WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The triennial WaynesboroFest celebration will be held from Friday, June 29, through Sunday, July 8.
WaynesboroFest began in 2000, evolving from the 1997 bicentennial celebration. The mission of the nonprofit organization is “to provide the community with educational, historical, cultural and entertaining events” for all ages.
Although the celebration is being held during a holiday week, the WaynesboroFest committee has not planned any activities for the Fourth of July.
All events that day will be planned and sponsored by the Waynesboro Jubilee, a separate entity.
Here is a look at the event schedule:
WaynesboroFest will kick off with the revival presentation of “Fifteen Days Under the Confederate Flag,” a dramalogue written by H. Clayton Moyer that depicts Waynesboro in the summer of 1863.
The opening show will be held on Friday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Harbaugh Hall of Trinity United Church of Christ.
It will be repeated on Saturday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 1, at 3 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $2 each, and advanced purchase is encouraged as the number of tickets are limited for all performances.
On Friday, June 29, the Waynesboro Country Club will host a wine tasting and pairings with tapas at 6:30 p.m. for adults.
Advanced sales are encouraged to ensure adequate portions of food and wine. The cost is $20 per person.
Festival of Praise
New to WaynesboroFest is the Festival of Praise that will be held on July 1 at 7 p.m. in Otterbein Church.
Dave Besecker will be the director and coordinator of the worship service conveyed through vocal and instrumental music.
Committee members are hoping for more than 100 voices in the choir.
To accomplish that goal, it will be necessary for volunteer choir members to spend three days in rehearsal: Mondays, June 18 and 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. until noon.
To sign up, call Besecker at 717-762-7147 by June 15.
Movies, art, family time
WaynesboroFest continues the tradition of providing a movie for kids and their parents.
Because there are no school days during this celebration, the movie, to be determined, will be held both Monday and Tuesday, July 2 and 3, at the Waynesboro Theater downtown.
All children younger than 12 accompanied by an adult will be admitted free, while the adult will pay $2. Both showings will be at 1 p.m.
The WaynesboroFest committee will also again sponsor an art exhibit for our community featuring artwork of local students and adults.
The display will be shown at the Otterbein Church gym on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, July 2, 3 and 5. Adults are also encouraged to show their artistic talents at the show.
The show is free to enter and free to observe during these hours: Monday, July 2, from 4 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, July 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Thursday, July 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All forms and media are encouraged.
In addition, the Waynesboro Jubilee will be hosting its normal variety of activities on July 4, including games, music, 5K race, parade, rides and fireworks.
On Thursday, July 5, there will be a family time swim and outdoor movie at Northside Pool. The family swim runs from 7 to 8:45 p.m., and an outdoor movie at poolside around 9 p.m. The pool and the movie are free.
On Friday, July 6, kids and adults will be entertained by a magic show at 10 a.m. at the Post 15 American Legion on East Main Street.
WaynesboroFest also will provide entertainment for older residents.
The American Legion will host a ’50s and ’60s dance with LL D.J. on Saturday, July 7, from 7 to 10 p.m.
Admission costs $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Tickets are available at the American Legion as well as all other ticket outlets.
Rounding out the 10-day celebration is the Taste of the Town on July 8 at 6 p.m. at the Waynesboro Country Club.
Sixteen local restaurants, caterers, chefs and food businesses will present their offerings. Live music will be provided by Cumberland Valley School of Music.
Spread among the food vendors will be paintings, sketches and unique artwork pieces from Waynesboro Studio Art Club members, accompanied by fresh flowers prepared by the Blue Ridge Garden Club and the Toll Gate Garden Club.
Tickets cost $25 each. Advanced ticket sales are encouraged as the number of tickets sold for this event are limited.
For all events that require admission (except the movie theater), tickets may be purchased in advance at the chamber of commerce office on Roadside Avenue and Downtown Mainstreet on the square from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Green Arbor on Pa. 16 in Rouzerville from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Olde Town Touch in the Waynesboro Mall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Those interested in buying tickets with a credit card must do so at the chamber office only.
WaynesboroFest also is in need of volunteers to help sell tickets, set up for events, proctor the art show and collect tickets at events. To help, call Volunteer Coordinator Cookie Beck at 717-762-1343.
Committee members include Allie Kohler, Trudy Gunder, Deb Beck, Cookie Beck, Allison Schuchart, Harry Geesaman and Daryl Lehman.