Music Spotlight: The Gregorys

Music Spotlight: The Gregorys

This week’s Music Spotlight focuses on a band primarily from the Carlisle area made up of some fathers and a mother. Introducing The Gregorys.

The Gregorys is Brett Rudder, Aaron Lepley, John Hope, and Colleen Hertzler. Like many other parents, these individuals don’t have much time at their disposal. Their lives are composed of the typical parental responsibilities: chauffeuring children around, feeding mouths, mowing lawns (when the season requires it), and fulfilling common home maintenance chores. But when their packed schedules have the slightest window of free time, they are hard at work practicing music and creating. Each member is a songwriter, bringing varying abilities in the to the table. The end result is a group with a truly collaborative nature. This is also supported by their band-held belief that humans were created to create.

The band’s influences vary greatly as well. Artist and band inspirations are spurred by acts like Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley, Jars of Clay, Beach Boys, Eagles, Creed, Hank Williams, Pink Floyd, and Hot Jam Factory. The folk and Americana movement, and the “Dad Rock” has been a driving force in shaping the harmony-driven, and acoustic-based sound of The Gregorys. Their music also captures their appreciation for God, love, and the motions of life. A live show will consist of originals with the occasional deep-cut cover with a twist.

In their eyes, they are not studied poets or accomplished musicians. However, for The Gregorys, connecting with the audience is number one. Music is something that affects each individual audience member differently. That connection between audience and creator is an added benefit to expressing themselves. In the words of front man, Brett Rudder, “We’re simple people, with simple lives, sharing our simple songs.” And sometimes, simple is more than enough to provide an excellent and entertaining listening experience.

To follow The Gregorys through their musical journey, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thegregorysmusic. Here is a music video to their song “The Pier”.

YouTube Video: “The Pier”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCA_GgAww8k&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3bYqf2puy5RO1xP2HWc7F1bzLlfqSnJKsLv8rPJeb3EHhcXK6KCEszX1w

Spotlight contributed by: Evan Crider

Fall DuffieldFest at Hip Gypsy Emporium

Fall DuffieldFest at Hip Gypsy Emporium

Fall DuffieldFest is set for Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 10 AM to 5 PM. There will food, crafts, artisans, and upcyclers. The event is rain or shine.

Catch the high energy of JESTER, who will take the Hip Gypsy Stage from 1-4 PM, playing current and classic rock. Dancing is always welcome!

DuffieldFest and Hip Gypsy Emporium are in the former Duffield School, located amid the beautiful farmland along the base of South Mountain, 2168 Mont Alto Road.

The 1930s, brick school served tens of thousands of elementary students from the 1930s until 2008. Step back to another time—a classroom with a black board. Then, enjoy shopping the treasures of Hip Gypsy and visiting artists and crafters outdoors.

Hip Gypsy is still accepting.vendors. Download an application for more information.

DufieldFest 2020

36 Artists Create Collaborative Painting To Benefit Women in Need!

36 Artists Create Collaborative Painting To Benefit Women in Need!

The Foundry Artist Cooperative, located at 100 South Main Street, Chambersburg, is currently displaying a collaborative painting by 36 women artists from the area, with individual canvases being sponsored to benefit Women in Need of Chambersburg. “Women@Work” will be on view at the Foundry through November 1, with gallery hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11am-3pm.

“We had to work creatively to find a way to foster this collaboration while in-person events were not possible,” explained Foundry artist Anne Finucane.  “We reached out to artists outside the Foundry and were very gratified to have 23 artists from the community join 13 artists from the Foundry in contributing individual squares to create the whole “mosaic” painting.

The 36 women artists have each worked in their home studios – not knowing what the final product would be –  to create panels which have been brought together and assembled to form a large multi-media mosaic painting. The 36 panels represent diverse artistic expressions unique to each individual artist, but when viewed together, the work speaks with one voice depicting Women@Work.

The painting depicts Chambersburg’s beloved Falafel Shack restaurant, located on the Square, at 9 North Main Street.  The Falafel Shack was created by the family of Amer Chaudry and Jasmina Ademovic, with the goal of “expanding peoples’ palates and minds with their food!”  They began with a stand at the North Square Farmers Market in 2013 and have just celebrated the 3rd anniversary of the restaurant. The painting depicts their kitchen on a typical summer day, with workers including Daniela Crawford, Aaron McKenzie, and in the background, Amer Chaudry.

The Foundry artists have decided to use the painting to raise awareness and funds to support Women in Need. WIN has provided services to victims, survivors and significant others of individuals who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault for over three decades.  With a suggested sponsorship donation of $50 to $100 per panel the Foundry hopes to achieve a fundraising goal of $2,500 for WIN. Each sponsorship will go directly to Women in Need, while the squares will remain together as a tribute to women in the community.  Sponsorships can be purchased in person at the Foundry, or online at www.foundryartmarket.com

Home to an eclectic mix of handmade works by artists from around the Cumberland Valley, the FOUNDRY houses a retail shop where guests can purchase unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that are made locally, view rotating exhibits featuring the work of artists both local & regional, and shop the Salvage Supply area of the store, where used art and craft supplies are available at rock-bottom prices!

For more information about the Foundry, call (717)261-0706, email  foundryarts@gmail.com  or visit www.foundryartmarket.com

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Path Valley Historical Society & Carrick Furnace

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Path Valley Historical Society & Carrick Furnace

The Path Valley Historical Society is a new organization in the area celebrating 2 years of coming together to preserve and celebrate the diverse history in Path Valley. The mission of the Path Valley Historical Society is founded on the ideals of educating and involving area youth, preservation, restoration and support the legacy that lies within its community.

Established in January 2018, the organization lends itself as a resource to the community and those passionate about history and the community though it’s museum, local research, genealogy and education efforts. Those interested in visiting the Path Valley Historical Society located at 19483 Spring Run Rd, Spring Run PA can do so on Wednesday’s from 2pm to 5pm. As the organization grows, they seek volunteers and individuals interested in partnering with the society as they endeavor to remember their past in an effort to preserve the future.

A recent area of interest in Path Valley has been the Carrick Furnace which volunteers have recently worked to clean and preserve so that visitors can enjoy this historical landmark also adding a driveway and parking lot. The Furnace was deeded to the Path Valley Historical Society in February 2020. Located in Metal Township, the property donnes a limestone furnace stack, Peter L Weimer blowing engine (1879), boilers from the steam engine and cast house foundation. The Carrick Furnace was built in 1828 by General Samuel Dunn. In 1837, operations were suspended and was then sold in 1843. After being leased to “Witherow and Walker” in 1879 it was converted to “hot blast” after the installation of the steam-powered blowing engine and went out of blast in 1884 which at the time had then been donated to the Franklin Historical Society. In 1991, Carrick Furnace was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 2020 continues to be revitalized now under care of the Path Valley Historical Society.

To get involved with the Path Valley Historical Society you can learn more here on their website or e-mail pvhistoricalsociety@gmail.com / 717-349-2583

If you’d like to volunteer or donate to the preservation of history and the Carrick Furnace you can join the Facebook group Friends of Carrick Furnace.

 

Blog contributed by: Lauren Formosa

The Institute at Renfrew Launches Fall Programs for Adults & Kids

The Institute at Renfrew Launches Fall Programs for Adults & Kids

The Institute at Renfrew is launching a “baker’s dozen” of 13 new programs for adults, teens and kids, all starting in September. The programs fall into three categories, Naturalist Discovery Series and Common Threads, for adults, families, and teens age 15 and up, and EXPLORE!, a variety of programs designed for youth. With safety measures in place, the programs are offered in various locations within Waynesboro’s Renfrew Park. Participants will be required to register in advance, sign a waiver, and agree to abide by safety protocols. Program fees reflect a discount for members of the Institute at Renfrew. Three programs are designed for adults, teens age 15 and up, and families:

Naturalist Discovery Series: Nature ID on the Go with your Smartphone!

Saturday, Sept. 12, 9–10:30 a.m.

Age: Adults & teens age 15 & up; Cost: $12 for members; $15 for nonmembers; Limit: 20. 

Technology meets nature! Learn about the use of nature identification apps on the smartphone. With step-by-step guidance, participants learn how to make and record observations in nature and share to a database with over 48 million observations. Must have a smartphone connected to the internet.

 

Naturalist Discovery Series: Blacklight Bug Discovery

Friday, September 25, 7:30–9:00 p.m.

Age: Families with children, 6 years and up; Cost: $10 adults/$5 children (members of Institute at Renfrew); $12 adults/$6 children (nonmembers); Limit: 25. 

Discover nocturnal insects at Renfrew Park! An introduction to insects not normally seen during the daytime, and their special attributes allowing them to live at night. The group will examine insects they can catch up-close. Bring flashlights, and a blanket or chairs to sit on. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

Common Threads…Textile Traditions and Handicrafts: Flax to Linen 

Saturday, September 26, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Age: Adults & teens age 15 & up; Cost: $45 members; $50 nonmembers      

Materials fee: $5.00; Limit: 10. 

Participants learn how the flax plant is transformed into beautiful linen cloth. The program covers the history of flax and how it contributed to our culture. Participants visit Renfrew’s flax patch and use antique tools to process flax into linen, including spinning on a drop spindle, and creating a woven bookmark using the thread they spun. 

 

Ten EXPLORE! programs are designed for children and students:

 

EXPLORE! Art and Nature, 2-Day Series  

Monday & Tuesday, Sept. 14 & 15, 4–5:30 p.m. [offered again Sept. 28–29]

Grades: K–5; Cost: $24 member, $30 nonmember; Materials fee: $6; Limit: 10.

Kids observe nature in the park and forest, and create guided art projects based on nature. They will create a wax-resist wall hanging on fabric with oil pastels and liquid watercolor paint, and make line drawings based on patterns seen in nature, while exploring the use of natural items as paintbrushes. Class is outdoors, so participants should dress for the weather. Fee includes both days.

 

EXPLORE! Knitting Class for Grade 5 & Up 

Six classes: Thursdays, Sept. 15–Oct. 20, 9:30–11:30 a.m. 

Age: grade 5 & up; Cost: $55 member, $60  nonmember; Materials fee: $22.00; Limit: 8.

Students learn the basics of knitting such as casting on, knit stitch, binding off, and i-cord edging, by working on a simple knitted headband, perfect to wear outside on chilly days.

 

EXPLORE! Knitting Class for Middle/High School

Six classes: Thursdays, Sept. 15–Oct. 20, 3–5:00 p.m.

Age: middle/high school students; Cost: $55 member, $60 nonmember; Materials fee: $22.00; Limit: 8.

Students learn the basics of knitting such as casting on, knit stitch, binding off, and i-cord edging, by working on a simple knitted headband, perfect to wear outside on chilly days.

 

EXPLORE! Textiles Crafts 

Three classes: Wednesdays, Sept.16–30, 1–3 p.m.

Age: grades: 3–5; Cost: $42 members, $45 nonmember; Materials fee: $15; Limit: 10.

Students engage in a variety of textile activities from hand-painting yarn, making pom-poms, weaving on a potholder loom, and creating a small tapestry wall hanging from their hand painted yarn. 

 

EXPLORE! Garden Adventures

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 9:30–11 a.m. [offered again Sept. 24]

Grades: K–5; Cost: $10 members; $12 nonmembers; Limit: 15.

A hands-on opportunity to learn about plants including digging in the dirt and seeing how food is grown in the historic four-square garden at Renfrew Park. Kids get a close-up look at various garden plants, explore the ways humans depend on plants, and help tend the garden by preparing soil, planting seeds and watering vegetables.

 

EXPLORE! Bugging Out!

Thursday, Sept.17, 4–5:30 p.m.

Grades: K-5; Cost: $10 members, $12 nonmembers; Limit: 15.

In the early fall, insects are everywhere! Kids use their senses of sight and hearing to search out various “critters” in different habitats, learning about and viewing a wide variety of insects with bug boxes and magnifying glasses.

 

EXPLORE! Amphibian Hunt  

Monday, Sept. 21, 4–5:30 p.m.

Grades: 3–5; Cost: $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers; Limit: 15.

What makes an amphibian unique? Why are they important? Where can we find amphibians? All this and more will be answered on a guided hike and talk through Renfrew Park as kids discover what amphibians may be living in our backyard! 

 

EXPLORE! Beginning Birders

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 9:30–11 a.m.

Grades: K-5; Cost: $10 members, $12 nonmembers; Limit: 15.

Students learn about the many adaptations found in birds, and learn what makes a bird, a bird. Activities include walking park trails to search for winged creatures, learning to recognize common species by appearance and individual calls, and using a field guide to identify birds in their native habitats.

EXPLORE! Garden Adventures

Thursday, Sept. 24, 4–5:30 p.m.

Grades: K–5; Cost: $10 members; $12 nonmembers; Limit: 15.

A hands-on opportunity to learn about plants including digging in the dirt and seeing how food is grown in the historic four-square garden at Renfrew Park. Kids get a close-up look at various garden plants, explore the ways humans depend on plants, and help tend the garden by preparing soil, planting seeds and watering vegetables.

EXPLORE! Art and Nature 2-Day Series     

Monday & Tuesday, Sept. 28 & 29, 4–5:30 p.m.

Grades: K–5; Cost: $24 member, $30 nonmember; Materials fee: $6; Limit: 10.

Kids observe nature in the park and forest, and create guided art projects based on nature. They will create a wax-resist wall hanging on fabric with oil pastels and liquid watercolor paint, and make line drawings based on patterns seen in nature, while exploring the use of natural items as paintbrushes. Class is outdoors, so participants should dress for the weather. Fee includes both days.

Pre-registration is required for all programs. To register, email the Institute at info@instituteatrenfrew.org or call 717-762-0373.

Sponsors for these programs include Bruce and Pam Rowland, Matt and Jessica Watson, Max Creager in memory of Nancy Hess Creager, with additional support from The Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund Contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; The John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation; APX Enclosures, Inc.; The Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support courtesy of Renfrew Museum and Park.

For more information, visit www.instituteatrenfrew.org.

Parking is available behind the visitors center, or in Renfrew’s lower lot off Welty Road.

 

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Country Creek Produce Farm

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Country Creek Produce Farm

Country Creek Produce Farm is a local favorite and a visitor’s delight! They’re not your average produce farm! Locals look forward to all the seasonal fun they have to offer, and people travel from all around to get in on the “Fresh. Local. Family. Fun.” that can be found here!

Located at 3794 Etter Rd. in Chambersburg, you’ll be wowed by all the “agri-tainment” they have to share; from U-Pick strawberries, blueberries, flowers, and pumpkins, to hay rides, a giant corn maze, pumpkin cannons and so much fun that you’ll definitely need to come back!

Country Creek Produce Farm grows over 20 seasonal fruits and vegetables on the Chambersburg Farm which can be purchased locally at two farm stand locations in Chambersburg on Rt. 11 across from McDonalds and Rt. 30E at Snavely’s Garden Corner. Local giants (no pun intended) like Giant, Martins and Sunnyway also carry their fresh produce. New this year, Country Creek launched a weekly CSA (community supported agriculture) Box called, Your Farmers Box which supplies the most fresh, in-season, locally grown fruits and vegetables available from their farm to your home! If you’re lucky, you might also find a sweet treat in your box! Also new to Country Creek’s toolbox is their online store! Consumers can take advantage of the availability of eggs, honey, flowers and of course farm fresh produce that will be ready and available for curb-side pick-up. You can register for their Fall subscription or sign-up for the weekly CSA box here.

Fall is a major time of year for Country Creek Produce Farm and the fun is endless! On September 12th the 2020 season kicks off with the opening of the Corn Maze and other Fall fun through November 7th. This year, Country Creek will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale and all the wonderful nurses with a maze themed, “The Year of the Nurse and Midwife.” Other Fall fun that can be found include; Hayrides (starting September 19th), a hay pyramid, 2 jump pads, live animal petting zoo, the pumpkin cannon, barrel rides, slides and over 20 activities, photo ops and special activities for all! Kids love to host birthday parties here too! Book a party or plan a special day for that special someone and enjoy the magic of Fall at Country Creek. For more details on Fall Fun at Country Creek Produce Farm and to reserve your tickets or seasonal pass, click here.

Don’t forget to follow County Creek Produce Farm on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on all the fun in they have in store, all year ‘round! Or call 717-729-5343 or  email countrycreekproducefarm@gmail.com

Spotlight contributed by: Lauren Formosa