Franklin County Countdown to Halloween

Franklin County Countdown to Halloween

Franklin County has legends, chilling stories, and strange sightings. Have a little Halloween fun and explore some local lore. Is it fact or fiction? Explore a little “haunted history” with the Franklin County Fright Sites Tour. Download Franklin County Fright Sites here to discover haunted happenings at ten sites in Franklin County. Keep alert and be ready to snap a scary photo. Post to Facebook.com/FCVBen or send photos—both scary and fun–to bkellerman@explorefranklincountypa.com and be entered into Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s grand prize drawing. Share up to three photos at each site; each photo equals one entry.

Grand prize is breakfast and dinner for two at Franklin County dining location(s) of winner’s choice. The winner also receives Franklin County Ghosts by Athena Varounis—more startling stories to read again and again. The creepiest photo will get a special prize—dinner for two at winner’s choice of Franklin County restaurant and a copy of Franklin County Ghosts. Plus, two runner-up prizes will be awarded.

Franklin County has trunk or treats and trick or treating throughout the communities of Franklin County. plus, spooky family fun.

  • Visit Country Creek Produce Farm in Shippensburg and take a moonlit hayride, go flashlight picking in the pumpkin patch and enjoy the corn maze at night on October 30 & 31.
  • Chambersburg Community Theatre is going virtual for Halloween with Bram Stoker’s Dracula For Kids. It airs, beginning Friday, October 30 and can be viewed again and again over the next two weeks. Sign up by donation here.
  • Outdoor movies are magic, and especially Hocus Pocus, showing outdoors at Fort Loudon Community Center on Friday, October 30 at 7:30 PM.

For older kids or adults, it is a fright-filled Friday at Stoner’s Dairy Farm in Mercersburg on October 31, 7 PM-11 PM. Gather some courage, bring a flashlight, and get ready for ghouls, ghosts, and scary ones, lurking in the corn. Brussels Café and Relax in Chambersburg are holding costume parties. Details and more Halloween Countdown fun for all ages here.

Music Spotlight: Drew Adams

Music Spotlight: Drew Adams

On this week of Music Spotlight, another fine Franklin County musician and singer stands in the spotlight; meet Mr. Drew Adams.

A Waynesboro native, Drew Adams is a freelance musician who has been part of the live music scene in the area for many years. His axe of choice is the bass guitar. On the other hand, when he is playing solo or with another musician, he can be seen strumming the six strings of his Taylor T5 acoustic electric guitar. Drew has also filled in on drums from time to time for numerous musicians and bands. Currently, Adams plays in the band Sundog Ritual, On Tap Duo, and under the name of Drew Adams Acoustic when performing solo. Back in 2006, Drew also graduated from the AudioWorks Program at the Sheffield Institute for the Recording Arts in Phoenix, MD.

Rock music of the 1990s is the driving force behind Drew’s musical motivations. For him, there was just something about the music and its characteristics during the decade. Rock music was dramatically changing. Punk rock, the grunge movement, and 90s alternative rock were blossoming with unique artists and bands. According to Adams, Weezer, REM, and Harvey Danger are just a handful of the bands that grabbed his attention the most. The most notable influence would be Green Day. Green Day was a band that was redefining punk rock and music composition all throughout the decade and into the early 2000s.

Drew’s musical influences are not limited to the 90s rock movements, however. As a true music lover and cover musician, he very much enjoys music from decades past. He certainly appreciates big hit bands and songs from the late 1970s and early 80s. The Knack is one such band between those time periods that captivated Drew. During a performance from this man, listeners will also catch a few tunes from the 40s, the 50s, and even a few songs from the late 1800s!

What does Drew get out of doing music? According to him, “music is a great release from the stresses and day-to-day concerns endured every day. It’s also a healthy way to take one’s mind off things that usually end up being not as big of a day as we thought they were.” Sometimes he will be minding his business in public and then the perfect song comes on somewhere around him. Immediately afterwards, all weight upon his shoulders gently slides right off and onto the ground. That situation is what Drew hopes to provide to those listening to his performances. For him, leaving a gig and receiving praise and “thank yous” from listeners is more than fulfilling. Ultimately, to be able to perform for a living is a dream. It also keeps him busy between carrying out marketing tasks and goals as well as focusing on music production and editing. It’s a never ending cycle of imagination and creativity.

At the moment, Drew Adams is working on building his YouTube page. For the time being, he can be found on Facebook by searching “Drew Adams” where he posts gig updates and all things music related!

Contributed by Evan Crider

Foodies Love Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide

Foodies Love Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide

Franklin County Visitors Bureau showcases fresh food and great dining in the Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide. The county has an abundance of freshness to share. It ranks second in vegetable production in the state, is home to the Chambersburg peach, and yields 850 million pounds of milk annually. With such a variety of fresh foods, foodies love Franklin County.

For 2020-21, the “Sweet Trail” is back with more stops—including delicious ice cream, chocolate and candy stops across the county. It even throws in a few favorite recipes and tips on growing fresh food. Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide also features all-American and international flavors of Franklin County; a spotlight on local breweries, wineries, and distilleries; listings of farm stands, farmers markets, and honey producers plus a guide to local restaurants. Franklin County’s agricultural past is showcased in Stitches in Time Barn Quilt Trail; trail map is included on the inside back cover.

The publication is a great way to plan a “foodie tour” of Franklin County and take home some of the fresh foods from farmers markets, cheese makers, and creameries to enjoy a little longer. It even throws in a few favorite recipes. Plan a visit today; check out the publication online here. Or, contact the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 866.646.8060 to receive a printed publication.

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Conococheague Institute

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Conococheague Institute

The Conococheague Institute is situated within the Rock Hill Farm in Southern, Franklin County near the village of Welsh Run located at 12995 Bain Rd, Mercersburg PA. It is a historically preserved farmstead established in the early 18th century that sits on 30 acres. This historic destination offers two historic house museums, tours, a research and genealogy library, historic log cabins, walking trails with access to a pioneer cemetery, waterways, historic gardens, living history events, and educational programs.

History comes to life at the Conococheague Institute as they harbor a mission to “foster awareness, understanding and stewardship of cultural and natural history of the Appalachian frontier of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.” Individuals can explore the grounds daily from dawn to dusk. Walking tours, house tours and school programs are available by appointment along with complimentary children’s packs. The grounds offer 30 acres of beautiful scenery, trails and historic structures with unique stories to tell; there’s something for everyone! CI invites everyone to explore, pack a picnic and enjoy the tranquility or participate in distance learning activities. Throughout the year, CI also hosts special events that include living history demonstrations, colonial style games, tours and more.

For the gardeners, nature lovers and botanist, explore the traditional and functional four-square garden which is used to feed volunteers during historic programs and hosts herbs ranging from both kitchen to medicinal. Other gardens to explore include several pollinator gardens that host butterflies and bees. In the lower wetland you’ll find a healthy birding area with a birding platform. Here people enjoy great views of birds in flight and the songs of frogs.

Amidst the pandemic, Conococheague Institute remains open with plenty of open-air grounds for safely exploring and distancing as well as appointment-based tours. On Sundays, CI posts a virtual program that spotlights aspects of their mission found on their Facebook and Youtube channel, Colonial Living at the Conococheague Institute. CI excitedly welcomes school age students to participate in their programs and tours by appointment and invites new and old members to visit and rediscover their love for the institute, colonial and pioneer history along with all the wonder that can be found!

Learn more about the Conococheague Institute online here or visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/conococheagueinstitute or contact Matt Wedd at mwedd@cimlg.org // 717-329-2800

 

Contributed by Lauren Formosa

Sharing Strength Breast Cancer Exhibit at the Franklin County Visitors Bureau

Sharing Strength Breast Cancer Exhibit at the Franklin County Visitors Bureau

Franklin County Visitors Bureau is hosting Sharing Strength, an exhibit of Franklin County breast cancer survivors. Since 1985, October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Sharing Strength will be on display throughout October 2020 in the lobby of the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center on the square of Chambersburg.

Holly Baker Strayer, one of the survivors, shared her story of strength. “Your cancer journey is what you choose to do with it. You learn about yourself and what you’re capable of through times of adversity.” She goes on to say, “Take care of yourself…Slow down…Do things that make you happy…”

Any cancer survivor inspires others to find courage. Breast cancer is particularly pertinent to women because the most significant risk factors for breast cancer are sex (being a woman) and age (growing older). Be proactive. Do self-examinations, eat healthy, and be active. According to a 2020 national study by the American Cancer Society, breast cancer death rates declined 40% from 1989 to 2017 among women, but incidences of breast cancer are slightly higher by 3%. Potential factors for the small increase may correlate to obesity and less fertility.

The Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center serves visitors and residents of Franklin County and is located at 15 South Main in downtown Chambersburg. Sharing Strength is just one of 11/30 Visitors Center’s exhibits and events throughout the year. For more information, visit ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com regularly or contact the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 866.646.8060 for information on 11/30 Visitors Center activities.

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Valentine Guitars

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Valentine Guitars

Check out Valentine Guitars, a great music store between Hagerstown and Carlisle!

Now located inside the doors of Thought Lot at 37 E Garfield St, Shippensburg, PA 17257, Valentine Guitars got its start in 2010 out of Newville, PA and with the mind of Sara Valentine. Soon after her husband Nick Valentine would come to join her side in running the business. With their love of music and quest for knowledge on the subject directed them to the common goal of maintaining the business for the sake musical individuals within the community. Sara Valentine stated, “We want to exist more as a service center than a retail store”. This commitment is supported by their business statement, “Love what you play”.

Valentine guitars has committed itself to providing trustworthy expertise and services in the world of music stores. Nick, who is a talented and professionally trained bassist and guitarist, believes in giving customers the insight and opinions that they need. This includes dissuading instrument buyers from buying certain instruments. This is not for the purpose upselling a customer, but with the intent to provide them with the instrument that is right for that particular individual. Both Sara and Nick would rather some one leave their establishment knowing they made the right choice on their purchase. They also strive to stay current with trends in the music market further providing up-to-date information on products. If there is a question on equipment, accessories, instruments, or a how-to question, both Sara and Nick are ready to provide an answer.

Valentine guitars offers a variety of services and items for sale. Nick Valentine provides both in-person and virtual guitar and bass lessons for those seeking to learn or improve their playing abilities. He also can perform limited instrument repairs, equipment installations, and instrument setup and maintenance. Valentine Guitars also sells a variety of guitar and bass strings from Ernie Ball, D’Addario, DR, and more. Customers can also find plenty of guitar related accessories such as picks, capos, stands, etc. Most importantly, Valentine Guitars has plenty of amplifiers and instruments on consignment.

In the midst of COVID, Valentine Guitars offers curbside pickup at the customers preference. Payments can also be carried out through a security safe link. Nick Valentine has also created a helpful vlog on the store’s YouTube page called “Average guitar for average people”. It addresses many common topics and questions with an entertaining yet informative nature.

Valentine guitars is on numerous social medio platforms. Here is the list:

For more information or questions contact Valentine Guitars via their Facebook page or by phone at (717) 776-1094. Their hours are 12pm to 7pm Tuesday to Saturday, closed Sundays, and open by appointment on Mondays.

Contributed by Evan Crider