Bring Your Dog To Fido’s First Friday

Bring Your Dog To Fido’s First Friday

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!

Franklin County Visitors Bureau is highlighting February as National Black History Month, Library Lover’s Month, and Great American Pie Month. Of course, on the surface, it may seem there is nothing that these celebrations have in common. But, all of these celebrations bring attention to February, and all are strong focuses for Franklin County PA.

Black History Month is an annual focal point of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau. In 2018, the visitor bureau recommends viewing its Road to Freedom video to understand how important the area was as a route for escaping enslaved. The video can be viewed here. In addition, Franklin County Visitors Bureau recommends the Franklin County Historical Society’s presentation by author, pastor, and teacher Ed Maliskas on his book, “John Brown to James Brown – The Little Farm Where Liberty Budded, Blossomed, and Boogied” on Saturday, February 24 from 1-3pm. Maliskas will discuss the story of a small farm in Washington County from which John Brown led his famous raid. The property was later purchased by the Black Elks and hosted dances featuring James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and many other famous artists. Appropriately, the event will take place at the John Brown House on 225 East King Street in Chambersburg, which was the northern headquarters of John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry. Maliskas will have copies of his book for sale.

Library Lovers Month is a must-celebrate for Franklin County PA. The county is home to more than a dozen libraries—from county-supported libraries, community libraries, bookmobiles, college libraries, and Little Free Libraries. It is a good month to visit libraries, support with donations, and volunteer time. For Franklin County, the newly renovated Coyle Free Library in downtown Chambersburg is an asset to local residents and a welcome destination for visitors to Franklin County.

Finally, with the fresh fruit of Franklin County, celebrating February as Great American Pie Month is easy to understand. Throughout February, Franklin County Visitors Bureau plans to offer its favorite pie recipes on Facebook.com/FCVBen, incorporating the fresh fruits of Franklin County such as peaches, apples, blueberries, raspberries, pears, and even a delicious milk pie to recognize Franklin County cows are the second highest producers of milk in PA.

Explore Franklin County PA and celebrate Black History Month, Library Lovers Month, and Great American Pie Month. Enjoy trails of 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. Explore more here or contact 866.646.8060 for help putting together your visit.

Kick Off 2018 with Destination ARTS! in downtown Waynesboro

Kick Off 2018 with Destination ARTS! in downtown Waynesboro

Destinations ARTS! is off to a strong start for the new year. All events are free unless otherwise indicated. Special activities and performances are indicated below. For more information, please visit www.artsalliancegw.org or contact artsalliancegw@gmail.com. 

Musical performances at Destination ARTS! are supported in part by the Arts for All Partnership, a collaboration between the Foundation for Enhancing Communities and the Cultural Enrichment Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Jan. 3, 2018 – Oil Painting Class: 12 to 3 p.m. 42 West ARTS Co-Op – 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Join Donna Bingaman at her weekly painting class every Wednesday while Patric Schlee provides ambient music designed to inspire! Students benefits from Bingaman’s personal instruction and 40 years of experience. Each class is $15. For more info, call 717-762-8394.  

Jan. 3, 2018 – Writer’s Forum: 6:30 p.m. Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library, 45 E Main St, Waynesboro, PA. Writers of all genres are welcome to join the monthly Writers Forum, meeting on the second-floor classroom of the library. The theme this month is the trials and tribulations and joys of aging. For information on how to join the group, please contact Jerry Kowallis at 717-352-8059 or gk6684@netscape.net.

The Writers Forum meets on the first Wednesday of each month to share contributions that usually pertain to a selected subject. After the initial ‘round and round’ contributors can share works on other subjects—be it prose, memoirs, or storytelling. Visitors are welcome, as well as ideas for future meetings.

Jan. 4, 2018 – Oil Painting Demonstration: 1 to 4 p.m. Gallery 50 – 50 W. Main St, Waynesboro, PA. Gallery 50 Curator and Director Marjorie Tressler will be conducting an oil painting demonstration featuring a large landscape. While there, visitors should check our Winter White display with Samantha the Snow Queen and artwork featuring winter scenes. 

Jan. 5, 2018 – Musical Demonstration: 5:30 to 8 p.m. 42 West ARTS Co-Op – 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Patric Schlee will entertain visitors with a variety of musical instruments, including the didgeridoo, flute, and drums. While there, enjoy pieces from January’s featured artist, Terry Lynn Benson, which include oil paintings, photographs, and photo & document restoration work. Wine and light refreshments served. For more information, contact the co-op at 717-762-8394.

Jan. 5, 2018 – Live Music Friday: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Music Makers – 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Popular singer/songwriter Jon Ingels will be performing his blend of bluegrass, rock, and blues music. Wine and light refreshments served. For more information, visit www.artsalliancegw.org or call 717-655-2500.

Jon Ingels is a singer/songwriter from Waynesboro, PA and has written songs and performed with several local groups, including the Boro Boogie Pickers. Ingles’ lyrical content is a mixture of storytelling and geographic imagery backed by folk chord patterns, simple melodies, and blues-driven rhythm. 

Jan. 6, 2018 – Rock ’N Swap: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Music Makers – 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Free admission for shoppers to this big indoor musical yard sale! Shop for instruments, amps, audio/visual equipment, CDs, records and other musical goodness! Have just a couple items to swap or sell? No registration needed, just stop by with them. More info: contact Jonathan Ingels at 717-762-7131.

Jan. 6, 2018 – Book Binding Demonstration: 1 to 3 p.m. 42 West ARTS Co-Op – 42 W. Main St., Pamela Soaring Raven demonstrates the basic techniques of book binding, including the use of templates, sewing with waxed linen thread, preparing the text block, creating a solid case cover, and putting the text block and cover together. For more information, contact the co-op at 717-762-8394.

Jan. 7, 2018 – Drum Circle: 2 to 3:30 p.m. 42 West ARTS Co-Op – 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Enjoy the rhythm and fun of a drum circle with Patric Schlee. No experience necessary. Bring your own drums or use one of the co-op’s. For more information, contact the co-op at 717-762-8394.

Jan. 8, 2018 – Painting Class: 12 to 3 p.m. Gallery 50 – 50 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Join Marjorie Tressler for a painting class for artists of all ability levels. $65 for 6 classes, which you attend at your own flexibility. For more info, contact Marjorie at 717-762-6791 or at marjorietressler@comcast.net.

Jan. 8, 2018 – Songwriters Workshop: 6:30 p.m. Music Makers – 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Participants encouraged to write a song, lyrics, or instrumental piece to share, using the chosen prompt for the month. This month the prompt is “That Butt, Though.” The prompt is a starting point for your song. It may be used as the song title, a lyric, or simply as inspiration for your song. All genres welcome. For more info, contact Jonathan Ingels at jkingels@gmail.com or 717-762-7131.

Sun & Shopping in Downtown Waynesboro on December 1, 2 & 3

Sun & Shopping in Downtown Waynesboro on December 1, 2 & 3

The 2016 pop-up shops were so popular that they are returning for holiday shopping in 2017. The second annual Mainstreet Waynesboro Holiday Pop-Up Shops will be held in three locations this year: 37-39 W. Main St., 30 W. Main and 22 W. Main St. Featured vendors include Scentsy, two LuLaRoe experts, Tastefully Simple, Biser Farms, Artisan Cheese, Magic Moon Mavis Studio Jewelry, Wildtree Organic, Bar-B-Que Beast, Tupperware, Cosmic Karma bags and jewelry, Younique, Dot Dot Smile children’s dresses, Blue Lemonade ceramics, Pink Zebra, Sugar Hollow Farms Alpaca and maybe even a few surprises.

Santa and Mrs. Claus also will be stopping by downtown Waynesboro for the second straight year thanks to M&T Bank, Waynesboro Hospital and North Mountain Structures. Sana’s Workshop will be set up at Main Street Park and the Clauses will be greeting children of all ages on NDec. 1 from 5-8 p.m.,Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dec. 3 from noon to 5 p.m.

Also, be on the lookout for the seasonally-clad Bill Kohler from Mainstreet Waynesboro and Amy Stine from the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro handing out Downtown Dollars to shoppers during the pop-up shop hours.

Check out all the fun!

 

 

Be Inspired at Destination ARTS! Events November 22-28

Be Inspired at Destination ARTS! Events November 22-28

Destination ARTS! in downtown Waynesboro showcases visual and performing arts. All events are free unless otherwise indicated. Special activities and performances are indicated below. For more information, please visit the website at www.artsalliancegw.org or contact Amy Stine at 717-655-2500 or at artsalliancegw@gmail.com. Musical performances at Destination ARTS! are supported in part by the Arts for All Partnership, a collaboration between the Foundation for Enhancing Communities and the Cultural Enrichment Fund and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Nov. 22, 2017 – Gourd Art Demo and Oil Painting Class: 12 to 3 p.m. 42 West ARTS Co-Op – 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA 17268. Join Donna Bingaman at her weekly painting class every Wednesday while Patric Schlee provides ambient music designed to inspire! Each student benefits from her personal instruction and 40 years of experience. Each class is $15. Gallery visitors can watch Denny Bingaman sculpt gourds. For more info, call 717-762-8394.

Nov. 24, 2017 – Musical Demonstration: 5:30 to 8 p.m. 42 West ARTS Co-Op – 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA 17268. Patric Schlee will entertain visitors with a variety of musical instruments, including the didgeridoo, flute, and drums. While there, enjoy pieces of art from the members’ Fire & Ice Show. Wine and light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the co-op at 717-762-8394.

Nov. 24, 2017 – Live Music Friday: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Music Makers – 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA 17268. Nick Andrew Staver will be bringing a new voice to the blues this Friday. His music is a pleasing blend of blue and roots music to support his iconic vocal style. Wine and light refreshments will be available. For more information, call 717-655-2915.

From small corner bars to large auditoriums, Staver has gained the experience and knowledge of a professional musician while maintaining the mindset to never get ahead of himself. Always reflecting upon his past and paying respects to his idols, both past and present, his music moves within him and resonates with his audiences. Each performance is an intimate opportunity to capture a desired dose of rhythm and blues mixed into modern songwriting story lines.

Nov. 24, 2017 – Gallery 50 Book Signing: 5 to 8 p.m. Gallery 50 – 50 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA 17268. Illustrator and muralist Nigel Sussman will be on the East coast to sign and talk about his book “Alphabet Compendium: An Illustrated A-Z of Things.” The book features hand-rendered illustrations with a seek-and-find features. For more information, call 717-655-2500. Guests are invited to join the gallery for a reception and music by Nick Andrew Staver. For more information, call 717-655-2500.

Nov. 25, 2017 – Teen & Up Vintage Tree: 2 to 4 p.m. $30 Ceramic Arts Studio of Waynesboro – 13 S. Church St., Waynesboro, PA 17268. Lesley Quesada will guide students step-by-step to make their own ceramic tree, just like Grandma had! To register, contact Mary Ashe-Mahr at waynesboroceramics@gmail.com or call 717-404-3190.

Nov. 25, 2017 – Potters’ Wheel Demonstration: 1 to 3 p.m. 42 West Arts Co-Op – 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA 17268. Rod Meyer and his wife, Karri Benedict, will be working in clay and demonstrating how they create stoneware and decorative Raku pottery. For more information call 717-762-8394.

Rod Meyer and Karri Benedict have been making pottery together for more than 37 years. Their work shows a great respect for fine craftsmanship and their sense of design is strongly influenced by function. They produce a full line of pieces for the home that are lead-free and dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe. They are both juried members of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and own and operate Willow Creek Pottery.

Nov. 25, 2017 – Holiday Music: 1 to 3 p.m. 42 West Arts Co-Op – 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA 17268. For the enjoyment of gallery visitors, the New Horizons Band will be playing holiday music every Saturday until December 23. For more information call 717-762-8394.

Rod Meyer and Karri Benedict have been making pottery together for more than 37 years. Their work shows a great respect for fine craftsmanship and their sense of design is strongly influenced by function. They produce a full line of pieces for the home that are lead-free and dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe. They are both juried members of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and own and operate Willow Creek Pottery.

Nov. 27, 2017 – Oil & Acrylic Painting Class: 1 to 4 p.m. Gallery 50 – 50 W. Main St, Waynesboro, PA 17268. Marjorie Tressler invites artists of all ability levels to attend her weekly painting class in Gallery 50 that will cover both oil and acrylic mediums. Marjorie is a classically trained artist who teaches drawing, color theory and composition in the style of the old masters. These fun and relaxed sessions are $65 for 6 classes. Contact Marjorie Tressler at 717-762-6791 or at marjorietressler@comcast.net to register.