Corks and Clay Series continues on September 23 with lidded boxes

Corks and Clay is a new series of workshops offered by the Ceramics Arts Center of Waynesboro, 13 South Church Street, Waynesboro, PA. Each workshop will feature a specific ceramic project, taught by one of the center’s studio instructors who will lead the class participants through the project in a step-by-step process.

The second Corks and Clay session will be held on Tuesday, September 23 from 6 to 8 PM. The participants will create a lidded box from slabs of clay. This project will be repeated on Thursday, October 9 from 6 to 8 PM. Each of these two sessions will be led by Trudy Gembe-Palughi. The cost is $30.00 per person and includes all tools, materials and firings. Class size is limited to eight and participants are encouraged to bring their own beverages and snacks.

Gembe-Palughi currently teaches art at the Waynesboro Area Senior High School. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Art Education from Millersville University and a Masters of Liberal Arts from McDaniel College. She has taught art in the Waynesboro Area School District for more than 30 years.

In addition to the scheduled Corks and Clay sessions the Ceramic Arts Center will also offer individual Corks and Clay classes for groups of 6 to 8 adults, dates and times to be arranged. For more information, contact the center’s executive director, James Smith, at To register for a scheduled workshop session, go to


A Celebration of Wine, Art and Music Coming to Downtown Waynesboro

A Celebration of Wine, Art and Music Coming to Downtown Waynesboro

A Celebration of Wine, Art and Music Coming to Downtown Waynesboro

By now, many people throughout the four-state region are familiar with the “Destination ARTS!” initiative, which has transformed several vacant storefronts in downtown Waynesboro into full-scale art galleries. Each weekend, a wide variety of artwork is on display and live music can be heard on the sidewalks and in the streets. Now, organizers are preparing to add an extra ingredient to their success.

On the afternoon of Saturday, September 13, independent winemakers in the area will have an opportunity to showcase their “bottled art” as part of the first “Waynesboro Wine Walk.” Locally produced flavors such as “Locust Blossom,” “Red Plum” and “Berry Interesting” will be available to sample inside of the downtown galleries between the hours of 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. There will be no charge to taste the wine, but participants must be at least 21 years old.Waynesboro Wine Walk Flyer sept

“Waynesboro has truly become an arts destination, and it’s no secret that our community is filled with talented visual and performing artists,” said Deb Hollen, co-chairperson of the event. “But, when we learned that several people in town make a variety of wines, we realized their abilities needed to be celebrated as well.”

Doug Mowen, Jason Kauffman and Warren Frusher are a few of the independent winemakers who will have their homemade products available for sampling on September 13. Organizers expect a total of at least 10 to 15 different types to be served in six galleries during the event.

In addition to the independents, Adams County Winery will have representatives inside of Gallery 50, located at 50 West Main Street, while the “Wine Walk” is being held. Bottles of their product, including the popular “Tears of Gettysburg” and “Rebel Red,” will be for sale.

Several musicians are scheduled to perform throughout the course of the event, entertaining people as they pass by and travel in and out of the galleries.

The bluegrass sounds of The Lowdown Grasskickers will entertain audiences on Center Square while the duo known as G@G (Gillian Hollen and Garrett Smith) will play music inside of Gallery 20 East. Ritma Cordia, featuring Marlin Barnes on marimba and Jane Peatling on cello, can be heard on the sidewalk in front of Gallery 50, and the team of Tim Gotwald (flute) and Dan Dropkin (guitar) will be set up at The Ceramic Arts Center of Waynesboro.

Organizers are eagerly anticipating the town’s first “Wine Walk,” and it’s an event they believe can return to town for years to come.

“Anyone who visits Main Street on the weekends receives a sensory experience they won’t soon forget,” said Hollen. “You can see the artwork in our galleries, hear the music in the air, and on September 13, you can get a literal taste of another talent this town has to offer.”

For more information about this event, send an e-mail to or visit the official website of the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro (



Beards to Descend on Shippensburg

Beards to Descend on Shippensburg

Beards to Descend on Shippensburg; Battle for Bragging Rights, Hot Sauce, and Honey

(Shippensburg, Pennsylvania) August 5, 2014 –
The FUNnel Beerd Tap

Bearding Man is pleased to announce the inaugural Bearding Man Music Festival & Facial Hair Competition on Sept. 6, 2014 at The Thought Lot in Shippensburg, PA. Hirsute hordes will gather to compete in eleven categories until a victor arises with one beard to rule them all, upon whom the title “The Lord of The Beards” shall be bestowed.

Bearding Man founder, Jason Stauffer, explained the motivation behind the event, “I want to create a place where people can connect with those that are choosing to pursue their passion—which is always risky. Whether it’s a band, business, or art you have to willing to sacrifice in order to make a difference. My hope is everyone comes away with a few more friends to support the work they are putting their hearts on the line for. Also, did I mention that facial hair is awesome?”

Competitors will duel it out for the best mustache, partial beard, full beard, freestyle beard, fake beard, spicy ginger beard (red beard), and honey bear beard (blond beard). In addition to trophies category winners will receive other prizes including hot sauce for the Spicy Ginger Beard champion, and a generous amount of honey for the Honey Bear winner.

Bearding Man has a lineup of notable locals, and not-so-locals ready to judge including: the epically bearded internet celebrity Incredibeard[1], The Mason-Dixon Roller Vixens, Tom Etzle (president of the Red Knight Motorcycle Club PA-15), Honey Bee Burlesque Troupe, Christian Alexandersen (president of the York Beard and Mustache Club), and Seth DeSabato (president of the Steel City Beard and Mustache Club).

Bearding Man isn’t only about the hair on your face; it’s also about the music, and as such will feature a line-up including the Carlisle, PA funk/jazz/hip-hop group Mad Men[2], the Northern Ireland experimental folk musician Joshua Burnside[3], and the Baltimore based folk trio Fungus Lucky[4].

Be sure to come hungry as Nathan Miller Chocolate[5], Mosaic Coffee Company[6], and The Falafel Shack[7] will be serving deliciousness all night. If your organization or company is interested in becoming a vendor, sponsoring the event or donating prizes you can find out more information at or on Facebook








Terry Fator Returns to Luhrs Center

Terry Fator Returns to Luhrs Center


The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents


Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 8 p.m.

 Terry Fator 14SHIPPENSBURG, PA (July 25, 2014) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents singer, comedian and celebrity impressionist, TERRY FATOR and his “It Starts Tonight Tour,” Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 8 p.m.  Reserved tickets are $75, $69, $64 & $55 and are now on sale.  A group discount is available for groups of 20 or more.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or online at

Terry Fator became a household name in 2007 when he won Season 2 of “America’s Got Talent” with his unique brand of entertainment that combines singing, comedy, and unparalleled celebrity impressions. After 25 years of honing his skills at county fairs and venues across the country, the Dallas-bred entertainer’s big “AGT” win at age 42 catapulted him into the upper echelon of entertainers, landing him at No. 2 on Forbes’ list of the top-earning comics behind Jerry Seinfeld in 2013. The feat is due largely to his multi-million dollar deal with the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas where his award-winning show, “Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment,” has been running since 2009. With a cast of characters including Winston, the

Impersonating Turtle; Emma Taylor, the little girl with the big voice; Maynard Tompkins, the Elvis Impersonator; Duggie Scott Walker, the annoying neighbor and many others, Fator has been raking in awards, accolades, and industry admiration ever since. Within the last year, Fator has released a DVD “Terry Fator: Live In Concert,” a country music CD “It Starts Tonight,” as well as a series of children’s books including Lamu, The Christmas Kitten.

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Fator last performed at the Luhrs Center on September 26, 2008.

For additional information about the TERRY FATOR performance, or other performances within the 2014-2015 Luhrs Center series, please call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University

The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


Renfrew Institute’s Salamander Scramble 5K Fundraiser July 4

Renfrew Institute’s Salamander Scramble 5K Fundraiser July 4

Renfrew Institute’s Salamander Scramble 5K Fundraiser July 4

Register for the Team by June 27

For Immediate Release

Contact: Melodie Anderson-Smith, 717-762-0373

or Andrea Struble, 717-762-5074

Members of Team Salamander 2013 gathered pre-race at team headquarters. The Salamander Scramble race is held annually on July 4 in conjunction with Waynesboro’s Firecracker 5K, and is a fundraiser for Renfrew Institute.

Members of Team Salamander 2013 gathered pre-race at team headquarters. The Salamander Scramble race is held annually on July 4 in conjunction with Waynesboro’s Firecracker 5K, and is a fundraiser for Renfrew Institute.

WAYNESBORO—Renfrew Institute’s seventh annual Salamander Scramble 5K Fundraiser Run is set for Friday, July 4. The event is held in conjunction with Waynesboro’s Summer Jubilee Firecracker 5K, and begins at 8:30 a.m. on the Summer Jubilee grounds across from Waynesboro Hospital.

Institute board member and Scramble committee chair, Jeremy Bowersox, invites the public to participate in the 5K run, raising funds to support Renfrew Institute’s educational activities in the community. Runners for the institute must register separately through the institute as Salamander Scrambler team members. Team registration deadline is Friday, June 27.

“We hope to field a team of 125 participants who will run, walk—or ‘scramble’—in support of Renfrew Institute,” Bowersox said. “All fitness levels are welcome, and many ‘Salamanders’ walk the 5K route.”

Through pledges from friends or family, or from a direct donation by the participant, adult “Salamanders” will raise $100 each, and youth runners (through grade 12) will raise $50 each. Team members are eligible for prizes that include a two-hour kayak excursion, courtesy of Kirk’s Kayaks, on the Conococheague, where nesting bald eagles have been sighted. Additional awards include Powerstep orthotics donated by Advanced Chiropractic Care, gift certificates for area eateries, “fitness gear” items and more.

“This year marked our second ‘Couch to 5K’ program, thanks to personal fitness trainers, Michelle Benshoff and Ashlyn Shockey,” said Tracy Holliday, Renfrew Institute’s assistant director and event coordinator. “The program was a great success, and we are looking forward to seeing some new faces among our Scramblers this year.”

All Salamander team members receive training support, including the Couch to 5K program, plus paid Firecracker 5K registration, an eco-performance Salamander Scramble t-shirt, and fundraising support, along with a one-year membership to Renfrew Institute.

Lead event sponsor is Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home. Additional underwriting support provided by Cornerstone Family Dentistry; Quan and Tammie Tran, (Mes Reves restaurant in Bloomfied, NJ); John Hershey, III, Sr., Vice-President Hershey-Fitzsimmons Group; Arlene Unger, ReMax Associates, Waynesboro Physical Therapy, WACCO Properties, Inc.; B&H, Inc. Lawn and Floral; Eichholz Flowers and Waynesboro Waterworks.

Advanced Chiropractic Care, Michelle Benshoff and Ashlyn Shockey and the Waynesboro YMCA are in-kind donors. Support also provided by Today’s Horizon Fund Contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation, APX Enclosures, Inc., and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Additional sponsorships are welcome.

Renfrew Institute conducts school programs in environmental education and Pennsylvania German cultural history, as well as sponsoring adult/teen lectures, workshops and several community events.

Anyone interested in joining the Salamander Scramble team should call 717-762-0373 or email for registration information. Forms and flyers may also be downloaded at, under Salamander Scramble on the homepage.


Renfrew Institute

1010 East Main Street, Waynesboro, PA



150th Commemoration of 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg

150th Commemoration of 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg

For immediate release
Contact: Franklin County Visitors Bureau – Janet Pollard 717-552-2977

150th Commemoration of 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg


2014 marks the 150th commemoration of the1864 Confederate ransoming and burning of Chambersburg. The Franklin County Visitors Bureau is working to gather community participation in the 150th commemoration. Plans include an art exhibit focusing on the rebirth of Chambersburg, formation of a community chorus for the historic reenactment, a Civil War Ball, the 150th reenactment of the ransoming and burning of Chambersburg, and county-wide church services to commemorate the spirit of Chambersburg residents and the support of neighbors from near and beyond in coming to Chambersburg’s aid.
As the150th commemoration of America’s Civil War winds down, the fateful burning of Chambersburg remains an important part of the history. Though this chapter of history is not war on a battlefield, it is war at home, unexpectedly brought to Chambersburg’s doorstep and quickly executed without a way to escape its impact. In a handful of hours, the work of many lifetimes were reduced to ashes. Throughout four years of the U.S. Civil War, many Americans, both enlisted and unenlisted, paid dearly to return the nation to one. July 30, 1864, in Chambersburg PA is one of these sacrifices.

Anyone interested in participating is invited to contact the Franklin county Visitors Bureau at 717-552-2977, toll-free at 866-646-8060, or by emailing Join in making this a valuable commemoration in Franklin County.