Annual Earth Celebration Day & Festival of Art at Renfrew April 30th

Annual Earth Celebration Day & Festival of Art at Renfrew April 30th

Earth Day-backyardFun, entertaining and informative—Renfrew Institute’s Earth Celebration Day and Festival of Art is a full day of discovery, education, music, and art. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Held in conjunction with the event, the eleventh annual Recycle/Reuse Yard Sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the picnic area of the park.

Now in its 26th year, the celebration includes dozens of exhibitor displays featuring everything from gardening and geology to eco-friendly products and services.

At 1 p.m., Renfrew Institute’s Environmental Artistry Award will be presented, followed by an Earth Day proclamation from Franklin County Commissioners.

Several new activities are on tap for this year’s event. Storytellers Larry Hayes and Fanny Crawford will entertain children and adults at 12:30 p.m. Hayes, a retired environmental educator, works with children’s summer camps and residential environmental programs in Vermont.

Crawford, originally from Philadelphia and now of Hagerstown, travels the Mid-Atlantic region telling historical narratives, folk tales, tall tales and original stories.

Also new this year, kids can create artworks in clay when the Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Arts launches its week-long pottery festival with children’s clay activities, a special display, and pottery sales.

And for the first time, the Antietam Watershed Association (AWA) will hold its annual Duck Derby fundraiser during the Earth Day event. Ducks will swim at 2:30 p.m. from the footbridge. Contact AWA at 717-762-9417 for information about sponsoring a duck in the race.

For those willing to dig in the dirt, volunteers are welcome to help remove invasive plants and to plant native species with biologist Dr. Doris Goldman from 10:30–11:30 a.m. Volunteers should meet on the Edmajoda Trail at sign post #2.

The Waynesboro Shade Tree Commission will repeat last year’s tree planting with an opportunity to participate in the ceremonial watering of the new tree.

In addition to environmental exhibits and activities, area artists will display, demonstrate and sell their works during the Festival of Art. These include a variety of fine art, jewelry, photography, basketry, garden art, pottery and more. Earth themes will be in the spotlight.

“The goal is to promote the concept that art, in its many forms, reflects our need to celebrate the earth and its life through artistic expression,” said Melodie Anderson-Smith, institute executive director.

Children of all ages will enjoy Slim Harrison, who returns this year with his “Good Time Mountain Music.” Kids can use Slim’s handmade instruments or bring their own to play along as part of the Sunnyland Band.

More music making is on hand when artist and musician, Patric Schlee of EarthSong Studio leads a drum circle from 3–4 p.m. “Bring your drums, flutes, guitars, or a didgeridoo—any instrument—or use those provided,” Anderson-Smith said.

A food stand will offer hot dogs, beverages, baked goods & other tasty items for sale, and attendees may picnic in the park. Proceeds benefit the Institute.

The Franklin Co. Commissioners and Washington Township Supervisors are sponsoring free personal document shredding from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Washington Township Office Parking Lot (beside the Welty Road entrance to Renfrew Park). There is a limit of 10 bags or boxes per person, and the following items cannot be processed: newspapers, 3-ring binders, carbon paper, film, metal, cardboard, trash or heavy plastics.

In the spirit of recycling, several area groups are collecting items for re-use or proper disposal. The Lions Club will collect used eyeglasses, the Lioness Club will collect cell phones, and Summitview Elementary School will collect used printer cartridges (no copy toner cartridges please).

Again this year, CFAR/Waynesboro Running organizers are collecting “gently used running shoes” to support the Waynesboro Area Middle School running team. Even worn-out athletic shoes are of value, as Barbara Layman and Steve Smith will collect them for recycling by Nike.


Earth Day exhibitors include the following organizations and businesses: Destination ARTS!, Alliance Chiropractic, Antrim Way Honda, Antietam Watershed Association, Antietam Humane Society, Judy Bricker (Flowerbuds), Catseye Studio/West Virginia Master Composters, Mike Cermak (Tesla Electric Vehicles), Energy Options (Vertis Bream), Franklin County Beekeepers, Franklin County Master Gardeners, Franklin County Tourism Bureau, Friends of Mont Alto State Park, Greater Waynesboro PA Area , Appalachian Trail Community, Hundredfold Farm, A Lily Pad Floral Affairs, Long’s Tree Specialist, Minerals & Fossils (Tom Smith), Mother Earth Creations, Norwex, Penn State Cooperative Extension of Franklin Co., Rotz Compost Facility, Society For PA Archeology, Cumberland Valley Chapter 27, Ten Thousand Villages, Tri-State Astronomers, WaterStriders, Waynesboro Shade Tree Commission (tree planting), and Wildtree.

Festival of Art exhibitors include: Eve Adkins (Garden Path Pottery), Eliane Ambrose (painter), Jacqueline Bayer (seashell jewelry), Danielle Fogelsanger (hand-crafted hairstylings), Denny Bingaman (wildlife photography), Valerie Bowers (jewelry), Josh Buback (E 3 Tye Dye), Carrie Dietrich (pen and ink artist), Matt Eldon (Gypsy Designs), Carol Fogelsonger (nature-themed paintings), Arthur & Sara Gernand (hypertufa planters), William Hammann

(Scherenschnitte–German Paper Cutting), Sue James (children’s books author–My Bumblebee and Me), Rebecca Koons (Breaking The Mold Jewelry), Elaine Longenecker (basketry), Mark C. Thomas (Craft Daddy Designs), Michael McIntyre (FireRobin Farm Pottery), Nicodemus Center For Ceramic Studies (Mary Mahr), and Nicole Troup (hand-crafted paintings).

Earth Day is supported in part by: Angela Grove-Weagly in memory of Joyce L. Ceyler & in Honor of Richard D. Ceyler, Lucinda D. Potter, CPA, Millennium 3 Energy, and 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. Facility support courtesy of Renfrew Museum and Park.

Parking is available next to the visitors center and in the lower lot off Welty Road. Rain site: Waynesboro Area Middle School. For more information call the institute at 717-762-0373 or visit

Create a keepsake for mom at Waynesboro Ceramics on April 16th

Create a keepsake for mom at Waynesboro Ceramics on April 16th

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner and on April 16th from 1:00-2:30 pm  or 2:30-4:00 pm, the Ceramics Arts Center, 13 South Church Street, Waynesboro, PA has your children covered.

Children, ages 5-13, will create a one-of-a-kind keepsake plate for Mom that will last a lifetime. Smaller artists, under 5, can collaborate with a grown-up to help with this special mother’s day class.

Instructor, Heather Forberger, will guide students step by step as they create and paint their own unique Mother’s Day plate with colorful glazes.  The plates are made with stoneware clay, which is food, microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe.

Each session is limited to 10 children and price is$25.00, which includes instruction, all materials, glazes and firings.

To register go to the website and for more information e-mail Mary Ashe-Mahr at or call 717-404-3190.


The Mercersburg Area Community Chorus will perform its spring concert series on Saturday, April 16

The Mercersburg Area Community Chorus will perform its spring concert series on Saturday, April 16

The Mercersburg Area Community Chorus will perform its spring concert series on Saturday, April 16, at 3:30 and 7:30, and Sunday, April 17, at 3:00. The concerts will be performed in the Irvine Memorial Chapel on the campus of Mercersburg Academy. The program features the Faure Requiem,  Serenade to Music by Vaughan Williams, and various anthems. The 115-voice choir will be joined by a 35-member professional orchestra directed by Richard Rotz.  Admission is free, though a free-will offering is taken.  Seating is limited, so early arrival is recommended. For more information: 717-328-2324 or  The Mercersburg Area Community Chorus  performs major choral-orchestra compositions each year in December and April.

Elisabeth Turchi  1114Soloists include Elisabeth Turchi, soprano, and Jesse Neace, bass.  Turchi has performed with the Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Camerata of Washington, D.C., Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, Harrisburg Opera, New Opera Festival of Rome, and Gotham Chamber Opera.  Her concert engagements include a European tour of Haydn’s Creation with two-time Grammy winner Robert Page and his Festival Singers, her Massachusetts’ Mechanics Hall debut with Handel’s Messiah, and the Mozart Mass in C Minor at Pennsylvania’s Luhrs Performing Arts Center. Neace, a member of the U.S. Army Chorus, has performed with Knoxville Opera Company, Imperial Symphony Orchestra, La Musica Lirica, and the National Philharmonic. His rendition of our National Anthem is regularly requested for professional sporting events across the country. As a way to give back to the community, Jesse is a music teacher for NoteBusters, a nonprofit company that produces two shows a year for elementary-aged children in the District of Columbia.

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19th Annual Trout Derby May 7 & 8

Mark your calendar and get ready for Chambersburg Noontime Lions 19th Annual Trout Derby, May 7th and 8th, 2016

You won’t want to miss this exciting event. Get ready for…

  • Approximately $25,000 in regular prize money
  • Approximately 600 money fish with payouts ranging from $25 – $2,000
  • $30,000 Pre-Owned Vehicle Contest sponsored by Forrester Lincoln
  • Big Trout Contest with an estimated payout of nearly $2,000
  • A New & Improved Raffle will be held at Noon on Sunday with over $3,500 in prizes! You don’t want to miss this one!!

Download Registration Form and Get More Info Here


Trout Derby and The Noon Time Lions Cub of Chambersburg, PA

The first Trout Derby, held in 1997, has become an annual regionally-renowned family event and attracts anglers from all over the county as well as from Franklin County.  The Derby, held in late spring, has thousands of anglers testing their skills by fishing in the Conococheague Creek.

Weekend warriors and families to serious anglers have an opportunity to win money for their big catch as well as nearly $50,000 in potential prizes and money.

The funds raised through this derby assists our Club in providing eyeglasses, eye screenings and other community projects to those less fortunate in the Chambersburg area.

Get a Membership Registration for the Noon Time Lions Club here

3rd Annual TWEP Field Day Event May 21, 9am -2pm

3rd Annual TWEP Field Day Event May 21, 9am -2pm


3rd Annual TWEP Field Day Event May 21, 9-2

Charles Brightbill Environmental Center

Located near Mercersburg

on the campus of the James Buchanan High School


A day for all ages to enjoy!

Learn about organizations in the community that work with animals, wildlife, habitat, and/or ecology.

There will be special speakers and activities for children.

Concessions will be available

There is no admission fee!


Visit our website at to learn more about the event.

A schedule of the day’s activities will be posted on May 1.

The 11th Annual Solstice Festival

The 11th Annual Solstice Festival

SolsticeIt’s that time of year again. The 11th Annual Solstice Festival, sponsored by SHAPE (Shippensburg Arts Programming & Education) is scheduled for Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 9 am to 4 pm. As in years past it will be held at the Township Park on 304 Britton Road in Shippensburg, PA. Information about the festival and the application form can be found on our website:

The Festival features fine art, music, good food, children’s art activities and creative outlets for all ages. The festival also emphasizes the importance of environmental sustainability as well as personal health and wellness.

Held annually on the third Saturday in June, SHAPE’s Solstice Arts Festival celebrates the launch of the summer season. According to festival coordinator Michael Shawn Richardson, it’s a time of year that “celebrates the excitement and feeling of relaxation that the beginning of summer inspires in us all!”

As Richardson explains, “the festival originated as an event to ‘celebrate the fine arts and give artists a chance to bring their talents to the public’.”

“The focus of the festival has always been on the fine arts,” Richardson adds. “Each year more artists find their way to this growing festival to display, sell, and demonstrate their art.”

Deadline to apply is May 31, 1216.

Cost: $50 for 10X10 Space (bring your own tent)

Time: 9 am to 4 pm (set-up must be completed by 8:45 am)

Register: Either online or by mail:

This is a “Rain or Shine” Festival