Foodies Wanted for Food Truck Festival October 24

Foodies Wanted for Food Truck Festival October 24

Join Downtown Chambersburg Inc. for Fall Food Truck Fest!

At least 20 vendors will be on hand and spread throughout our downtown in various parking lots! Vendors will be added.

So far, Bev’s Jamaican Cuisine, Sloppy Hog, Roy Pitz Brewing Company, Whatta Jerk, Soul Smoked BBQ by TJ Morton, Chef De Crepe, GearHouse Brewing Company, Yume Teriyaki Grill, Bernard’s Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Bentwood Smokers BBQ, CJ’s Takeout, Coffeeine Unlimited, Kimchee Girl, Coco’s Grill, Farm Show Milkshakes, The Pretzel Spot Cafe, Cold Spring Hollow Distillery, Sweet Rollers, Jenni’s Knife and Spork, Italian Job Food Truck, Uncle Eddie’s BBQ, Food Adventures, Creekview Food Company, Edward’s Kettle Corn, Chameleon 1648, Rollz on Wheelz, Fat Russ BBQ, Funnel N Around, Shuman’s Concessions, Rob Smiley’s House of Smoke & Lizzy’s are confirmed.

LIVE MUSIC includes Raising Moxie and Lucky Punk. More at

October 16 Is A Celebration at Franklin County Visitors Center

October 16 Is A Celebration at Franklin County Visitors Center

On October 16, join the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at the 11/30 Visitors Center to celebrate 100 Years of The Foundation for Enhancing Community (TFEC), a launch of the Civil War Trails in Franklin County PA, and the Chambersburg Quilt Guild’s Stitches in Time Quilt Show. Adding to the festivities is AppleFest—a celebration of the harvest season with craft and art vendors, food, and live music.

“October 16 is an extra-special day,” said Janet Pollard, executive director of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau. “because we are recognizing TFEC for more than 100 years of supporting and helping to build community. As part of TFEC’s 100th anniversary, it sponsored Civil War Trails signs in Chambersburg and by doing so, launches the trails in Franklin County.”

The Civil War Trails (CWT) are expected to mark between two and three dozen sites in Franklin County. Currently, CWT interprets more than 1200 locations in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee and produces 15 map-guides to distribute domestically, internationally, and online.

“The support of TFEC is like opening a door. It is the beginning to sharing Franklin County stories of Civil War heroines, John Brown, Frederick Douglass, Martin Delany, USCT, and the three invasions of Franklin County throughout the Civil War,” said Pollard.

At the outset of the Civil War, Franklin County was a farming community. Today, agriculture remains a leading industry. It is only appropriate to have the Stitches in Time Quilt Show as part of the celebration. Quilting is a tradition of farm families everywhere and especially Franklin County. The exhibit contains nearly 200 quilts and quilted items, includes patriotic quilts, breast cancer tribute quilts, holiday quilts, and more.

The public is invited to join the celebration with TFEC and launch of the Civil War Trails at 11 AM at the 11/30 Visitors Center, 15 South Main Street. AppleFest is a day-long event, beginning at 9 AM and concluding at 4 PM. The Stitches in Time Quilt Show is open until 4:30 PM on October 16, noon to 3 PM on October 17, and weekdays 8 AM to 4:30 PM through October 31.

Pumpkins & Pippins’ Fall Festival Set for October 16 at Pine Hill Recreation Area

Pumpkins & Pippins’ Fall Festival Set for October 16 at Pine Hill Recreation Area

The Institute is Celebrating fall at Pine Hill Recreation Area, on Mentzer Gap Road in Waynesboro, with family fun at Pumpkins & Pippins!

Enjoy live music by Mountain Air, performing a mix of acoustic contemporary folk and pop music. Have lunch from Coco’s Grill or Maddie Ann’s Perogies food trucks, with dessert from our bake sale. Activities include Kid Zone/Yard Games, Pony Rides, StoryWalk® Hike &Activity, and Apple Cider Press Demonstrations.

In addition, visit our craft vendors, and watch the star attraction—the Trebuchet Pumpkin Launcher!

Other fun stuff includes Pie Walk, Pumpkin Patch, Vote for Your Favorite Decorated Pumpkin, and a Raffle (bring some cash!).

YOU CAN enter your decorated pumpkin—carved OR painted—in our Decorated Pumpkin Contest and could win $100! Details here. Or see info at the end of the post. This event is a fundraiser for The Institute, a non-profit organization, stewarding the natural and cultural resources of the Cumberland Valley for more than 30 years.

Help Select the “Audience Choice Award” of the Young Playwrights Festival

Help Select the “Audience Choice Award” of the Young Playwrights Festival

The Capitol Theatre invites the public to participate in selecting the “Audience Choice Award” for the 2021 Young Playwrights Festival. Below are six links to six original plays, written by Franklin County students as part of the Young Playwrights Festival in partnership with the Chambersburg Community Theatre. Happy voting!  VOTE for your favorite play to win the “Audience Choice Award”! Happy viewing and thank you for supporting young talent.




BAD HARE DAY  View here.



Wilson College Vaccination Scholarship Lottery

Wilson College Vaccination Scholarship Lottery

Wilson College announced a scholarship drawing for students vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Three lucky students will win scholarships in the amounts of $5,000, $3,000, or $1,000 that they can use toward their spring semester, 2022, education. Every vaccinated student will be entered into a random drawing. To be eligible, students must show proof of vaccination by October 18.

 “I want to encourage all members of our community to get vaccinated,” Wilson College President Wesley R. Fugate said. “The data is very clear: those who get the vaccine are less likely to contract the virus, spread the virus, have severe illness, be hospitalized, or die.”

 Fugate noted that the Delta variant was “a great deal more contagious than the original strain of the virus.” And because Delta is the dominant variant nationally and locally, we have to redouble our efforts to combat the virus on campus and in the community.

 “I know that we all are exhausted from the challenges facing us because of the pandemic,” Fugate said. “Let me remind you to afford each other patience, kindness, and understanding.”

Civil War Seminars Present Cavalry on the Road to Gettysburg as the September HISTORYTalk

Civil War Seminars Present Cavalry on the Road to Gettysburg as the September HISTORYTalk

The next HISTORYtalk will be with Bob O’Neill on September 15 at 7 p.m. EST via Zoom. His talk will be: Cavalry on the Road to Gettysburg: Aldie, Middleburg, and Uppervill Re-examined. Following the talk will be a Q&A period led by Eric Wittenberg.

Talk Synopsis

Contrary to popular belief, Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker, commanding the Army of the Potomac, neither ordered nor desired his cavalry to search for Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia in mid-June 1863. Bob O’Neill will explain what Hooker asked his cavalry to do and how, by disobeying his orders, cavalry commander Alfred Pleasonton precipitated a series of clashes with Jeb Stuart in Northern Virginia’s Loudoun Valley.


Bob O’Neill is the author of two books and numerous magazine articles. A retired police officer, his newest book, Small but Important Riots, Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville will be published in 2022. Learn more about the Union cavalry and the clashes in the Loudoun Valley on Bob’s website at

Cost is $5/person, and registrants will receive a login link upon registering. 

To learn more about HISTORYTalks and sign up for the next HISTORYtalk, click here.