Renfrew Mueum’s Oktoberfest Set October 6 at Main Street Park

Renfrew Mueum’s Oktoberfest Set October 6 at Main Street Park

Renfrew Museum and Park is set to host an outdoor beer garden for our third annual Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest will be held on October 6 in the Main Street Park, 25 East Main Street, Waynesboro.   Doors open at 3 pm and the event will be held from 4 pm to 9 pm.

Oktoberfest is Renfrew’s largest fundraiser of the year and the last two years we have hosted sell out crowds.  This year the Main Street Park will allow us to welcome even more guests to our fundraiser.  Guest must be at least 21 years of age to enter and guests will be carded at the door.  Tickets are on sale and are $40 per person until September 15 and will be September 16 the price will go up to $50 per person.  The first 250 people to purchase tickets will receive a 2018 commemorative Oktoberfest beer mug.

A beautifully decorated wagon will deliver the kegs to the front of the Main Street Park at 4 pm where Mayor Richard Starliper will tap the keg, it will be carried into the venue and Oktoberfest will kick off its evening of fun and entertainment.   Guests are asked to use the main street entrance where you will be greeted by staff and volunteers to check in, receive your wristbands and a commemorative mug if you are one of the first 250 people to purchase tickets

A buffet style dinner consisting of German Fare and a specially crafted beer will be offered in addition to live entertainment performed by the Die Shippensburg Blaskapelle German Band.  Auctions will run throughout the evening and games of heads and tails will be played.  Guests will be invited to partake in signing popular songs such as Sweet Caroline and Country Roads.  Dining tables will be set up under a tent and high-top tables will be set around so that guests can walk around and stop to socialize during the evening.

Over the last two years Oktoberfest has raised over $22,000 for Renfrew Museum and Park and we are hoping the outdoor venue will encourage more people to come out and celebrate with us.   Tickets may be purchased online using this link:

Auction items have started coming in and Renfrew is in the process of seeking out additional donations for Oktoberfest.  If you are interested in donating please contact the office.

For event and ticket information please call the Visitors Center 717-762-4723 or visit


September 29 Is Busy Day in Mercersburg PA

September 29 Is Busy Day in Mercersburg PA

Historic Mercersburg in southwest Franklin Count is the place to be on September 29! Enjoy Mercersburg Townfest and the Mercersburgl Beer & Wine Festival. Townfest is a street festival throughout the downtown with art, craft, and food vendors plus children’s activities. The festival, 9 AM to 3 PM does not have an entry fee and is a tradition for 39 years.

Adults, 21 and older,  can enjoy the Mercersburg Beer & Wine Festival  at the Mercersburg Lions Club Park at 405 S. Park Ave. in Mercersburg. Gates for regular admission open at 1 PM and close at 5 PM. With more than five wineries and 25+ breweries, featuring 50 craft beers, it is a great afternoon to spread out and enjoy some great samplings, food, and entertainment.

There are NO infants, toddlers, children or teens allowed. NO strollers, pets, coolers, picnic baskets, food or drinks permitted through the gate. Only 21 years and above allowed. Please bring federal or state ID; it is required for entry. Advance tickets are $30 and tickets at the gate are $35. Tickets inclues free commemorative sample glass, unlimited responsible access to all beers, three samples from each vintner or winery, live music, access to purchase glasses or bottles of wine, plus free parking or free shuttle service. Designated driver tickets are $30 and also receive the commemorative sample glass but do not have on-site access to beer and wine. Two non-alcoholic coupons are included.

Both the Mercersburg Townfest and Beer and Wine Festival arehosted by the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce. For more on Mercersburg Townfest, please visit  Purchase tickets on Eventbrite for the Mercersburg Beer & Wine Festival here.


Shippensburg Swing Band Host Halloween Dinner Dance

Shippensburg Swing Band Host Halloween Dinner Dance

The Shippensburg Swing Band will host the annual “Halloween Dinner Dance” on Friday October 26, 2018 at Premier Events, 429 East Orange Street. The dinner is a full buffet from salad to dessert and starts at 7:00 p.m., followed by dancing, live & silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle, and a costume contest. Live music for dancing will be provided by the Shippensburg Swing Band.

The Shippensburg Swing Band, under the direction of Vicki Baker, is a swing band located in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.  Our musicians hail from Shippensburg, Newville, Chambersburg, Waynesboro, and other surrounding towns. It is part of a three-band organization:  the Shippensburg Band, the Shippensburg Blaskapelle German Band and the Shippensburg Swing Band. The music selections span from the 1930s through the 1950s, concentrating on the 30s and 40s styles of music.

Tickets for dinner and dancing are $35 per individual and $65 per couple. Tickets can be purchased online at or calling Tom at 717-377-2809.  For a “dancing only” option, tickets are $10 at the door starting at 8:00 p.m. Proceeds from the dance, auction, and raffle goes towards providing music scholarships for local high school musicians. The Shippensburg Band is a 501c-3 non-profit organization.

Allison-Antrim Museum Welcomes Dr. Edward Steers to Discuss Abraham Lincoln’s Impact

Allison-Antrim Museum Welcomes Dr. Edward Steers to Discuss Abraham Lincoln’s Impact

On Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7 pm, Allison-Antrim Museum (AAMI), 365 South Ridge Avenue, Greencastle, PA, will hold the first fall monthly speaker meeting in the Barn. AAMI welcomes back Dr. Edward Steers, Jr., whose PowerPoint presentation is “Lincoln’s Image and Influence in the U.S. and Around the World.” Our 16th president has exercised more influence through his image and legacy than anyone else to hold that office. In all corners of the world, from Tokyo to London, Lincoln’s image is ever present. Please join us as Dr. Steers examines Lincoln’s legacy through the ages.

Steers is one of the leading Lincoln scholars in the country and has written over 60 articles in various magazines and historical journals including Civil War Times, North & South, Civil War History (Kent State), the Lincoln Herald, Louisiana Life, Civil War Regiments, and the Columbiad. In addition, he has written major articles for several newspapers including The Washington Times, The Newark Sunday Herald, and the Allentown Morning Call. Steers has appeared frequently on The History Channel, C -Span, and the Today Show. Steers is the author of more than 10 books on Lincoln and the Lincoln assassination, including the critically acclaimed Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Before Steers retired in 1994, he joined the staff of the National Institutes of Health, as a molecular biologist, and collaborated with Christian B. Anfinsen (Nobel Prize winner in 1972) until 1984 when he was appointed Deputy Science Director for intramural research in the National Institute Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases.

The public is welcome and there is no admission fee for the speaker’s meeting, but donations are greatly appreciated, and will be credited toward Allison-Antrim Museum’s annual speakers’ series.

For more information, please visit:, Facebook, on Twitter @greencastlemuzm, or call 717-597-9010. Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc. is open regularly Tuesday to Friday, from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Benefit at Penn National Golf Supports Effort to Stop PA Power Line Project

Benefit at Penn National Golf Supports Effort to Stop PA Power Line Project

Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to Penn National Golf Center on September 15, 4 PM to 9 PM, for the music of Stable Shakers and the messages of citizens, leaders, and officials, talking about the proposed 29-mile, 230 kV-electric line project. The outdoor concert is being held just off Orchard Drive in Fayetteville at Penn National Golf Course’s driving range. Food trucks will be onsite, and Penn National will have free mini golf for the kids. Tickets are $20 at the gate.

Hailing from the very farmlands that are impacted by the power line project, Stable Shakers guitarist and songwriter Spencer Pheil realized the sacrifice of Franklin County. With five to seven, 13.5-story towers proposed to mark each mile of the project, Pheil’s concern spurred him to join forces with the local group standing up and speaking out about the damaging consequences of such a project. Working with Penn National Golf Course Community, Pheil thought delivering the message with the self-described “twang jazz” sounds of Stable Shakers would go a long way to building a stronger awareness of the project and solidify the importance of saving the county’s land and lifestyle. Also performing at the benefit is blues rock band Ding.

The high-power line project also impacts York County PA and Washington and Harford Counties, MD. Not a redundancy project or one to provide electric to citizens and businesses without power, it is a market efficiency project that will implement eminent domain, if approved, to acquire land from property owners in Franklin and York Counties PA and Washington and Harford Counties, MD with the intent of trying to provide an unguaranteed cost-saving to electric users in northern VA, Baltimore, and Washington DC.

Stop PA Power Lines Benefit is fun with a purpose. Anyone unable to attend and wanting to find out more about the project impacts, can visit or can donate at GoFundMe.



Bring Your Dog To Fido’s First Friday

Bring Your Dog To Fido’s First Friday

The Downtown Business Council (DBC) and Council for the Arts of Chambersburg present the September First Friday celebration, “Fido’s First Friday”, sponsored by Noelker & Hull, on Friday September 7th from 5-8 pm in downtown Chambersburg.  For more information, call (717) 658-4372 or find the Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg and the Council for the Arts-Chambersburg on Facebook.  Artists interested in participating should call 717-816-7568.

Chambersburg’s Courthouse Plaza will be the center of activity for Fido’s First Friday, with music by Tresa Day and Soleil, and Dog Contests that will include Best Dressed, Cutest Face and “Animal’s Got Talent”. First Friday participants are encouraged to sign up their dog that evening and compete for prizes, with contests starting at 6:30. Also on the Courthouse Plaza will be a kids’ craft table and a Protection for Paws display.

Kindly Canines of Chambersburg will bring therapy dogs and information about their program to Fido’s First Friday. This group is an all-volunteer group of handlers with kind, gentle dogs that “make life a little better for people of all ages and needs”. Pet-related businesses will be featured as well: Perky Paws, Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, Vintage Hounds Grooming Salon and Paw Spa Grooming. Also represented will be Operation Save a Vet, Save a Pet; Community Uniting and Boy Scout Troop 128.

On the Northwest (Square One) quadrant of the Square, Creatures Great and Small will entertain visitors with a Small Animals Petting Zoo.

Other activities continue throughout downtown.  First Friday participants are encouraged to stop by the Foundry, 100 South Main Street to see the exhibit “Dream It, Draw It: Whimsical Animals by Carrie Dietrich”; and Council for the Arts, 81 North Main Street, to meet and view the artwork of Cindy Haden Baker, Jean Frey and Janette Koons in their exhibit “A Brush with Nature”. Well-behaved dogs are welcome!