The businesses of downtown Chambersburg present Christmas on Main, December 6, from 5 PM to 8 PM. Celebrate the beauty of the season and the holiday spirit with the Cocoa Crawl, Kinder Christmas Market, and the final evening of Festival of Trees.
Cocoa Crawl is a chance to taste special hot cocoa recipes served by downtown businesses and organizations. At 5:45 PM, Cocoa Crawl mugs go on sale on the square in front of F&M Bank. Participants can sip, stroll, shop, and enjoy the beautifully decorated Main Street of Chambersburg. At the end of the evening after tasting all the cocoas, vote for favorite your favorite.
Kinder Christmas Market
Kinder Christmas Market is a special Christmas Market. It gives young artisans a chance to showcase their talent and try their hand at entrepreneurship. These wares are extra-special gifts to share original art with friends and family, plus support young talent and build their confidence.
Festival of Trees at the 11/30 Visitors Center
Be sure to visit Festival of Trees at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center, located next door to Central Presbyterian Church. Enjoy the beauty of more than 30 trees and wreaths, decorated by county-wide businesses, organizations, and groups. Vote for your favorite or bid on one to take home. Children can color a Ben Franklin holiday page or make a candy cane or wreath ornament. At 6:30 PM in the lobby of the 11/30 Visitors Center, enjoy the 2019 A Cappella & Unplugged winners—For F4ith—as they sing selections from their holiday cd—A Faith-Filled Christmas. (The cd will be on sale for $10.) At 7 PM, Marla Hart, a 2019 A Cappella & Unplugged finalist, will perform holiday favorites, including fun, jingle bell songs and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
Plus, Santa will be downtown from 5 PM to 6:30 PM. Holiday music along Main Street will be proviced by Rick Summers and James Buchanan Alumi Chorus,
Time flies! The final CTA renewal date is quickly nearing the 12/31/2019 deadline to renew your Franklin County CTA certification. If you took the Certification in 2018, the visitors bureau hopes that you will choose to continue to serve as a Franklin County CTA for 2020. CTAs will be contacted via email and by phone over the next few weeks before the 10/31/2019 deadline. We are here to help you through this process!
Why Should You Renew? Top 4 Reasons:
- Keep receiving invitations to Franklin County CTA-exclusive events and mixers and discounts!
- Keep in the know: continue learning and building on the Franklin County knowledge you already have.
- Continue to be a part of over 20,000 CTAs worldwide (and over 150 Franklin County CTAs!) who work together to enhance the visitor experience, make people feel welcome, and give back to their city everyday.
- Continue to meet new people in Franklin County, make friends in the community, and discover new volunteer opportunities.
2 Easy Steps To Renew:
- Add your 50 CTA points at www.ctanetowrk.com. Need your login and password – email Doug Harmon at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pay your $25 renewal fee (payable by check or cash). To pay by credit card, you can call us at 717-552-2977. Checks can be made out to “FCVB” and mailed to 15 S. Main St., Chambersburg, PA 17201. You can also come by The 11/30 Visitors Center to pay.
The historic Museum house is decorated for the holiday season as it would have been during the Civil War. A Della Robbia fruit arrangement in the transom of the front door will welcome guests. Roping on the banister, fresh greens, including cuttings from the almost 160 yearsold boxwoods from the premises. A tree decorated with dried fruit, gilded walnuts, Marzipan fruit candies, gingerbread cookies, antique candle holders, and Civil War flags will take visitors back to a much simpler time. The McLaughlin Hotel epergne on the hall table will be used in a traditional way to display fruit. Bonnie Shockey, president of the museum, will be dressed in Civil War period attire, as the lady of the house, Martha Irwin, may have been in 1860. The dining room, parlors, children’s bedroom, and master bedroom are all furnished with period furniture and oriental rugs – all donations to AAMI. An 1800’s, one-horse, drawn sleigh, made in Mercersburg, will be displayed on the kitchen porch. Light refreshments will be served to museum visitors in both the house and the Barn. Experience this historic Civil-War era home after dusk in the low light of the evening.
Join mother and daughter, Pat and Victoria Beard (clarinetists), and Connie Bishop (bass clarinet), 6:30 to 8:30 PM, in the large parlor of the Museum house. They will play a variety of music, including holiday, from the Civil-War era.
In the Barn
- Organ Grinder – 6:30 to 7 pm
- Claus reads ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’
- Bring your camera for a family photo or selfie
- Children may make holiday ornaments & decorations with natural & recycled materials plus complimentary hot chocolate & cookies
3 rd Annual Paint Your Own Christmas Ornament with Susan Shaffer of Joyful Arts Studio.
Make a memory and keepsake for Christmas. To sign up for the ornament class, please visit Joyful Arts Studio on Facebook and click on “Events” and scroll down to December 6, 2019. Or you may call Joyful Arts Studio at 717-658-2177 for more information.
Wilson College invites the public to take part in Las Posadas-a Mexican Christmas tradition re-enacting the story of Christ’s birth-being held on the campus, Thursday, Dec. 5. The celebration will run from 6 to 8 p.m., starting at the Brooks Science Center and ending with a meal in Laird Hall.
In the Mexican culture, Las Posadas re-enacts the Nativity story, following the journey Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a refuge where Mary could give birth. When they were unable to find lodging in Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary sought shelter in a stable, where Jesus was born.
During the Wilson celebration, children will walk on luminary-lighted paths around the campus, seeking “shelter” for their group. They will visit three buildings on campus, with the Wilson College Choir leading the group in traditional Posadas songs as they walk. All participants are invited to take part in an interactive Christmas play that will take place along the walk. A bilingual script will be provided.
The group’s search for shelter will end at Laird Hall, where a celebration with prayer, music and authentic Mexican pozole (a traditional pork stew served at Christmas), tamales and appetizers provided by Chambersburg’s Veroni Cafe will conclude the celebration. Children will be treated to a piñata after dinner.
Learning Campus, Wilson’s after-school tutoring program for the children of migrant families, is hosting and co-sponsoring the celebration, along with the Wilson College Choir, Spanish Club, Muhibbah Club, Learning Campus Club, Office of Student Development, chaplain’s office and the Office of Marketing and Communications.
Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to join in the holiday spirit at the 2019 Festival of Trees, held in the 11/30 Visitors Center–the former 1865 National Bank of Chambersburg on the square. The festival opens at 4 PM in time for the November 23 Chambersburg Christmas parade and continues until Christmas on Main, December 6. Come see beautifully decorated trees and wreaths. Enjoy a holiday train display, courtesy of Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club, in the lobby of the visitors center, explore children’s activities in the Discovery Vault, and videos of history in the Video Vault.
Visitors can vote for their favorite tree or wreath as well as participate in the silent auction to take home a tree or wreath. Funds raised will support cancer initiatives of WellSpan Health in Franklin County, including Hennessy Home and the Oncology Bridge Fund.
Specific hours of the display are:
- November 23 from 4-8 PM coinciding with Santa’s arrival during Chambersburg’s Annual Christmas Parade at 6 PM.
- November 25-27, 8 AM to 4L30 PM
- Small Business Saturday, November 30, from 10 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to 6:30 PM.December 6 during Visitor Center hours Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 4:30 PM.
- December2-5, 8 AM to 6 PM
- December 6 -Christmas on Main First Friday, 8 AM – 8 PM..
- Also, special evening hours by appointment for groups; please contact 717-552-2977
Trees and wreaths are being decorated by local organizations such as Greater Chambersburg Chamber, Greencastle Chamber, Greater Waynesboro Area Chamber, Totem Pole Playhouse, Holiday Inn Express, Marco Technology, Chambersburg Quilt Guild, and others!
Admission to the festival is free. Visitors may voter for their favorite tree or wreath by purchasing four ballots for $1. Silent auction bids can be placed in person, via phone at 866-646-8060 or by emailing email@example.com. Silent auction amounts will be displayed in the Visitors Center and online. Current bid amounts will be updated online daily at www.explorefranklincountypa.com. Final votes for favorites and final bids for the silent auction will close at 7:45 PM on December 6 with winners being announced at 8 PM.
The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Jordan Nace as the new membership director who will serve nearly 800 members of the business community.
Jordan joined the Chamber team in early November and formerly worked in sales and marketing for Higher Information Group. His experience includes an extensive background in sales and marketing as well as relationship-building with clients in the Carlisle, Shippensburg and Chambersburg areas. He received his undergraduate degree in communications studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is originally from Carlisle.
“I am excited for this opportunity to help the Chambersburg Chamber grow and am eager to engage with the businesses that are the backbone of our community,” said Jordan Nace, membership director of the Chambersburg Chamber. “I am blessed to have this opportunity and cannot wait to meet all of our wonderful members and those interested in learning more about our organization.”
At the Chamber, Jordan will oversee membership recruitment and retention as well as lead the Chamber Ambassador program to ensure member needs are met. He will also coordinate various Chamber events including mixers, ribbon cuttings/grand openings, buy local initiatives, the annual golf tournament, new member orientations, etc.
“We are delighted to have Jordan on board as our newest team member to take our Chamber membership to the next level,” said Stephen Christian, president of the Chambersburg Chamber. “His strong work ethic and communication skills have already proven exceptional, and we are excited to introduce him to the Chamber business community.”
In his free time, Jordan enjoys traveling and most recently returned from Munich, Germany. His other hobbies include golfing, fishing and spending time outdoors with his beagle, Rooney.