Annual ChambersFest underway in county seat

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

CHAMBERSBURG — ChambersFest began this past weekend and will continue through July 27.

Chambersburg will be bustling with activities to celebrate the annual community festival during the next two weeks. A variety of events will be held during the festival.

On July 30, 1864, Chambersburg became the only northern town burned by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Chambersburg bounced back quickly and has celebrated the rebirth of the town with an annual festival, ChambersFest, each year since 1986. Thousands of people enjoy this community celebration that salutes the spirit of the townspeople throughout July. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the town’s burning and rebirth.

ChambersFest continues with a number of fun events through July 27, with its biggest event – Old Market Day – occurring in downtown Chambersburg on Saturday, July 19. Organized by the Downtown Business Council, this day-long street festival fills downtown Chambersburg with more than 150 craft and food vendors, entertainment on two stages and a variety of activities throughout the day. From 6 to 10:30 p.m., there will be Civil War-era music and living history events, with a re-enactment of the Burning of Chambersburg at about 9 p.m.

To commemorate the sesquicentennial anniversary of the town’s rebirth, the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce will coordinate with local restaurants to offer $18.64 Dining Deals. Participating restaurants will offer special meals - many are meals for two - costing just $18.64, and will be available throughout the month of July. Participating restaurants include: café d’italia, Dilly’s, Fuddruckers, Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, Roy Pitz and The Orchards Restaurant.

View the entire ChambersFest schedule of events below, or visit www.chambersburg.org and click on the “ChambersFest” link under the “Community” tab. For questions about ChambersFest, contact Amy Fisher at 717-264-7101 ext. 204 or afisher@chambersburg.org.

ChambersFest events are organized by a variety of organizations, including the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Council, the Franklin County Visitor’s Bureau, the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours, the Borough of Chambersburg Parks & Recreation Department and the Council for the Arts.

Special thanks to the ChambersFest corporate sponsors: Chambersburg Hospital, Kelsey Springs Landscaping, Vacon, Inc., Ventura Foods, VerStandig Broadcasing, VFW Post 1599 and Wilson College.

 ChambersFest 2014 Schedule of Events:

$18.64 Dining Deals!

Throughout July

A variety of local restaurants will offer special meals and/or menus with delicious items costing just $18.64 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the burning. Participating restaurants and their specials include:

    •    cafe d’italia (9 N. Main St.) - Lunch special from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. includes two subs and two drinks off the menu (excludes meatball sub); Dinner special from 4 p.m.-close includes two spaghetti dinners with salad and drinks or free BYOB

    •    Dilly’s (642 Lincoln Way West) - Dinner for two includes choice of one appetizer, two entrees and two desserts from a select menu

    •    Fuddruckers (442 Gateway Ave.) - Meal for two includes two 1/3 lb hamburgers, two sides of fries and two drinks.

    •    Hoss’s Steak and Sea House (20 Falling Spring Rd.) - Dinner for two includes 8oz Ribeyes with the complete soup, salad, and dessert bars and one side each

    •    Roy Pitz (140 N. Third St.) - Meal for two includes two sandwiches, chips, pickles and two pints

    •    The Orchards Restaurant (1580 Orchard Dr.) - Featuring specials on chicken, steak and seafood

Sidewalk Sales

July 18 - 9 a.m.-8 p.m. - Downtown Chambersburg - More details

Downtown businesses bring their best deals out on the sidewalk (or inside if raining); another ChambersFest tradition. The Sidewalk Sales are coordinated by the Downtown Business Council.

Civil War Ball

July 19 - 6:30-9:30 p.m. - Central Presbyterian Church - More details / Register

The Franklin County Visitor’s Bureau is hosting a Civil War Ball to celebrate the “150th Commemoration of 1864: The Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg." The ball features Victorian period dance, an art exhibit, a silent auction, refreshments, and a Victorian dance card.

Old Market Day

July 19 - 9 a.m.-4 p.m. - Downtown Chambersburg - More details

with presenting sponsors F&M Trust and VerStandig Broadcasting

A ChambersFest tradition, this street festival in downtown Chambersburg features art, craft and food vendors, kids activities, entertainment on two stages, North Square Farmers Market, and the final day of Sidewalk Sales at downtown retail stores. The event is organized by the Downtown Business Council.

1864 Burning of Chambersburg 150th Commemoration

July 19 - 6-10:30 p.m. - Downtown Chambersburg - More details

Enjoy music, Civil War walking tours, book signings and exhibits downtown from 6 - 8:30 p.m., followed by the reenactment of The Ransoming and Burning of Chambersburg from 9 - 10:30 p.m. More information: www.dodinestayfranklincountypa.com/burning.

“Terror on the Border: Summer 1864” Civil War Seminar

July 23-27 - Locations and times vary - More details / Register

Featuring Ed Bearss, Jeffry Wert, Richard Sommers, Ted Alexander and others, this action-packed seminar recounts the area’s Civil War history, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the burning of Chambersburg. More information or to register: www.civilwarseminars.org.

"Life in the Midst of War: the Civil War Colored Pencil Paintings of Amy Lindenberger"

Throughout July - More details

The show features more than 20 paintings and is on view at the Council for the Arts on 159 Main Street from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Amy Lindenberger teaches at the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburg, as well as at the Council for the Arts. She is represented by the Drawing Room in Gettysburg.