Famous Women of Franklin County

Famous Women of Franklin County

From the Revolutionary era to the 20th century, women of Franklin County contributed to a young America, helped shape a strong foundation of Franklin County, and contributed to the well-being of community. Join the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at the 11/30 Visitors Center on the square in Chambersburg for Famous Women of Franklin County, 1 PM to 3 PM. The event showcases women of Franklin County with a display, videos, and panel discussion. Panel participants include Bonnie Shockey of Allison-Antrim Museum, Joan McCulloh of Mercersburg Historical Society, Amy Ensley, Director of Hankey Center at Wilson College and Maxine Beck on behalf of Renfrew Museum.

Learn about Margaret Cochran Corbin and her heroism during the Revolutionary War, First Lady Harriet Lane, Dolly Harris and her feat of patriotism as Confederate soldiers marched through Greencastle, and the financial support of Sarah Wilson to give generations of women access to higher education. Fast forward to the 20th century and discover the stories of women like Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdes, Emma Nicodemus, Margaret Disert, and Lois Martin.  These women are solid examples of conviction, hard work, patriotism, dedication to family, and a strong belief in giving and growing community.

Women often consider the right to vote as a significant step forward for the gender. Yet, year after year, women continue to make important advances by working toward outcomes they valued.  Famous Women of Franklin County will highlight some of these women and their stories. Participants—male and female— are invited to share their thoughts about pivotal issues that impact, support, and shape women and their community efforts.

The event is free and open to the public and is one in an series with a lens on history, civics, community and culture.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore history, arts and architecture, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods and the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and is an easy drive to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Plan a visit at ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com, contacting 866.646.8060, or stopping by the new Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center in downtown Chambersburg.

Chambersburg Community Theatre Presents “It’s Only A Play”

Chambersburg Community Theatre Presents “It’s Only A Play”

For the first time in the tri-state area, Chambersburg Community Theatre brings you a riotous comedy It’s Onlhy A Play…sure to have you rolling in the aisles!

Featuring a cast of some of CCT’s most comedic actors, this play runs March 22-24 and 29-31 on stage of the Capitol Theatre.It will leave you with sore cheeks and sides from all the laughing you are about to do!

It’s the opening night of The Golden Egg on Broadway, and the wealthy producer Julia Budder is throwing a lavish party in her lavish Manhattan townhouse. Downstairs the celebrities are pouring in, but the real action is upstairs in the bedroom, where a group of insiders has staked themselves out to await the reviews. The group includes the excitable playwright; the possibly unstable wunderkind director; the pill-popping leading lady, treading the boards after becoming infamous in Hollywood; and the playwright’s best friend, for whom the play was written but who passed up this production for a television series. Add to this a drama critic who’s panned the playwright in the past and a new-in-town aspiring singer, and you have a prime recipe for the narcissism, ambition, childishness, and just plain irrationality that infuse the theatre—and for comedy. But don’t worry: This play is sure to be the hit they have hoped it would be.

Tickets are on sale now. Evening shows are 7:30 PM and Sundays offers matinees at 2 PM. Purchase tickets here.

 

Communiuty Day at Fort Loudoun

Communiuty Day at Fort Loudoun

Fort Loudon Historical Society invites history lovers and anyone who wants to help build a fort to join Fort Loudoun Historical Society at Community Work Day on Saturday, March 30, from 9 AM to 4 PM. Volunteers and community members, close and distant, are invited to a spring clean-up of historic Fort Loudoun.

Fort Loudoun is the site of colonial rebellion ten years before the traditionally recognized beginning of the Revolutionary War at Lexington and Concord. In March 1765 and May 1765, James Smith and the Black Boys captured and burned contraband supplies—those items that could be used to attack the frontiersmen and their families. The traders sought help from the British at Fort Loudoun. Each incident brought confrontation between James Smith, his Black Boys, and the British soldiers of Fort Loudoun. The British captured the Black Boys; but when the men were released, the British did not return the captured colonist’s guns—nine in all and a major point of contention to the frontiersmen.

On November 16, 1765, tensions peaked, and James Smith and the Black Boys fired on Fort Loudoun again and again. The British had little ammunition on hand, so the men were ordered not to fire. During the siege, the British soldiers only fired one return shot. After two days of attack, a surrender of the frontiersmen’s weapons was arranged, and in return, James Smith and the Black Boys ceased the attack of Fort Loudoun. The British abandoned Fort Loudoun.

Community Work Day is a great way to learn and experience the historic site of Fort Loudoun. Work includes brush removal, elimination of invasive tree species, painting, raking, and beautifying the site grounds. Fort Loudoun is an all-volunteer historical society and depends on donations of labor to function.

A lunch will be provided for all volunteers. Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact: If you are Projectmanager@fortloudounpa.com.

Franklin County Visitors Bureau Seeks Talent for Acappella & Unplugged Open Mic Night at Coyle Library

Franklin County Visitors Bureau Seeks Talent for Acappella & Unplugged Open Mic Night at Coyle Library

Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) is seeking talent. Performers, age 2 to 102, are invited to bring their talent to Acappella & Unplugged Open Mic Night at Coyle Free Library in downtown Chambersburg on March 8 at 5 PM. There is no participation fee and interested performers are encouraged to sign up here. The winner of the open mic automatically moves on to Round One of the Acappella & Unplugged musical competition, held at the Capitol Theatre on June 22, 2019.

Acappella & Unplugged began in 2015 as part of the living history and light show, remembering the rebirth of Chambersburg after Confederate soldiers burned the town in 1864. It celebrated the spirit of the people that chose to rebuild the community.

Round One of 2019 Acappella & Unplugged will be held at the Capitol Theatre on June 22. Six contestants will move onto Round Two—the Semi-Finals–where the public can like their favorite contestant on Facebook. The top three acts move into the Finals. Finalists perform live before 1864 Burning & Rebirth. The public selects the winner, and the winner receives $500.

Houdini! His Life, His Magic

Houdini! His Life, His Magic

Capitol Theatre in downtown Chambersburg presents Houdini! His Life, His Magic on March 8 at 7:30 PM. Broadway and film actor, Duffy Hudson breathes excitement into the life of Harry Houdini, in a one-man show that celebrates the escape artist’s life and his astonishing magic. Harry Houdini was an illusionist and escape artist, who successfully liberated himself after being buried alive, submerged handcuffed in water-filled containers, or suspended in a straightjacket from a towering height.

All attendees of the show will have a chance to participate in a free paranormal investigation of the 92-year old Capitol Theatre with the Ghost Pit, after the Houdini show. The winner will be selected by a raffle, and Duffy Hudson will join the investigation.

Tickets can be purchased online here or at the door. Adult tickets are $20. Tickets for attendees 60 years or older are $17. Tickets for attendees ages 3-22 are $13.

Renfrew Museum & Park Seeks Executive Director

Renfrew Museum & Park Seeks Executive Director

Renfrew Museum and Park is seeking candidates for Executive Director.  The Executive Director acts as CEO of the organization, and reports directly to the non-profit Renfrew Committee Inc’s board of directors.  Responsibilities include mission, vision, and values adherence, strategic plan implementation, fundraising and financial development, fiscal management, staff management and development, collections management, and facilities oversight.

Renfrew is a beautifully restored 1800s Pennsylvania German farmstead and 107-acre community park.  Located in south central PA, approximately 75 miles from the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area and 25 miles from Gettysburg, Renfrew attracts tens of thousands of visitors per year.  Originally given to the Borough of Waynesboro by the Nicodemus family, the last private owners of this property, Renfrew Museum and Park opened in 1975.  Renfrew houses the largest public collection of Bell family and Shenandoah pottery in the nation and a fantastic collection of historic tools and artifacts.

Professional Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Museum, historic preservation, or related experience preferred
  • Five or more years senior nonprofit or business management experience preferred
  • Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Ability to convey a vision of Renfrew Museum and Park’s strategic plan to staff, board, volunteers and donors.
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to the nonprofit sector
  • Marketing experience helpful
  • Strong collaborative skills and experience necessary
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
  • Strong public speaking skills

Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to info@renfrewmuseum.org.  For more information, please visit our website www.renfrewmuseum.org.