Final Week of Festival of Trees at the 11/30 Visitors Center

Final Week of Festival of Trees at the 11/30 Visitors Center

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.

Downtown Chambersburg Offers First Friday on July 3

Downtown Chambersburg Offers First Friday on July 3

The merchants of Downtown Chambersburg are holding First Friday on July 3. Some of the fun includes:

  • Sidewalk Sales along Main Street of downtown Chambersburg.
  • Red Ribbons-The DBC will be placing red ribbons on the trees to recognize and THANK all of the First Responders who have been on the front lines to help keep us safe during the COVID pandemic. They continue to have Resilience, Endurance and Dedication (RED).
  • Summer FUN – Drink recipes; kids fun and music at the Visitors Center.
  • Pap’s Dog Stand will be on the square
  • The Council for the Arts & The Foundry will be open to showcase the Arts
  • Brussel’s Cafe is planning a block party behind their store
  • Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center will host performers for A Cappellla & Unplugged 2020.
Remembering Veterans in Franklin County

Remembering Veterans in Franklin County

Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) invites the public to remember veterans throughout Franklin County this November. Waynesboro, in southeast Franklin County, is honoring local veterans with Hometown Heroes banners throughout the downtown. The banner initiative pays tribute to the contributions of Waynesboro area veterans.

The November 2nd First Friday in downtown Chambersburg is dedicated to remembering and honoring veterans. Brussels Café, 55 North Main, commemorates service men and women with a remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. U.S. Army Retired Colonel Doug Mastriano, author of Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne and Argonne: A New History of America’s Greatest Battle will be discussing his work and signing books throughout the evening. Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne received the William E. Colby Military Writers’ Award in 2015.

Allison-Antrim Museum, on Ridge Avenue in Greencastle, is commemorating the end of the Great War with a fall exhibit from its collection of uniform items and photographs of native sons. In addition, WWI recruiting posters, trench art, souvenirs, Prussian helmets, rifle bayonets, a slide show of WWI photographs from France and Germany are on exhibit through November 23, 2018. Allison-Antrim Museum is open regularly Tuesday to Friday, noon to 4 pm and Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm.

On November 24, as part of the grand opening of the Franklin County 11/30 Center, 15 South Main Street, local historian Mike Marotte will tell the story of WWI and its ending through the original source letters of a local resident. In addition, a feature exhibit of the new center will remember the impacts of WWI in Franklin County.

In November and throughout the year, visitors to Franklin County are invited to explore the Franklin County Military Trail of History. In Franklin County and throughout the country the local stories are the national contributions. The Military Trail guidebook is available online here or by contacting FCVB at 866.646.8060.