Pennsylvania’s Conservation Landscapes Show the Value of Places Like the South Mountain Region

Pennsylvania’s Conservation Landscapes Show the Value of Places Like the South Mountain Region

The South Mountain Conservation Landscape is one of eight such landscapes across the Commonwealth that the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) recognizes for their unique cultural, historical, recreational, and economic features. Since 2004, Pennsylvania’s Conservation Landscape Program has used place-based partnerships to drive strategic investments and actions around sustainability, conservation, community revitalization, and recreation projects.

In 2019, an independent evaluation of the program was conducted to better understand the impact it is having, identify best practices, and recommend ways for improving and sustaining it.  Findings from the evaluation can be found in the recently released report, 2019 Pennsylvania Conservation Landscapes – Models for Successful Collaboration, which can be downloaded at

The report identifies best management practices such as the power of partnerships, collaboration makes connections possible despite development pressures, and public investments are the foundation for locally-based entrepreneurship. DCNR and its conservation landscape partners in the South Mountain and across the state have already begun implementing these and other recommendations and will continue in 2020 and beyond to make Pennsylvania’s Conservation Landscapes a model for place-based partnerships across the United States.

The South Mountain conservation landscape, which encompasses portions of Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, and York counties, is made up of hundreds of partners from municipal, county and state governments, local businesses, nonprofits, academia, and concerned citizens. Since our creation in 2006, we have many successes to celebrate. This includes the White Rocks land acquisition project that ultimately protected 850 acres of valuable forestland on South Mountain in Cumberland County. The site was under serious threat of development and its protection helped provide a buffer and scenic viewshed of the Appalachian Trail.

“The South Mountain Partnership invests in building the capacity of its partners and uses a collaborative approach to tackle large projects like the White Rocks acquisition,” said Katie Hess. Director of the South Mountain Partnership. “That’s led to significant wins for the landscape including the conservation of 850-acres of valuable forested land on South Mountain, the rebirth of the Craighead House as a cultural and educational asset, and a current focus on clean water efforts for local communities and the Chesapeake Bay.”

To learn more about the South Mountain conservation landscape and our work for 2020 and beyond, please visit


Destination ARTS! Feb 5-18

Destination ARTS! Feb 5-18

Destination ARTS! and the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro announce events and activities for Feb. 5–13, 2020. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

Wed., Feb. 5 & 12: Demonstration—Creating Gourd Art: 12:30–2:30 p.m. 42 West ARTS Co-Op, 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Artist and sculptor Denny Bingaman demonstrates designing, burning, and dyeing gourd art.

Wed., Feb. 5: Writers Forum: 4:30–7 p.m. Alexander Hamilton Library (second floor meeting room), 45 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Area writers in all genres are invited to discuss their writing. The prompts for February include stories about Valentine’s Day or a love story or poem. Participants may also discuss any subject they’re writing about. Call Jerry Kowallis at 717-352-8059 or email for more information.

Wed., Feb. 5: Open Mic Night: 7–9 p.m. Music Makers, 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Local musicians, poets, actors, and comedians are invited to participate in a session facilitated by Brad Munn. All performers welcome, and spectators are invited to enjoy the free entertainment. A sound system, microphone, and electric stage piano are provided.

Fri., Feb. 7: Wind Down Friday: 5:30–8 p.m. 42 West ARTS Co-Op, 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Patric Schlee and friends play flute, hand drums, didgeridoo, and more in a relaxed atmosphere with drinks and refreshments every Friday.


Fri., Feb. 7: Live Music Friday—Andrew Sussman & Company JAZZ: 5:30–8 p.m. Music Makers, 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Andrew Sussman & Company JAZZ featuring Sussman (keyboard), Ken Jankura (double bass and vocals), and Sam Hepfer (drums) performing jazz standards and tunes from the Great American Songbook. Sussman is the founder of AAGW and Destination ARTS! and former executive director of the Cumberland Valley School of Music. Refreshments served.

Fri., Feb. 8: Children’s Garden Stakes Class: 1–3 p.m. Ceramic Arts Center, 13 S. Church St., Waynesboro, PA. Children will create three garden ornaments using a sun, butterfly, or festive flower template. Each stake is made out of stoneware clay and will be painted with colorful glazes, guided by Mary Ashe-Mahr. Recommended for ages 5–12. Fee applies. Visit to register.

Sat., Feb. 8: Demonstration—Spinning Wool into Yarn: 1–3 p.m. 42 West ARTS Co-Op, 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Pat Beard will demonstrate spinning yarn on an old-fashioned loom. A member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and the Cumberland Valley Craft Guild, Beard does all her own weaving and sewing.

Sat., Feb. 8: Live Music: 2–4 p.m. 1884 Market House, 15 Schier’s Way, Waynesboro, PA. Free musical entertainment from Joel Newman, who plays everything from blues and jazz to funk and classical. He has performed with musical giants such as T.M. Stevens, Dr. John, Miroslav Vitous, Dick Wagner and David Sanborn.

Sun., Feb. 9: Second Sunday Praise Band Performance: 2–3 p.m. Music Makers, 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Members of the Faith United Methodist Church praise team will perform a special free concert of contemporary praise and worship music. Open to the public.

Mon., Feb. 10: Artisans Connection: 6:30–8:30 p.m. Music Makers, 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Monthly gathering welcoming artists from all disciplines: artisans, authors, musicians, potters, photographers, poets—and those who love art. This month’s theme is Valentine’s Day. Bring poems, art, chocolate, music, and your love of the arts! For more information contact: or 717-762-6791.

Thurs., Feb. 13: Wall Planter Class: 6–8 p.m. Ceramic Arts Center, 13 S. Church St., Waynesboro, PA. Create a hand-built wall planter decorated with plant pouches, vines, and leaves under the instruction of Mary Ashe-Mahr. Fee applies. Visit to register.

Ongoing Exhibits: 

“From Winter to Spring” Gallery 50, 50 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Our ten featured artists are: Eric Carter, Anne Finucane, Jean Frey, Andrea Horner, Janette Koons, Susan McGinley, Glen Sabetto, Marjorie Tressler, Nicole Troup, and Carol Wilks. Through mid-April.

Visiting Artist: Joe Nadzady: Gallery 35 East, 35 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Gallery 35 East welcomes featured artist Joe Nadzady. The artist’s subjects range from still life to a variety of landscapes and more—a beautiful display of soft pastels, oil and acrylic paintings. Through February.

Featured Guest Artist, Jane Moltrup: 42 West ARTS Co-Op, 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PAArtist and professional photographer Jane Moltrup’s work includes a wide range of photography subjects, as well as watercolor paintings. She has also written and illustrated a children’s book, “Pitter, Patter Goes the Rain,” and illustrated other children’s books. Through February.

“Contrast” 42 West ARTS Co-Op, 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PANew all-member show includes theme-related art in various forms including Donna Bingaman oil painting, Denny Bingaman photography and cold cast bronze, Jennifer Caldwell jewelry, Rod and Karri Benedict pottery, Hollis Mentzer art, Gwen Hendrickson photography, fabric art and wood carving, Ed Beard wood burning, Andy Smetzer photography, and Pat Beard fiber art. Through March.

Musical performances at Destination ARTS! are supported in part by the Arts for All Partnership, a collaboration between the Foundation for Enhancing Communities and the Cultural Enrichment Fund, and by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts through the Cultural Alliance of York County.

For more information, call 717-655-2500, visit, or email to:

Frosty Fun at IceFest 2020 Is Waiting in Franklin County PA

Frosty Fun at IceFest 2020 Is Waiting in Franklin County PA

Ice Fest 2020 is set to begin Thursday, January 30 and run through Sunday, February 2.

See blocks of ice, transformed with chain saws and blow torches. Take a turn on the FREE double-wide ice slide. Taste chili and BBQ at Chili-Q, and dance at the Snowfall Ball.  Enjoy more than 100 sculptures, a corn hole tournament, and the first A Cappella & Unplugged Open Mic of 2020. The four-day schedule of IceFest events is available at and

The 11/30 Visitors Center, the former 1865 bank-turned-visitors-center on the southwest corner of the square, is open 8 AM to 7:30 PM on IceFest Thursday and Friday, 10:30 AM to 8 PM on IceFest Saturday, and Noon to 4 PM on IceFest Sunday. Drop in, warm up and explore the art of Susan Shaffer, Penn’s Woods Printmakers, and Chambersburg Quilt Guild in the lobby. Check out the historic artifacts in the old bank teller drawers, plus more than 100 National History Day Contest projects of the Chambersburg High School students. Theme is Breaking Barriers in History.

Susan Shaffer, owner of Joyful Arts in Greencastle, is the winter artist, exhibiting in the lobby of the 11/30 Visitors Center. She is the owner of Joyful Arts in Greencastle and dedicated to supporting and empowering women through artistic expression.

Penn’s Woods Printmakers showcase original works of art created by the artist with an original plate run through a small press, one at a time, on high quality art paper. See the beauty of the process. All art is for sale.

The Chambersburg Quilt Guild comes together around the art of quilting. Each year, the Guild creates a raffle quilt to share talents and gives proceeds to a local cause. The quilt is on display and tickets are being sold throughout IceFest.

Continue upstairs to see jolly snowmen quilts, created by the Chambersburg Quilt Guild. Picture takers are welcome to take in the great view of downtown Chambersburg from the Great Room of the 11/30 Visitors Center. The large window overlooking the square is a must-see. Plus, that view is the backdrop of the first A Cappella & Unplugged Open Mic 2020, set for 5 PM on Saturday, February 1. More than a dozen acts are set to perform and begin the competition for a $500 grand prize.

IceFest 2020 is the 18th festival, made possible by the Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg, Downtown Chambersburg Inc, Chambersburg Council for the Arts and the sponsorship of M&T Bank. Franklin County Visitors Bureau and 11/30 Visitors Center is pleased to be part of IceFest 2020.




Waynesboro’s Got Talent

Waynesboro’s Got Talent

Fourteen talented area students will take the stage in the third annual Waynesboro’s Got Talent, a community-wide talent show for area students, on Saturday, Feb. 1. The show runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Waynesboro Area Senior High School (WASHS) auditorium.

Auditions in January were open to all students in the Waynesboro Area School District, including homeschool students, from ages 8 to 18.

Following the auditions, 12 performances (two are duos) were selected to be part of the community show. In addition to the talent performances, there will be exhibition pieces by A&B Dance Dimensions and a performance by the WASHS chorus. 

The winner of the 2020 competition will receive a $500 prize; the runner up receives a $100 prize.

“The Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro was created to support and encourage the arts in our community,” said board president, Jonathan Ingels. “This includes our youth. Last year’s Waynesboro’s Got Talent was a great success, and with the talent we have this year, we expect another great show. We hope everyone will come out to support our talented young people.”

Performers include (in no particular order): Isaac Hege, Noah Hege, April DiGiacomo, Madeline Peterson, Tony Hiatt, True Benshoff, Mattie Wagner, Ezra Lehman with Delton Lehman, accompanist, Sara Policicchio, Samantha Pittman, Sarah Sasscer, Chloe Shacreaw, Lexi Marks with Ruth Showalter, accompanist, and Yoneika McKenzie, plus special performances by A&B Dance Dimensions’ Senior, Junior, Intermediate, and Competition Teams, and by the high school chorus.

Lead sponsors for Waynesboro’s Got Talent are Paul Gunder of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and the Owls Club of Waynesboro Inc. Additional support was received from J&M Printing, 42 West ARTS Co-op, A&B Dance Dimensions, Café Del Sol, Ceramic Arts Center of Waynesboro, Craig, Friedly, Potter & Moore Insurance, Paul Gunder/Coldwell Banker, Cumberland Valley School of Music, Eichholtz Flowers, F&M Trust, Knights of Columbus, Mainstreet Waynesboro, Sanders Furniture and Artisan Gallery, Trinity Players, and The Wildflower Marketplace.

Tickets are available on the arts alliance’s website, and will also be sold at the door the night of the show. Tickets purchased at the door will be cash sales only. Tickets cost $5; children age 8 and under are free.

For more information about the arts alliance, call 717-655-2500 or visit

Allison-Antrim Museum Offers 18th Century Dance

Allison-Antrim Museum Offers 18th Century Dance

A new experience at Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 S Ridge Avenue, Greencastle, PA 17225 is scheduled in the German Bank Barn, 365 S Ridge Ave, Greencastle, PA 17225 on Saturday afternoon, January 18, 1:00 to 4:00 pm. English Country Dancing will be instructed by Melanie Desmond, 18th century, living-history interpreter, friend, and volunteer at Allison-Antrim Museum.

English Country Dancing includes dances with which the William Allison family at Ebbert Spring and their friends may have been familiar. These social dances began during the Reign of Elizabeth I, and were enjoyed by “all” social classes. They reached the height of popularity during the late 18th C. (think of the “assemblies” mentioned in Jane Austen). The dances later developed into Irish and Scottish Country Dance, as well as into Contras and American Squares.

Please join us in learning some of the common dances popular during the 18th C. All are welcome (single or couples) and no experience is required. Office casual attire; no tie required. Wear comfortable shoes and “please” no high heels.

Please call Allison-Antrim Museum (717.597.9010) to let us know if you are coming. If inclement weather is an issue updates will be posted on the Museum’s Web site at, on Facebook, and on Twitter @greencastlemuzm.

A Cappella & Unplugged Open Mic Night – February 1 @ IceFest

A Cappella & Unplugged Open Mic Night – February 1 @ IceFest

Start your journey to winning $500. Join A Cappella & Unplugged IceFest Open Mic on February 1 at 5 PM in the Great Room of the 11/30 Visitors Center on the square in downtown Chambersburg

Performers of all ages are invited to perform and can be solo or groups with vocals or unplugged instrumental. Just be able to carry your instrument. and that it does not require electricity. Performances must be appropriate for a variety of ages and be celebratory – lively and inspiring, something that will make the audience come to life.

The audience’s applause and appreciation will pick the winning act. The winner is invited to perform in ROUND 1 of A Cappella & Unplugged at the Capitol Theatre in June 2020, where judges select the top six acts to move onto Round 2, In Round 2, the public views the performances of the top six acts and likes their favorite. The top three acts move onto the finals of A Cappella & Unplugged at the 1864 Burning of Chambersburg on July 18.

Register here on Eventbrite. We will save you a spot to perform. Bring your friends and family to cheer you on!

Next Open Mic Night is March 10 at The Thought Lot in Shippensburg, 37 East Garfield Street. All open mic nights go until there are no more performers. Please sign up on Eventbrite. There is no fee, but just conveys you are planning to attend.