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Chambersburg residents gear up for ChambersFest

July 13, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - What happens after a city's core burns to the ground? Well, you grieve, no doubt, but then comes the rebirth.

And that is something to celebrate.

That's the tradition in Chambersburg, where residents are gearing up for ChambersFest, a two-week festival commemorating July 30, 1864 - the day Confederate soldiers torched downtown - and remembering the rebirth. The 20th annual ChambersFest will take place with several events between Friday, July 14, and Sunday, July 30.

Festival highlights include "Celebrate! The Arts at Old Market Day" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 15. About 200 vendors will line Lincoln Way and Main Street, with a food court on Memorial Square and performers at Courthouse Plaza and Central Presbyterian Church. For entertainment information, call 717-264-6883.

Later that day, an 18-member big band will perform contemporary jazz at The Capitol Theatre. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.


The Pet Parade, another popular event, will be held at the Chambersburg Memorial Park Band Shell at 6 p.m. Monday, July 17. Pets compete for prizes, such as best kisser and best of show. Adults pay $5 pet-entry fee; children pay $2. Registration, at Chambersburg Memorial Park, begins at 5:30 p.m.

Most events are scheduled in and around downtown Chambersburg. For more information, call 717-264-7101.

If you go ...

WHAT: ChambersFest

WHEN: July 14 to July 30

WHERE: Various locations in Chambersburg, Pa.

COST: Mostly free with some individual event fees for participants

ChambersFest schedule

Events in Chambersburg, Pa.

Throughout July

Chair Parade: Rocking the Arts: Unfinished rocking chairs transformed into functional works of art by local artists, on display at downtown businesses and available for sale via silent auction. Free. Call 717-264-6883 for more information.

Council for the Arts Gallery: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. The gallery will feature "Dynamic Perspectives," an exhibit of paintings by Frank Tkac, Susan Shaffer and Ruth Durbin, and birdhouses by John Nogle. The exhibit runs from July 11 through Sept. 2. Free. Donations accepted. Call 717-264-6883 for more information.

Chambersburg Heritage Center Tours: Visit the Chambersburg Heritage Center on Memorial Square to catch glimpses of the history of Chambersburg, purchase souvenirs, or plan a trip throughout Franklin County. Free. Donations accepted. Call 717-264-7101 for more information and hours.

Thursday, July 13 through Saturday, July 15

"Faces of Heroes" Exhibit: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Civil War History display with interpreters in period costume: stories and pictures of the warriors, survivors and angels of the burning of Chambersburg. The Kittochtinny Historical Society provides tours of the Old Jail and Museum. Free. Call 717-264-1667 for more information.

Friday, July 14

TGIF: noon to 1 pm. Entertainment Friday at noon at Courthouse Plaza. Central Presbyterian Church. Civil War Music with the Folkemers. Free. Call 717-264-6883 for more information.

Meet the Artists Reception: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Meet artists Ruth Durbin, Susan Shaffer, and Frank Tkac and enjoy their vivid oils and watercolors, in the exhibit "Dynamic Perspectives" at the Council for the Arts Gallery. Free. Call 717-264-6883 for more information.

ChambersFest 20th Anniversary Mixer: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Chambersburg Heritage Center. Live Jazz, Networking, and Refreshments. Free. Call 717-264-7101 for more information.

Stained Glass Walking Tour: 6:30 p.m. Tour begins in front of the Capitol Theatre. Guided by Michael Albert. Tour will feature the stain glass of the Zion Reformed, First Lutheran, Central Presbyterian, and Falling Spring Presbyterian churches. $5 per person. Call 717-264-7101 for more information.

Saturday, July 15

18th annual James Humelsine Memorial Volksmarch: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., finish by 2 p.m. Chambersburg Area Middle School Parking Lot. This 5K and 10K walk starts at the Chambersburg Area Middle School and goes through historic downtown Chambersburg. Walk at your own pace. Walk Free or $3 for IVV Credit. Call 717-263-8633 for more information.

Historical Tours and Exhibits at Zion Reformed Church: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Historical tours and exhibits at Zion Reformed Church, corner of South Main and Liberty Streets. Guides in period dress will lead you into the rich past of this church which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Free. Call 717-264-2854 for more information.

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