SPRING, SUMMER, FALL & WINTER “SOAR” Bird Walks

SPRING, SUMMER, FALL & WINTER “SOAR” Bird Walks

SOAR (“Studying Ornithology Around the Region”) bird walks
IMPORTANT: Locations rotate year-round among several parks in the region, with Waynesboro’s Antietam Meadow Park as “home base.”
See monthly schedule for 2022, below.
(If in doubt about the weather— check The Institute’s Facebook page)
First and third Saturdays ONLY – Start time: 8:00 a.m. 
January: Antietam Meadow Park (meet in parking lot)
February: Carroll Valley Community Park – 5685 Fairfield Rd, Carroll Valley—across Fairfield Rd (PA 116) from Liberty Mountain Ski Resort. Meet in front of Borough Bldg/Library
March: Caledonia State Park (meet at park office)
April: Pine Hill Recreation Area (meet in parking lot)
May: Conococheague Institute (meet at visitor center)
June: Gettysburg National Battlefield (meet at Virginia monument) [To be confirmed]
July: Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve (meet in parking lot)
August: Antietam Meadow Park (meet in parking lot)
September: Caledonia State Park (meet at park office)
October: Renfrew Park (meet in lower parking lot off Welty Rd.)
November: Conococheague Institute (meet at visitor center)
December: Antietam Meadow Park (meet in parking lot)
First and third Saturday spring, summer, fall and winter bird walks find birding enthusiasts Sharon and Larry Williams of Waynesboro leading the walks along the hiking trails at varying locations throughout the area.
Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and may bring identification books and binoculars. Free and open to the public. Just show up—no reservations required!
For more information call 717-762-0373 or email us at info@NatureAndCultureInstitute.org.
Franklin County Countdown to Halloween

Franklin County Countdown to Halloween

Franklin County has legends, chilling stories, and strange sightings. Have a little Halloween fun and explore some local lore. Is it fact or fiction? Explore a little “haunted history” with the Franklin County Fright Sites Tour. Download Franklin County Fright Sites here to discover haunted happenings at ten sites in Franklin County. Keep alert and be ready to snap a scary photo. Post to Facebook.com/FCVBen or send photos—both scary and fun–to bkellerman@explorefranklincountypa.com and be entered into Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s grand prize drawing. Share up to three photos at each site; each photo equals one entry.

Grand prize is breakfast and dinner for two at Franklin County dining location(s) of winner’s choice. The winner also receives Franklin County Ghosts by Athena Varounis—more startling stories to read again and again. The creepiest photo will get a special prize—dinner for two at winner’s choice of Franklin County restaurant and a copy of Franklin County Ghosts. Plus, two runner-up prizes will be awarded.

Franklin County has trunk or treats and trick or treating throughout the communities of Franklin County. plus, spooky family fun.

  • Visit Country Creek Produce Farm in Shippensburg and take a moonlit hayride, go flashlight picking in the pumpkin patch and enjoy the corn maze at night on October 30 & 31.
  • Chambersburg Community Theatre is going virtual for Halloween with Bram Stoker’s Dracula For Kids. It airs, beginning Friday, October 30 and can be viewed again and again over the next two weeks. Sign up by donation here.
  • Outdoor movies are magic, and especially Hocus Pocus, showing outdoors at Fort Loudon Community Center on Friday, October 30 at 7:30 PM.

For older kids or adults, it is a fright-filled Friday at Stoner’s Dairy Farm in Mercersburg on October 31, 7 PM-11 PM. Gather some courage, bring a flashlight, and get ready for ghouls, ghosts, and scary ones, lurking in the corn. Brussels Café and Relax in Chambersburg are holding costume parties. Details and more Halloween Countdown fun for all ages here.

The Institute at Renfrew Launches Fall Programs for Adults & Kids

The Institute at Renfrew Launches Fall Programs for Adults & Kids

The Institute at Renfrew is launching a “baker’s dozen” of 13 new programs for adults, teens and kids, all starting in September. The programs fall into three categories, Naturalist Discovery Series and Common Threads, for adults, families, and teens age 15 and up, and EXPLORE!, a variety of programs designed for youth. With safety measures in place, the programs are offered in various locations within Waynesboro’s Renfrew Park. Participants will be required to register in advance, sign a waiver, and agree to abide by safety protocols. Program fees reflect a discount for members of the Institute at Renfrew. Three programs are designed for adults, teens age 15 and up, and families:

Naturalist Discovery Series: Nature ID on the Go with your Smartphone!

Saturday, Sept. 12, 9–10:30 a.m.

Age: Adults & teens age 15 & up; Cost: $12 for members; $15 for nonmembers; Limit: 20. 

Technology meets nature! Learn about the use of nature identification apps on the smartphone. With step-by-step guidance, participants learn how to make and record observations in nature and share to a database with over 48 million observations. Must have a smartphone connected to the internet.

 

Naturalist Discovery Series: Blacklight Bug Discovery

Friday, September 25, 7:30–9:00 p.m.

Age: Families with children, 6 years and up; Cost: $10 adults/$5 children (members of Institute at Renfrew); $12 adults/$6 children (nonmembers); Limit: 25. 

Discover nocturnal insects at Renfrew Park! An introduction to insects not normally seen during the daytime, and their special attributes allowing them to live at night. The group will examine insects they can catch up-close. Bring flashlights, and a blanket or chairs to sit on. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

Common Threads…Textile Traditions and Handicrafts: Flax to Linen 

Saturday, September 26, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Age: Adults & teens age 15 & up; Cost: $45 members; $50 nonmembers      

Materials fee: $5.00; Limit: 10. 

Participants learn how the flax plant is transformed into beautiful linen cloth. The program covers the history of flax and how it contributed to our culture. Participants visit Renfrew’s flax patch and use antique tools to process flax into linen, including spinning on a drop spindle, and creating a woven bookmark using the thread they spun. 

 

Ten EXPLORE! programs are designed for children and students:

 

EXPLORE! Art and Nature, 2-Day Series  

Monday & Tuesday, Sept. 14 & 15, 4–5:30 p.m. [offered again Sept. 28–29]

Grades: K–5; Cost: $24 member, $30 nonmember; Materials fee: $6; Limit: 10.

Kids observe nature in the park and forest, and create guided art projects based on nature. They will create a wax-resist wall hanging on fabric with oil pastels and liquid watercolor paint, and make line drawings based on patterns seen in nature, while exploring the use of natural items as paintbrushes. Class is outdoors, so participants should dress for the weather. Fee includes both days.

 

EXPLORE! Knitting Class for Grade 5 & Up 

Six classes: Thursdays, Sept. 15–Oct. 20, 9:30–11:30 a.m. 

Age: grade 5 & up; Cost: $55 member, $60  nonmember; Materials fee: $22.00; Limit: 8.

Students learn the basics of knitting such as casting on, knit stitch, binding off, and i-cord edging, by working on a simple knitted headband, perfect to wear outside on chilly days.

 

EXPLORE! Knitting Class for Middle/High School

Six classes: Thursdays, Sept. 15–Oct. 20, 3–5:00 p.m.

Age: middle/high school students; Cost: $55 member, $60 nonmember; Materials fee: $22.00; Limit: 8.

Students learn the basics of knitting such as casting on, knit stitch, binding off, and i-cord edging, by working on a simple knitted headband, perfect to wear outside on chilly days.

 

EXPLORE! Textiles Crafts 

Three classes: Wednesdays, Sept.16–30, 1–3 p.m.

Age: grades: 3–5; Cost: $42 members, $45 nonmember; Materials fee: $15; Limit: 10.

Students engage in a variety of textile activities from hand-painting yarn, making pom-poms, weaving on a potholder loom, and creating a small tapestry wall hanging from their hand painted yarn. 

 

EXPLORE! Garden Adventures

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 9:30–11 a.m. [offered again Sept. 24]

Grades: K–5; Cost: $10 members; $12 nonmembers; Limit: 15.

A hands-on opportunity to learn about plants including digging in the dirt and seeing how food is grown in the historic four-square garden at Renfrew Park. Kids get a close-up look at various garden plants, explore the ways humans depend on plants, and help tend the garden by preparing soil, planting seeds and watering vegetables.

 

EXPLORE! Bugging Out!

Thursday, Sept.17, 4–5:30 p.m.

Grades: K-5; Cost: $10 members, $12 nonmembers; Limit: 15.

In the early fall, insects are everywhere! Kids use their senses of sight and hearing to search out various “critters” in different habitats, learning about and viewing a wide variety of insects with bug boxes and magnifying glasses.

 

EXPLORE! Amphibian Hunt  

Monday, Sept. 21, 4–5:30 p.m.

Grades: 3–5; Cost: $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers; Limit: 15.

What makes an amphibian unique? Why are they important? Where can we find amphibians? All this and more will be answered on a guided hike and talk through Renfrew Park as kids discover what amphibians may be living in our backyard! 

 

EXPLORE! Beginning Birders

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 9:30–11 a.m.

Grades: K-5; Cost: $10 members, $12 nonmembers; Limit: 15.

Students learn about the many adaptations found in birds, and learn what makes a bird, a bird. Activities include walking park trails to search for winged creatures, learning to recognize common species by appearance and individual calls, and using a field guide to identify birds in their native habitats.

EXPLORE! Garden Adventures

Thursday, Sept. 24, 4–5:30 p.m.

Grades: K–5; Cost: $10 members; $12 nonmembers; Limit: 15.

A hands-on opportunity to learn about plants including digging in the dirt and seeing how food is grown in the historic four-square garden at Renfrew Park. Kids get a close-up look at various garden plants, explore the ways humans depend on plants, and help tend the garden by preparing soil, planting seeds and watering vegetables.

EXPLORE! Art and Nature 2-Day Series     

Monday & Tuesday, Sept. 28 & 29, 4–5:30 p.m.

Grades: K–5; Cost: $24 member, $30 nonmember; Materials fee: $6; Limit: 10.

Kids observe nature in the park and forest, and create guided art projects based on nature. They will create a wax-resist wall hanging on fabric with oil pastels and liquid watercolor paint, and make line drawings based on patterns seen in nature, while exploring the use of natural items as paintbrushes. Class is outdoors, so participants should dress for the weather. Fee includes both days.

Pre-registration is required for all programs. To register, email the Institute at info@instituteatrenfrew.org or call 717-762-0373.

Sponsors for these programs include Bruce and Pam Rowland, Matt and Jessica Watson, Max Creager in memory of Nancy Hess Creager, with additional support from The 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.; The Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support courtesy of Renfrew Museum and Park.

For more information, visit www.instituteatrenfrew.org.

Parking is available behind the visitors center, or in Renfrew’s lower lot off Welty Road.

 

Renfrew Set For JazzFest 2019

Renfrew Set For JazzFest 2019

Renfrew Institute’s 28th annual Jazz Festival is scheduled for Sunday, August 25, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the lawn behind the Renfrew Museum house in Waynesboro, Pa. The concert features world-renowned musicians and is offered free to the public.

This year’s concert will feature the highly acclaimed Jeff “Tain” Watts Travel Band, featuring Jeff Watts on drums, Paul Bollenback on guitar, Orlando la Fleming on bass, plus special guest Grégoire Maret on harmonica.

“Each of these artists is an internationally renowned jazz musician,” said event organizer, Andrew Sussman. “This concert is an opportunity to hear these stellar jazz artists for free in beautiful Renfrew Park!”

Lead sponsor, FirstEnergy Foundation on behalf of West Penn Power, is returning this year to support the event. “We are proud to help sponsor this marvelous concert that brings extraordinarily talented jazz musicians and vocalists to our backyard for our customers and others to enjoy,” said John Rea, Regional President of West Penn Power.

Jeff “TainWatts spent his formative years with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and his compositional skills now command equal attention, earning Watts a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017. Watts initially majored in classical percussion at Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University, where he was primarily a timpanist, followed by enrollment at the Berklee School of Music. He joined the Wynton Marsalis Quartet in 1981 and proceeded to win three Grammy Awards with the ensemble: Black Codes From The Underground, J Mood and Marsalis Standard Time.

Watts left Wynton Marsalis in 1988. After working with George Benson, Harry Connick, Jr. and McCoy Tyner, he joined the Branford Marsalis Quartet in 1989, winning Grammys for “I Heard You Twice the First Time” and “Contemporary Jazz.”  In the film and television industry Watts has appeared as both a musician on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and as an actor, Rhythm Jones in Spike Lee’s “Mo Better Blues.” He joined Kenny Garrett’s band after returning to New York in 1995 and continued to record and tour with Branford Marsalis as well as Danilo Perez, Michael Brecker, Betty Carter, Kenny Kirkland, Courtney Pine, Geri Allen, Alice Coltrane, Greg Osby, McCoy Tyner, Steve Coleman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Harry Connick, Jr., and Ravi Coltrane.  http://www.tainish.com/

Grégoire Maret (harmonica) is one of the most sought after harmonica players in the world. Often compared to legends Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder, he has been asked to play with an incredible number of famous musicians including Youss N’Dour, Meshell Ndegeocello, Pete Seeger, David Sanborn, George Benson, and Cassandra Wilson, to name a few. In 2003 he was the subject of Swiss filmmaker Frédéric Baillif’s documentary, Sideman, which won several awards. In 2005, Grégoire toured with the Pat Metheny Group, receiving a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for their album “The Way Up.” He also won the Jazz Journalists Association ‘Player of the Year Award.’

After his Grammy win, Maret embarked on a two-year tour with the world class bassist Marcus Miller and subsequently joined Herbie Hancock’s band. Following his time with Hancock, he co-led the jazz trio Gaïa with pianist Federico Gonzales Peña and drummer Gene Lake. In 2010, Maret played at The Concert for the Rainforest with Elton John and Sting. In addition to those already mentioned, Maret has played and/or recorded with Prince, Little Jimmy Scott, Diane Reeves, Toots Thielemans, Terri Lynne Carrington, Tito Puente, Kurt Elling, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Mike Stern, Charlie Hunter, Béla Fleck, Kenny Werner, and many others.

Paul Bollenback (guitar) started his music career in 1981, and has performed as a sideman with a wide range of jazz luminaries, including artists as diverse as Stanley Turrentine, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Steve Gadd, Gary Bartz, David “Fathead” Newman, Terri-Lyne Carrington, Joe Locke, Jack McDuff, James Moody, Jim Snidero, Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, Paul Bley, Geoffrey Keezer, Mike LeDonne, Carol Sloane, Chris McNulty, Gary Thomas, Grady Tate, and in the group, East Meets Jazz with the renowned tabla virtuoso Sandip Burman, to name a few. He is known for his versatility, and also for an influential 20-year stint with jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco.

Bollenback performed on over 80 recordings as a sideman, and has released eight CDs as a leader.  A busy performance schedule has been augmented since the late ’90s by steady jazz education duties at Columbia University, Queens College, and The New School. Bollenback is also a composer whose pieces have appeared on Joey DeFrancesco’s Reboppin’ and on the Jazz Times Superband CD.  His most recent recording, Portraits in Space and Time (Mayimba Music), with his trio, was released in 2014. Bollenback resides in the New York City area.

Orlando le Fleming (bass) is counted among the most proficient and accomplished bassists in the field of contemporary jazz. His facility as an improviser and capacity as a team player were first honed not on the bandstand, nor in the practice room, but on the cricket pitch. Originally from the UK, Orlando seemed destined for an athletic career, and was briefly a professional cricketer, until he was granted a place at London’s Royal Academy of Music, and his lifelong passion for music won out. Le Fleming’s 2003 move to New York City was a timely one. Soon after arriving stateside, Le Fleming joined Jane Monheit’s band, consequently sharing the bass duties on her 2004 release Taking a Chance on Love with Ron Carter and Christian McBride; the year following, he recorded with jazz legend Jimmy Cobb on his Marsalis Music Honors release. Greatly in demand, he has worked with Branford Marsalis, Leslie Odom, Jr., Wayne Krantz, Joey Calderazzo, Bill Charlap, Billy Cobham, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and David Sanchez among others. His latest endeavor as a leader, Romantic Funk, presents a pastiche of classic fusion sounds and ideas, updated by Le Fleming’s signature palette of polyrhythm and abstract exploration.

Support for this event was provided by lead sponsor, FirstEnergy Foundation on behalf of West Penn Power. In addition, Renfrew Institute receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Further sponsors include The Hamilton Family Foundation on behalf of Hamilton Nissan and Hamilton Hyundai, Franklin County Visitors Bureau, Stephen D. Fisher, 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.; The Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support is provided courtesy of Renfrew Museum and Park.

Parking is available behind the visitors center, with additional parking in the lower lot off Welty Road. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, and picnics are welcome. Rain site: Waynesboro Area Middle School auditorium.

For more information call Renfrew Institute at 717-762-0373, or visit www.renfrewinstitute.org.

Renfrew Institute Hosts Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors on June 15

Renfrew Institute Hosts Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors on June 15

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.