Stay On The Move in Franklin County With the New FCVB Rec Guide

Stay On The Move in Franklin County With the New FCVB Rec Guide

Franklin County Visitors Bureau announces the release of its newest publication On the Move in Franklin County, featuring year-long recreation for the whole family.

The guide, available in print and in the publications sections of the website, features year-long fun including skydiving, golfing, visiting the local environmental centers, fly-fishing, tennis, yoga, hydrotherapy floats, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, swimming and much more!

Situated in the heart of the beautiful Cumberland Valley, Franklin County compliments four-seasons of outdoor enjoyment. It is home to two national trails— the Appalachian Trail and the Tuscarora Trail, four PA State Parks and the lands of two state forests. Topping off the plentiful state and national trail options are more than three dozen municipal and local recreation areas throughout Franklin County. Whether seeking a family-friendly day of connecting with nature, taking to a quiet trail or meeting an intense outdoor challenge, Franklin County is the spot.

The guide’s release, in late November, is done in perfect time to highlight some of the winter highlights of the region during the colder months, including the beautiful hiking trails.

Franklin County contains all or part of four state parks, including Mont Alto State Park and Caledonia State Park, which are the oldest existing parks in the state. These parks are at the heart of the Pennsylvania conservation efforts and the forest lands are tied to Joseph Trimble Rothrock, the first Pennsylvania Forestry Commissioner, who was an advocate for conservation and helped found the Mont Alto Forestry School, now Penn State Mont Alto.

Other local parks and forests that have beautiful views for hiking includes Buchanan Birthplace State Park, where a large monument for Mercersburg-native and former President James Buchanan stands as well as nearly 19 acres of forest. Enjoy ice-skating, ice fishing and cross-country skiing on the lake at Cowans Gap State Park in the snowy months.

Michaux State Forest in the east, Buchanan State Forest in the west and Tuscarora State Forest in central Franklin County, all have a wide variety of beautiful trees to see while hiking and enjoying nature in all seasons.

Winter is a great time to hit the trails of Whitetail Resort on skis, snowboards or even by snow tube! The resort, located in Two Top Mountain in the Tuscarora Mountains in Mercersburg, has 23 different trails from beginner hills to more advanced trails. Whitetail has gone through several renovations over the years, including longer trails, lighting on terrain for night skiing, halfpipe, a terrain park and snow tubing park with 10 lanes.

On the Move joins the seven yearly specialty publications that the Franklin County Visitors Bureau produces in their mission to promote the county, including the Franklin County Visitors Guide, Military Trail of History Guide, Fresh Food & Dining Guide, Franklin County Wedding & Event Planner and more!



Totem Pole Playhouse Welcomes Michael Learned & Lance Nichols for Driving Miss Daisy

Totem Pole Playhouse hosted four-time Emmy Award Winner, Ms. Michael Learned, Olivia Walton from the classic TV series “The Waltons” (as seen locally weekdays at 3 & 4 pm on the Inspire Network) on Thursday, May 11. She answered questions about her upcoming role as ‘Daisy Werthan’ in Totem Pole Playhouse’s season opening production of Driving Miss Daisy. Joining Ms. Learned was her co-star, Lance E. Nichols, from the HBO series ‘”Treme,” who will portray the chauffer, ‘Hoke Coleburn,’ in the play, as well as the production’s director, Michael Bloom.

Michael Learned and Lance Nichols have performed “Driving Miss Daisy” seven different times, all at different theaters. Lance has performed it an additional three times without Michael. Mr. Nichols said, though the play is 30 years old, the message is just as valid today as it was so many years ago. “Driving Miss Daisy” is not only a love story, but it’s funny. Ms. Learned commented that sometimes getting a first laugh is like giving someone the best Christmas present ever.

Set in mid-century Atlanta, “Driving Miss Daisy” tells the story of an elderly Jewish matron, Daisy Werthan, who is none too happy about being forced to rely on a black man to get her from one place to the next. Gradually, however, Hoke wins her over, and during the 25-year span of the play, the two develop a deep-rooted affection. The Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece is a delicate depiction of racial tensions, the passage of time, and the experience of aging. Playwright Alfred Uhry creates two outsiders who come to a mutual respect grounded in each of their independence, strength, and stubborn integrity.

Totem Pole Playhouse is presenting “Driving Miss Daisy” May 26 to June 11. Purchase tickets online here or contact the box office at 888-805-7056 or 717-352-2164.