5th Grade through the 8th Grade

Two Week Intensive for those going into the 9th Grade through the 12th Grade

CREATIVE DRAMATICS INTENSIVE – Creative Dramatics is an improvisational, non-scripted, form of dramatic play that helps children explore their imaginations to their fullest potential.  This work is authentic, brave and confidence building, helping campers develop a profound sense of awareness and self-esteem, while bringing out the magic in every child.  A short performance highlighting their work will be preformed in one of our scenic outdoor spaces.

One week Intensive for those going into the 2nd Grade through the 5th Grade

MUSICAL THEATRE INTENSIVE – Campers will become a company of young actors, experiencing all aspects of producing a show.  Instruction will focus on character creation, self-discovery, and becoming a valued part of a working theatre company.  The intensive will culminate in a fully realized stage musical, performed in one of our scenic outdoor spaces.

Three week Intensive for those going into the 5th Grade through the 10th Grade

“This summer is going to be fabulous.  We have an amazing group of counselors and staff that are poised and ready to share their talents with children thirsty for the dramatics,” stated Sue McMurtray, Director of Marketing & Communications.   “Partial and Full scholarships are also being awarded thanks to generous sponsors like the Rotary Club of Chambersburg.” said James Nadeau, Interim Executive Director.

Where: Totem Pole Playhouse, 9555 Golf Course Rd, Fayetteville, PA 17222

When: SHAKESPEARE INTENSIVE – June 21 through July 2

CREATIVE DRAMATICS – July 12 through July 16

MUSICAL THEATRE INTENSIVE – July 19 through August 6

Camp Schedule: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm

Cost:   SHAKESPEARE INTENSIVE – $200.00 per week for 2 weeks – Total $400.00

CREATIVE DRAMATICS – $250.00 per week for 1 weeks – Total $250.00

MUSICAL THEATRE INTENSIVE – $200.00 per week for 3 weeks – Total $600.00

Class sizes are limited; please contact 717-352-2164 option 1 or email for more information boxoffice@totempoleplayhouse.org

Coy Public Library Offers Array of Family Fun

Coy Public Library Offers Array of Family Fun

All ages welcome! Check out Tuesday evenings at Britton Park, located at 304 Britton Road. Performances begin on June 1 and run through August 3. Masks will be required if within 6 feet of others. Register to secure your spot and reserve special supplies and/or snacks. 

Campfire Tales Kickoff
June 1st – Register
6:00 or 6:30pm @ Britton Park

Secure your spot and reserve your campfire kickoff snack pack for your family, craft supplies, and a spot to enjoy our kickoff entertainment with Lampyridæ! Lampyridæ is a talented, up-and-coming original works fiddle trio.

*Special Campfire Raffle! Everyone who attends kickoff will be entered to win a raffle basket with a campfire blanket, snacks and more!

Creatures Great and Small
June 8th
6:30-7:30pm @ Britton Park

We will be sharing facts about a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, and bugs along with showing a couple demonstrations. Register here.

Kit’s Interactive Theatre
June 15th – Virtual – Register here.
July 20th – 6:00pm @ Britton Park

Kitty Jones performs her one-woman show titled, “Mother Nature”. The program combines improvisation, dance and music where audience members are cast right into the show! The delicate balance of ecosystems is revealed by Mother Nature and her friends. Respect for our good Earth and all her creatures is whimsically yet poignantly depicted!

Dan & Galla Musical Show
June 22nd
6:00pm @ Britton Park

Join us for an upbeat, family-friendly evening of “Tails and Tales” with Dan & Galla Musical Show! With Dan & Galla, each show is fresh and unique, with “feel-good” music from the 50’s & 60s, country, patriotic, Russian and lots more. They are so much fun!

Turtle Dance Music
July 13th – Virtual – Register here.
July 27th – 6:00pm @ Britton Park

Flap your wings, jump up and down like five little monkeys jumping on the bed and roar like a polar bear! This performance celebrates famous children’s stories and songs about animals! The show will also celebrate biodiversity – the more wild our planet is the healthier it is! Kids will dance, sing, laugh, use their imaginations and connect with new friends. The show is crafted to be inclusive for all children and a great time for parents and caregivers!

Tail-End Awards Party
August 3rd
6:00pm @ Britton Park

Join us for free pizza, awards, and celebration! The Happy Tails Prize Shop will be open for participants to redeem their tokens for exciting prizes!

New Adventures to EXPLORE in May for Kids, K-5, @ Pine Hill Recreation Area

New Adventures to EXPLORE in May for Kids, K-5, @ Pine Hill Recreation Area

The Institue invites children, grades K-5, to welcome spring and discover leaf animals, insects, and nature journaling.

Thursday, May 6, 2021, 4 to 5 p.m.
Signs of Spring
Grades: K–5; Cost: $5 member,
$6 non-member.
Location: Pine Hill Recreation Area
The group will go on a hike—a spring scavenger hunt looking for animal tracks, feathers, flowers, butterflies and more. Activities including listening to a nature story and planting a flower to take home.

Thursday, May 13, 2021, 4 to 5 p.m.
Leaf Animals
Grades: K–5; Cost: $5 member, $6 non-member.
Location: Pine Hill Recreation Area
Students will collect leaves and glue them on paper to create “leaf animals” of their choice, then take a hike, discovering interesting items in nature, including trees that are especially important for producing caterpillars or beautiful moths and butterflies. Kids will
learn about “leaf miners,” critters who live inside leaves.

Thursday, May 20, 2021, 4 to 5 p.m.
Going on a Bug Hunt
Grades: K–5; Cost: $5 member, $6 non-member.
Location: Pine Hill Recreation Area
The instructor will take the group on a guided bug/insect hunt—turning over logs, looking under leaves etc. Students will also use “bug box magnifiers” and hand-held lenses to inspect their finds up close.

Thursday, May 27, 2021, 4 to 5 p.m.
Nature Journaling
Grades: K–5; Cost: $5 member, $6 non-member.
Location: Pine Hill Recreation Area
Students will learn how to make their own “cut and fold” nature journal out of paper. They will decorate the cover with their choice of ink stamps and their own drawings. They will also take a hike to find a special spot to sit in the woods where they can draw or write— or both—in their journals, using colored pencils.

More details at www.NatureAndCultureInstitute.org
• Pre-registration and payment in advance are required. Call or email to register. •
717-762-0373 • info@natureandcultureinstitute.org

Thank you to these Institute sponsors:: The Anderson Family Fund, in memory of Vida Mae Anderson • Bruce and Pam Rowland
Additional support from Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts
Foundation; The John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation;
Alma W. Oyer; APX Enclosures, Inc.; and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family:
Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin.
Facility support courtesy of Washington Township, 12684, Mentzer Gap Road, Waynesboro PA. Nearly 175 acres to walk, enjoy and explore for all ages!

Cumberland Valley School of Music Presents Music in the Meadow

Cumberland Valley School of Music Presents Music in the Meadow

On June 5, Cumberland Valley School of Music is taking the music and food to DuCar Farm, 123 Kauffman Road East in Chambersburg, for Music in the Meadow. The “chef” needed a break from the traditional Chef’s Walk so he and his chef buddies are headed to the county! Much like the traditional Chefs Walk, admission includes food and non-alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic samples will be provided and full-sized pours will be available for purchase. Vendors are Mrs. Gibbles, Mikies Ice Cream, Edwards Kettle Corn, Gearhouse Brewing Company, plus more! A great line-up of performers are planned, including Soleil, Scott Matlock, Jerry Rigged, and Don’t Look Down. Event is noon to 3 PM; bring a lawn chair and enjoy a beautiful afternoon. Tickets are limited. Before May 1: $35 and May 1 or later are $40. Tickets for ages 6-20 are $20, and children 5 and under are FREE. Get tickets here! 

Questions, please contact:: Email –  hmcendree@cvsmusic.org  or Call – (717) 261-1220 x3

Monterey Pass Battlefield & Museum – May 15-16

Monterey Pass Battlefield & Museum – May 15-16

Join Monterey Pass Battlefield on May 15-16 for Infantry and Artillery demonstrations daily by the 2nd Maryland Artillery and 2nd Maryland Infantry Co. D, who maintain the traditions of the “Independent Greys” * of the Civil War. Modern day Independent Greys are “living history campaigners” who teach about Confederate Marylanders’ roles in the Civil War. They strive to re-create the best impressions of Marylanders possible based on research and documentation. In addition, we’ll be joined by John Galie, resident Monterey Pass battlefield guide, who will conduct walking tours of the battlefield.

The name “Independent Greys” was used by several Maryland Militia infantry companies that formed a battalion within the 53rd Maryland Militia Regiment from 1859-1861. Shortly after the Baltimore Riot on April 19, 1861, it was clear Maryland would not secede. Most “53rd” members being pro “South”, the unit dissolved. Many went to Virginia to serve. Over 25,000 Marylanders served in the Confederate Army and found themselves serving in Virginia Regiments since Maryland, as a state, never seceded. Some of these units were known as Independent Greys. The 2nd MD Artillery, also known as the Baltimore Light Artillery, served in the Army of Northern VA primarily with Cavalry units until the end of the war.

Weekend Schedule

Artillery Demos:
Daily 10am & 2pm

Infantry Reenactments:
Sat 9:30am & 2:30pm
Sun 9:30am & 1:30pm

Camp Life Open to Visit:
Sat 9:30am – 5pm
Sun 9:30am – 2pm

Guided Walking Tours:
Sat 11am & 3pm
Sun 11am Sun

Living History Weekend – Artillery Reenactors