The Institute Offers “Bloomin’ Walks”

The Institute Offers “Bloomin’ Walks”

The Institute is offering two early summer “Bloomin’ Walks” to view blossoming mountain laurel and rhododendron. The walks are on Saturdays, June 12 and 26 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Part of The Institute’s Naturalist Discovery Series, the walks are led by Institute naturalist, Dr. Doris Goldman. Hikers will explore trails in Michaux Forest and in Happel’s Meadow. 

On June 12, we’ll mark National Get Outside Day with a hike along the Appalachian Trail in Michaux Forest,” said Goldman. “We will see blooming mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), which is the state flower of Pennsylvania. 

The blossoms look like folded origami flowers.”

The June 26 hike, Celebrate the Summer Solstice, is on the John Birely Memorial Trail at Happel’s Meadow, where blooming rosebay or great rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum) can be found. The clusters of flowers are a hummingbird favorite. 

“This walk is quite shady and mossy, and always cooler than in the valley or most of the drier areas in the mountains,” Goldman said. 

The walks are free, but pre-registration is required. Register via email at Rendezvous point for the hike and more details will be sent upon registration.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed, and signed waivers are required for registration.

This program is sponsored by The Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund Contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; The John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation; APX Enclosures, Inc.; The Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin.

More information is available at

3rd Saturdays on the Square in Greencastle

3rd Saturdays on the Square in Greencastle

Mark your calendars for 3rd Saturdays in the Square in Greencastle, PA, starting May 15, from 9 Am to 1 PM. Brought to the public by the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by West Penn Power as premiere sponsor and The Cara Sheaffer Group as Entertainment Sponsor. Visit the square in Greencastle for hand-crafted artisan wares and food vendors. 3rd Saturdays run through August. Want to be a vendor? Contact 717-597-4610.



Wellspan invites you and your family to embrace winter, keep moving and stay healthy!  Join today to learn more about physical activity, healthy eating and stress management during the winter months. Winter STREAK runs from January through March, so you can keep up a “streak” of physical and mental well-being activities! Access resources, register for prizes, and learn about upcoming Winter STREAK workshops at

Winter “STREAK” stands for: Start: Get motivated, set individual goals, determine your readiness to change and get started. Trekking: Get active outdoors in the cold weather. Relax: Practice relaxing, mindful behaviors. Eat healthy: Make healthy food and drink choices. Activity: Commit to increase physical activity. Keep it going: Find personal and community resources and supports to help you keep it going.

Workshops are:

Workshop 1 – Start (Nickie Fickel, Community Health Coordinator) Wed Jan 6th
Workshop 2 – Trekking (Linda Huber, Health Educator and Dr. Fawcett, MD) Wed Jan 20t
Workshop 3 – Relax (Kim Crider, Community Health Coordinator and Daphne Hathaway, Grant Evaluator CCBHC) Wed Feb 3rd
Workshop 4 – Eating Healthy (Fran Hadley, RDN) Wed Feb 17t
Workshop 5 – Activity (Melanie Wells, Community Wellness Coordinator) Wed Mar 3rd
Workshop 6 – Keep It Going (Sandy Gladfelter, Health Educator) Wed Mar 17th

Register here.

WellSpan Health, in collaboration with community health coalitions across the region: Healthy Adams County; Healthy Franklin County; the Community Health Council of Lebanon County; Healthy York; Northern Lancaster Hub; invites the community to participate in the “Winter STREAK” wellness program.

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 Silent auction amounts will be displayed in the Visitors Center and online. Current bid amounts will be updated online daily at  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, contacting 866.646.8060, or stopping by the new Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center on the square in Chambersburg.

Renfrew Museum & Park Celebrates Oktoberfest September 19

Renfrew Museum & Park Celebrates Oktoberfest September 19

Break out the lederhosen and dirndl because Renfrew Museum & Park is celebrating Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 19. Join Renfrew Museum & Park as it celebrates German heritage with good food, good beer, and plenty of family- friendly fun at the 5th Annual OktoberFest. The celebration is moving to the beautiful grounds of Renfrew where visitors can enjoy the beauty and authenticity of the Royer family farmstead.

Renfrew is offering two four-hour events, to ensure compliance to COVID-19 guidelines for outdoor gatherings. Entry tickets are $5/person and children 12 and under are free. The first event is Noon to 4 PM, and the second is 4 PM to 8 PM. Each event will include:

  • Traditional German and Oktoberfest music
  • Hot dog or 8-oz. vegetable soup
  • Samples of local craft beer, wine, and cider in the Biergarten Tent
  • Tour of the main floor of the 1812 Royer farmhouse
  • Kids Activities, including 19th century farm chores–like rug-beating and washing clothing, making an Alpine hat, and playing old-fashioned games.
  • Historic trades and crafts
  • Food, art, vintage items, and artisan wares for purchase
  • Accession Tag Sale to benefit the care of Renfrew’s museum collection
  • Silent Auction

Advance registration is highly recommended; attendees are limited. Register online here. Attendees, aged 21 and over, may purchase four Biergarten tokens for $20 at the event. ID is required.

Renfrew Museum & Park is 107 acres of history and nature. The grounds offer more than 5-acres of walking trails, catch-and-release fishing, and beautiful views. As the home of German-American tanner and farmer Daniel Royer, the land sustained generations of the Royer family. The property was sold and used for tenant farming in the early 1900s. In 1943, Edgar and Emma Nicodemus married and made Renfrew home. When Emma Nicodemus passed in 1975, she bequeathed the property to the Borough of Waynesboro and stipulated it be a museum and park named Renfrew.