The Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) is hosting 11/30 Open Mic on September 4 at 6:30 PM during First Friday in downtown Chambersburg. It will be held outdoors on the south side of the 11/30 Visitors Center, 15 South Main Street. Join us as a performer or to enjoy the evening’s talent. 11/30 Open Mic celebrates talent and is open to all ages. It is friendly, supportive, and encouraging atmosphere for all to perform and enjoy. FCVB welcome talent from within Franklin County, PA, or beyond.
A live-sound system, microphone and cables will be provided for use during the open mic. Performers using instruments, mobile devices, or other pieces of equipment must bring their own for their performance. A few guidelines for this open mic:
Maximum of 3 songs per musical performance
Other performers will have maximum of 15 minutes per performance
Material must be family friendly and in good taste
Listeners are welcome to bring lawn chairs. FCVB will provide seating for 20 outside the visitors bureau. Please remember PA mask requirements and social distancing. In case of rain, the event will move indoors to the 11/30 Visitors Center.
Open Mic is just one way to enjoy Franklin County. 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. Learn more at www. ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com
Visitors to the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center are enjoying the Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Exhibit. The exhibit was placed for visitors to enjoy during the Festival of Trees and is staying longer for winter visitors to enjoy. Train enthusiasts will want to visit the home of the Cumberland Valley Model Railroad at 440 Nelson Street in Chambersburg. On display are 10 gauges of trains: In all, there are 3700 pieces of rolling stock; 1207 on the tracks and 2500 on display. There’s 909 square feet of HO, 501 of O and 120 of N. There are 35 gauge miles of HO track, 8- O scale miles and 10- N gauge miles. The space is filled with trains, as far as they eye can see and overhead.
Holiday hours are:
Dec. Sun 15th, Sun 22nd, Sat 28th
Jan. Sat 4th, Sun 12th, Sun 19th
Noon to 4 PM.
Make the holiday complete and visit. For details about the Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club, visit www.cvmrrc.com/ .
Wilson College invites the public to take part in Las Posadas-a Mexican Christmas tradition re-enacting the story of Christ’s birth-being held on the campus, Thursday, Dec. 5. The celebration will run from 6 to 8 p.m., starting at the Brooks Science Center and ending with a meal in Laird Hall.
In the Mexican culture, Las Posadas re-enacts the Nativity story, following the journey Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a refuge where Mary could give birth. When they were unable to find lodging in Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary sought shelter in a stable, where Jesus was born.
During the Wilson celebration, children will walk on luminary-lighted paths around the campus, seeking “shelter” for their group. They will visit three buildings on campus, with the Wilson College Choir leading the group in traditional Posadas songs as they walk. All participants are invited to take part in an interactive Christmas play that will take place along the walk. A bilingual script will be provided.
The group’s search for shelter will end at Laird Hall, where a celebration with prayer, music and authentic Mexican pozole (a traditional pork stew served at Christmas), tamales and appetizers provided by Chambersburg’s Veroni Cafe will conclude the celebration. Children will be treated to a piñata after dinner.
Learning Campus, Wilson’s after-school tutoring program for the children of migrant families, is hosting and co-sponsoring the celebration, along with the Wilson College Choir, Spanish Club, Muhibbah Club, Learning Campus Club, Office of Student Development, chaplain’s office and the Office of Marketing and Communications.
Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to join in the holiday spirit at the 2019 Festival of Trees, held in the 11/30 Visitors Center–the former 1865 National Bank of Chambersburg on the square. The festival opens at 4 PM in time for the November 23 Chambersburg Christmas parade and continues until Christmas on Main, December 6. Come see beautifully decorated trees and wreaths. Enjoy a holiday train display, courtesy of Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club, in the lobby of the visitors center, explore children’s activities in the Discovery Vault, and videos of history in the Video Vault.
Visitors can vote for their favorite tree or wreath as well as participate in the silent auction to take home a tree or wreath. Funds raised will support cancer initiatives of WellSpan Health in Franklin County, including Hennessy Home and the Oncology Bridge Fund.
Specific hours of the display are:
November 23 from 4-8 PM coinciding with Santa’s arrival during Chambersburg’s Annual Christmas Parade at 6 PM.
November 25-27, 8 AM to 4L30 PM
Small Business Saturday, November 30, from 10 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to 6:30 PM.December 6 during Visitor Center hours Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 4:30 PM.
December2-5, 8 AM to 6 PM
December 6 -Christmas on Main First Friday, 8 AM – 8 PM..
Also, special evening hours by appointment for groups; please contact 717-552-2977
Trees and wreaths are being decorated by local organizations such as Greater Chambersburg Chamber, Greencastle Chamber, Greater Waynesboro Area Chamber, Totem Pole Playhouse, Holiday Inn Express, Marco Technology, Chambersburg Quilt Guild, and others!
Admission to the festival is free. Visitors may voter for their favorite tree or wreath by purchasing four ballots for $1. Silent auction bids can be placed in person, via phone at 866-646-8060 or by emailing email@example.com. Silent auction amounts will be displayed in the Visitors Center and online. Current bid amounts will be updated online daily at www.explorefranklincountypa.com. Final votes for favorites and final bids for the silent auction will close at 7:45 PM on December 6 with winners being announced at 8 PM.
Comedy veteran and world traveler, Louis Ramey opens the Capitol Theatre’s Nights of Professional Stand-up Comedy on Friday, November 8. Ramey loves what he does for a living, performing stand-up comedy over the past 20 years. Louis can be seen currently hosting TV Land Prime Movie Block’s. Other recent TV appearances include, Comedy Central, TBS Presents: A Very Funny Festival: Just for Laughs, and TBS Promo’s Bitcoms. He has been all over TV and the Net. You have seen him as a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, ABC Daytime’s The View and NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly among many other television appearances in the U.S., Canada and abroad. Voted by students as “Campus Performer of the Year”, Louis Ramey is a strong headliner and crowd-pleaser.
All Friday Nights of Professional Stand-up begin at 7:30 PM. Admission is $20. Because of mature language and themes, the stand-up comedy shows are not recommended for minors. Other shows are January 10, February 7, March 6, April 17, and May 16. Relax and enjoy an evening of stand-up comedy.