Star Party, The Institute

Star Party, The Institute

Monday December 5th, 2022 * 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Area residents are invited to a “star party,” a telescope viewing of the night sky at Pine Hill Recreation Area near Waynesboro.
The event, a partnership between The Institute and Tri-State Astronomers (TSA), 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.
Event coordinator and TSA member, Andy Smetzer said, “One of the goals of our group is to have as many people as possible look through a telescope.
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, Smetzer suggests these websites: www.tristateastronomers.org and www.spaceweather.com.
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 but may be used to reach the area from the parking lot.
Free
(Cloud date TBA if needed—check website if cloudy)
Pine Hill Recreation Area
Telescope Clinic—Learn How to Use Your Telescope! The Institute

Telescope Clinic—Learn How to Use Your Telescope! The Institute

In partnership with the Tri-State Astronomers Club, The Institute is hosting a telescope clinic on Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the social room at the Church of the Apostles, 336 Barnett Avenue in Waynesboro, Pa.
The clinic is designed to help sky watchers maximize their use of a telescope.
Participation is free, but registration is required to reserve a consultation time.
“We can learn so much using telescopes, but they are not much fun if you don’t know how to use them,” said astronomy club member Andy Smetzer.
“If you have a telescope and you’re not sure what to do next, bring it to the clinic for some guidance.”
Club members will teach telescope owners how to view the stars with their own telescopes, including hands-on help with alignment, various eyepieces, focus and mechanical adjustments.
“If anyone has an old—or new—telescope, they should bring it in,” Smetzer said, “and also bring user manuals and any accessories like lenses, spare parts, etc., that came with the telescope.”
To pre-register for an appointment, email Dave Graff at: dave@natureandcultureinstitute.org, or call The Institute at 717-762-0373.
Waynesboro’s Destination Arts is a great opportunity for fall fun this October

Waynesboro’s Destination Arts is a great opportunity for fall fun this October

Make a trip to Destination Arts in Waynesboro this October, featuring art exhibits, pottery making, photography displays, and thunder gourd making. The Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro is the innovator of Destination Arts, an effort launched in July 2013 to support downtown revitalization by filling empty storefronts with art galleries. Five years later, the project is part of Waynesboro’s identity and offers five gallery locations—42 West Gallery, Ceramics Art Studio, Gallery 35 East, Gallery 50, and Walnut Street Studios.

As leaves begin to turn the second week of October and peak at the end of the month, it is an excellent time to enjoy the art destinations, cafes, and restaurants of downtown Waynesboro. Waynesboro, also an Appalachian Trail Community, is part of the South Mountain, which is the eastern terminus of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The beauty is a source of inspiration to artists near and far.

For a “hands on” art experience, consider a class from the Ceramic Arts Studio. October 21 is a chance to make a pinch pot, monster candy dish, using a combination of slab and sculpture in a two-hour class from 2 PM to 4 PM at the 13 South Church Street studio. October 26 offers more fun at Corks & Clay, 7 PM to 9 PM, with a chance to make a Thanksgiving pumpkin platter.

For a more visual experience, enjoy the Fall Art Show at Gallery 50 on West Main Street, featuring regional and local artists Vicki Favilla, Sarah Higgins, Rebecca Grace Jones, Michelle Briddle, and Jan Heath. A Civil War photography exhibit is on display at Gallery 35, on East Main Street. Works exhibited are by Rodney Clark, Noel Kline, and Andy Smetzer and showcase Civil War re-enactments at Gettysburg and Waynesboro.

Music lovers will enjoy the October 17 open mic night at 46 West Main Street from 7 PM to 9 PM at Music Makers. Open mic nights, held alternate Wednesdays, embrace all musical styles.

Other Destination Arts highlights of October include a thunder gourd making demonstration on October 10, 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM. A thunder gourd, as the name implies, makes a sound like thunder when shaken. Artist Denny Bingaman will show how it is made. Another demonstration by Bingaman, set for October 24, 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM, shows dyeing and patina-coloring of metal jewelry. Both demonstrations are at 42 West Arts on West Main Street in Waynesboro.