Stuff the Bus Annual School Supply Drive, United Way of Franklin County

July 5th, 2022 – July 31st, 2022
Help us “Stuff the Bus” by donating needed school supplies to be used by students at all five school districts in Franklin County.
Ways to Give to Stuff the Bus * Businesses and Community Groups * Do You Need School Supplies? Click Here
School Supply Wish List:
Backpacks, Binders and folders
Notebooks and paper
Pencil cases, pens, pencils, and erasers
Art supplies (markers, crayons, etc.)
Cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer
Rulers, protractors, and safety scissors
Glue and tape
Jump ropes and playground balls
Headphones and earbuds
Facial Tissues
Clear water bottles
Take donations to any of these locations in your community…
Donate online or drop-off donations!

Volunteer to help tally and pack school supplies!

Sign up at or call 717-262-0015.

Harriet Lane Tea & Talk, Franklin County Visitors Bureau

Saturday May 14th, 2022 * 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
The event is being held in the 1865 lobby of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 15 South Main Street in Chambersburg.
Enjoy an afternoon of tea and talk about Harriet Rebecca Lane, First Lady of Franklin County and the United States
Author Bob O’Connor will speak about Harriet Lane, sharing excerpts of his book, “Harriet Lane: The Original First Lady of Washington.” Emily Martin, a local thespian, will bring a young Miss Lane to life as she mixes and mingles with her visitors.
The 10,000 sq. ft. building served as a bank from 1865 to 2015.
A Little About Harriet  
Harriet was born in Mercersburg, Franklin County, PA on May 9, 1830 to Elliott Tole Lane and Jane Buchanan Lane.
Her grandfather was a merchant, who came from Donegal County in Ireland and established a good foundation for his family.
Harriet’s father was a merchant, and her mother was the younger sister of James Buchanan. It was a family of ample means.
Even with a level of wealth, her life was not easy. At age nine, her mother died and two years later, her father.
Her favorite uncle, James Buchanan, adopted Harriet.
She would serve as his confidante and consultant, traveling to Great Britain when Buchanan served as Minister to England.
She was a favorite of Queen Victoria and the royal court.
When James Buchanan became president, she served as “First Lady” and was an accomplished hostess.
She chose to hold off marrying until she was 35 years old. Within three years, she would have two sons and a happy family life.
Tragedy returned in 1881, 1882, and 1884 when she lost both sons to rheumatic fever and her husband died unexpectedly.
Harriet Lane came to understand the fleetingness of life, the value of family, and the importance of keeping a purpose.
She gave generously to the research of children’s disease, endowed a school for boys, and planted the seed of a national art gallery.
The Perspective of a Celtic Blessing 
“May God give you, for every storm, a rainbow, for every tear, a smile, for every care, a promise and a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sign a sweet song, and an answer for each prayer.”
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National Beer Day Lunch & Learn, 11/30 Visitors Center

Thursday April 7th, 2022 * 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Franklin County is celebrating National Beer Day with a little history or Franklin County brewing and a tasting of local beers.
About this event
Franklin County has a long history of agriculture.
The county grew with the strong farming practices of the German immigrants that settled in the area.
Learn about early agriculture, local beer making, and how important brewing and distilling were to farmers and the local economy.
Then, taste today’s brews.
Franklin County has a growing beermaking industry.
Enjoy a complimentary soup and sandwich lunch.
Network and meet other beer lovers and take along the new Franklin County Pour Trail of breweries, wineries, and distilleries in and around Franklin County PA.
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Lunch & Learn: Trolleys & Trains by Mike Marotte, Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center

WEDNESDAY APRIL 20, 2022 * 12:00 PM
Join us along with good friend and local historian Mike Marotte for a FREE Lunch & Learn event!
Register for FREE on Eventbrite to let us know you’re coming:…/trains-trolley-lunch-learn...
Local historian Mike Marotte is passionate about trains and trolleys.
Over his lifetime, Mike has gathered a comprehensive collection of Franklin County’s local history.
He will tell the story of Franklin County’s local trains and trolleys–when they came, where they connected Franklin County, and what remains today.
Best of all, Mike will show you this history with his extensive collection of local images.
Plus, enjoy a soup and sandwich lunch in this complimentary event to celebrate history in Franklin County.

Midnight at the Masquerade, Knights of Columbus

Saturday January 15, 2022
Doors Open at 4:00 PM & Show Starts at 7:30 PM
Murder Mystery Dinner Fundraiser at The Knights of Columbus, Chambersburg
$60 per person * Must be 18 years or older
Benefits Women in Need of Franklin County
For tickets call, 717.404.4222.
Also available at Crosscountry Mortgage and Knights of Columbus