Icefest 2023, Downtown Chambersburg

Icefest 2023, Downtown Chambersburg

Thursday January 26th, 2023 – Sunday January 29th, 2023
An ice filled 4-day festival with fun for the entire family!
Pull out your favorite scarf and mittens, bundle the kids up and be sure to grab your camera; you won’t want to miss the faces of those that sit upon the giant ice throne for the first time or stand beside their favorite sculpture.
You can also catch a glimpse of the carvers from DiMartino Ice sculpting right in front of your eyes!
Skilled in their art form, these carvers have trained for many years and can turn a plain block of ice into just about anything.
It’s amazing to watch.
A huge variety of events and activities are scheduled throughout the four-day festival giving you a chance to explore the best of Chambersburg and experience our vibrant Downtown culture for yourself.
Be sure to visit your favorite art galleries, restaurants and boutique stores while enjoying all that Icefest has to offer.
There is so much to see and do, so be sure to check out our schedule of events.
Downtown Window StoryWalk Waynesboro Theatre

Downtown Window StoryWalk Waynesboro Theatre

Saturday November 12th, 2022 * 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Get ready for the world’s sweetest, biggest, red dog to grace the town of Waynesboro …. it’s, CLIFFORD!
Join WASD Be the Village Mainstreet Waynesboro, Inc. Waynesboro Theatre and First Start Partnerships for Children and Families for our Downtown Window Storywalk kickoff at the Waynesboro Theatre!
Come inside the theatre to select your choice of a Clifford book, including graphic novels!
Books and activities are limited, so mark your calendar to snag your copies!
While attending, go ahead and pre-purchase your $3 movie ticket for the showings of Clifford on Sunday November 27th at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM.
Ticket cost includes popcorn and drink!
No better way to rest after the Thanksgiving holiday!
Grove Family Library, Batty Talk and a Spooky Walk – Caledonia State Park

Grove Family Library, Batty Talk and a Spooky Walk – Caledonia State Park

Friday October 28th, 2022 * 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Visit the Caledonia State Park Office and learn some fun and interesting facts about these amazing pollinators.
Participate in bat activities and crafts.
Danielle Klein, Founder/Executive Director of The ButterBee Foundation will be sharing her extensive knowledge about bats.
Also Enjoy a self-guided StoryWalk on Whispering Pine Nature Trail and read a great story for Halloween.
Sunset will be at 6:13 PM.
Bring a flashlight if you plan on walking the trail after that time.
Pre-Registration encouraged but not required.

 

Stoners Corn Maze Weekend, Mercersburg

Stoners Corn Maze Weekend, Mercersburg

2022 Season: Saturday, Sept. 10th thru Sunday, Oct. 30th
Saturdays 12:00pm – 10:00pm 
*Last admission will be admitted no later than 9:15 PM.  Some activities close at dusk.
Please note: We will close at 6:00 PM on Saturday, October 22nd and Saturday, October 29th as we transition the maze to Haunted Night.
The last admission will be at 5:00 PM on Saturday, October 22nd and 29th.
The Haunted Night admission will be a separate fee.
Click HERE for more information on Haunted Nights in the Maze.
Sundays 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
*Last admission will be admitted no later than 4:15 PM.
Friday night activities include Corn Maze, Mini Corn Maze, Hayride, Petting Zoo, and Fire Pits.
Stoners Dairy Farm website
Pumpkins & Pippins Fall Festival

Pumpkins & Pippins Fall Festival

Saturday October 15th, 2022 * 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Support The Institute by bringing your family to a fall celebration of Pumpkins & Pippins!
Our second annual Pumpkins and Pippins fall festival will be held at Pine Hill Recreation Area, Waynesboro.
12684 Mentzer Gap Rd. Waynesboro, PA 
Rain location is the Waynesboro Area Middle School.
A fundraiser for The Institute, the festival includes a full slate of activities and fun for all ages, including a ‘kid zone’ with yard games, a StoryWalk® hike & activity, a photo stand and more.
Pony rides for kids from Serendipity Horse Meadows Farm provide a fun, memorable experience during the festival.
In addition, craft vendors offer a variety of wares.
“We also have a pie walk, a pumpkin patch, and a decorated pumpkin contest,” said Jessica Watson, the Institute’s assistant director and event organizer. “We invite everyone to support The Institute by bringing your family to a fall celebration of Pumpkins & Pippins.”
A star attraction is the ever-popular trebuchet pumpkin launcher, which will run throughout the day sending pumpkins flying through the sky.
Trebuchets are giant catapult devices that originated in medieval times.
“The Institute’s trebuchet was built by volunteers who researched the devices thoroughly to create an authentic working model,” Watson said. “Our trebuchet hurls pumpkins, and it’s great fun to watch how far they fly.”
For the DECORATED PUMPKIN CONTEST (click here for details!), pumpkins may be painted or carved—or both.
Contest entry is free.
Votes from those in attendance determine the winner, who receives a $100 prize.
Live music is a festival mainstay.
The bluegrass band, Marv Ashby and High Octane, will be the featured entertainment.
Based in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., the band is known for dynamic traditional and contemporary bluegrass.
Those attending can buy lunch from Summer Creek BBQ food truck.
A bake sale offers a variety of homemade goodies for dessert.
Pumpkins, apples and cider will be available for purchase.
Admission is $10 per car, cash only.