Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) is excited to bring holiday cheer to a challenging 2020. A COVID-friendly Festival of Trees is ready to spread smiles while raising funds to support cancer services of WellSpan Health in Franklin County PA.
Decorated trees and wreaths will be displayed in the elegant lobby of the 11/30 Visitors Center, formerly the National Bank of Chambersburg. 2020 decorators include: OSI, Renfrew Museum & Park, Franklin County Certified Tourism Ambassadors, Shabby Chic Farmhouse Boutique, Chris’s Thrift, Chambersburg Quilt Guild, Oasis of Love Church, WellSpan Health, RE/MAX Prestige – Amanda Ridgway, Sellers Funeral Home, YMCA, F&M Trust, Phab Photos, Greencastle Chamber of Commerce, A Matter of Taste & Formosa Family, Totem Pole Playhouse and Conococheague Audubon Society.
Visitors can vote for their favorite tree or wreath as well as participate in the silent auction. Details here. The 2019 Festival of Trees, the first hosted by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at the 11/30 Visitors Center, raised $2000 for WellSpan cancer services.
In addition to beautifully decorate trees and wreaths, enjoy a holiday train display, courtesy of Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club, Santa’s Workshop, and a Victorian village. Special appearances by Santa on opening night, Friday, November 20, Small Business Saturday, November 28, and closing night, Friday, December 4. Take socially distanced photos with Santa! Since the 11/30 Visitors Center used to be a bank, and the teller line is still intact, Santa will be safely tucked behind the teller line more than 6-feet away from the closest visitors.
Join FCVB on Facebook Live for holiday art with Susan Shaffer of Joyful Arts in Greencastle plus FCVB staff cookie decorating tips and home-for-the-holidays decorating fun. Details here.
Final Week of Festival of Trees hours:
Monday, November 30, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment –
Tuesday, December 1, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment – SPECIAL FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT: Home For The Holidays Decorating hosted by Leisa McCracken – Noon – 1 PM
Wednesday, December 2, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment – – SPECIAL FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT:JOY Painting with Susan Shaffer of Joyful Arts in Greencastle- 6 PM to 9 PM. Fee is $15.
Thursday, December 3, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment – SPECIAL FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT: Cookie Decorating Tips & Tricks – 1 PM – 2:30 PM
Friday, December 4, 8 AM – 8 PM; voting closes at 7:30 PM; winner announced by 8 PM – SPECIAL GUEST: Santa for socially distanced selfies and photos, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Admission to Festival of Trees is free. To view Festival of Trees, outside the regular hours, please contact FCVB at 717.552.2977 or 866.646.8060 to make an appointment.
As everyone is adjusting to sticking closer to home, Joyful Arts is keeping creativity thriving with online art experiences. It is a great way to reduce stress, connect with others, and bring little more joy to your day. The classes include activities for all ages and levels of experience. Upcoming are:
ONLINE Doodling & Coloring is set for Wednesday, April 29, @ 2 PM and 7 PM.
KIDS Online Storytelling with Art is set for Tuesday, May 5, @ 1:30 PM.
Online Tuesday Evenings with Watercolors is set for Tuesday, May 5, @ 6 PM-8 PM.
Online Doodling and Coloring is set for Wednesday, May 6, @ 6:30 PM
Online Mama Songbird and Babies is set for Friday, May 8, @ 1 PM and 6 PM.
Online—for all ages—Fluid Acrylic Pouring is set for Saturday, May 9, at 10:30 AM.
Online Cherish the Moment is set for Saturday, May 9, @ 2 PM.
KIDS Online Storytelling with Art is set for Tuesday, May 12, @ 1:30 PM.
Visitors can enjoy holiday fun at Greencastle’s Heritage Christmas, December 1, 8, and 15, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Each Friday includes horse and carriage rides through downtown, cookie decorating, luminaries, carolers, holiday window displays, and a variety of music on the square. Enjoy a holiday train display at the 1909 Highline Train Station on South Jefferson Street. Children can bring their Letters to Santa to post in the special mailbox on the square. It is three consecutive Fridays of family fun in Greencastle PA.
On the first Friday of Heritage Christmas, December 1, Allison Antrim Museum is holding a Christmas open house from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The 1860 museum house, situated on the original land tract owned by town founder John Allison, is decorated as a Civil War era home. Della Robbia fruit arrangements in the Victorian concrete urns and transom of the front door welcomes guests. Roping on the banister, fresh magnolia and boxwood greens, and cedar tree decorated with dried fruit, gilded walnuts, Marzipan fruit candies, gingerbread cookies, antique candle holders, and Civil War flags will take visitors back to a much simpler time. Vintage toys, period furnishings, and an 1800s one-horse sleigh are on display throughout the museum house.
In the German Bank Barn, enjoy the display of 1930s vintage boyhood toys. Susan Shaffer, of Joyful Arts Studio in downtown Greencastle, will lead guests during a come-and-go evening of painting a take-home Christmas ornament. Reservations can be made here or by calling 717- 658-2177.
Residents of the Greencastle area hold an annual “Light It Up” decorating contest. Visitors can enjoy the twinkling handiwork of local residents as Greencastle and the surrounding Antrim Township sparkle for the holidays. Be part of selecting the winner by casting a $1 vote from December 8 to 18. Proceeds benefit the Greencastle Food Pantry.
Allison-Antrim Museum will participate in Greencastle’s first evening of Heritage Christmas on Friday, December 1, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Members of the board of directors will be hosts and hostesses. Weather permitting, luminaries will guide the way to the front-door entrance.
In the historic 1860 home, we welcome mother and daughter, Pat and Victoria Beard, Greencastle-Antrim natives. Pat is an artisan, weaver, and musician, and is very involved in 42 West ARTS Co-op, an art and craft co-operative gallery at 42 West Main Street, Waynesboro, which features the work of artists and craftsmen from the greater-Waynesboro area. Victoria graduated from Greencastle-Antrim High School and is an attorney and musician. Pat and Victoria will play a variety of music from the Civil-War era in the large parlor of the historic Museum house to welcome guests, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served in the Museum house.
In the German Bank Barn between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm, Susan Shaffer, owner of Joyful Arts Studio, 21 E Baltimore St, Greencastle, will lead guests during a come-and-go evening of painting a take-home Christmas ornament. All supplies will be provided. Joyful Arts Studio is taking reservations and payment for making the ornaments at: http://joyfulartstudio.com/ and then click on “Classes” or call 717- 658-2177.
How might your ancestors have celebrated the Christmas holiday during the American Civil War? To find out, visit the historic 1860 museum house which will be decorated as homes would have been during the mid-Victorian period. Della Robbia fruit arrangements in the Victorian concrete urns and transom of the front door will welcome guests. Roping on the banister, fresh magnolia and boxwood greens, and cedar tree decorated with dried fruit, gilded walnuts, Marzipan fruit candies, gingerbread cookies, antique candle holders, and Civil War flags will take visitors back to a much simpler time. The epergne on the hall table, which was used in the McLaughlin Hotel (the former Antrim House) for their guests during the first half of the 20th century, will be used in a traditional way to display fruit. Bonnie Shockey, president of the museum, will be dressed in Civil War period attire, as the lady of the house Martha Irwin may have been in 1860. An 1800s one-horse, drawn sleigh, made in Mercersburg, will be displayed on the kitchen porch.
The dining room, parlors, children’s bedroom, and master bedroom are all furnished with period donations and the floors are covered with oriental rugs, also donations to AAMI. Upstairs, in the children’s room, are the late 19th century toys that belonged to the Carl family, of Carl’s Drug Store. The Carl family toys are made of tin, wood, cardboard, papier-mâché, and plaster of Paris. Antique dolls are also displayed. Light refreshments will be served to museum visitors in both the house. Experience this historic Civil-War era home after dusk in the low light of the evening.
December’s special rotating exhibit will be the collection of vintage boyhood toys, from the 1930s, that belonged to the late James H. Craig Jr., D.D.S. who passed away September 19, 2017. Dr. Craig was a director on the board of Allison-Antrim Museum for 17 years, beginning January 2000. The exhibit will be displayed in the South Exhibit Bay in the German bank barn from Friday, December 2 and will close on December 24.
Allison-Antrim Museum is open regularly Tuesday through Friday, from noon to 4 pm, and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is closed for all major holidays.
For more information, please visit the museum’s website at www.greencastlemusem.org, Facebook, and on Twitter @greencastlemuzm, or call 717-597-9010. There is no charge for admission but donations are greatly accepted.