Artist Studio Tour at Penn National

Artist Studio Tour at Penn National

Want an easy and local way to enjoy a day of art? Mark your calendar because on Saturday, December 3, and Sunday, December 4, 11 AM to 3 PM. Eleven artists will be showing and selling their work in Penn National at six different home studio locations. Participating artists are, Jean Frey, Linda Gottfried, Steve Jaczun, Jack Kier, Carol Labashosky, and Pierre Mion (represented by his wife, Sandra). Guest artists at various locations include: Cindy Baker, Janette Koons, Felicity Sidwell, Mary Grassell and Deb Slocum.

Here’s what to expect:
• Meet the artists, learn about their process and experience their individual studios.
• Spend as much time as you like in each studio, and enjoy a day of original artwork created by local artists.
• Explore artists’ studios in any order, and keep track so you see all the participating artists in Penn National.
• Light refreshments are provided at some studios(depending on space).
• Not all artists accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay with cash or check.
• Studios are in the artist’s home and are not usually open to the public. Most studios are not handicapped accessible.
• Restroom facilities will be made available at the PennNational Club House
• Look for the Artists Studio Tour signs. Maps for the Artists Studio Tour at Penn National will be available atthe Penn National Club House starting November 15. Or, email here for a copy.

Family Fun at Franklin County Festival of Trees

Family Fun at Franklin County Festival of Trees

Join the Franklin County Visitors Bureau and 11/30 Center for Festival of Trees. The event opens at 4 PM on Saturday, November 20, just before the annual Christmas parade in Chambersburg. John Shindledecker will be reading Twas the Night Before Christmas and the Christmas Carol. Leading up to the parade, Evan Crider and John Shindledecker will perfrom Christmas music, accompanied by guitar.

Children can join the wreath coloring contest. First prize will receive a $50 cash prize and three honorable mentions will receive $20 cash prize. The wreaths will be displayed throughout the 11/30 Visitors Center and prizes will be announced on December 3 at 7 PM, Candle Night in downtown Chambersburg.

Young and old are invited to write a letter to Santa leading up to Christmas. Pick up the letters in the lobby of the 11/30 Visitors Center, or ask one of Santa’s helpers at the visitors center to write the letter as you dictate it.

Christmas Trivia Game on December 3 at 6 PM at the 11/30 Visitors Center on the square in Chabmersburg. Test your holiday knowledge! Winner receives $100. Register in advance by emailing 11/30 Visitors Center here. Or, register day of the contest.

Admission to Festival of Trees is free. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. Exhibit is not open on Friday, November 26. Weekend hours are:

  • Saturday, November 20 – 4 PM – 8 PM
  • Sunday, November 21 – 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Small Business Saturday, November 27 – 9 AM -3 PM
  • Sunday, November 28 – 11:30 Am -1:30 PM
  • Friday, December 3 (Winners announced.) – 8 AM – 8 PM
Final Week of Festival of Trees 2020

Final Week of Festival of Trees 2020

Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) is excited to bring holiday cheer to a challenging 2020.  A COVID-friendly Festival of Trees is ready to spread smiles while raising funds to support cancer services of WellSpan Health in Franklin County PA.

Decorated trees and wreaths will be displayed in the elegant lobby of the 11/30 Visitors Center, formerly the National Bank of Chambersburg. 2020 decorators include:  OSI, Renfrew Museum & Park, Franklin County Certified Tourism Ambassadors, Shabby Chic Farmhouse Boutique, Chris’s Thrift, Chambersburg Quilt Guild, Oasis of Love Church, WellSpan Health, RE/MAX Prestige – Amanda Ridgway, Sellers Funeral Home, YMCA, F&M Trust, Phab Photos, Greencastle Chamber of Commerce, A Matter of Taste & Formosa Family, Totem Pole Playhouse and Conococheague Audubon Society.

Visitors can vote for their favorite tree or wreath as well as participate in the silent auction. Details here. The 2019 Festival of Trees, the first hosted by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at the 11/30 Visitors Center, raised $2000 for WellSpan cancer services.

In addition to beautifully decorate trees and wreaths, enjoy a holiday train display, courtesy of Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club, Santa’s Workshop, and a Victorian village. Special appearances by Santa on opening night, Friday, November 20, Small Business Saturday, November 28, and closing night, Friday, December 4. Take socially distanced photos with Santa! Since the 11/30 Visitors Center used to be a bank, and the teller line is still intact, Santa will be safely tucked behind the teller line more than 6-feet away from the closest visitors.

Join FCVB on Facebook Live for holiday art with Susan Shaffer of Joyful Arts in Greencastle plus FCVB staff cookie decorating tips and home-for-the-holidays decorating fun. Details here.

Final Week of Festival of Trees hours:

  • Monday, November 30, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment –
  • Tuesday, December 1, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment – SPECIAL FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT: Home For The Holidays Decorating hosted by Leisa McCracken – Noon – 1 PM
  • Wednesday, December 2, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment – – SPECIAL FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT: JOY Painting with Susan Shaffer of Joyful Arts in Greencastle- 6 PM to 9 PM. Fee is $15.
  • Thursday, December 3, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment – SPECIAL FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT: Cookie Decorating Tips & Tricks – 1 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Friday, December 4, 8 AM – 8 PM; voting closes at 7:30 PM; winner announced by 8 PM – SPECIAL GUEST: Santa for socially distanced selfies and photos, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Admission to Festival of Trees is free. To view Festival of Trees, outside the regular hours, please contact FCVB at 717.552.2977 or 866.646.8060 to make an appointment.

Check out the trees or place a bid here and follow Facebook.com/FCVBen for previews and more.

Celebrate The Holiday Season with Festival of Trees

Celebrate The Holiday Season with Festival of Trees

Franklin County Visitors Bureau is excited to bring holiday cheer after such a challenging year Join in the holiday spirit at the 2020 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 on November 20. Come see beautifully decorated trees and wreaths. Enjoy a holiday train display, courtesy of Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club, Santa’s Workshop and a Victorian village scene.

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.

Specific hours of the display are:

  • Friday, November 20, 4 PM to 7 PM
  • Saturday, November 21, 10 AM-7 PM
  • Monday, November 23 thru November 25 – 8 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Small Business Saturday, November 28 – Open 8 AM to 6 PM
  • Monday, November 30, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment
  • Tuesday, December 1, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment
  • Wednesday, December 2, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment
  • Thursday, December 3, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment
  • Friday, December 4, 8 AM – 8 PM; voting closes at 7:30 PM; winner announced by 8 PM

Trees and wreaths are being decorated by local businesses and organizations.

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 fcvbfestivaloftrees@gmail.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 7:30 PM on December 4 with winners being announced at 8 PM.

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 to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Plan a visit at ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com, contacting 866.646.8060, or stopping by the new Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center on the square in Chambersburg.