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
- Performances will be live streamed via Facebook.com/FCVBen
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
After months of auditions, performances, and voting, the public narrowed 2020 A Cappella & Unplugged to three finalists–Blaine Phebus, Dominik Wiesniewski, and Gabriele Stone. 2020 A Cappella & Unplugged Finals are set for 7 PM on Friday, August 7. It is First Friday in downtown Chambersburg, and the performances are in front of the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center.
The public can enjoy performances in person or online through the Facebook Live Event. Those attending in person can cast a paper ballot. Virtual attendees can visit Facebook.com/FCVBen to like the favorite performer. New this year, comments about performers in the Facebook Live feed will tabulate a vote for the mentioned performer. The voting window is 30 minutes and opens at 7 PM. Check out the talent and help select the 2020 winner of A Cappella & Unplugged. The performer with the most votes wins the $500 prize and is the 2020 champion.
Franklin County Visitors Bureau extends special thanks to the 2020 Round One performers–Ace Johnson, Blaine Phebus, Gabriele Stone, Holly Gouse, Jason Sheffield, Dominik Wiesniewski, Paul Saliga, Pyxus, Robert Twine, and The Mimic. It is not too late to enjoy their performances. Listen here.
Judges rated Round One performers on execution and skill, creativity and originality, and overall presence and appeal. The 2020 judges were Devin Fields, John Ingels, Heather McEndree, Woody Payne, Beth Thoresen, and Jack Swisher. After tabulating the results, there was a three-way tie for the Judges Choice award. The winners were Dominik Wiesniewski, Gabriele Stone, and The Mimic. Each will receive a $100 prize. The three-way tie was another “first” for the A Cappella & Unplugged competition.
The 2020 participants were gleaned from open mics at 11/30 Visitors Center during IceFest 2020 and The Thought Lot on March 10. Event organizer Franklin County Visitors Bureau will always remember 2020 A Cappella & Unplugged because of the impact of COVID, the adaptations made to hold the event, and the performers love of music as an outlet in difficult times.
For the August 7 Finals’ performance, FCVB is providing small groupings of socially distanced seating in front of the visitors center. Visitors are welcome to bring their own chairs, also. Please contact Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 717.552.2977 for special arrangements or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.