Learn Ballroom Dancing at Allison-Antrim Museum: Class Begins September 30

A new four-week session of Beginner Ballroom Classes in the barn at Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 South Ridge Avenue, Greencastle will begin on Wednesday, September 30, from 7 to 9 pm.  The rhythms that will be studied are the Fox Trot, Waltz, and Tango.  All rhythms will be taught at the bronze beginner level, with basic steps always reviewed during the first class.

The fee is $40/person for the four-week session, prepaid the first class.  Checks may be made out to AAMI (Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc.).  If the session is extended beyond four weeks, the per-class cost will be $10/person.  Please wear shoes with solid soles that glide easily on the floor.  The barn’s floor is wood and provides the best possible surface for dancing.

A new Intermediate Silver Level Ballroom Class will begin Tuesday evening, September 29, from 7 to 9 pm, with Fox Trot, Waltz, and Tango rhythms also being taught.  Students will learn how step combinations common to one rhythm can also be adapted in another dance rhythm.

The proceeds from the ballroom classes help cover the overhead costs of the barn.  For more information, visit www.greencastlemuseum.org, on Facebook, on Twitter @greencastlemuzm, or by calling 717-597-9325.



Scotland Summit Offers Seminars on Innovation, Marketing & Leadership

Talks on Business Innovation, Marketing, and Leadership highlight the first Scotland Summit. All seminars are offered free-of-charge to engage both those starting and established businesses to encourage business development and provide innovative ways to grow business. The Scotland Summit, founded by the Scotland Campus and Purple Deck Media, Inc. is scheduled for September 25, 2015, starting at 8:30am. The event currently has nine speakers with fast-paced and strategic presentations in their areas of expertise, followed by a question and answer

session. Nathan Neil, co-founder of technology firm Purple Deck Media and seminar co-ordinator,
described the Scotland Summit as “a unique way of spreading valuable and contemporary ideas to generate
discussion among those in business, innovation, and creative style roles. The event is a free opportunity
to gain some insights, network, and come up with new ideas to take back to your business.”
The speaker list includes: Dr. David Newell, President & CEO at the Scotland Campus and Founder of the Academy for Global Leadership; Shaun Donovan, Economic Specialist of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC; Tracey Jones, President of Tremendous Life Books; Nathan Neil, Co-Founder & COO of Purple Deck Media; Joe Trace & Laura Schale, ProArts Media, Creative Video and Photography; Mike Delsignore, President at Manufacturing Management & Technology Consulting; Patrick Ryan, Corporate Brands Strategist for Magnum Broadcasting and General Manager of NewsTalk1037FM; and Nate Serino, of Recycle Local, a leader in environmental sustainability solutions; and Erica Thompson, Festival Administrator for Uprise Events Live.

The event is brought together through a collaborative effort of regional-focused businesses, including ProArts Media, NewsTalk1037FM, 2nd Floor Co., Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, Recycle Local, Purple Deck Media, and Scotland Campus.

The event is free with reservation. Reserve a ticket at www.ScotlandSummit.com or call 717-884-9529.

Franklin County Highlights 1864 Weekend – All Events Are RAIN or SHINE!

Franklin County Highlights 1864 Weekend – All Events Are RAIN or SHINE!


1864 celebrates community and human spirit–its resiliency, faith, courage and effort. After the Confederate ransoming and burning on July 30, 1864, the spirit of Chambersburg’s people rebuilt Chambersburg. The town rose from the ashes and became known as the “Queen City of the Cumberland Valley with prosperous industries, natural resources, transportation facilities, and educational advantages. 1864 portrays the ransoming, burning, and rebirth using lights and atmospheric effects so realistic the town appears to be ablaze.

Enjoy the Civil War Ball; dancers without experience are welcome!

Enjoy the Civil War Ball; dancers without experience are welcome!

The 1864 Weekend begins in Greencastle, PA, on Friday, July 17, with a Civil War Ball at Allison Antrim Museum,6:30-9:30 PM, in the museum’s restored German bank barn. The 2015 Civil War Ball features the Victorian Dance Ensemble. Members of the VDE will demonstrate the dance, place guests in proper formation, and help them execute the dance–which ensures the ball can be enjoyed by dancers with a variety of skill levels. Tickets are $15 individually and $25 per couple. Civil War attire welcome but not required. Registration on Eventbrite or contact 717.552.2977.

On Saturday, July 18–9AM to 4 PM, the streets of downtown Chambersburg close to traffic and transforms into an old-fashioned street festival, appropriately called Old Market Day. More than 100 vendors fill the streets– enticing visitors with their handiwork. Vendors displays range from arts and craft pieces to tempting festival foods plus day-long live entertainment on Courthouse Plaza.

As Old Market Day concludes, 1864 begins. Leading up to the burning and rebirth light show, there are Civil WarChambersfest6 walking tours, history exhibits, living history vignettes, and book signings. Some of the vendors on hand for the 2015 event include the Franklin County Old Jail, John Brown House, authors Bob O’Connor and William Shank, Rada Books–representing multiple eras of history, Gettysburg Wine & Fruit Trail, Zoo Zoo’s Animaland Creations, Monterey Pass Battlefield with Civil War era games for children, Allison Antrim Museum, Waynesboro Municipal Golf Course with golf fun for kids, Chambersburg Heritage Center, Conococheague Institute, and Back Road Riders. Meet these and more as Artie Shultz and Kelly Spinner co-host the 6 PM-7 PM activities. Included during this segment is a portrayal of James Smith, the leader of the Black Boys, who led the rebellion against the British at Fort Loudoun ten years before the American Revolution officially began at Lexington and Concord in 1775. 2015 marks 250 years since the colonial rebellion at Fort Loudoun in 1765.

At 7 PM, the 1864 celebration continues with the final round of A Cappella & Unplugged, performed on the courthouse steps. A Cappella & Unplugged is a musical partnership of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau and A Cappella1Capitol Theatre to bring talent to Franklin County and to bring more celebration to the 1864 event because the Rebirth of Chambersburg after more than 2000 people lost their homes and most of the town was laid to waste remains an amazing accomplishment. Three finalists will perform and one will be the champion. The winner of A Cappella & Unplugged will be named just after 8:30 PM with voting on Facebook and at the event concluding at 8:15 PM.

At 8:45 PM, downtown steps back to 1864. The history reenactment pits Jacob Hoke, an actual merchant on the square of Chambersburg in 1864, against Confederate General “Tiger” John McCausland, who executed the order of his superior General Jubal Early to first ransom and then, if the ransom was not met, burn the town.

1864 is not an ordinary living history event. Staged from the steps of the Franklin County courthouse, the backdrop is truly authentic as today’s courthouse recycles six of the pillars from the 1842 courthouse–the previous courthouse gutted by the Confederate burning. But, most distinctive is the burning–done with lights so realistically, the courthouse and adjoining buildings appear to be afire. As the narration of the story, using original source materials concludes, the town rises from the ashes and is bathed in beautiful lights to signify the rebirth.

New in 2015 is Illuminate! The After Party at The Capitol Theatre, 159 South Main Street, a block from Memorial Square. Enjoy live bands, DJs, dancing, adult beverages, munchies, and interactive art. The art installation project is a colorful light and found materials inspired house that will be built by members of the community as a symbol of what we build in our lives.

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Franklin County Visitors Bureau Announces Photo Contest for Cover of 2015 Visitors Guide

Grab your camera and take your best shot at capturing the essence of Franklin County for the Franklin County Visitors Bureaus Cover It: Franklin County’s Great Moments Photo Contest. The winning photo will be the cover of the 2015 Franklin County Visitors Guide.

Travel the trails of Franklin County through acres of farmland and forests. Trek back to frontier settlements and forts, stopovers along the Underground Railroad, and sites of Civil War raids and invasions. Woven between these stories of America’s history are the verdant, rolling hills and azure skies, old-fashioned ice cream shops, bakeries with shoo-fly pies and sticky buns; orchards in blossom; theatres and inns, meandering trails and streams, golf courses, and charming towns. Capture Franklin County in your photo and not only will the photo be the cover of the 2015 visitors guide, but the photographer will win $250 in cash.

In addition, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau is seeking photos for a new publication, Franklin Fresh: The Fresh Food & Dining Guide of Franklin County PA. Two $100 prizes will be awarded to the top “fresh food” photos–whether they depict a fresh food product grown or produced in Franklin County or plated food, which transformed produced-in-Franklin-County foods into an appetizer, entree, salad, or dessert and served in a Franklin County restaurant.

L.A. Cameras is co-sponsoring the photo contest and is offering a $50 gift certificate–redeemable at L.A. Cameras–as an honorable mention prize. The contest kicks off March 6. All submissions must be received by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau by May 1 at 4 PM.

Spring is just around the corner. Welcome those first warm, sunny days with camera in-hand, and take your best shots of Franklin County and a chance at having your photo on the cover of the 2015 visitors guide.

Entry rules and directions are online at DoDineStayFranklinCountyPA.com/phot0, visiting LA Cameras at 1019 Wayne Avenue in Chambersburg, or by calling the Franklin County Visistors Bureau, 717-552-2977 or 866-646-8060.

Join Greencastle Shopkeepers for special events, October 4!

Shop Greencastle!

October 4, Special events will be held at Greencastle Shopkeepers stores.


Greencastle Shopkeepers is a group of seven women entrepreneurs who have banded together to promote Greencastle’s downtown shops!  Join us for our first major event, Shop Greencastle, designed to bring people to their downtown shops.
The Greencastle Shopkeepers include, The Traveler’s Trunk, owner Carole Malin, Inner Beauty, owner Jo Anne Eyer, UpScale Consignment Shop, owner Ruth Mowen, Penny Lane Antiques, owner Tracey Ziadeh, Crown Vetch Cottage, Lynn Caffarelli, the shop, Chris Johnston, and Joyful Arts Studio, owner Susan Shaffer.
Be sure to pick up your discount books valid at Greencastle Shopkeepers throughout the month of October. Register for the Grand Prize Drawing, $140 Gift Certificate from the Greencastle Shopkeepers to be held on November 1 at 2 pm at Inner Beauty.

Join these business women for a fun day of special events, refreshments and door prizes in their shops.  Shop Local!

Joyful Arts Studio

21 East Baltimore Street Greencastle, PA 17225
Phone: 717-658-2177
Join the artists at Joyful Arts Studio for an exciting opportunity to create a beautiful, one of a kind wine glass (only $8 for one or create a pair for $15). Or maybe you’d prefer a pair of handmade earrings? Create just the right look for your very own custom earrings for only $10. Want to make both? Don’t worry, you can! All supplies will be provided by Joyful arts Studio in the cost of the Make it, Take it.
In addition, Knob Hall Winery will be joining us to share a tasting of their delicious local wines.
Enjoy complimentary refreshments, register for the door prize, and receive your free gift with purchase.

Crown Vetch Cottage

27 South Carlisle Street Phone: 717-593-0866
Crown Vetch Cottage will offer a 20% discount off any item in the shop, and 10% off on furniture.  Customers can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine while they shop.  Shoppers need to be sure to register for a $100 gift certificate and get a “peek” at the expanded retail space on the second floor.

Up Scale Consignment

24 West Franklin Street
Phone: 717-593-9777
Upscale Consignment Shop will have a free photo booth session available to customers throughout the day and will have a 10% off sale on one regular priced item. Refreshments will be served.

Inner Beauty

11 East Baltimore Street
Phone: 717-643-0035
Inner Beauty customers can enjoy a 20% discount on any one new fall item, except Brighton & scarves. Karen Bennett, Brighton representative, will hostess a trunk show of Brighton products. Sparkling cider and gingersnaps will be served.

The Traveler’s Trunk

103 South Carlisle Street, the Lower Level
Phone: 717-658-4853
Fall treats at The Traveler’s Trunk include a free pumpkin, hot cider and gingerbread. Customers can pick a pumpkin and receive a discount from 5% to 30% off any item. Customers can also register for a $25 gift certificate.

Penny Lane Antiques

45 South Washington Street
Phone: 717-446-7851
Bunches & bunches of balloons will be decorating “Penny Lane”. Enter the candy corn contest, enjoy refreshments & pick a balloon for special discounts on items throughout the shop.

the shop

144 East Baltimore Street
Phone: 717-593-9990
Fall Leaves will be falling at “the shop” providing discounts of up to 40%; Just pick a leaf from the basket. Customers can sign up for a $40 gift certificate for “the shop”& enjoy yummy refreshments.


The Mercersburg Area Community Chorus Begins Rehearsals

The Mercersburg Area Community Chorus Begins Rehearsals

MERCERSBURG, PA – The Mercersburg Area Community Chorus will begin rehearsals for its holiday concerts at 7 PM on Tuesday, September 23rd, with rehearsals continuing throughout the fall on Tuesday evenings at 7 PM at the James Buchanan Middle School in Mercersburg.  The chorus, accompanied by full orchestra under the direction of Richard Rotz, will perform its holiday concerts on December 6 & 7 at the Mercersburg Academy Chapel.

Music for the Mercersburg Area Community Chorus’ 2014 holiday concert series will include Magnificat by Bach, Gloria by Rutter and various anthems and carols.

Persons interested in participating should call the Chorus’ office at 717-328-2324.  No auditions are required to join the Chorus, and persons of all levels of musical training make up the group.  High school students in particular are encouraged to join! The rehearsal space is located at the south-west corner of the JB Middle School (nearest Mercersburg).  Directions for parking, and other information about the Chorus, are on the website, www. mercersburgchorus.org

Founded in 1975, The Mercersburg Area Community Chorus performs two series of concerts each year, and will feature over 110 singers from the tri-state region at the December concerts.  For further information about the Mercersburg Area Community Chorus and its upcoming performances, call 717-328-2324.