Wings That Buzz performing for Second Saturday concert on July 9 at Chambers Fort Park

On Saturday, July 9, Downtown Chambersburg will host its second “Second Saturday” concert for the summer, having band Wings That Buzz perform along with opening act solo artist Jon Ingels. The event is set to start at 5 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

Wings That Buzz is an all original band from Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. Their unique blend of strong melodies, warm textures, and toe-tapping rhythms are both fresh and familiar. Fluid, energetic music and thought-provoking lyrics, about the joys and struggles of life, combine to create an uplifting sound that aims to inspire the listener and is as likely to get you moving too.

Jon Ingels is a guitarist and singer/songwriter from Waynesboro PA. Jon performs with the Slackwater 4 as well as the Blues Rock outfit Big Whiskey. In his solo performances Jon draws from all his influences ranging from blues to country, rock to reggae, and all points in between!

Following the performances, the movie “Back to the Future” – PG (1985) will be shown as a conclusion to the night. If interested in a fun night with music and a classic movie, be sure to attend! It’s bound to be fun for the whole family! Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and picnics.

Full Second Saturday Schedule:

June 11th

Music – The Hello Strangers with opener Soleil

Movie – Inside Out – PG (2015)

July 9th

Concert – Wings That Buzz with opener Jon Ingels Music

Movie – Back to the Future – PG (1985)

August 13th

Concert – Shawan And The Wonton with opener Carly Clark

Movie – Zootopia – PG (2016)

September 10th

Concert – Nick Andrew Staver tio performance with opener Waylon K. Smith (the music of) from The Positronic Cats

Movie – Star Wars :Episode VII – The Force Awakens – PG13 (2015)

Coordinated by Downtown Chambersburg Inc.

Second Annual Stars, Stripes & Straws Contest taking place July 1

Celebrate First Friday in July for the 2nd Annual Stars, Stripes & Straws summer beverage contest! You can purchase your official drink glass on the Courthouse Plaza starting at 5 p.m. for $5 each. There will only be 150 available on a first come, first served basis.

Once you purchase your official drink glass you’ll receive a ballot with participating businesses listed. Sample the variety of beverages and vote for your favorite! All ballots must be turned in by 8 p.m. to be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to the participating business of your choice!

DJ Big John will be set up on the Courthouse Plaza spinning fun summer tunes and leading kids’ games and contests. Also set up in the plaza will be face painting, Pap’s Dog Stop and Everlasting Love Florist.

The Foundry at 100 S. Main St. will host a Meet the Artist reception for their month-long exhibit, “Paintings by Heidi Yacoubian.” A rising senior at Greencastle Antrim High School, Yacoubian’s love of art first sparked in ninth grade and she hasn’t looked back since. There will also be a kids’ free make-and-take craft and a live metal-working demonstration near their location in the Ping’s walkway.

Also be sure to play First Friday Bingo! Participants visit downtown businesses to complete lines on the bingo card. All confirmed bingos are entered into drawings for cash prizes every First Friday. Visit the DBC Facebook page for more details.

Special thanks to Fitzgerald Auto Mall for sponsoring First Fridays in downtown Chambersburg!

Renfrew Institute partners with Waynesboro YMCA in Summer Day Camp programs

Renfrew Institute and the Waynesboro YMCA are partnering to offer fun and educational summer programming within the YMCA’s Summer Day Camp.

“We are excited to join with the Y in offering our Renfrew Camps this summer,” said Pam Rowland, the institute’s director of cultural studies. “The six camps will run from June 14 through July 19, and are only open to YMCA Summer Day Camp participants.”

The new camps are for kids completing grades 4 through 8. They include three heritage crafts, a gardening experience, an archaeological dig, and guided trail hikes through Renfrew Park.

The fee for each camp varies, and is in addition to the fee for the YMCA Summer Day Camp.

Heritage craft camps:

Felting Wool
Tuesday, June 14 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Campers will learn to needle felt and wet felt wool, and will handcraft a “soap scrubby” and an ornament. With the skill of felting, you can transform wool (even old sweaters!) into hats, slippers, scarves, or stuffed toys for kids or pets. The instructor is Beth Skroban. Class is limited to 10. Fee is $20, and pre-registration is required by June 7.

Tuesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 23 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Campers will learn basic weaving skills, gain an understanding of basket construction, and hand weave a functional and unique basket to take home. The instructor is Sue Matson. Class is limited to 10. Fee is $20 plus $9 materials fee, and pre-registration is required by June 10.

Leather Work
Tuesday, June 28 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Create a handmade leather project using the time-honored tools of the leather-working trade. Campers will also learn about the historic tannery that existed at Renfrew 200 years ago. The instructor is Ed Beard. Class is limited to 10. Fee is $20, and pre-registration is required by June 21.

Digging Up the Past: Archaeological Excavation at Stoner Farm
Tuesday, July 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Rain date: Thursday, July 7)
Campers will join the crew working on the ongoing excavations conducted by Little Antietam Creek, Inc. around the 18th–19th century David Stoner House and farm, not far from Renfrew Park. They will learn about excavation (digging), screening (finding artifacts), recording and artifact identification. The instructor is archaeologist Scott Parker. Class is limited to 10. Fee is $20, and pre-registration is required by June 28.

Can You Dig It?
Tuesday, July 12 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (Rain date: Thursday, July 14) Campers learn the meaning of the traditional Pennsylvania German 4-square garden design during hands-on gardening tasks like planting salad greens and watering with dipper gourds and watering bells. They will make a colonial-era craft and also take home a pot of flowers. The instructor is Doris Goldman. Fee is $10, and pre-registration is required by July 5.

Hiking Renfrew: Discovering park trails and hidden wonders!
Tuesday, July 19 from 9:00–11:00 a.m. (Rain date: Thursday, July 21)
Campers hike the trails of Renfrew Park and learn about the natural world as they explore some of the less-travelled trails like Great Blue Heron, Edmajoda, Salty Grimes and more, stopping along the way for nature related activities. The instructor is Pam Rowland. Fee is $5 and pre-registration is required by July 12.

To sign up for the camps, visit the member services desk at the Waynesboro YMCA, or contact Zach for more information by calling 717-762-6012, or emailing to:

In addition to the programs with the YMCA, the institute offers summer youth programs for younger children. For more information, call 717-762-0373 or email to: Brochure available at






Shalom Christian Academy’s 39th Annual DUTCHFEST begins Friday, when food concessions (featuring our delicious pork bar-b-que sandwiches and homestyle dutch foods), the craft show, and the used book area open. Saturday continues the food and fun and includes our Chicken BBQ! There are various auctions both Friday and Saturday that feature many different items – be sure to check them out on this website! Then come on out to join the fun – there’s sure to be something to interest people of all ages!

First Friday’s – and First Friday Bingo! – Begin May 6 in Downtown Chambersburg!

First Friday’s – and First Friday Bingo! – Begin May 6 in Downtown Chambersburg!

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The Downtown Business Council (DBC) and Council for the Arts of Chambersburg present the first of this summer’s First Friday celebrations, all sponsored by Fitzgerald Auto Mall, on Friday May 6 from 5-8 pm in downtown Chambersburg; the evening will feature the start of Chambersburg’s first ever “First Friday Bingo”. For more information, call 717-263-8529 or find the Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg and the Council for the Arts -Chambersburg on Facebook.  Artists interested in participating should call 717-816-7568.

“We are so excited to present “First Friday Bingo,” explained Penny Shaul, of the Downtown Business Council. “Participants can visit downtown businesses to complete lines on a bingo card that features the many kinds of opportunities they can experience downtown. All confirmed bingos will enter you into drawings for cash prizes each First Friday, and the grand prize during October’s event.  Check out our FaceBook pages for more details!!”

Visitors can enjoy live music and artisans downtown from 5-8pm. Main Street will be filled at 6:30 pm with Women In Need’s “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” participants, with registration beginning at 6pm; Talk 103.7 will host “Firing Up the Fountain” as Chambersburg’s Memorial Square Fountain is turned on for the season with a ceremony just preceding the Walk.

Live music by Soleil can be enjoyed on the Courthouse Plaza from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Soleil is Laurie Matlock & Tresa Paul, friends and musical partners for over twenty years, who have performed at a variety of venues in the tri-state area. They play a mix of folk, funk, indie country and soul, and are seasoned songwriters, whose styles reflect their musical influences. They top it all off with beautiful vocal harmonies, funky rhythms and infectious songs. Face painting and an interactive art banner for youngsters will also be featured on the Courthouse Plaza.

The Franklin County Photographers Club will roam the streets with impromptu photographers from 5-8pm.

Meet-the Artists receptions will be held for 2 new exhibitions of local art: the Council for the Arts (81 North Main) will host a meet-the-artists reception for their new show “Contemporary Concepts” from 5-7pm, featuring the artwork of Jarrett Bywaters, Alicia Boss, Kelly Getz and Ethan Rickrode;  The Foundry artists’ co-op will present paintings by Rebecca Pollard Myers, at 100 South Main Street from 5-8pm.

For more information about First Friday, please call  (717) 263-8529.