The businesses of downtown Chambersburg present Christmas on Main, December 6, from 5 PM to 8 PM. Celebrate the beauty of the season and the holiday spirit with the Cocoa Crawl, Kinder Christmas Market, and the final evening of Festival of Trees.
Cocoa Crawl is a chance to taste special hot cocoa recipes served by downtown businesses and organizations. At 5:45 PM, Cocoa Crawl mugs go on sale on the square in front of F&M Bank. Participants can sip, stroll, shop, and enjoy the beautifully decorated Main Street of Chambersburg. At the end of the evening after tasting all the cocoas, vote for favorite your favorite.
Kinder Christmas Market
Kinder Christmas Market is a special Christmas Market. It gives young artisans a chance to showcase their talent and try their hand at entrepreneurship. These wares are extra-special gifts to share original art with friends and family, plus support young talent and build their confidence.
Festival of Trees at the 11/30 Visitors Center
Be sure to visit Festival of Trees at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center, located next door to Central Presbyterian Church. Enjoy the beauty of more than 30 trees and wreaths, decorated by county-wide businesses, organizations, and groups. Vote for your favorite or bid on one to take home. Children can color a Ben Franklin holiday page or make a candy cane or wreath ornament. At 6:30 PM in the lobby of the 11/30 Visitors Center, enjoy the 2019 A Cappella & Unplugged winners—For F4ith—as they sing selections from their holiday cd—A Faith-Filled Christmas. (The cd will be on sale for $10.) At 7 PM, Marla Hart, a 2019 A Cappella & Unplugged finalist, will perform holiday favorites, including fun, jingle bell songs and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
Plus, Santa will be downtown from 5 PM to 6:30 PM. Holiday music along Main Street will be proviced by Rick Summers and James Buchanan Alumi Chorus,
Hard to believe, the Race Against Poverty, set for June 7 through downtown Chambersburg, is less than a month away. It is the 9th Annual RaceAgainst Poverty, working to empower families to break the cycle of poverty and build long-term stability . There is still time to sign up. Register as an individual here. Register as a team here. Register as a duo here.
Race Against Poverty has become so much more than just a 5k walk or run. It is a fun community event with music, Kids Runs, vendors–including Bernard’s Jamaican Jerk Chicken–festive atmosphere, plus lots of cool door prizes. Most of all, it helps such an important cause. To learn more about the value of Race Against Poverty, visit raceagainstpoverty.org. Please share on social media and use #RAP5k.
The Downtown Business Council (DBC) and Council for the Arts of Chambersburg will present First Friday: Taste of the Arts on Friday May 3rd from 5-8pm, sponsored by Noelker & Hull and featuring restaurant specials throughout downtown. For more details, call 717-658-4372 or check the Facebook page of the Downtown Business Council.
Starting off the evening will be the annual inauguration of Chambersburg’s Memorial Square Fountain, followed by the annual “funraiser” for Women in Need (WIN), Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. The walk will bring hundreds of men in red high heel shoes to Main Street, walking from King to Washington and back, to highlight their support of Women in Need. The Foundry Artist Co-op, 100 South Main Street, will feature a special exhibit of members’ artwork, “Seeing Red”, with several works – three depicting red shoes! – being offered for sale to benefit WIN.
With Courthouse construction underway, First Friday events will be centered on the southwest and southeast quadrants of the Square. Activities will be centered on the SW quadrant, in front of the 11/30 Visitors Center and Central Presbyterian Church, where Noelker & Hull will have a display of several of their community architectural projects and a free craft for kids. Come in an visit the new 11/30 Visitors Center and make a butterfly craft or color a Ben Franklin coloring page. DBC will offer free face painting and a kids craft, and will have an entry box for the First Friday Prize Package, containing contributions from many downtown businesses. Also on that quadrant will be live music by The Negley Brothers; Sweet Rollers and Pap’s Dog Stop food vendors; and young artists from DBC’s Kinder Market. The F&M (SE) quadrant will feature adult artists and a group of young artists from Shalom Christian Academy.
For more information about First Friday, please call 717-658-4372.
The Downtown Business Council (DBC) and Council for the Arts of Chambersburg present the September First Friday celebration, “Fido’s First Friday”, sponsored by Noelker & Hull, on Friday September 7th from 5-8 pm in downtown Chambersburg. For more information, call (717) 658-4372 or find the Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg and the Council for the Arts-Chambersburg on Facebook. Artists interested in participating should call 717-816-7568.
Chambersburg’s Courthouse Plaza will be the center of activity for Fido’s First Friday, with music by Tresa Day and Soleil, and Dog Contests that will include Best Dressed, Cutest Face and “Animal’s Got Talent”. First Friday participants are encouraged to sign up their dog that evening and compete for prizes, with contests starting at 6:30. Also on the Courthouse Plaza will be a kids’ craft table and a Protection for Paws display.
Kindly Canines of Chambersburg will bring therapy dogs and information about their program to Fido’s First Friday. This group is an all-volunteer group of handlers with kind, gentle dogs that “make life a little better for people of all ages and needs”. Pet-related businesses will be featured as well: Perky Paws, Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, Vintage Hounds Grooming Salon and Paw Spa Grooming. Also represented will be Operation Save a Vet, Save a Pet; Community Uniting and Boy Scout Troop 128.
On the Northwest (Square One) quadrant of the Square, Creatures Great and Small will entertain visitors with a Small Animals Petting Zoo.
Other activities continue throughout downtown. First Friday participants are encouraged to stop by the Foundry, 100 South Main Street to see the exhibit “Dream It, Draw It: Whimsical Animals by Carrie Dietrich”; and Council for the Arts, 81 North Main Street, to meet and view the artwork of Cindy Haden Baker, Jean Frey and Janette Koons in their exhibit “A Brush with Nature”. Well-behaved dogs are welcome!
The FOUNDRY Artist Cooperative, located in DowntownChambersburg and home to an eclectic mixture of handmade works by artists from around Central Pennsylvania, is set to launch a brand new initiative, SALVAGE SUPPLY – Art Parts for Creative Reuse, this Friday, March 2nd. The nearly new/gently used art & craft supply section within the Creative Space in the FOUNDRY will debut on First Friday with a fun SCRAPPED Competition, featuring four artists competing for the title of SCRAPPED Champion. The event will run from 6:00-8:00pm and is free and open to the public of all ages. The FOUNDRY is located at 100 South Main Street and can be found online at www.foundryartscoop.com.
“Most creative people have a small stockpile of supplies they purchased for special projects or to try a new medium and then never used again,” explains Anita Crawford, Operation Coordinator for the the FOUNDRY. “We think there are people around the area who can make good use of those supplies to create something amazing! The FOUNDRY is providing a location and calling on the community to donate unwanted supplies so they can go to a new home where they will be lovingly used.” Donations to the store are accepted during open hours each weekend: Fridays noon – 6:00 pm, Saturdays 9:00 am – 5:00pm, Sundays 11:00 am – 4:00 pm and Mondays noon-6:00 pm, or other times by appointment. A few examples of acceptable items are: paints, brushes, papers, canvases, embellishments, fabric, stamps, glass beads, yarn, frames, mat board, sewing supplies and art tools. A full list of supplies the store does and does not accept can be found here.
The name “Salvage Supply” and tagline “Art Parts for Creative Reuse” pays homage to the history of the organization’s 100 South Main location, which housed community cornerstone, Sherk’sHardware, from 1874-1980. When the FOUNDRY moved into the space, some basic renovations were done to reveal the original hardwood floors and brick and plaster walls to bring back the general store feel of the location. The addition of Salvage Supply plays into the memory a lot of residents have of coming to the store to pick out the parts they needed for projects.
To kick off the launch of the Supply section, The FOUNDRY is hosting a SCRAPPED Competition forits March First Friday event. Four FOUNDRY artists will call on their creative skills as they face off against one another to make prize-winning artwork. The catch? In each round, they have to use all the surprise Salvaged Supplies we provide them, however random or unlikely they might be. At the end of each round, a panel of three guest judges will “scrap” one artist who fails to measure up in terms of creativity, skill and presentation. The last artist standing takes home bragging rights of SCRAPPED CHAMPION!
“Think HGTV’s show, ‘Chopped’ cooking challenge,” Crawford says. “Replace the food with random art supplies and you have SCRAPPED. Our members are excited for the challenge and have been speculating what supplies they might receive. None of them will know until they open the box during the competition.” In addition to the debut of Salvage Supply and the SCRAPPED Competition, the First Friday event will also host the opening of the March Gallery Exhibit, featuring Philadelphia-based fine-art printmaker and encaustic artist, Gillian Pokalo.
ABOUT THE FOUNDRY Since 2015, The FOUNDRY corner store has housed a retail shop, where guests can purchase unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that are made locally, view rotating exhibits featuring the work of artists both regional and national and learn new techniques or have a fun evening with friends by attending our wide array of classes. This spring, The FOUNDRY is expanding its outreach into the community by offering Art Parts for Creative Reuse – at discounted prices through the new Salvage Supply store within the Creative Space.