The Franklin County Art Alliance will present its 50th Annual Exhibition from June 12-16, with a tea and award ceremony Sunday, June 12 from 2-5pm, where over $1000 worth of awards will be presented. The show continues June 13-16, from 2-7 PM Monday through Thursday. A wide variety of paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures by area artists will be displayed at Calvary United Methodist Church, 150 Norlo Drive in Fayetteville. Awards have been chosen by Amy Hammond and Carol Buck, of the State Museum of Pennsylvania, in Harrisburg.
The largest art exhibition to be held annually in Franklin County, the 2022 Art Alliance show features 280 works by 85 area artists, and includes watercolors, oils, pastels, prints, drawings, mixed media and sculpture. Door prizes will be awarded each day throughout the show: original works of art by artists that include last year’s Best of Show winner Evie Cook of Waynesboro.
The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call 717-816-7568.
Renfrew Institute hosts a production of William Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors on Saturday, June 15 at 5:30 p.m., at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro, Pa. (Rain location: Waynesboro Area Middle School.)
The performance is free and open to the public. A Comedy of Errors is the second Shakespeare in the Park production by the Maryland Entertainment Group (MEG) of Hagerstown to be presented at Renfrew Park.
“This show represents the institute’s continued effort to bring Shakespeare in the Park back to our local community,” said Tracy Holliday, executive director of Renfrew Institute.
A Comedy of Errors is a farce about two sets of identical twins who were separated at birth. Twins Antipholus of Ephesus and Antipholus of Syracuse—along with their twin servants, Dromio of Ephesus and Dromio of Syracuse—find themselves in the same town, unaware of each other’s existence. Chaos ensues as identities are mistaken, false accusations are made, and puns run rampant.
Among Shakespeare’s shortest comedies, the play was written in the early years of Shakespeare’s career, relying heavily on slapstick and word play.
Director Sam Little has created a novel twist for the comedy. “Comedy of Errors is already a really funny show by itself, but we wanted to up the ante by doing a little gender swapping,” Little said. “Shakespeare is great at creating power dynamics between the sexes in his plays. We found that when you swap the sexes of the original characters it provides a whole new perspective on the roles we place on gender in society throughout history and also provides another level of comedic potential in the play. The result is both thought-provoking and hysterical.”
The cast includes Jacob Reese (Dromio of Ephesus), Jacob Waeyaert (Dromio of Syracuse), Megan Siebeneichen (Antiphola of Ephesus) and Anne Hunt (Antiphola of Syracuse).
The production debuts a new partnership between the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library and Renfrew Institute, Novel Reels LIVE! The Novel Reels program, combining free books and free movies, began three years ago as a way of helping young people make the connection between movies on screen and the books they read.
Novel Reels LIVE! expands to live performances with the Shakespeare in the Park production. Those attending will get a free copy of A Comedy of Errors, plus a certificate inviting them to the library at 45 E. Main St. to receive a free copy of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
“A summer evening at Renfrew and Shakespearian comedy is already a winning combination,” Holliday said, “but when you add free copies of not only one, but two, of the Bard’s plays, this makes the event even more special.”
Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics as they enjoy Shakespeare under a summer sky.
The performance is presented with support from an anonymous donor, and from Keller, Keller, Beck & Ross, LLC, Ghost Writer, John & Dudley Keller, Center Square Real Estate Settlement Services, Kulla, Barkdoll & Stewart, P.C., and Renfrew Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation, The John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation, APX Enclosures, Inc., and The Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin.
Visit Pennsylvania’s Fort–Fort Loudoun–on Saturday, June 15th and step back in time to 1756 and witness the artisans, laborers and soldiers build features of Fort Loudoun, located at 1720 North Brooklyn Road, Fort Loudon, PA 17224. See the new fort, new museum, and gift shop. See demonstrations of blacksmithing, construction, carpentry, weaving, music and hearth cooking. Participate in 18th Century games, lectures and axe throwing competitions. Open to the public 10-4. Entry fee is $5 per car. The first 100 visitors receive a free small ice cream from Antietam Dairy. Kids scavenger hunt, games and musket drill. (A detailed schedule at fortloudounpa.com)
This year’s theme is “1756”, the year that John Armstrong and his Pennsylvanians built Fort Loudoun. See 18th Century fort construction. The Pennsylvania Regiment will be busy building a magazine, well house, a drain, a butcher pavilion, as well as putting the finishing touches on the Guard House, the newest addition to the fort. The historical significance of the Guard House, first mentioned in a June 1758 letter to Colonel Henry Bouquet, is that it was where 6 members of James Smith’s Black Boys were held during the Black Boys Rebellion in 1765. This structure is the same size (12’x16’) as Fort Morris’s Guard House from Shippensburg. The reconstructed Fort Loudoun sits exactly on the spot as it was discovered by Pennsylvania Archaeology in 1978-1982.
Food Vendors: Zach’s Snacks and Hazardous Goods (BBQ) and Antietam Dairy (Ice Cream)
The Fort Loudoun Historical Society is an all-volunteer non-profit organization whose mission it is to interpret and manage the site of Fort Loudoun built in 1756. Fort Loudoun was a provincial fort built by the Colony of Pennsylvania during the French and Indian war and served as an important supply depot in the line of forts along the Forbes Road. It was the site of the Cherokee Council with Colonel Henry Bouquet in 1758 and of James Smith’s Black Boys