Tourism Partner Spotlight: Cumberland Valley School of Music

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Cumberland Valley School of Music

The Cumberland Valley School of Music is a non-profit organization celebrating 31 years of music education in 2020 with programs that teach orchestral and band instruments, voice, piano, guitar, drama and theatrical techniques and Suzuki piano with numerous classes for all ages! CVSM welcomes all with open doors to participate in lessons, classes, workshops, ensembles and concerts. They believe that “music can enrich everyone’s life!”

Founded in 1990 and housed in Thomson Hall on the Wilson College Campus with multiple satellite locations throughout Franklin County including; 42 Center Square in Greencastle, 32 W Main Street in Waynesboro, St. John Lutheran Church in Mercersburg and John Wesley UMC in Hagerstown, CVSM encourages all to chose what is most valuable to them through their core values. CVSM teaches students to maximize their potential with an unlimited commitment to serve individuals of all ages, aptitudes and interests with a supportive commitment to build a community based on mutual respect among faculty, students, alumni and other arts organizations. The Cumberland Valley School of Music values the important belief that music is vital to the human experience and is not expendable while upholding a commitment to excellence through quality instruction.

The Cumberland Valley School of music is open and offers online options for instruction, rentals for band and orchestra instruments online in addition to in-person classes. For a full line-up of available classes, click here.

For more information about CVSM, connect with them on Facebook  and online at, call 717-261-1220 or e-mail for questions, upcoming classes and performance information.

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Music Makers

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Music Makers

During unusual times when it’s been a challenge to connect, music brings life through the many emotions triggered by listening to a song, the emotional release of writing, sharing new discoveries with friends or the joy of performing your own words or a heartfelt rendition of a classic during a live or virtual performance! We’ve seen a lot of mainstream and local artists since the beginning of the pandemic share this gift in creative ways and right here in our own back yard is an organization that is bringing all of this home.

Music Makers located on 46 West Main Street, Waynesboro  was created as a collaboration between the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro and the Cumberland Valley School of Music with a mission to provide a community center for music, forums, workshops, classes, jam sessions and live performances to the Waynesboro and surrounding communities.

Launched in 2016, there always seems to be an opportunity and buzz about Music Makers who offer FREE, live musical entertainment by local musicians on Friday’s from 5:30-8pm at Music Makers or Main Street Park, keep up with the next live show here. They also host Open Mic Nights which are currently on pause, but there are plans for it to return creating an opportunity for performers of all ages and talents to practice, showcase or just simply have a good time! Performers and music lovers alike are invited to enjoy all the shows hosted by Music Makers!

Another opportunity Music Makers offers is their Songwriters Forum where area musicians are invited to join the group along with fellow musicians to collaborate and develop their songwriting skills. The group meets on the first Monday of each month.

Music Makers invites you to follow them on social media and to also sign-up for weekly emails for all the need-to-know information on upcoming events, live streams, workshops and more! They also provide a great Q&A section on their website, here, featuring local musicians.

If you choose to enjoy Music Makers and their events in-person they ask that everyone adhere to social distancing guidelines, wear a mask and respect capacity limits. Most of the programs offered are FREE of charge and are able to function thanks to their wonderful volunteers. Donations are always welcomed and appreciated to help keep Music Makers able to bring, arts, music and performances to the community a little or no cost.

Stay connected through song at:

717-655-2500 / / / Facebook: @musicmakerswboro / Instagram: @destinationarts_aagw

Contributed by: Lauren Formosa

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Conococheague Institute

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Conococheague Institute

The Conococheague Institute is situated within the Rock Hill Farm in Southern, Franklin County near the village of Welsh Run located at 12995 Bain Rd, Mercersburg PA. It is a historically preserved farmstead established in the early 18th century that sits on 30 acres. This historic destination offers two historic house museums, tours, a research and genealogy library, historic log cabins, walking trails with access to a pioneer cemetery, waterways, historic gardens, living history events, and educational programs.

History comes to life at the Conococheague Institute as they harbor a mission to “foster awareness, understanding and stewardship of cultural and natural history of the Appalachian frontier of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.” Individuals can explore the grounds daily from dawn to dusk. Walking tours, house tours and school programs are available by appointment along with complimentary children’s packs. The grounds offer 30 acres of beautiful scenery, trails and historic structures with unique stories to tell; there’s something for everyone! CI invites everyone to explore, pack a picnic and enjoy the tranquility or participate in distance learning activities. Throughout the year, CI also hosts special events that include living history demonstrations, colonial style games, tours and more.

For the gardeners, nature lovers and botanist, explore the traditional and functional four-square garden which is used to feed volunteers during historic programs and hosts herbs ranging from both kitchen to medicinal. Other gardens to explore include several pollinator gardens that host butterflies and bees. In the lower wetland you’ll find a healthy birding area with a birding platform. Here people enjoy great views of birds in flight and the songs of frogs.

Amidst the pandemic, Conococheague Institute remains open with plenty of open-air grounds for safely exploring and distancing as well as appointment-based tours. On Sundays, CI posts a virtual program that spotlights aspects of their mission found on their Facebook and Youtube channel, Colonial Living at the Conococheague Institute. CI excitedly welcomes school age students to participate in their programs and tours by appointment and invites new and old members to visit and rediscover their love for the institute, colonial and pioneer history along with all the wonder that can be found!

Learn more about the Conococheague Institute online here or visit them on Facebook at or contact Matt Wedd at // 717-329-2800


Contributed by Lauren Formosa

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Valentine Guitars

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Valentine Guitars

Check out Valentine Guitars, a great music store between Hagerstown and Carlisle!

Now located inside the doors of Thought Lot at 37 E Garfield St, Shippensburg, PA 17257, Valentine Guitars got its start in 2010 out of Newville, PA and with the mind of Sara Valentine. Soon after her husband Nick Valentine would come to join her side in running the business. With their love of music and quest for knowledge on the subject directed them to the common goal of maintaining the business for the sake musical individuals within the community. Sara Valentine stated, “We want to exist more as a service center than a retail store”. This commitment is supported by their business statement, “Love what you play”.

Valentine guitars has committed itself to providing trustworthy expertise and services in the world of music stores. Nick, who is a talented and professionally trained bassist and guitarist, believes in giving customers the insight and opinions that they need. This includes dissuading instrument buyers from buying certain instruments. This is not for the purpose upselling a customer, but with the intent to provide them with the instrument that is right for that particular individual. Both Sara and Nick would rather some one leave their establishment knowing they made the right choice on their purchase. They also strive to stay current with trends in the music market further providing up-to-date information on products. If there is a question on equipment, accessories, instruments, or a how-to question, both Sara and Nick are ready to provide an answer.

Valentine guitars offers a variety of services and items for sale. Nick Valentine provides both in-person and virtual guitar and bass lessons for those seeking to learn or improve their playing abilities. He also can perform limited instrument repairs, equipment installations, and instrument setup and maintenance. Valentine Guitars also sells a variety of guitar and bass strings from Ernie Ball, D’Addario, DR, and more. Customers can also find plenty of guitar related accessories such as picks, capos, stands, etc. Most importantly, Valentine Guitars has plenty of amplifiers and instruments on consignment.

In the midst of COVID, Valentine Guitars offers curbside pickup at the customers preference. Payments can also be carried out through a security safe link. Nick Valentine has also created a helpful vlog on the store’s YouTube page called “Average guitar for average people”. It addresses many common topics and questions with an entertaining yet informative nature.

Valentine guitars is on numerous social medio platforms. Here is the list:

For more information or questions contact Valentine Guitars via their Facebook page or by phone at (717) 776-1094. Their hours are 12pm to 7pm Tuesday to Saturday, closed Sundays, and open by appointment on Mondays.

Contributed by Evan Crider

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Gallery 50

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Gallery 50

Located at 50 West Main St., Gallery 50 opened in 2013 and is one of seven galleries lining Mainstreet Waynesboro as part of Destination ARTS! and remains owned and operated by the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro. Gallery 50 brings an initiative to make Waynesboro an arts destination through showcases of local artists, community revitalization projects and spotlights over 500 pieces of fine art and high-quality crafts from local artists and artisans. There’s always something new to discover at Gallery 50 with a vast variety of mediums and rotating exhibits, creativity radiates throughout the year including; fine art, photography, etchings, ceramics, fiber arts, handcrafted greeting cards, jewelry, books by local writers and more!

Currently, the featured exhibit is entitled, The Art of Healing which includes calming landscapes and colorful animals from artists Sharon Benner, Leslie McEntire, Linda Mosemann, and Geoffrey Thulin. Gallery 50 hopes that this exhibit will bring smiles and peace of mind during these times.

As part of the rotating exhibits, the young artists at Waynesboro Area Senior High School are also featured each year showcasing their work.

COVID-19 left Gallery 50 in a position where they had to, “get creative.” During the shutdown they took initiative to launch an online shop which currently features over 250 items that are also showcased in the gallery. These items are available for in-store or curbside pick-up. To shop online, click here.

As a non-profit organization, Gallery 50 welcomes volunteers to help run the gallery.

Galley 50 is open Fridays, 5pm – 8pm and Saturdays, 11:30am – 2pm, masks are required and please practice social distancing. You can also follow them on Facebook at or Instagram @destinationsarts_aagw for photos and videos of gallery items, bios of featured artists and more!

Contact 717-655-2500 // //


Contributed by Lauren Formosa

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Path Valley Historical Society & Carrick Furnace

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Path Valley Historical Society & Carrick Furnace

The Path Valley Historical Society is a new organization in the area celebrating 2 years of coming together to preserve and celebrate the diverse history in Path Valley. The mission of the Path Valley Historical Society is founded on the ideals of educating and involving area youth, preservation, restoration and support the legacy that lies within its community.

Established in January 2018, the organization lends itself as a resource to the community and those passionate about history and the community though it’s museum, local research, genealogy and education efforts. Those interested in visiting the Path Valley Historical Society located at 19483 Spring Run Rd, Spring Run PA can do so on Wednesday’s from 2pm to 5pm. As the organization grows, they seek volunteers and individuals interested in partnering with the society as they endeavor to remember their past in an effort to preserve the future.

A recent area of interest in Path Valley has been the Carrick Furnace which volunteers have recently worked to clean and preserve so that visitors can enjoy this historical landmark also adding a driveway and parking lot. The Furnace was deeded to the Path Valley Historical Society in February 2020. Located in Metal Township, the property donnes a limestone furnace stack, Peter L Weimer blowing engine (1879), boilers from the steam engine and cast house foundation. The Carrick Furnace was built in 1828 by General Samuel Dunn. In 1837, operations were suspended and was then sold in 1843. After being leased to “Witherow and Walker” in 1879 it was converted to “hot blast” after the installation of the steam-powered blowing engine and went out of blast in 1884 which at the time had then been donated to the Franklin Historical Society. In 1991, Carrick Furnace was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 2020 continues to be revitalized now under care of the Path Valley Historical Society.

To get involved with the Path Valley Historical Society you can learn more here on their website or e-mail / 717-349-2583

If you’d like to volunteer or donate to the preservation of history and the Carrick Furnace you can join the Facebook group Friends of Carrick Furnace.


Blog contributed by: Lauren Formosa