Family Fun at Franklin County Festival of Trees

Family Fun at Franklin County Festival of Trees

Join the Franklin County Visitors Bureau and 11/30 Center for Festival of Trees. The event opens at 4 PM on Saturday, November 20, just before the annual Christmas parade in Chambersburg. John Shindledecker will be reading Twas the Night Before Christmas and the Christmas Carol. Leading up to the parade, Evan Crider and John Shindledecker will perfrom Christmas music, accompanied by guitar.

Children can join the wreath coloring contest. First prize will receive a $50 cash prize and three honorable mentions will receive $20 cash prize. The wreaths will be displayed throughout the 11/30 Visitors Center and prizes will be announced on December 3 at 7 PM, Candle Night in downtown Chambersburg.

Young and old are invited to write a letter to Santa leading up to Christmas. Pick up the letters in the lobby of the 11/30 Visitors Center, or ask one of Santa’s helpers at the visitors center to write the letter as you dictate it.

Christmas Trivia Game on December 3 at 6 PM at the 11/30 Visitors Center on the square in Chabmersburg. Test your holiday knowledge! Winner receives $100. Register in advance by emailing 11/30 Visitors Center here. Or, register day of the contest.

Admission to Festival of Trees is free. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. Exhibit is not open on Friday, November 26. Weekend hours are:

  • Saturday, November 20 – 4 PM – 8 PM
  • Sunday, November 21 – 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Small Business Saturday, November 27 – 9 AM -3 PM
  • Sunday, November 28 – 11:30 Am -1:30 PM
  • Friday, December 3 (Winners announced.) – 8 AM – 8 PM
Nominations For Spirit of South Mountain Award

Nominations For Spirit of South Mountain Award

Each year the South Mountain Partnership recognizes an individual, project, or organization that has made significant contributions to advancing a positive and sustainable future for the South Mountain landscape.

We need your help spreading the word about this honor and nominating the next recipient. This award is community supported through nominations from across the region.

Nominate a great person, place, or project.

Nomination forms must be submitted by Friday, December 3, 2021; award presentation will occur during the 11th annual “Power of the Partnership” celebration January 21, 2022. To nominate, download the form here. Email the completed form to Julia Chain at


Story Walks at Pine Hill Recreation Area

Story Walks at Pine Hill Recreation Area

Families are invited to attend the first in The Institute’s new series of StoryWalk® Sundays adventures for kids on Sunday, Nov. 14 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Pine Hill Recreation Area. 

The stories posted on the StoryWalk® trail at Pine Hill Park will change monthly, and plans call for a special event to accompany each one on the second Sunday of the month.

Kids will enjoy a guided walk along the story trail as they read the book, then make a special craft project to take home—and warm up with a campfire and yummy s’mores!

The event is FREE, but pre-registration is required. To register, email to: or call 717-762-0373. Limited to 15 participants. 

Children in grades K–5 may be dropped off and picked up at 3 p.m. All families are welcome, but activities are geared for preschool and elementary age kids.

For November, the storybook is “Bear Says Thanks” by Karma Wilson. 

“This beautifully illustrated book is a heartwarming celebration of family and friendship, and perfect for the season of thanksgiving,” said Pam Rowland, The Institute’s education director. 

On December 12, StoryWalk Sunday features “The Animals’ Santa” by Jan Brett. January’s book is The Mitten, also by Jan Brett.

Pine Hill’s StoryWalk® trail, an Institute project, was funded in part by Summit Endowment, Marge Kiersz and Rouzerville Business Association, with in-kind support from Washington Township, Hopewell Manufacturing, Waynesboro Area School 

District “Be the Village,” and Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library.

Additional support is from The Institute’s 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.

For more more information, visit

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

Free Star Gazing Party At Conococheague Institute

Free Star Gazing Party At Conococheague Institute

Join Tri-State Astronomers  Saturday, November 13, from 7pm to 10pm, and explore the night sky with CI’s gorgeous view. With little light pollution, the stars, constellations and the moon can be seen incredibly clear. The Tri-State Astronomers bring their telescopes and provide educational programs. All levels are welcome to learn and enjoy. The event is free.

Learn more about Conocococheague Institute here.

History Comes Alive at Fort Loudoun!

History Comes Alive at Fort Loudoun!

On November 13th, visit Fort Loudoun and time travel to 1765 to witness the clash between civilians and soldiers, that happened here, 10 years before the American Revolution. Immerse yourself in history by choosing sides!

Do you side with Justice William Smith and his loyal volunteers? Or, do you support Sgt. McGlashan and his brave Highlanders? Live the history of the Allegheny Uprising. Take an in-depth look at the events of 1765 that made up the Allegheny Uprising aka. Black Boys Rebellion, featuring an interactive and immersive experience, including:.

  • Pack Train & Skirmish at Widow Barrs: See the action unfold before your eyes.
  • You’re the Jury: Listen to the testimonies of both sides; the British Garrison and Justice Smith’s rebels.
  • YOU DECIDE: Side with who you believe is correct.
  • Historic displays: inside and outside.
  • Museum and gift shop will be open.

Admission is free. Join the historic Fort Loudoun family and friends at the fort site, 1720 North Brooklyn Road, Fort Loudon, PA on Saturday, November 13, Noon to 5 PM. To be part of the history, please be on time!

Learn more about Fort Loudoun.


The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine Performs “The Nutcracker” at Luhrs Center

The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine Performs “The Nutcracker” at Luhrs Center

Experience the most famous love story of all time, performed at Luhrs Center in Shippensburg on Wednesday, November 17, 7:30 PM by The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score and featuring brand new Choreography and productions by Andrey Litvinov. Luhrs Center in Shippensburg is hosting The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine in a performance at 7:30 PM on Wednesday November 17. Tickets are $35-$75 and can be purchased here.

Tickets are $35-$75 and can be purchased here!

The State Ballet Theater of Ukraine premiered the ballet “The Nutcracker” to a full house in Dnipro, Ukraine on December 30-31, 2020. Choreography and Design lasted for many months with the pandemic constantly disrupting the process. Fortunately, this new interpretation of a timeless classic still managed to be completed. The State Ballet of Ukraine will be bringing this wonderful ballet on tour to the U.S.A. and Canada this coming winter November 2021 through January 2022.

“This is a story for all ages. If you believe in a dream – a dream can come true!” Says the tour’s producer, Michael Art “There is wonderful music in this ballet,” Michael continues. “It’s complex, philosophical, with humor and tragedy. The Nutcracker has become one of the brightest ballets in our repertoire. The performance involves a ballet troupe of 57 dancers. More than 100 exclusive costumes have been created especially for this production.”