Try something new…a “star party”—a telescope viewing of the night sky—on Monday, December 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pine Hill Recreation Area near Waynesboro. The event is part of The Institute’s Naturalist Discovery Series, created in partnership with Tri-State Astronomers (TSA). It is free and open to the public. 

Telescopes will be set up in the park, and members of the Tri-State Astronomers club will be on hand to guide viewers and answer questions. 

Dan Kaminsky, TSA’s community outreach coordinator, and Institute Community Learning committee member, Andy Smetzer help organize the event. 

“One of the goals of our group is to have as many people as possible look through a telescope,” Kaminsky said. “It’s also a good chance for someone thinking of buying a telescope to try one out and ask questions.”

“During the star party, we will be observing various nebula and star clusters of the winter night sky,” Smetzer said.

For more information on the night skies, TSA suggests these websites: and 

Viewers may come and go anytime during the event. Those attending may bring their own telescope and binoculars, as well as lawn chairs or blankets. Flashlights are not permitted in the telescope viewing area. 

This program is underwritten in part by Naturalist Discovery Series sponsors Pam and Bruce Rowland, and by Marge Kiersz, Lucinda D. Potter, CPA, and SEK CPAs & Advisors, with additional support from The Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support is provided courtesy of Washington Township.

If the sky is mostly cloudy, the star party will be postponed. Check The institute’s website and Facebook page if weather is cloudy. For more information call 717-762-0373 or visit