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New tourism app debuted at Totem Pole Playhouse

April 29, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Totem Pole Playhouse Artistic Director Ray Ficca, left, shares the Fayetteville, Pa., theater's stage Monday with Ben Franklin, as portrayed by Bob Harrison.
Photo by Jennifer Fitch

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. — Smartphones and tablet devices will soon be helping people explore cultural, heritage and natural features in Franklin, Adams, Cumberland and York counties in Pennsylvania.

The South Mountain Partnership debuted its new app Monday during an event at Totem Pole Playhouse. Users of the free app can watch a video touting the South Mountain region, learn more about points of interest, download one of five tours, or build a custom tour.

“It’s designed to work with the navigation system that is native to your phone,” said Janet Pollard, director of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau.

One of the pre-designed tours introduces visitors to the region’s German heritage. Another takes visitors to area wineries.

Pollard thanked partners from other counties.

“We’re promoting a lot of the same stories in tourism. ... Travelers don’t recognize boundaries in counties,” she said.

The app’s debut was made at Totem Pole Playhouse because the theater off U.S. 30 is in the heart of South Mountain, Pollard said.

Totem Pole Artistic Director Ray Ficca talked about the theater’s 2013 season, which will have eight shows for the first time in more than 40 years. He thanked people who donated to a fundraising campaign.

“We are so proud to be a Franklin County theater and share with the area and country what you’ll find here in Franklin County,” he said.

Totem Pole’s season starts with “Simply: Sally Struthers” and “Noises Off.” Ficca described the talent that will appear on the stage this year.

“People don’t need to go to Broadway to see Broadway. They just need to come to Franklin County — a little cheaper and a little greener,” he said.

To download the South Mountain Partnership app, search for “South Mountain PA” in iTunes or Google Play.

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