Celebrate Destination ARTS! Weekend on July 8–10

Celebrate Destination ARTS! Weekend on July 8–10

The Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro (AAGW) marks its 10th anniversary season with Celebrate Destination ARTS! Weekend on Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10 in downtown Waynesboro.  

The three days of entertainment, art, and community have been curated to celebrate how Waynesboro has developed into an arts destination. In 2012, there were close to 20 empty storefronts along Main Street. The formation of AAGW helped revive downtown and welcome new businesses.

Many of the events taking place during the official celebration weekend hearken back to the original Destination ARTS! initiative launched on July 19, 2013.

“The community revitalization project was supposed to last just 15 weeks, with vacant buildings becoming art galleries and musicians performing on the sidewalks,” said Andrew Sussman, founder of the arts alliance. “But when the 15 weeks were up, the music kept going and Gallery 50—owned and operated by AAGW—kept going, with more galleries and studios to follow and flourish.”  

Celebrate Destination ARTS! Weekend kicks off on Fri., July 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. with an opening reception in Gallery 50, plus additional receptions at Ceramic Arts Center, 42 West ARTS Co-op, Gallery 35 East, Sanders Creations & Laser Graphics, Walnut Street Studios, and Cindy’s Custom Framing. Live music features G@g (Gillian & Garrett Austin) at Music Makers, Across the Pond at Main Street Park, and Earthsong Ensemble (Patric Schlee & friends) at 42 West ARTS Co-op.  

On Sat., July 9, nonstop music at Music Makers from 12 to 6 p.m. spotlights Tim Gotwald & Dan Dropkin, Dave Dishneau & Michael Heyser, Kerensa Gray, and Sussman, Jankura & Hepfer. All downtown galleries will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with yarn spinning and sculpting demonstrations at 42 West ARTS Co-op.  

Main Street Park will be busy with live music from Tresa Day, Soleil, and The Willys Duo, art vendors/demonstrations, food trucks, and breweries from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will close with Bobby D and the Truckstop Burritos from 7 to 9 p.m., part of the Summer Concert Series in collaboration with Mainstreet Waynesboro and sponsored by FirstEnergy Foundation.  

The festivities continue on Sun., July 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. Gallery 50 will be open for art browsing, Music Makers will feature musicians Wayne Driscoll and BBD Blue Trio, and Main Street Park will have face painting for kids and live performances by Waynesboro Children’s Theater Troupe and Two Mountains Over.

For hands-on fun, a “play me” piano will be on the sidewalk outside Music Makers for the community to play and share their talent as they walk around downtown enjoying the weekend’s events. 

In addition, a Destination ARTS! Scavenger Hunt contest begins Fri., July 8. Cards can be picked up at Gallery 50, 42 West ARTS Co-op, Ceramic Arts Center, Gallery 35 East, Walnut Street Studios, and Sanders Creations & Laser Graphics. Entries need to be dropped off at Gallery 50 by Sat., Sep. 3, with multiple prizes to be awards during AAGW’s annual fundraising festival—Jammin’ in the Park, which takes place at Main Street Park on Sun., Sep. 4. 

The weekend is family-friendly and free (except for the Summer Concert Series performance), although donations are encouraged and appreciated.

AAGW is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a focus to integrate the arts into community life and help arts education thrive collaborating with schools, community nonprofits, arts organizations, artists of all artistic disciplines, and the area represented by the Waynesboro Area School District.

For more information, follow AAGW on Facebook or visit ArtsAllianceGW.org

Music Makers Announces Their June Live Music Schedule

Music Makers Announces Their June Live Music Schedule

Music Makers invites the public to come enjoy the area’s top music acts performing live at 46 West Main Street, Waynesboro, PA.
Admission is free and everyone is welcome!
Music Makers is owned and operated by the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro.
It is a community hub for musicians of all kinds, with Live Music every Friday year-round, Open Mic Nights, a Songwriters Forum, and other workshops and events.
Friday, June 10  –  Johnny Calamari & Brad Munn  5:30 – 8 pm   John Lanehart aka “Johnny Calamari” is a Waynesboro native who has gained notoriety for playing bass in various regional and national bluegrass, roots, and rock bands. Brad Munn has been playing guitar and other musical instruments for nearly 30 years. His repertoire includes many genres, such as classic country, bluegrass, folk, blues and occasionally, rock.
Friday, June 17  –  Sussman, Jankura & Hepfer  5:30 – 8 pm   Sussman, Jankura and Hepfer features Andrew Sussman, Ken Jankura, and Sam Hepfer playing jazz standards, originals, and tunes from the Great American Songbook.
Sunday, June 19  –  Waynesboro Bluegrass Hootenanny  2 – 5 pm   Down home bluegrass music led by Johnny Calamari and Brad Munn. Bring your bluegrass instruments and enjoy the pick! This is an event you will not want to miss.
Friday, June 24  –  Tresa Day & Joel Newman  5:30 – 8 pm    Both are passionate about Soul, Blues and Jazz tunes, this duo has reignited their musical partnership. They’ve worked together in quartet and duo forms, bringing a carefree and spontaneous element to whichever genre they tackle.
Friday, July 1  –  Dino Delray Trio  5:30 – 8 pm    Their music is a blended style that draws from a diverse palette of musical influences. Blues, vintage country, rockabilly, 1960’s popular music, and standards are all in the mix that creates Americana music at its best.
The Arts Alliance is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and we are delighted to share these types of musical events with our community.
For more information, email:  contact@artsalliancegw.org  or call:  717-655-2500 or visit  www.artsalliancegw.org
2021 Judy Elden Memorial Summer Concert Series, Tresa Day – Renfew Museum

2021 Judy Elden Memorial Summer Concert Series, Tresa Day – Renfew Museum

Thursday June 3rd, 2021 *  6:30 PM
Sit back and enjoy live music in a beautiful setting on the lawn behind the Museum House on Thursday evenings.
Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and kindly remember that Renfrew is a non-smoking facility.
Feel free to bring your own refreshments or grab a light snack at our Welcome Tent.
Renfrew is a carry-in/carry-out waste park.
Please be sure to remove your trash and keep the grounds beautiful for all to enjoy. Alcohol is prohibited on the property.
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