ChambersFest's Old Market Day boasts blues, purses

July 19, 2007|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Buffalo burgers, a blues diva who "rocks like a dude," and more than 120 craft vendors are just a few of the attractions set for downtown Chambersburg on Saturday, during Celebrate the Arts at Old Market Day.

Event organizers aim to give local artists exposure and boost downtown business with the busy day in the middle of the yearly ChambersFest, a two-week community festival that draws roughly 12,000 people.

Among the craft vendors expected Saturday is Barbara Tritle, a Chambersburg purse-maker returning to Market Day for the second time.

"We're very glad we did the event last year," Tritle said.

Tritle said last year's debut at Market Day brought loyal customers to her business long after the festival was over. She said she hopes to gain more this year, and she and seamstress Carolyn Bishop plan to sell 75 "very funky" purses.

For Saturday's entertainment, Tresa Paul, program coordinator for Chambersburg Council for the Arts, was responsible for booking music. She sought an eclectic mix.


The only caveat: All the performers had to be upbeat.

"None of that sad, depressing stuff," Paul said. A hip-hop act, Cajun band and bluegrass performers are among those in Saturday's lineup.

Paul said blues music is often the big crowd-pleaser. Skyla Burrell Blues Band, the only blues group on the bill, will give blues fans their fix. Paul described lead singer Skyla Burrell's stage presence as "aggressive."

"Physically she's a lovely lady, but she rocks like a dude," Paul said of Burrell.

More eclectic than the lineup might be the food offerings this year. The 32 vendors will serve everything from Thai and Greek foods to buffalo burgers and elk cheesesteaks, said Jennifer Daley, events coordinator for the Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg, another group involved in organizing Market Day.

But it's not all about the crafts, food and music. Several downtown businesses will be hosting sidewalk sales on Saturday, she said.

Ann Wagner, owner of Ludwigs Jewelers, off Main Street, said she's staffing more people for Market Day to handle the anticipated increase in foot traffic.

"It gets people downtown who won't normally go downtown," Wagner said.

If you go ...

WHAT: Celebrate the Arts at Old Market Day

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21

WHERE: Downtown Chambersburg, Pa.

COST: Free admission

MORE: For more information, call the Chambersburg Council for the Arts, 717-264-6883, or the Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg, 717-261-0072.


9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Americata will perform music of the South American Andean highlands. At the Rosedale lot entrance on North Main Street (Pa. 11).

9 a.m. - Jammin! women's quartet will perform patriotic music a cappella. Courthouse Plaza, at the intersection of Pa. 11 and Pa. 30.

10 a.m. - Soleil. Three-piece band performs originals and covers of R&B, blues, rock and bluegrass. Courthouse Plaza.

11 a.m. - Orchard Boys Bluegrass Band. Five-piece bluegrass band from Frederick, Md. Courthouse Plaza. Also, members of the Cumberland Valley of the American Guild of Organists Helen Wingert, Kyunghee Reed and Carolyn Kerlin will perform. Central Presbyterian Church, 40 Lincoln Way West, Chambersburg, Pa.

Noon - Skyla Burrell Blues Band. Blues music. Courthouse Plaza.

1 p.m. - Bayou Bandits. Cajun and zydeco, with some songs sung in Cajun French. Courthouse Plaza stage.

2 p.m. - REACH/98 Deep. Junior high school dance club members from Chambersburg and Carlisle, Pa. Hip-hop dance. Courthouse Plaza stage.

More events planned for ChambersFest


Concert in the Park. 7 p.m., Memorial Park band shell. Shepherd Swing Band will play music from the '30s through '50s. Free. 717-261-3275.

Chair Parade: Rocking the Arts. Child-size rocking chairs decorated by local artists will be displayed at downtown businesses through Thursday, July 26. Silent auction Friday, July 27, at M&T Bank, 55 S. Main St. 717-264-6883.

Friday, July 20

Festival of quilts. "Quilting Traditions: Old and New" is the theme. Free. Noon to 8 p.m. Falling Spring Church Family Life Center, 221 N. Main St. Continues Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Handicapped accessible. 717-262-2174.

ChambersFest opening gala. 5 to 6:30 p.m., Chambersburg Heritage Center. The event will honor servicemen and servicewomen and veterans. A flag ceremony by the VFW Post 1799 Honor Guard. Free. 717-264-7101.

"From Eye to Eye: Reflections in Film and Clay," an exhibit of photography and ceramics at the Council for the Arts Gallery. Meet-the-artists reception 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 20. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Saturday, July 21

Volksmarch, a noncompetitive 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer walk. Begins between 7 and 11 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. Start at Chambersburg Area Middle School parking lot and ends in downtown Chambersburg. Free; club members can pay $3 to receive credit for the walk. 717-263-8633.

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