The Cumberland Shop Is A New Way To Shop Local

The Cumberland Shop Is A New Way To Shop Local

Downtown Shippensburg has a new store—the Cumberland Shop. Local and handmade items are the centerpiece of the new boutique, located at 16 West King Street. The shop is a place where local artisans of all genres can showcase and sell their handiwork. From beautifully crafted wood pieces like charcuterie boards and manipulated serving boards to hand-crafted scarves, bags, children’s clothes, and various wall art from local artists, the Cumberland Shop gives holiday gifting a double benefit. The gifts not only bring pleasure to the giver and receiver but also fulfill the artisans who created them.

Nancy Hudson, pastor at Oasis of Love Church in Shippensburg, had the vision for the Cumberland shop. “I’ve done a lot of traveling. I like to get something hand-crafted in the areas that I visit. I thought that Shippensburg had so much to offer and felt there was a void. I wanted to bring all the makers and creators together from this area,” she said.

The Cumberland Shop offers an outlet for people to earn money through the sale of their handiworks. The majority of items are locally crafted, but some items originate in other countries. An example is Ghana where a multi-faith training center specializes in using local batik fabric to create bags and purses for the shop. The cloth is made by painting cloth with hot batik wax and dying it.  The cracks in the batik wax give the material its special appearance. Hand-crafted glass beads made in Ghana are also used to create a variety of beautiful jewelry, again made specifically for the shop. A short video on display, gives the consumer a birds eye view of the intricate process of bead making, and that makes their purchase all the more meaningful.

Because the Cumberland Valley aligns with the mid-point of the Appalachian Trail, one of the shop’s artisans is making walking sticks. A portion of the proceeds from the walking sticks is given to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, which oversees the national trail.

The quality of items at the Cumberland are matched by the variety. Some of the many items are: honey products of Honey Bee Friendly, LLC; original paintings, cards and ornaments by TokkiDesign; charcuterie boards by Natures Platters, a special Cumberland roast by Abednego Coffee Roasters; children’s clothing by Plum Baby; fabric art by Afinchsong Creation; paintings by Jean Frey; jewelry, crocheted, and hand woven items plus hand-made purses by Kasudelu; soaps by Fourth Century Farms; ceramic art by Yellow Door Studio; hand-knitted shawls by Debbie Rhinehart; photography by Judy Witter; Hot Head Hot Sauce and Sadie’s Dressing.

Looking ahead, the Cumberland plans to offer classes. For now, less than a month after opening, the Cumberland shop is happy to be inspiring artists, providing a means of sharing works and supporting a variety of makers as they grow and earn a livelihood—all in the heart of the beautiful Cumberland Valley.


The Institute Holds First Solistice Celebration

The Institute Holds First Solistice Celebration

The Institute is hosting their first-ever Winter Solstice Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 20 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Red Run Park in Rouzerville, Pa. The winter solstice is the longest night—or the shortest day—of the year, and falls on December 21 this year in the Northern Hemisphere.Since ancient times, people all over the world have recognized this important astronomical occurrence and celebrated the “return of the sun” in a variety of ways. After the solstice, the days get gradually longer.

The Institute’s solstice event is a family-friendly celebration of the season with entertainment and activities. Storyteller Bruce Rowland will tell winter folktales at 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. Activities for children include free grab-and-go kits to create edible outdoor garlands for animals, and others with materials to construct a paper lantern. These projects can be taken home, or created on site during the event. Fire pit stations and hot chocolate will provide warmth.

Members of the Tri-State Astronomers club will be on hand with telescopes to safely observe the solstice sun. After sunset, there will be opportunities to view the celestial features of the winter sky. Vendors include Artesano Bake Goods, offering cookies, holiday snack mix and whoopie pies for purchase, Four Sons Farm with handcrafted wool creations, and The Native Niche, featuring bird food bundles, outdoor winter decorations, and natural “solstice crowns” of winter foliage for sale.

The event is free but pre-registration is required. Attendance is limited. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed and signed safety waivers are required for registration. To protect everyone, face masks are required for this event. Register via email at The entire event is outdoors, so attendees should dress accordingly.

This event is supported by lead sponsor, Steel Warehouse, and by 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.; and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support courtesy of Washington Township.

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

“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 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, 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 Questions may be directed to Becky LaBarre, Executive Director, at (717) 762-4723 or

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 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, call 717-261-1220 or e-mail for questions, upcoming classes and performance information.