Heritage Christmas in Greencastle Offers Shop Small Sweepstakes 2020

Heritage Christmas in Greencastle Offers Shop Small Sweepstakes 2020

As part of the Heritage Christmas season, the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce is delighted to offer the 2020 Shop Small Sweepstakes. The contest begins on Shop Small Saturday, this year November 28, and runs through December 18.

The rules are simple: participants are asked to shop at five different Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce member locations between November 28 and December 18 and bring their receipts as proof of purchase to the Chamber office by December 15 to be entered into a drawing for one of three $25 cash prizes. (Receipts will be returned after being checked.) The drawing will be held on December 21. Winners will be contacted by phone.

Visit these Chamber members for Shop Small Saturday: All Things Country; Alternative Choices; Antrim Way Honda and The Shoppes @ Antrim Way; The Bean & Biscuit; Bill Bowers Tire & Auto Center; Blaise Alexander Chevrolet; Breathe Bodywork; Brother’s Pizza, Buchanan Auto Stores; Carl’s Drug Store; The Center of Balance; The Dapperhouse Barbershop; E.L.M. Department Store; ELM Shoes; El Sombrero Restaurant; Farmer’s Union Co-op; Greencastle Golf Club; Greencastle Ace Hardware; Greencastle Golf Club & Fireside Pub; Growing With Music (CVSM); Henry’s Floor Covering;  Ivy Hill Farm; The Jewelry Shop; The John Allison Public House; Keystone Ford; Lizzy’s Restaurant; Lumber Direct; Mi Tierra Linda; Mikie’s Ice Cream & Green Cow Gifts; Rebound Adventure Cycles; Sunbodies Tanning Salon; Sunnyway Diner; Sunnyway Foods; Teal Blossom Boutique; the shop; Tony’s Pizza; Tracey’s Orchard; Wildflower Apparel; Vinnie’s on 11 and Violets & More. For a complete list of Chamber members, pick up a membership directory  in the Chamber office, or visit the online directory at www.greencastlepachamber.org.

“The purpose of the contest is to encourage shoppers to spend their holiday dollars locally. Especially now, with our small businesses feeling the effects of COVID, the loyalty and support of the community is vital,” commented G-ACC’s Interim Executive Director Valerie Meyers. She added, “Imagine our town without it’s small businesses, and you’d be imagining a place without the neighborly smiles or friendly hellos that greet you when you walk through the doors of our local shops. We have so many great retailers and services just outside our own front doors that shopping local is super convenient. By shopping locally, we’re supporting our neighbors and strengthening our whole community by circling those holiday dollars back into the community.”

For more information, call the Chamber office at 597-4610 or visit the Chamber’s website at www.greencastlepachamber.org. Serving the area since 1955, the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce strives to promote member prosperity through economic well-being and community vitality. Join. Grow. Prosper.

Christmas on the Farm at Renfrew Museum & Park

Christmas on the Farm at Renfrew Museum & Park

Renfrew Museum and Park will host its annual Christmas on the Farm holiday event on December 4, 5, and 6, 2020. Renfrew invites visitors to “Walk Back in Time” through over 200 years of tradition on its historic Pennsylvania German farmstead and rediscover the simple joys of Christmas Past with a safe, family-friendly experience this holiday season!

Follow the soft glow of flickering lanterns and the fiery blaze of torches to the beautifully decorated Museum House to encounter how treasured traditions evolved over the centuries. Explore some of our historic outbuildings where period-attired interpreters will share even more holiday cheer! Enjoy a cozy warming circle while waiting to take a horse-drawn wagon ride down Fahnestock Lane or enjoy a goodie or warm beverage from one of our vendors.             Guests can also step out of the chill into the festive atmosphere inside our Visitors Center where even more family fun awaits. Peruse the gallery, then browse Renfrew’s museum shop and Christkindlmarkt for that special gift. Admission also includes live music, historically-inspired crafts, and more!

Guests are asked to please observe and respect COVID-19 safety and gathering restrictions in effect at time of event. Masks are required inside Renfrew’s buildings at all times and outdoors when a minimum distance of 6′-0″ cannot be maintained. This event will be held rain or shine, and is designed to be indoor-outdoor with limited occupancy permitted within buildings. There’s plenty of room to spread out at multiple locations on the farmstead and maintain physical distancing. Guests are encouraged to stagger their arrival and may enter at any point during the scheduled event time on their chosen date. A period of about two hours is recommended to fully enjoy all planned activities. Sanitizing stations will be provided by Renewal By Andersen Central PA.

Christmas on the Farm is scheduled for three days only: Friday, December 4 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm; Saturday, December 5 from 3:30pm to 8:30pm; and Sunday, December 6 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth ages 3 to 12, and free for children ages 2 and under. Friends of Renfrew Museum and Park Members are also admitted free. Pre-registration is encouraged online at http://www.renfrewmuseum.org/christmas, by phone at (717) 762-4723, or in-person at the Renfrew Visitors Center, 1010 E. Main Street, Waynesboro during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Admission may also be purchased on site at two “Welcome Tent” locations at the east and west ends of the park.

Christmas on the Farm is made possible with generous support from the following sponsors: Renewal By Andersen Central PA, McLaughlin’s Energy Services, Middletown Valley Bank, Buchanan Auto Stores, Bartlett Tree Experts Chambersburg, J & M Printing, and Franklin County Visitors Bureau. For more information on Christmas on the Farm at Renfrew Museum and Park please visit www.renfrewmuseum.org/christmas. Questions may be directed to Becky LaBarre, Executive Director, at (717) 762-4723 or info@renfrewmuseum.org.

Final Week of Festival of Trees 2020

Final Week of Festival of Trees 2020

Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) is excited to bring holiday cheer to a challenging 2020.  A COVID-friendly Festival of Trees is ready to spread smiles while raising funds to support cancer services of WellSpan Health in Franklin County PA.

Decorated trees and wreaths will be displayed in the elegant lobby of the 11/30 Visitors Center, formerly the National Bank of Chambersburg. 2020 decorators include:  OSI, Renfrew Museum & Park, Franklin County Certified Tourism Ambassadors, Shabby Chic Farmhouse Boutique, Chris’s Thrift, Chambersburg Quilt Guild, Oasis of Love Church, WellSpan Health, RE/MAX Prestige – Amanda Ridgway, Sellers Funeral Home, YMCA, F&M Trust, Phab Photos, Greencastle Chamber of Commerce, A Matter of Taste & Formosa Family, Totem Pole Playhouse and Conococheague Audubon Society.

Visitors can vote for their favorite tree or wreath as well as participate in the silent auction. Details here. The 2019 Festival of Trees, the first hosted by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at the 11/30 Visitors Center, raised $2000 for WellSpan cancer services.

In addition to beautifully decorate trees and wreaths, enjoy a holiday train display, courtesy of Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club, Santa’s Workshop, and a Victorian village. Special appearances by Santa on opening night, Friday, November 20, Small Business Saturday, November 28, and closing night, Friday, December 4. Take socially distanced photos with Santa! Since the 11/30 Visitors Center used to be a bank, and the teller line is still intact, Santa will be safely tucked behind the teller line more than 6-feet away from the closest visitors.

Join FCVB on Facebook Live for holiday art with Susan Shaffer of Joyful Arts in Greencastle plus FCVB staff cookie decorating tips and home-for-the-holidays decorating fun. Details here.

Final Week of Festival of Trees hours:

  • Monday, November 30, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment –
  • Tuesday, December 1, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment – SPECIAL FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT: Home For The Holidays Decorating hosted by Leisa McCracken – Noon – 1 PM
  • Wednesday, December 2, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment – – SPECIAL FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT: JOY Painting with Susan Shaffer of Joyful Arts in Greencastle- 6 PM to 9 PM. Fee is $15.
  • Thursday, December 3, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment – SPECIAL FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT: Cookie Decorating Tips & Tricks – 1 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Friday, December 4, 8 AM – 8 PM; voting closes at 7:30 PM; winner announced by 8 PM – SPECIAL GUEST: Santa for socially distanced selfies and photos, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Admission to Festival of Trees is free. To view Festival of Trees, outside the regular hours, please contact FCVB at 717.552.2977 or 866.646.8060 to make an appointment.

Check out the trees or place a bid here and follow Facebook.com/FCVBen for previews and more.

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Cumberland Valley School of Music

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Cumberland Valley School of Music

The Cumberland Valley School of Music is a non-profit organization celebrating 31 years of music education in 2020 with programs that teach orchestral and band instruments, voice, piano, guitar, drama and theatrical techniques and Suzuki piano with numerous classes for all ages! CVSM welcomes all with open doors to participate in lessons, classes, workshops, ensembles and concerts. They believe that “music can enrich everyone’s life!”

Founded in 1990 and housed in Thomson Hall on the Wilson College Campus with multiple satellite locations throughout Franklin County including; 42 Center Square in Greencastle, 32 W Main Street in Waynesboro, St. John Lutheran Church in Mercersburg and John Wesley UMC in Hagerstown, CVSM encourages all to chose what is most valuable to them through their core values. CVSM teaches students to maximize their potential with an unlimited commitment to serve individuals of all ages, aptitudes and interests with a supportive commitment to build a community based on mutual respect among faculty, students, alumni and other arts organizations. The Cumberland Valley School of Music values the important belief that music is vital to the human experience and is not expendable while upholding a commitment to excellence through quality instruction.

The Cumberland Valley School of music is open and offers online options for instruction, rentals for band and orchestra instruments online in addition to in-person classes. For a full line-up of available classes, click here.

For more information about CVSM, connect with them on Facebook  and online at https://cvsmusic.org, call 717-261-1220 or e-mail emailus@cvsmusic.org for questions, upcoming classes and performance information.

Remembering Veterans

Remembering Veterans

Franklin County’s military history stretches back to colonial America and carries to the present day. Today, on Veterans Day, Franklin County Visitors Bureau remembers and honors the military history of Franklin County and extends sincere gratitude to all veterans.

If you would like to learn more about Franklin County, PA’s military history, please see the Franklin County Military Trail of History guidebook here. Discover the stories of Franklin County’s men and women—a medal of honor winner, prisoners of war, two 9-11 memorials, pre-Revolutionary War heroes, the Doughboy, USCT, Civil War soldiers, and more.

Franklin County Visitors Bureau and 11/30 Visitors Center would like to share a verse penned by Joanna Fuchs as a Veterans Day Tribute.

The Best on Earth:

A Veteran's Day Tribute

If someone has done military service,

They earn the title "veteran," and more;

They earn our deep respect and admiration;

That they are special no one can ignore.

They sacrificed the comforts we enjoy;

The list is long of all the things they gave.

Our veterans are extraordinary people;

They’re loyal, dedicated, true and brave.

When terror and invasion were real threats,

They showed us they could handle any storm.

We owe our freedoms and our very lives

To our veterans, who served in uniform.

Our veterans should be celebrities;

They’re exceptional; no other group compares.

We’re grateful for the many things they’ve done;

They’re always in our hearts and in our prayers.

We owe our veterans support and friendship;

Let no one ever question what they’re worth.

These men and women served us and our country,

Our veterans--the very best on earth.
Music Spotlight: Mike Quinlivan

Music Spotlight: Mike Quinlivan

On this week’s Music Spotlight, we feature a musician who is a local Franklin County resident. Introducing, Mike Quinlivan.

At an early age, Mike fell in love with music. As a young boy, he loved singing, and soon became intrigued by the expressive sound of stringed instruments. Starting on violin and viola, what ultimately grabbed his attention was the guitar. The variety of guitar music surrounded him, and it became the instrument he set out to master.

Growing up, Mike surrounded himself with many varieties of musical genres with blues and jazz piquing his interest the most. The musical works of jazz composers like Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, and Jim Hall opened his mind to the world of possibilities in music. Soon to follow were world-renowned jazz and blues guitar players, Robben Ford, Mike Stern, and John Scofield. Then there was the innovative playing of early jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery and the raw and highly emotional playing of the great Rory Gallagher that really fed the fuel to Mike’s fire. All of these musicians set the stage on which Quinlivan wanted to walk.

There was something about jazz that seemed so freeing and expressive. It gave Mike the creative reigns that he so desperately desired. Jazz music emphasizes improvisation, and that aspect of jazz music really appealed to Quinlivan. It is certainly apparent when he is performing live.

When performing live, the music becomes a state of meditation for this musician. This is mainly as a direct result of Mike’s improvised nature of playing. When playing, he has one goal he always aims to achieve. In his words, “I try to achieve a level of musicianship where I am no longer playing music and instead, having a conversation.” In Mike’s experience, this is when he witnesses audience members dance, smile, or pensively contemplate human existence. “That’s when the music is happening”, Quinlivan says, “otherwise, it is almost like some one just listening to a radio or a record.” There is no change, no variation. Improvisation is like adding spice to a meal, making it tasty and something to remember.

Mike will soon be releasing his debut EP titled Blue Gadjo on every major streaming platform and frequently posts videos on Instagram so be sure to follow him at @mikequinlivanmusic. Mike Quinlivan is also an active music educator, teaching privately and at Cumberland Valley School of Music.