Celebrating a town that rose from the ashes

July 10, 2008|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Chambersburg's summertime megafestival, ChambersFest, returns this week.

Activities are scheduled mostly around weekends starting Saturday, July 12, through Sunday, July 27. Chambersburg Mayor Pete Lagiovane speak at the opening ceremony Friday, July 18, at Memorial Square. A one-mile race is scheduled July 12.

Held the third Saturday of July, ChambersFest celebrates Chambersburg's rebirth after it was burned down during the Civil War. Focal points are Saturday's Celebrate the Arts at Old Market Day -- when hundreds of food and craft vendors descend upon downtown Chambersburg -- and the Pet Parade, an any-pet-goes contest set for Monday, July 21, at Wilson College.

Here are highlights from this year's schedule:

Saturday, July 12

Tim and Susan Cook Memorial ChambersFest One-Mile Race

Starts at Chambersburg Area Middle School and ends at Chambersburg Area Senior High School. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at Chambersburg Memorial YMCA, 570 E. McKinley St. The women's race starts at 8 a.m.; men's race, 8:30 a.m.; and fun/run-walk, 9 a.m. Call Kathy Leedy at 717-264-7101 for a registration form or visit the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lincoln Way East.


Friday, July 18

ChambersFest kick-off ceremony

Memorial Square, 11:45 a.m. Remarks from Chambersburg Mayor Pete Lagiovane and Franklin County Visitors Bureau Director of Tourism Janet Pollard. Philadelphia Avenue will perform patriotic music from noon to 1 p.m.

Saturday, July 19

Celebrate The Arts at Old Market Day

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., downtown Chambersburg. Nearly 200 vendors will line Main Street and Lincoln Way, with a food court at Memorial Square. Entertainment includes live music, art, dance and craft demonstrations. The following performers will be at Courthouse Plaza:

9 a.m. -- Capitol Dixieland Band

10 a.m. -- Cormorant's Fancy

11 a.m. -- Artese & Toad

Noon -- Seven Local Women

1 p.m. -- Christopher Dean Band

2 p.m. -- Xande Cruz, a Brazilian band

3 p.m. -- REACH/Chambersburg HYPE, a motivational dance troupe from J. Frank Faust Junior High School

Monday, July 21

Pet parade

A competition for pets of all types. 5 p.m., Hawthorne Arena at Wilson College, 1015 Philadelphia Ave. Entry fee is $5 for adult owners and $2 for child owners. Bring an item for the animal shelter to receive a $1 discount. Call 717-264-7101 for information.

Other ChambersFest activities:

Concerts in the park

Thursday, July 17 -- Variety band Flash Point, 7 p.m. Chambersburg Memorial Park Kiwanis Band Shell. Enter the park along Memorial Drive, off Souffer Avenue.

Thursday, July 24 -- U.S. Navy band Country Current, 7 p.m. Chambersburg Memorial Park Kiwanis Band Shell. Rain site, Chambersburg Area Middle School, 1151 E. McKinley St.

Gallery reception

Friday, July 18 -- Reception for the ongoing exhibit, "Natural States," of paintings by Mary Hickman and Sue Zacharias. Council for the Arts, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa. On view through Aug. 30. Free. 717-264-6883.

Celebrate the Arts

Saturday, July 19 -- Celebrate The Arts at Old Market Day events at Central Presbyterian Church, near Memorial Square.

9 a.m. --Voice and drama camp, Cumberland Valley School of Music

9:45 a.m. -- String camp, Cumberland Valley School of Music

10:30 a.m. -- Spotlights, Shakespeare camp, Cumberland Valley School of Music

11 a.m. -- Phil Shuman and Helen Wingert, American Guild of Organists

11:15 a.m. -- Sam's Music Camp, Cumberland Valley School of Music

Noon -- Step Girls, directed by Melissa Deeken, Network Ministries, Cumberland Valley School of Music.

Jazz band concert

Saturday, July 19 -- Cumberland Valley School of Music Concert Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m. at The Capitol Theatre. Free. For information, call the Cumberland Valley School of Music, 717-261-1220,

Gettysburg history tour and seminar

Wednesday, July 23 to Sunday, July 27 -- Activities include five days of tours, lectures and panel discussions and a visit to the new Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center and Museum. More than 30 historians will act as speakers and tour guides. Costs vary. Details are online, at Call Cindy Baker at 717-264-7101 for more information.

Chambersburg Drum Corps Spectacular

Saturday, July 26 -- Several nationally ranked drum and bugle corps will compete, 8 p.m. Trojan Stadium at Chambersburg Area Senior High School, 511 S. Sixth St. Gates and concessions open at 6 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the gate. For more information, go to or call 717-261-3346 for ticket information.

If you go ...

WHAT: 22nd annual ChambersFest

WHEN: Activities are scheduled various dates from Saturday, July 12, through Sunday, July 27. The kick-off ceremony is 11:45 a.m. Friday, July 18, at Memorial Square, Chambersburg, Pa.

WHERE: Various locations throughout Chambersburg, Pa.

COST: Most events are free.

MORE: For the full schedule, go to the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce Web site,

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