Fall DuffieldFest at Hip Gypsy Emporium

Fall DuffieldFest at Hip Gypsy Emporium

Fall DuffieldFest is set for Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 10 AM to 5 PM. There will food, crafts, artisans, and upcyclers. The event is rain or shine.

Catch the high energy of JESTER, who will take the Hip Gypsy Stage from 1-4 PM, playing current and classic rock. Dancing is always welcome!

DuffieldFest and Hip Gypsy Emporium are in the former Duffield School, located amid the beautiful farmland along the base of South Mountain, 2168 Mont Alto Road.

The 1930s, brick school served tens of thousands of elementary students from the 1930s until 2008. Step back to another time—a classroom with a black board. Then, enjoy shopping the treasures of Hip Gypsy and visiting artists and crafters outdoors.

Hip Gypsy is still accepting.vendors. Download an application for more information.

DufieldFest 2020

Let’s Hike

Let’s Hike

Hiking – one of the most liberating and exhilarating recreational activities in which someone can take part. It adds a source of stress relief and the ability to isolate yourself in pure serenity. It can also help with building a sense of self-discipline as well as organization!

Did you know that this county contains a plethora of different parks and trails? Franklin County is a perfect place to be one with nature and explore. From Caledonia and Michaux State, to Cowans Gap State Park, to Mont Alto State Park, there are more than enough choices for a fantastic hiking experience.

When hiking, it is always important to be safe and build a checklist of essentials. Following are considerations for a short or longer hike.

Short Distance

  • Navigation Tools (Trail Maps/Compass)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Multi-Tool
  • Hydration Source (32 oz Water/Electrolyte Fluid)
  • Trail Food (Nutritional bars, jerky, nuts/grains, something carbohydrate dense/super foods)
  • Hiking Shoes/Boots or durable sneakers
  • Sun Protection
  • Utility pack for carrying essentials

Long Distance

  • All Items listed above
  • Fire Starting Source (Emergency Use)
  • Signaling Device
  • Light Source (Headlamp, Flashlight)
  • Repair Kit (Duct Tape, Paracord, Plastic bags, Etc.)
  • Increased hydration carrying capacity (64+ oz)
  • Increased trail food content

Here’s hoping everyone can soon be back to taking a hike in Franklin County. Now is a good time to be thinking about the gear you need and looking forward to traveling the trails of Franklin County.

Hiking Word Find

Girl Hiker Coloring Page

Story contributed by Evan Crider

Stories of the Mountain Spring into History Tour on April 13

Stories of the Mountain Spring into History Tour on April 13

This event is rescheduled and updated from April 13.

Your invited to explore South Mountain in Stories of the Mountain Spring into History Tour on August 24, 9 AM to 4:30 PM. South Mountain holds centuries of history and lore. The mountain forests fed the iron ore industry, sheltered escaping enslaved, saw the strife of Civil War and was reborn through Pennsylvania’s conservation movement. Life on the mountain is the story of small communities across America. Visit a general store museum, a site where John Brown taught Sunday school, learn how Pennsylvania led the conservation movement, and hear eerie stories of the silvery lady of Pond Bank.

The tour departs Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center at 9 AM and begins with a comparison of two Franklin County iron ore works—Caledonia Ironworks and Mont Alto Ironworks. Learn about the ore process, layout of the ironworks, and the people who worked at the furnace. Stop at Preserving Our Heritage Museum, housed in a one-room schoolhouse, and visit a relocated 1930 – 1950 general store. Travel across the South Mountain and see the landscape that gave fresh air and hope to thousands of tuberculosis patients. Visit the new home of the Mont Alto Historical Society. Step back to 1812 and visit the Royer farmhouse at Renfrew Park. Continue up the mountain to Monterey Pass Battlefield where 10,000 Union and Confederate troops fought along the mountain ridge in a blinding thunderstorm during the late hours of July 4 and early hours of July 5, 1863, part of the retreat from Gettysburg.

Single tickets are $30/ person or two tickets for $50. Bring a friend and save!  Sign up here.. Tour fee includes lunch at Founder’s Grille with a pristine view of South Mountain. Parking information provided here.

Clay Day Mystery Workshop in Mont Alto

Birds of a Feather Flock Together is the theme for the July 7th Clay Day Mystery Workshop being held from 10 am – 12 pm or 7 pm – 9 pm. at the Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies Mont Alto pottery studio located in room 008 of the General Studies building on the Penn State Mont Alto campus.  Are you ready to create something new and exciting?  You bet! A mystery project awaits you!

Your instructor, Carolyn Baker, will guide you step by step through this mystery project for easy understanding, and creativity. Completing this surprise project will be sure to please and delight even the most curious person. Come, be inspired and enjoy!

Whatever the project is, it will be made from durable stoneware clay and glazed with glazes that are food, oven and microwave safe. The cost for this workshop is $35, which includes instruction, materials, glaze and firings.

To register go to www.ceramics-nccs.org. For more information e-mail Mary Ashe-Mahr at waynesboroceramics@gmail.com or call 717-404-3190.