Dolly Harris Memorial Dedication Set For November 2

Dolly Harris Memorial Dedication Set For November 2

A special memorial dedication at Cedar Grove Cemetery for Civil War heroine Frances “Dolly” Harris Lesher is set for Saturday, November 2, the 174th anniversary of her birth. The ceremony will begin at 1 PM at the cemetery located at 130 North Franklin Street. The public is invited to attend the dedication.

During the Invasion of PA in June 1863 that initiated the Gettysburg Campaign, Confederate soldiers marched through Greencastle on Carlisle Street, past Dolly’s home at 37 North Carlisle Street.  Col. William Roane (A-let) Aylett, of Pickett’s division and great-grandson of patriot Patrick Henry, said, “Why the bravest woman I ever saw was a Pennsylvania “girl” who defied Pickett’s “WHOLE” division as we marched through the little town called Greencastle.  She had a United States flag as an apron which she defiantly waved up and down as our columns passed by her and dared us to take it from her.”  She called them traitors and scoundrels. Under the circumstances of an affidavit, Private John T. Boyd Sr., CO K, 57th Regiment VA Vol.  said, under oath, quote “as to her wearing a badge I remember she wore one and think it was a Lincoln badge. As Gen. Armistead passed by, she waved the stars and stripes at him and he saluted her.”

Dolly is the only woman from Franklin County who is considered to be a Civil War heroine and was the only woman buried with military honors upon her death in February 1906. For no known reason, a headstone was never erected on Dolly’s resting place in the Cedar Grove Cemetery, Chambersburg, PA. The generosity of Dr. Paul Orange funded the cost of the obelisk headstone to be placed on her gravesite.

Descendants of Frances “Dolly” Harris and her husband John Lesher, from VA, TN, FL, and MO, will be in attendance at the November 2 dedication.


Caitol Theatre Kicks Off Season’s Stand-Up Comedy with Louis Ramey

Caitol Theatre Kicks Off Season’s Stand-Up Comedy with Louis Ramey

Comedy veteran and world traveler, Louis Ramey opens the Capitol Theatre’s Nights of Professional Stand-up Comedy on Friday, November 8. Ramey loves what he does for a living, performing stand-up comedy over the past 20 years. Louis can be seen currently hosting TV Land Prime Movie Block’s. Other recent TV appearances include, Comedy Central, TBS Presents: A Very Funny Festival: Just for Laughs, and TBS Promo’s Bitcoms. He has been all over TV and the Net. You have seen him as a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, ABC Daytime’s The View and NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly among many other television appearances in the U.S., Canada and abroad. Voted by students as “Campus Performer of the Year”, Louis Ramey is a strong headliner and crowd-pleaser.

All Friday Nights of Professional Stand-up begin at 7:30 PM. Admission is $20. Because of mature language and themes, the stand-up comedy shows are not recommended for minors. Other shows are January 10, February 7, March 6, April 17, and May 16. Relax and enjoy an evening of stand-up comedy.


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:

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 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
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

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, 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 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.