Owl Walk at Renfrew Park

Owl Walk at Renfrew Park

Naturalist Lori Schlosser will lead The Institute at Renfrew’s fall owl walk along the hiking trails of Renfrew Park on Thursday, November 7, at 6:00 p.m. The excursion is geared toward families and children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.

The activity is free (donations accepted), but registration is required and limited to 60. Spaces fill up quickly, so anyone wishing to join the walk should register soon. For more information or to register, call the institute at 717-762-0373 or email: info@instituteatrenfrew.org.

Before the walk, Schlosser will present a brief introduction to owls and a preview of various owl calls at Renfrew’s visitors center. She will then lead the group along trails in the park where they will pause to sit and call various owls (tape recorded), including the great horned owl, the barred owl and the screech owl.

Patience is required when trying to call owls,” Schlosser said. “If the calls are too loud, you can scare them off.” Participants must sit quietly for short periods of time to watch for owl flight and listen for owl reply calls. 

Schlosser hopes participants will attempt to call owls on their own once they have learned how. “They could go to places on their own, maybe in their backyard or along a road at the edge of a woods.”  

Those attending should dress appropriately for the weather, as the walk may last up to an hour. Flashlights are permitted; however, participants will be asked to turn them off during the walk to allow their eyes to adjust to the darkness.

This program is underwritten in part by Marge Kiersz, Lucinda D. Potter, CPA, and Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company, with additional support from Renfrew 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 is provided courtesy of Renfrew Museum and Park.

For more information, visit www.instituteatrenfrew.org. Parking is available in Renfrew’s lower lot. 

Fall Work Day At Ebbert Springs

Fall Work Day At Ebbert Springs

Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc. will be hosting a fall workday at the Ebbert Springs Archeological Preserve and Heritage Park, 12633 Molly Pitcher Highway,  Greencastle, PA 17225  on Saturday, October 26, 2019, 9:00am to 3:00pm.
Volunteers are encouraged to bring yard and garden tools, trailers and pickup trucks to assist with the work projects both inside and out. This is a rain or shine event.  Volunteers are needed at all skill levels. Tasks include transporting chairs and other items from the Museum to Ebbert Spring, outside Fall cleanup, carpet removal, cleaning inside, cataloging books, and other jobs. Each volunteer hour is worth $25 when Allison-Antrim Museum applies for grants.
Lunch and snacks will be provided and participants will get an insider’s look at the property, its rich history and scenic beauty.
The Ebbert Springs Archeological Preserve and Heritage Park is co-managed by The Archeological Conservancy, Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc., and Antrim Township.  Ebbert Springs’ history extends back to 10,000 BC and has rich cultural history of both Native American and Early American occupation.
Today, Ebbert Springs  is a cultural and nature preserve open to the public year-round, dawn to dusk, for passive recreation on designated trails depicting the history of the site.
Because of lunch and parking, “Please” RSVP  by Wednesday, October 23 by calling the Museum at 717-597-9010 or email dmoore@greencastlemuseum.org.
Franklin County Historical Society Hosts Haunted Old Jail

Franklin County Historical Society Hosts Haunted Old Jail

The Franklin County Historical Society will host “Halloween at the Haunted Jail” on October 25 & 26 and November 1 & 2 from 7-9:30pm.

Guests will encounter ghosts, goblins, and other haunts as they traverse four floors of the jail, including the three story cellblock and dungeon areas. The event has been expanded from last year, when over 2,000 people attended the event.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 8 and under, payable at the door. Cash and credit are accepted.

The event benefits the nonprofit Society.

Call 717.264.1667 for information or visit franklinhistorical.org.

Built in 1818, The Old Jail is the home of the Franklin County Historical Society, founded in 1898. Each year the Society serves thousands through its tours, genealogy library, events, and educational presentations.

Contact:Jenny Shifler, ophistory@pa.net or 717-264-1667

Shippensburg Swing Band Holds Halloween Dance

Shippensburg Swing Band Holds Halloween Dance

The Shippensburg Swing Band will host the annual “Halloween Dinner and Dance” on Friday October 25, 2019 at Premier Events, 429 East Orange Street. The dinner is a full buffet from salad to dessert and starts at 7:00 p.m., followed by dancing, a basket raffle, and a costume contest starting at 8:00 p.m. Live music for dancing will be provided by the Shippensburg Swing Band. Proceeds from the event support scholarships for local high school musicians.

The Shippensburg Swing Band, under the direction of Vicki Baker, is a swing band located in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Our musicians hail from Shippensburg, Newville, Chambersburg, Waynesboro, and other surrounding towns. It is part of a three-band organization: the Shippensburg Band, the Shippensburg Blaskapelle German Band and the Shippensburg Swing Band. The music selections span from the 1930s through the 1950s, concentrating on the 30s and 40s styles of music.

Tickets for dinner and dancing are $30 per individual or $10 for dancing only. Tickets can be purchased online at www.shipband.org. Proceeds from the dance, auction, and raffle goes towards providing music scholarships for local high school musicians. The Shippensburg Band is a 501c-3 non-profit organization.

Author Bob O’Connor Talks About Martin Delany at 11/30 Center at AppleFest 2019

Author Bob O’Connor Talks About Martin Delany at 11/30 Center at AppleFest 2019

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to enjoy AppleFest in downtown Chambersburg on October 19 with a presentation of Martin Delany by author Bob O’Connor.

The Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center celebrates AppleFest in downtown Chambersburg on October 19 with a presentation about Martin Delany by author Bob O’Connor. The talk will be held in the second-floor Great Room, overlooking Memorial Square, at 2 PM.

Martin Delany, who was the highest ranking African-American field officer of the Civil War, lived on South Main Street in Chambersburg and attended school nearby. In addition to serving in the Civil War, Delany was a physician and author. He also worked with Frederick Douglass to co-publish the newspaper North Star.

O’Connor authored more than 15 non-fiction and historical fiction books with a focus on American history leading up to and encompassing the Civil War. He shares his interest and knowledge of this period in a podcast called the “The Chronicles of the American Civil War.”

The talk is free. Reserve a seat here.

AppleFest is the annual, autumn celebration of apples, one of Franklin County’s major crops. The festival opens at 9 AM, closes at 4 PM, and includes more than 100 vendors of crafts, arts, food, music and fun for the kids. In addition to the Delany presentation, the 11/30 Visitors Center will be playing five videos in the “video vault,” offer a children’s fall-fun activity, and be showcasing new exhibits in the lobby. Main Street stores will have specials and sales.

Weekend of October 5-6:  Community Uniting! – Salute to African American Heritage

Weekend of October 5-6: Community Uniting! – Salute to African American Heritage

Join Community Uniting! on Saturday, 10 Am to Noon, for a walking tour of Arican American sites in downtown Chambersburg. The weekend dedication continues on Sunday with Free Festival at the Franklin County Visitors Bureau from 2 PM to  PM. Activities for the African-American Heritage Weekendinclude:

Saturday Oct. 5, 10 a.m. – 12 Noon – Walk thru History!

Meet at St. James AME Church 510 So Main St, Chbg.

 Park on South St. lot btw Main & 2nd Sts. or at SCCAP on So. Main St.

Learn the history of South End Chambersburg:  3 Churches (St. James, John Wesley, Mt. Moriah), Mike Waters Park, Kerrstown Neighborhood, notable residents, & more!

12 pm Lunch at St. James – BYO or place a hoagie order ($8) on Saturday a.m.

Sites included on the walk are: St James AME Church, Marin Delany residence, Kerrstown Square, John Wesley AME, Frederick Douglas-John Brown meeting site, 1967 fair housing march, original Mt Morial Baptist Church, Liberty Street neighborhoods, Mike Waters Playground


Sunday, Oct. 6, 2 – 4 p.m. Free Festival!

at Franklin County Visitors Center on the Square, 15 South Main Street,

Storytelling – Joseph Winters: Local Inventor & Abolitionist

Gospel Dancers – Stepdancers – Music & Book-Talk & Book-Signing

Mask-Making   –   Refreshments   –   & More!