4th Annual Festival of Tree, 11/30 Visitors Center Chambersburg

4th Annual Festival of Tree, 11/30 Visitors Center Chambersburg

Saturday November 19th – Friday December 2nd, 2022
Benefits Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance
Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) is excited to bring holiday cheer at the 4th annual 2022 Festival of Trees, held in the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center–the former 1865 National Bank of Chambersburg on the square.
The festival opens at  4 PM on November 19th.
Come see beautifully decorated trees and wreaths.
Enjoy a holiday train display, courtesy of Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club, in the lobby of the visitors center, and family fun in downtown Chambersburg.
Visitors can vote for their favorite tree or wreath as well as participate in the silent auction to take home a tree or wreath.
Funds raised will support Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance..
Admission to Festival of Trees is Free. 
Trees and wreaths are being decorated by local organizations.
Visitors may vote for their favorite tree or wreath by purchasing four ballots for $1.
Silent auction bids can be placed in person, via phone at 866-646-8060 or by emailing fcvbfestivaloftrees@gmail.com.
Silent auction amounts will be displayed in the Visitors Center and online.
Current bid amounts will be updated online daily at explorefranklincountypa.com.
Final votes for favorites and final bids for the silent auction will close at 7 PM on December 2nd with winners being announced the same night.
The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore history, arts and architecture, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods and the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro.
Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and is an easy drive to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
Plan a visit at ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com, contacting 866.646.8060, or stopping by the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center on the square in downtown Chambersburg.
We hope to see you!
Naturalist Adventure Fundraiser Hike, The Institute

Naturalist Adventure Fundraiser Hike, The Institute

Enter our NEW RAFFLE for a chance to WIN a private Appalachian Trail Hike for up to five (5) people, led by Institute Naturalist, Pam Rowland (our Director of Education).
Hike the AT with Pam! Her knowledge and expertise will ensure that you discover unknown treasures along the trail.
Your guide will share a wealth of stories and information—learn about wildflowers, wildlife, trees and other plants and the magic of forest ecology.
After your morning of fun & adventure, enjoy a picnic-style, delicious, packed lunch from Café del Sol.
Enter by 4 p.m. on June 30! Drawing on July 4 at our Salamander Scramble 5K.
Entry fee: $20. Grand Prize includes the guided hike and lunch for five people, plus 1 set of hiking poles.
Enter the drawing Here.  More entries = more chances to win!
–OR–
Mail a check for $20 per entry (multiple entries welcome!!), along with your name, email address & phone number, to:
The Institute • PO Box 971 • Waynesboro, PA 17268
Beginner Birder Workshop, Caledonia State Park

Beginner Birder Workshop, Caledonia State Park

Saturday June 4th, 2022 * 7:45 AM – 12:00 PM
All Families Adults Teens, and children age 6 or older are welcome.
Activities include; Bird Walks, Kid’s Corner, Nature Walk, Birding Bingo Scavenger Hunt, and refreshments.
“Birding Buddies” will help participants identify birds.
Register Early by Contacting Dave Cooney at 717.264.2116 or slant1cm@yahoo.com
Meet at the first parking lot beyond the Visitors’ Center in Caledonia State Park.
Bring binoculars and field guide if you have them.  A few loaners will be available.
Midcentury Christmas at Renfrew Museum and Park

Midcentury Christmas at Renfrew Museum and Park

Tuesday November 23rd, 2021 * 7:00 PM
Presented by Dr. Leslie Goddard, Ph.D.
Kick off the holiday season with Renfrew as we remember back to the era of our last private residents, Edgar and Emma Nicodemus!
Christmas in America from the 1940s through the 1960s meant aluminum trees, department store Santas, and cartoon specials on TV.
Every kid in the suburbs had to have an Easy-Bake Oven, a G.I. Joe, or a Slinky.
The coolest houses had rotating color wheels for their trees.
Historian Leslie Goddard explores this optimistic era in a new illustrated lecture, using photographs, advertisements, greeting cards, and catalogs to explain why this era was such a turning point for how we celebrate the holidays.
Sign up for one of two ways to attend  –  Via Zoom/In-Person
The Wreathery Open House

The Wreathery Open House

Saturday December 4th &11th, 2021 * 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wreath-maker, Phillip Lobaugh says: “This past spring I read an article in Country Gardens about the historic language of flowers…
If a flower arrangement can have a message, why not wreaths” For example, a wreath of pine, spruce and arborvitae decorated with poinsettias and holly berries would send this message: Be of good cheer, may our friendship be unchanging, your holiday filled with Christmas joy, and may you have hope when faced by adversity.”
Or a wild grapevine wreath decorated with cedar, magnolia leaves, corn, wheat, oranges, lemons, and pineapple would say: “You are welcome and may your future be filled with riches and prosperity, generosity, dignity, strength, charity, sweetness, and zest.”
Not only will there be wreaths of evergreen and grapevine, but also swags tabletop trees, decorated frames, greens for your own decorating and design, and grapevine snowmen. The beauty of local evergreens will be enhanced with ribbons in Christmas colors of red, gold, burgundy, and plaid, cones, berries, apples, and nuts.
Wreaths & Swags will be available at:
The Center of Balance
29 North Jefferson Street
Greencastle. PA 17225
Beginning November 18th, Open Thursday – Saturday