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 facebook.com/gallery50wboro or Instagram @destinationsarts_aagw for photos and videos of gallery items, bios of featured artists and more!

Contact 717-655-2500 // contact@artsalliancegw.org // www.ArtsAllianceGW.org

 

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 pvhistoricalsociety@gmail.com / 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

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Country Creek Produce Farm

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Country Creek Produce Farm

Country Creek Produce Farm is a local favorite and a visitor’s delight! They’re not your average produce farm! Locals look forward to all the seasonal fun they have to offer, and people travel from all around to get in on the “Fresh. Local. Family. Fun.” that can be found here!

Located at 3794 Etter Rd. in Chambersburg, you’ll be wowed by all the “agri-tainment” they have to share; from U-Pick strawberries, blueberries, flowers, and pumpkins, to hay rides, a giant corn maze, pumpkin cannons and so much fun that you’ll definitely need to come back!

Country Creek Produce Farm grows over 20 seasonal fruits and vegetables on the Chambersburg Farm which can be purchased locally at two farm stand locations in Chambersburg on Rt. 11 across from McDonalds and Rt. 30E at Snavely’s Garden Corner. Local giants (no pun intended) like Giant, Martins and Sunnyway also carry their fresh produce. New this year, Country Creek launched a weekly CSA (community supported agriculture) Box called, Your Farmers Box which supplies the most fresh, in-season, locally grown fruits and vegetables available from their farm to your home! If you’re lucky, you might also find a sweet treat in your box! Also new to Country Creek’s toolbox is their online store! Consumers can take advantage of the availability of eggs, honey, flowers and of course farm fresh produce that will be ready and available for curb-side pick-up. You can register for their Fall subscription or sign-up for the weekly CSA box here.

Fall is a major time of year for Country Creek Produce Farm and the fun is endless! On September 12th the 2020 season kicks off with the opening of the Corn Maze and other Fall fun through November 7th. This year, Country Creek will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale and all the wonderful nurses with a maze themed, “The Year of the Nurse and Midwife.” Other Fall fun that can be found include; Hayrides (starting September 19th), a hay pyramid, 2 jump pads, live animal petting zoo, the pumpkin cannon, barrel rides, slides and over 20 activities, photo ops and special activities for all! Kids love to host birthday parties here too! Book a party or plan a special day for that special someone and enjoy the magic of Fall at Country Creek. For more details on Fall Fun at Country Creek Produce Farm and to reserve your tickets or seasonal pass, click here.

Don’t forget to follow County Creek Produce Farm on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on all the fun in they have in store, all year ‘round! Or call 717-729-5343 or  email countrycreekproducefarm@gmail.com

Spotlight contributed by: Lauren Formosa

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Jai Thai Restaurant

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Jai Thai Restaurant

Jai Thai is a Chambersburg native restaurant offering truly authentic Thai cuisine as well as Asian fusion. The owner, Chalita Thongmak, is devoted and focused on bringing her native style of food to Franklin County. Customers can taste the quality in their food as they stand by the initiative of using fresh ingredients to produce every appetizer, entree and dessert. Not to mention, every meal ordered is made to order. This further ensures Chalita’s goal of providing fresh and delicious meals.

Jai Thai offers a bright and welcoming atmosphere paired with excellent customer service that makes customers feel at home. Chalita and her waitstaff ready and willing to answer questions and provide recommendations that will satisfy any customers preference.  Food is served on a spice scale from one to ten which is perfect for those who prefer or do not prefer spicy food. Chalita and Jai Thai staff are committed to providing a memorable experience for all customers who walk through their doors.

Jai Thai is open to customers from Thursday to Sunday from 11 AM to 9 PM and available for curbside pick-up as well. Click here to view their menu and specials!

Visit Jai Thai for your authentic thai and Asian fusion experience today or call 717-251-2845 to place you carry out order.

 

Submitted by: Evan Crider

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Warner’s Old Fashion Soda Shoppe

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Warner’s Old Fashion Soda Shoppe

Sweets, treats, and nostalgia mixed with a touch of modern flare, that’s what you’ll find at the brand-new addition to Mainstreet, Waynesboro at Warner’s Old Fashion Soda Shoppe. There’s something for kids of all ages and a heaping dose of the good ole’ days with an array of old-fashioned candies, ice cream, hand-spun cotton candy, glass bottled soda and floats!

Warner’s Old Fashion Soda Shopped opened their doors in June of 2020 with a mantra of “Do What You Love” and that’s exactly what they did! Aside from the delicious treats and fun events that Warner’s hosts, there is more meaning behind their existence than the product at the store front; their vision is to inspire the youth in the community to unapologetically, do what they love. The shoppe owner loves her community and wants to celebrate inclusivity, diversity, trueness to one’s self and support of the community and those who reside and visit. She believes that despite the troubles that many have faced, we are all in this together and it is our differences and struggles that make us stronger!

Whether you’re looking for a unique, creatively crafted, delicious treat or want to take a stroll down memory lane, you’ll feel all the good “feels” when you support this local hot spot! Follow Warner’s Old Fashion Soda Shoppe on Facebook at facebook.com/warnerssodashoppe to keep up on all the sweet treats, specials and fun events that they have planned for everyone to enjoy. They have so much fun lined up, you’ll become a regular in no time!

Warner’s Old Fashion Soda Shoppe would also like to announce that they will be offering their space for small party rental. Whether it’s a birthday party, baby shower, bridal shower, ect. we recommend hosting your next event at their uniquely sweet shop!

Tourism Partner Spotlight by Lauren Formosa

Tourism Partner Spotlight: 1884 and 1833 Market

Tourism Partner Spotlight: 1884 and 1833 Market

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau is teaming up with tourism partners to showcase our wonderful local businesses and unique destinations withing Franklin County.

This week’s edition features a local business with a store front in Waynesboro as well as in Chambersburg. Introducing 1884 Market House and 1833 Schiers Market.

The 1884 Market House possesses a rich history within Franklin County. For four decades, The Market House was formerly part of Schiers Furniture Market. At one point, the building was also an ice cream producing location. However, then Harry Morningstar Jr. renovated the building into a host for antique goods and vendors from all over the area. His goal was inspired by the Waynesboro farmers market as well as by antique store owners James and Jess House of Goods. From there, Harry was set on establishing and improving the antique and vendor market in Franklin County.

1833 Schiers Market has been apart of Franklin County since it name states; 1833. The term “schier” is Pennsylvania Dutch for “barn”. Originally a hand built barn, Schiers then became a furniture store in 1955. It was then renovated and expanded in the year of 1965. Unfortunately, the furniture store reached its end in 2017, but was reopened and reimagined with Harry Morningstar’s vision.

Today, both the 1884 and the 1833 house a vast variety of vendors, craftsman and antique enthusiasts of all kinds. From vintage goods, refurbished items, to new-modern items, travels and antique shoppers can find all that they need from these two businesses.

Ultimately, the mission for Harry Morningstar Jr. and his staff is not to compete with other antique markets, but to “complete” it. The mission is to add color and some variety as well as unite antique and specialty good shoppers around the nation. Customers that shop at these businesses receive interchangeable incentives as well, another reason to check out 1833 Schiers Market and The 1884 Market House.

Both businesses are open daily between 10am and 5pm. You can find the 1884 at 15 Schier’s Way, Waynesboro, PA 17268 and you can find the 1833 at 2003 Lincoln Way E, Chambersburg, PA 17202.