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View of the Valley

by Janet Pollard, Franklin County Visitors Bureau

View of the Valley

Franklin County Has The Cure!

Those last bits of snow and ice can’t be gone quickly enough. According to Mark Twain and Tom Sawyer, it is the time of year “you don't quite know what it is you DO want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so … what you want is to get away; get away from the same old tedious things you're so used to seeing and so tired of, and set something new … you want to go and be a wanderer.” It is spring fever, and Franklin County has the cure! It’s time to start thinking about the annual Chambersburg Garden Club and Tuscarora Daffodil Group Show. The 2014 edition is slated for April 26–27 at the First Lutheran Church on West Washington Street. It is the oldest, continuously running annual show in the United States!

Just like the daffodils, art is springing up everywhere in Franklin County. The galleries of Destination ARTS in Waynesboro are open Thursdays, 1–4 p.m.; Fridays, 5–8 p.m.; Saturdays, noon–6 p.m.; and Sundays from 1–4 p.m.  Gallery 50 has more than 300 pieces of art from 50-plus artists, and the Ceramic Arts Center on Church Street has beautiful, handmade pottery. Be sure to visit the Ceramic Arts Center on March 15, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., for the 9th Annual Cumberland Valley Pottery Festival. Explore the ceramic arts tradition of south central Pennsylvania and enjoy hands-on workshops and pottery demonstrations.

Local and regional artists team up to benefit the Franklin County Therapeutic Riding Center at the bi-annual Art From The Heart on Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m. Held at the Ag Heritage Center on Franklin Farm Lane, Art From the Heart includes a live and silent auction, refreshments, and live music.

Chambersburg Council for the Arts is featuring two spring exhibits: The Joy of Water Color, February 28 to April 11, with Charles Brown, Glen Sabetto, and Ruth Durbin and Emerging Artists, April 18 to June 13, with Alex Swisher, Donte Moore, and John Braun. Mark your calendars and take in the arts of Franklin County this spring.

For more event and activity information, or contact the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 866.646.8060.

Singing And Dancing

The Tony Award-winning musical “Memphis” was presented at the H. Ric Luhrs Center for Performing Arts on Feb. 6. To “celebrate” the relentless winter we’ve all been experiencing, the Center discounted ticket prices by $10 for what they called their “Wacky Winter Sale.” The show, which left Broadway in 2012, is about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. The DJ and singer encounter both side of prejudice due to their interracial relationship in a socially segregated area. The musical celebrates the black underground rock and roll scene of Memphis with upbeat tunes, and dazzling dancing, and a storyline that is as powerful as it is playful.

A Tree For Life

The Franklin County Master Gardeners offered a workshop on Japanese Landscaping and Bonsai Feb. 22 at the Ag Heritage Center in Chambersburg. The clinic was a multi-sensory workshop designed to teach participants how to create inviting environments, indoors and out, while incorporating aspects of Japanese gardening techniques into their landscape. In a press release, the Master Gardeners described Japanese techniques as not imitating nature so much as idealizing it. By severely limiting its scope, one carefully pruned Bonsai tree can appear ancient and venerable, symbolizing all life in one tiny tray. Understated elegance, simplicity, austerity, reduced scale, asymmetry and use of empty space combine to close out the hectic material world, focus attention on solitude, and the importance of living in this moment. A full list of upcoming workshops can be found at