Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to celebrate Valentine’s Day with friends, family, or a special someone at Franklin County Sweets: An Evening of Dessert on February 10, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. This sweet event serves dessert as the main course and is held at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center on the second floor, overlooking the square and downtown Chambersburg.
The evening opens with complimentary beverages, cheese, and starters in the lobby of the 11/30 Visitors Center to give participants a chance to meet other dessert lovers. The “main course” of this event is dessert and includes a variety of cookies, carrot cake, cheesecake, pecan pie, chocolate cake with chocolate icing, and panna cotta with fresh fruit topping. Desserts are served with a choice of coffee or tea and finally espresso and dark chocolate.
Throughout the evening, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau will highlight the Sweet Trails of Franklin County, in particular ice cream, pie, and candy; share the sweetest Franklin County spots for selfie-taking, and hand out retro Valentine cards. Franklin County Sweets: An Evening of Dessert concludes with Sweet Bingo—guaranteed to be both fun and tasty.
Eating sweets creates a neurochemical response that makes feelings of happiness, satisfaction, and pleasure. So, it makes sense to give a sweet treat to someone special—share Franklin County Sweets: An Evening of Dessert with your special someone(s). Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased online here.
Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to IceFest 2023, January 26 through January 29. See blocks of ice transformed with chain saws and blow torches. Take a turn on the FREE double-wide ice slide. Taste chili and BBQ at Chili-Q. Dance at the Snowfall Ball. Enjoy more than 100 sculptures. A complete day-to-day schedule is available at IceFestPA.com. Everything kicks off Thursday, January 26, at 5 PM on Courthouse Plaza with a ribbon cutting and free cupcakes.
The 11/30 Visitors Center, the former 1865 bank-turned-visitors-center on the southwest corner of the square, is open 8 AM to 7:30 PM on IceFest Thursday and Friday, 10:30 AM to 8 PM on IceFest Saturday, and Noon to 4 PM on IceFest Sunday. Drop in, warm up and explore the art of Penn’s Woods Printmakers, artist Brandii Kligge’s life-size floating tree, and the Chambersburg Quilt Guild’s annual raffle quilt. Check out Ben Franklin inspired exhibits in the old bank teller drawers, plus more than 100 National History Day Contest projects of the Chambersburg High School students. The 2023 theme is Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas.
Penn’s Woods Printmakers will showcase original works of art created by the artist with an original plate run through a small press, one at a time, on high quality art paper. See the beauty of the process. All art is for sale.
The Chambersburg Quilt Guild comes together around the art of quilting. Each year, the Guild creates a raffle quilt to share talents and gives proceeds to a local cause. The quilt is on display and tickets are being sold throughout IceFest.
Franklin County Visitors Bureau kicks off its annual A Cappella & Unplugged competition with the first open mic of 2023 at 5 PM on Saturday, January 28. Held in the second level Great Room, overlooking the square of Chambersburg, a variety of performers begin the competition to win a grand prize of $500.
IceFest 2023 is made possible by the Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg, Downtown Chambersburg Inc., and Council for the Arts of Chambersburg and through the sponsorship of M&T Bank. IceFest is all about community, bringing together many organizations, civic groups, and businesses to create an experience with something for everyone.
The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore history, arts and architecture, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods and the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and is an easy drive from Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Plan a visit at ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com, contact 866.646.8060, or stop at the new Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center in downtown Chambersburg.
The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to enjoy 51 trees and 18 wreaths during the final week of Festival of Trees at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center, 15 South Main Street in downtown Chambersburg. Decorated trees and wreaths are displayed in the elegant lobby and second floor Great Room of the 11/30 Visitors Center, which was formerly the 1865 National Bank of Chambersburg and functioned as a bank until 2015. Two old vaults are decorated for the holidays. One shows a village covered in snow and ready for Christmas. The other is the video vault, decorated like grandma’s house and showing old-fashioned Christmas specials, like “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
Festival of Trees offers a chance to view the trees and wreaths, vote for your favorite, and even bid to take one home. All proceeds of voting and the auction will benefit the Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance. Take a sneak peek here. December 2 is the final day of Festival of Trees. Voting closes at 7:45 PM, so votes can be counted to announce the tree and wreath with the most votes as well as the winners of each tree.
Other Festival of Tree activities include:
Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club Christmas train display.
Accepting donations for Sharing the Heart of the Holidays items, all to benefit Franklin County neighbors that need a little extra help this holiday season.
Coloring contest for children with a first prize of $50 and three honorable mentions of $20. Stop in at the visitors center to color the picture, or download it here and drop it at the visitors center.
Take-away crafts–a new one for each day of Festival of Trees.
Letter-writing to Santa, followed by a reply from Santa.
Drawing to win a Franklin County Holiday Basket with locally crafted arts, holiday ornaments, local foods, tickets to a 2022-23 Capitol Theatre show, and much more. Total value exceeds $400.
Santa will visit the 11/30 Visitors Center from 5 PM to 7 PM on December 2. Stop by for a photo or just to say Merry Christmas!
December 2 is First Friday throughout downtown Chambersburg. It is Candle Night. Luminaries will line the downtown streets as Christmas lights glisten above. Chambersburg Council for the Arts is hosting a luminary walk, beginning at 5 PM. Brussels Café, 55 North Main, is holding a Christmas Market from 1 PM to 8 PM with artisan vendors, Ugly Sweater Contest at 6 PM, and carolers in Chambers Fort Park from 7 PM to 7:30 PM. The Cocoa Crawl is back, too. Special Cocoa Crawl mugs go on sale at 5:45 PM and cocoa tasting begins at 6 PM at participating merchant–including Black & Blush Boutique, ReMix, Franklin County Visitors Bureau, Hammer & Stain, Denim Coffee, Cheerful Flowers & Gifts, YP Jewelers, Boost Mobile, and Willow & Birch. Many downtown merchants have specials, doorbusters, and giveaways.
Franklin County Visitors Bureau is pleased to host “Letterkenny World War II Italian Prisoner of War Experience,” a new exhibit in the lobby of the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center. The exhibit showcases more than 400 photographs, excerpts of memoirs, and document facsimiles to tell the story of repatriated Italian POWs, housed and working at Letterkenny Depot during World War II. Letterkenny Chapel is a lasting artifact of these men, who visioned and created the place of worship. A special dedication and welcome to Italian family and friends of the repatriated men will take place at 9:30 AM on September 10, 2022 at the 11/30 Visitors Center. The public is invited to attend.
Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939 and propelled the world into war. By September 1943, Italy signed an armistice with the Allies and in October 1943, Italy declared war on Germany. More than 50,000 Italian Prisoners of War, detained in the United States, were offered the opportunity to sign a statement of allegiance. A majority of nearly 90% repatriated and supported the American war effort. In May 1944, 1250 repatriated Italian soldiers came to Letterkenny Depot. They formed the 321st Quartermaster Battalion and helped to order, stock, and ship military supplies from Letterkenny Depot to Ally efforts in the Pacific and Europe.
The men of the 321st Quartermaster Battalion spent seventeen months at Letterkenny Depot, supporting the Allied effort. In their spare time, the men of the service unit applied their skills and created a lasting landmark. Using the materials from the farmhouses, barns, and other structures razed to construct the Letterkenny Depot, the men built Letterkenny Chapel. Today, the chapel stands as a lasting reminder of these men and a significant time in world history. Letterkenny Chapel is a prime representation of Italianate architecture with the characteristic square tower, quoined brickwork, and curved arches above the windows and doors.
The service unit returned to Italy in October 1945 after an international agreement was reached. “Letterkenny World War II Italian Prisoner of War Experience” tells their unique story.
“Letterkenny World War II Italian Prisoner of War Experience” is a joint effort of Dr. Alan Perry, Giorgia Magni , Historic Letterkenny Committee, and the Franklin County Visitors Bureau with exhibit design by Visitors Bureau senior designer Patricia Bunn. The exhibit remains open through November 11, 2022.
Franklin County Visitors Bureau highlights the many cuisines of Franklin County at Franklin County Flavor: 300 Years of Food on August 13, 6 PM to 8 PM. The public is invited to explore more than 300 years of multi-cultural cuisines that come together in Franklin County. From the earliest influences of Pennsylvania German and Scots Irish to Latin American flavors, plus, everything in between: Greek, Korean, Japanese, Italian, and Indian, Franklin County Flavor will invigorate your tastebuds.
Participants will start the evening with a complimentary sampling of the Franklin County Pour Trail and an introduction to the fresh foods of Franklin County with a tasting of local cheeses in the lobby of the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center. From local flavor, tasting moves to flavors of the world with Baba Ganoush with Pita and freshly made Salsa and Chips.
From samples in the lobby, participants move upstairs to the Great Room of the 11/30 Visitors Center, overlooking the center of town, where they will enjoy a variety of foods in 2-to-three- ounce portions. Hot and cold starters of Loroco Pupusas, Papa a la Huancaina, and Sweet Potato Sushi begin the served meal. Beverage selections include local Kombucha and Water Kefir. A variety of breads accompany Sopa Azteca and Shorba Soup as the next courses.
Entrees include Pasta with Cream Sauce (with chicken or without), Souvlaki, Chicken Coconut Curry, and Catfish. Along with the main dishes are cold sides of kale salad, locally made pickles, and pepper slaw. Warm side dishes include Lemon potatoes, Old-fashioned Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Brussel sprouts, and Collard Greens. The meal finishes on a sweet note with four desserts—Fresh Peach Pie, Molasses Cookies, Apple Sweet Bread, and Berry Ice Cream.
From 1725 to 1840, Pennsylvania was the #1 food producer in North America, and Franklin County’s fertile land produced its share. Fast forward, nearly 300 years to 2022…our food connects us to three centuries of customs, culture, and heritage. Today, Franklin County growers and restaurants continue the tradition of bringing good food to friends and family. Join the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at the 11/30 Visitors Center for this flavorful event. Tickets are $45/person and can be purchased online here.
Franklin County Flavor: 300 Years of Food features food from India Café, Inka Kitchen, Pure & Simple, Falafel Shack, The Orchards, Kenzo, Square One, El Sombrero, Montezuma Mexican Restaurant, Ada’s Bakery, Heritage Kitchen, Jim’s Deli at Jim’s Country Market, The Family Cow, Undone Kombucha, Jordyn’s Café, Route 30 Restaurant, and more. Food is a direct way to connect to Franklin County—past and present. Discover more about Franklin County here and don’t miss tasting the many flavors of Franklin County!