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Cast shines in Community Theatre’s “Xanadu”

“Xanadu” opened last week at the Gettysburg Community Theatre and continues this weekend. In 1980 Venice Beach, California, Sonny (played by Max Carlson) paints murals. But he dreams of opening a theater that promotes the arts and hosts a roller-skating disco rink. Kira (Emma Kiri), who appears as an Australian tourist pushing him towards his dream, turns out to be Clio, a muse and Zeus’s daughter. Put under a curse by Clio’s meddling sisters, Kira (Clio) and Sonny fall in love, in hopes of banishing Clio from power, and by extension ending Sonny’s dream. The light-hearted musical is highlighted by the chorus of 2nd through 5th grade muses, along with a supporting cast of dancers. Entertaining character dynamics, like those between the mischievous antagonists Melpomene (Audrey Trax) and Calliope (Savannah Schneider) create drama and enjoyment. My favorite lines where when Sonny suggests that “art isn’t [merely] for the rich and education … it was for us (the audience),” and when the muses argue “Is this not the dawn of the 80’s? – This is the 1980s – eww.” A slew of funny comments, among other gems, made this show light up. Kirk led every scene she was in and her performance helped the audience follow the action. The muses provided comedic extension, and supported every musical number they were in. Xanadu JR., inspired by the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical and the Universal Pictures’ cult classic movie that starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, continues with shows on Thursday Oct. 13 and Saturday Oct 15 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday Oct 16 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets at the theatre’s website.

Totally 80’s Musical Rolls On Stage!

Gettysburg Community Theatre, the non-profit 501c3 organization located within the first block of Lincoln Square at 49 York Street, will present their student production of the musical Xanadu October 6-17, 2022 with performances live on stage at 7:00 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays, as well as 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. “The cast of 27 local youth in 1st -12th grades will sing and dance to memorable tunes from Electric Light Orchestra ELO”, says GCT Founding Executive/Artistic Director, Chad-Alan Carr, “such as Evil Woman, Strange Magic, All Over The World, and many more in this musical based on the 1980’s film that starred the late Olivia Newton-John.” Written by Douglas Carter Beane, Jeff Lynne, and John Farrar, Xanadu is inspired by the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical and the Universal Pictures’ cult classic film screenplay written by Richard Danus and Marc Rubel that starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. Xanadu. is a moving, electrifying tale of endless fun that will keep audiences in stitches while the original, legendary chart-topping tunes lift them out of their seats. Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California, on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first Roller Disco. (Hey, it’s 1980!) But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds with Greek Goddesses, Mythological Creatures, and more. This musical comedy is fun for the whole family. The cast includes Hunter Minck from East Berlin, Max Carlson, Kai Dittrich, Greyson Grimmer, Emma Kirk, Maria Kirk, Giada Langville, Emma Luque Valmisa, Ilana Miller, Caden Miller, Stella Patrono, Eleanor Patrono, Helena Patrono, Hadley Petruzzelli, Savannah Schneider, Audrey Trax, Tessa Trax, Avery Walker, Dexter Walker, Grayson Wallace, and Rebecca Williams from Gettysburg, Lanelle Porter from Hanover, Deanna Gibbs, Ava Hooper, and Thea Mathers from Littlestown. The production is under the direction of Chad-Alan Carr from Gettysburg, with vocal music direction by Carrie Conklin from New Oxford, and choreography by Kaitlin Ball from Gettysburg. Discounted rate tickets can be purchased on the theatre’s website for $15 and tickets at the door can be purchased for $20 if any seats are left in the intimate 80 seat theatre. Audiences are encouraged to order tickets in advance and arrive early to find downtown parking and enjoy refreshments and raffles that the theatre will be selling as grassroots fundraisers before each performance. The Race Horse Alley Parking Garage is one block from the theatre just off of N. Stratton Street for paid parking available 24 hours, but there are many street meters close to GCT along York, Stratton and Middle Streets which stop at 8pm. More information can be found online at www.GettysburgCommunityTheatre.org or by calling 717-334-2692. GCT Mission Statement: To inspire creativity and confidence, provide cultural enrichment, and instill a love of the theatre arts in people of all ages and abilities through quality education and performance. Featured image caption: The cast of Xanadu performs at Gettysburg Community Theatre October 6-17, 2022. [Cindie Leer].

Dancing with local stars 2023 participants announced

The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and the Adams County Arts Council have announced the cast of the 2023 Dancing with the Local Stars presented by WellSpan Health benefit event. The teams will be: Peter Miele and Denice Staub Lisa Wolkind and Bruce Moore Michael Cogliano Sr. and Rachel Smith Yeimi Gagliardi and Frank Hancock Jeremy Lusk and Brienna Smith Dancing with the Local Stars presented by WellSpan Health pairs a local celebrity with a professional choreographer. The pairs practice for months and show off their skills at an event to benefit the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and the Adams County Arts Council. The show is Friday, Jan. 13 at the Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg.

Will Lane to present original songs

Gettysburg resident Will Lane will present a one-hour program of original songs at St. James Lutheran Church on the corner of York and Stratton Streets in Gettysburg on On Sunday, September 25 at 4:00 p.m. The songs have their roots in many years of community organizing and work with students both inside and outside the classroom. They celebrate family and community but also explore the challenges raised by the crisis in our relationships with the natural world and, lately now in the United States and elsewhere, with one another. They are offered as part of St. James’s eight-week long “Season of Creation.” The concert is free and the public is invited to attend. A freewill offering will be collected to benefit the Gettysburg Green Gathering Scholarship Fund which provides support for environmental education.

Book Review: What Salamanders Teach: A Window into Braiding Sweetgrass

Editor’s Note: Robin Wall Kimmerer, Author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, a 2013 nonfiction book that explores reciprocal relationships between humans and the land, with a focus on the role of plants and botany in both Native American and Western traditions, will be speaking in Gettysburg on Monday, Sept. 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Gettysburg College Ballroom.  The public is invited to attend. Admission is free. This article the second review of the book by local resident Will Lane. A gecko has been selling insurance to Americans on TV for quite some time.  Will a salamander be able to sell us on a new way of thinking about our relationship with the natural world?  Robin Wall Kimmerer seems to think that it may.  In “Collateral Damage,” an essay from her bestselling book Braiding Sweetgrass, she tells the story of migrating salamanders in a state park near her home in upstate New York and the risks they face as they cross the main road through the park and head back to the vernal pools where they were born. The salamanders’ migration story begins on a rainy night in early spring when the author and her two young daughters head out to help them safely cross the road.  As we follow along, we get to know quite a bit about these creatures and their mysterious ways. One might ask whether the yellow spotted salamander, also known as Ambystoma maculata, is a good choice as an emissary from nature and a viable candidate for our next “charismatic species.”  Picking them up, Kimmerer says, is kind of like “picking up an overripe banana.”  A little hard to cuddle, for sure. But their non-human vibe and the  strangeness of their ways may have important things to teach us, things harder to learn from our fellow mammals. The story begins with the first warm rains of spring. A “temperature of about forty-two degrees sets the floor to rustling” as the salamanders emerge from their hidden places in the ground. “Salamanders move when darkness protects them from predators and the rain keeps their skin moist,” Kimmerer says. “And they move by the thousands like a herd of sluggish buffalos.” Unfortunately, a road is in their way, a road toads and frogs can cross in seconds. But “not so the heavy-bodied salamanders, who belly their way across the road. Their journey takes about two minutes, and in two minutes almost anything can happen.”  A significant number of salamanders die on any given night.  Hence, the mission of Kimmerer and her daughters to lift as many as possible to safety. Where are they headed?  How do they find their way? Strangely enough, they are headed back to the vernal pools—the small, temporary spring pools—where they were born. “Without the benefit of satellite or microchip [they] navigate by a combination of magnetic and chemical signals that herpetologists are just beginning to understand.”  A reading of the earth’s magnetic field gets them part of the way through a “small organ in the brain” that “processes magnetic data.”  “Once they are close… they smell their way with a nasal gland on their snouts.” Given the risk to these migrating salamanders, what’s to be done? Kimmerer and her young daughters, equipped with rain gear and armed with flashlights, illustrate one approach.  A group of students and their herpetology professor, that the author and her girls run into in the dark, illustrate another. They are attempting to document the number of salamanders successfully crossing the road (and the number killed) in order to convince the state to fund the construction of a migration underpass.  The dead, it turns out, are relatively easy to count as splotches on the road.  The living who make it across the road are temporarily block by barriers of snow fence and forced to tumble into five-gallon buckets buried in the ground.  Then, they are counted and released on the safe side of the road. What’s to be learned from these unfurry friends who can, in fact, breathe through their skin? Salamanders, Kimmerer reminds us, are “beings as different from ourselves as we can imagine.” “Being with salamanders,” she continues, “gives honor to otherness, offers an antidote to the poison of xenophobia. Each time we rescue slippery, spotted beings we attest to their right to be, to live in the sovereign territory of their own lives…. Carrying [them] to safety helps us to remember the covenant of reciprocity, the mutual responsibility we have for each other.”  Not only between humans, she continues, but between humans and our kin in the natural world. In the next installment of this three part review of Braiding Sweetgrass, we’ll take a look at how language shapes our experience of nature.  Science, and its language, “sharpens the gift of seeing,” Kimmerer says, but also distances us from the natural world.   Indigenous languages—and cultures—may help us see a lot we might otherwise miss. See you then!

George Mason University 8th Green Machine Regiment Band will perform Sunday

George Mason University’s 8th Green Machine Regiment Band will perform an outdoor concert of music from the 19th century. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will take place Sunday, August 21 at 4:00 pm at the performance platform in Schmucker Grove, just north of Springs Avenue on the United Lutheran Seminary campus.  Bring a blanket or lawn chairs, and a picnic dinner!  In the event of inclement weather, the concert will move next door to the ULS chapel. Check our website at www.musicgettysburg.org for last minute updates. The 8th Green Machine Regiment Band is a 19th-century brass band from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The ensemble, made up primarily of students, performs music from the 1800s on period brass instruments. Don’t miss a wonderful afternoon of rousing music!

Gettysburg Community Theater Presents “James and the Giant Peach”

When I was asked to write a story on Director/Choreographer Linden Carbaugh’s rendition of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach at the Gettysburg Community Theater, I knew I would be in for a treat. But I never imagined how much I would enjoy myself, or the emotions it would touch within my own heart. The story concerns James Henry Trotter (admirably played by Chase Bowman) as a seven year old orphan who is left lost and alone after the death of his loving parents. One night, in the realms of his imagination, he remembers and longs for his parents and the love he once knew.  But shortly after falling asleep, James is abruptly awakened by the orphanage’s Matron (Taryn He) bursting through the door and informing James he must go live with his two evil Aunts, Spiker (Tessa Trax, who excellently portrays the spoiled, lazy, and materialistic qualities of her character), and Sponge (Audrey Trax, the brains of the operation who plots to get rich quick in every move they make), effective immediately.  Neither James nor the two aunts seem to be very happy about the new arrangement, but Spiker and Sponge never let a good tragedy go to waste, devising a plan to put him to good use in their “no good” maniacal schemes. James is realizing that this is not going to be the “happily ever after” he was hoping for when a mysterious stranger (Kai Dittrich) appears out of nowhere, offering him a magic potion of slithering crocodile tongues — and potential freedom.  Just as it seems it has all gone wrong, something peculiar begins to happen, and a giant peach begins growing on a barren tree. Spiker and Sponge cook up new schemes to get rich quick, and punish James by making him sleep outside to guard the tree. In the middle of the night the peach (and the magic) grow and James suddenly finds himself inside the peach, nose to nose with a giant spider (Andi Athanasakis) who is actually quite gentle and compassionate, Grasshopper (Caden Miller), a wise-cracking centipede (Mikey Athanasakis), Ladybug (Sarah Rice), and a shy and timid earthworm (Theo Gageby) who later overcomes her fears.  Jame’s initial concerns of being eaten by the new characters are soon replaced with the realization that they all share a lot more in common than he ever could have imagined. As James and his new friends ponder the great meaning of life, love, and loss within the peach, they suddenly find themselves rolling downhill towards New York City, through a certain world-famous chocolate factory, out to sea, and off on a great new adventure.  Through this adventure they will face their fears, find friendship, compassion, and incredible courage, as well as something none of them had ever known – freedom. Technical Director Michael Connelly and the show designers showed their knack for bringing the stage to life, making the audience feel they are part of each and every scene, with the use of clever costumes, visual aids, light settings, sound effects, and an assortment of props.  Music Director Mary George brought the period songs, from the 1930s (and sometimes 1960s) to life. The cast uses a unique technique in which they sing to mimic the sound of the insects they played. Despite making it a bit difficult to make out some of the lyrics, the technique added a “Remarkouslyfantasmarific” quality to each character. Linden Carbaugh`s playful choreography had members of the audience grooving right along with the cast members. Favorites of mine were Grasshopper’s song reminding James of his parents’ love, Spiker and Sponges`s duet “I got you,” and Earthworm`s “Plump and Juicy.” The large screen backdrop made me feel as if I was right there in the peach with the cast members. The entire crew and cast did an exceptional job bringing this play to life and poured their hearts into everything they did, leaving me so glad I came. The show continues next weekend. If you’re looking for something entertaining and family friendly, I give James and the Giant Peach two thumbs up, and absolutely recommend you go see it. Featured image caption: Chase Bowman plays the title role in James And The Giant Peach this weekend at Gettysburg Community Theatre. Tickets may be ordered online in advance. Photo courtesy of Blayne Miller. 

Book Review: Words Matter: “Learning the Grammar of Animacy”

Editor’s Note: Robin Wall Kimmerer, Author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, a 2013 nonfiction book that explores reciprocal relationships between humans and the land, with a focus on the role of plants and botany in both Native American and Western traditions, will be speaking in Gettysburg on Monday, Sept. 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Gettysburg College Ballroom.  The public is invited to attend. Admission is free. This article is a review of the book by local resident Will Lane. A mushroom can rise in the woods overnight, “pushing upward from pine needle duff… still glistening with the fluid of its passage.”  If we have a specific word for that sudden rising, and for the power that lifts the mushrooms so mysteriously out of the ground, do we see these things differently? Robin Wall Kimmerer says we do.  In her essay “Learning the Grammar of Animacy” from her bestselling book Braiding Sweetgrass, the distinguished botanist and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, argues that words matter, that the languages we speak and think with shape our understanding of ourselves and of the natural world. “Science polishes the gift of seeing,” she says, but there are costs. It reveals but also conceals.  It distances us, turning nature and creatures into something less than they might actually be. “It reduces a being to its working parts.”  But much lies beyond our scientific language and remains unnamed and therefore unseen. Indigenous cultures and their languages, Kimmerer argues, can help us see more of what’s there. That mysterious rising and emergence from the ground mentioned above is Puhpowee in Potawatomi, one of more than 350 indigenous languages in the Americas, many of which may soon be lost.  When Kimmerer sets out to learn Potawatomi, the language of her ancestors, she discovers at a tribal gathering that only nine native speakers of the language are left.  Without native speakers to keep the language alive, a whole way of seeing the world may be lost as well. English is noun-based.  Potawatomi has a greater percentage of verbs: 70% compared to 30% in English. Things that sit quietly as nouns in English, in Potawatomi are verbs and are in motion. “To be a hill, to be a sandy beach, to be a Saturday, all are possible verbs in a world where everything is alive,”  she says. Inanimate objects tend to be only those objects that are made by people. “In Potawatomi and other indigenous languages we use the same words to address the living world as we use for our family,” she says. And, that living world is much bigger and more diverse in Potawatomi than in English and other European languages: “…rocks are animate, as are mountains and water and fire and places.” “English doesn’t give us many tools for incorporating respect for animacy,” she continues. “In English you are either a human or a thing…. Where are our words for the simple existence of another living being? The arrogance of English is that the only way to be animate, to be worthy of respect and moral concern, is to be human.” Kimmerer’s own study of Potawatomi is frustrating at times for her.  She studies online with a class once a week, and covers the house with post-it notes attached to common items. “I have become,” she says, “a woman who speaks Potawatomi to household objects.”  But the new language is subtle in the distinctions it makes and extremely varied in its forms. “You hear a person with a word that is completely different from the one with which you hear an airplane,” she says. “Different verb forms, different plurals, different everything apply depending on whether what you are speaking of is alive…. No wonder there are only nine speakers left,” she exclaims at one point. Should we all study an Indigenous language in order to better understand the natural world?  Kimmerer seems to say, maybe not. She seems to be after something deeper, an understanding of the way all language structures our experience of the world and of one another. What we need to do, she suggests, is to learn to speak the “grammar of animacy,” which I suspect can be done in many different languages, all of which, she says, “are to be cherished.” If we can do that, we may at last become “native to this place” and be “at home” at last.

Secret Bandwagon to record live album in Gettysburg

Secret Bandwagon will record a live album on the Gettysburg Square Arts Oasis on Monday Aug. 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The duo will be releasing an album soon and is in Gettysburg to commemorate their songwriting origins by recording a live version at their original house band venue: Ploughman’s Taproom. The group is made up of former Gettysburg locals Jim Thomas and Sjrsten Sigfried, who now make their music and their home in New Orleans. The recording performance will wrap up a 6-venue Adams County summer “Cider Circuit” tour. Music lovers are invited to share the experience and become part of the event.

The Doo Wop Project Comes to Gettysburg on Friday

What do you get when you combine a Broadway-caliber performance with the vocal rhythm and blues of 1940’s Doo Wop? The answer is “The Doo Wop Project,” coming to Gettysburg’s Majestic Theater for one night only on Friday, Aug.  12. “The Doo Wop Project is a group of six guys who met doing Broadway shows and decided to form a group and cover some of the songs we were singing when we met from various musicals we were performing at the time,” said founding member and Broadway performer, Dominic Nolfi. Nofli said the group was formed ten years ago and has since become a well-established national touring group, performing about 70 times a year. The Doo Wop Project consists of five singers and four instrument-playing members. The group specializes in “Doo Wop-ified” versions of modern-day songs, which Nolfi described as  “a more contemporary song that we turn into a Doo Wop song.” Doo Wop music arose in the 1940’s as a genre focused mainly on the vocal ensemble with light instrumentation backing it up. The genre arose in African American Communities around the U.S. and was mainly versed in Rhythm and Blues. The Doo Wop Project brings the style into the modern world by taking songs that audiences know and love, such as Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours,” and giving them the 1940’s vibe that the members love. “We bring a ton of energy and breathe it into these songs,” said Nolfi. “We are a whole lot more grateful for our work than we were before the pandemic. It can be a little harder these days, but we’re starting to see our pre-pandemic numbers come back. Were super stoked, it’s a beautiful theater. We love coming to Pennsylvania; everyone in Gettysburg is awesome,” he said. Gettysburg residents that attend the show can expect a special performance that Nolfi says will be “Just fun. We bring party energy to our concerts. It’s a celebration of the Doo Wop music and era. Bridging the gap between now and then. It’s a multigenerational audience that comes together to enjoy this music. All members of the Doo Wop Project have been “performing on Broadway for 20 years,” he said. “We have performed at that level for such a long time we have gotten to a point where it’s just in us.” The group was boosted in popularity this year when PBS published a special on the Doo Wop Project. “Coming out of the pandemic with a PBS special was super important for us. To see a half a year’s work completely cancelled was tough. We weren’t sure if it was possible to even get on tour after the pandemic.” But after doing two livestreams, the group was recommended to PBS and the special began its creation which finally debuted in early 2022. The special is available for streaming on PBS’s website for free at any time. Tickets are available through the group’s website at https://www.thedoowopproject.com/ or at the Gettysburg Majestic Box Office.

Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra concert announced

The Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra will present a concert featuring local cellist Danielle Karppala performing the Schumann Cello Concerto on Sunday, September 11 at 4:00 p.m. in the Lutheran Seminary Chapel. Other works on the program by this professional orchestra are Mahler’s Adagietto (from his Symphony No. 5) in commemoration of 9/11 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, the Eroica. Admission is free to the public. For further information please call 717-334-5508

Gettysburg Rocks this weekend to support children with cancer

Gettysburg Rocks comes to town this weekend with over 100 bands playing at 20 local venues to support children with cancer. The full schedule is here. Gettysburg Rocks is a bi-annual music festival, held in February and August. The festival features multiple live bands across multiple venues in the Gettysburg area. The event benefits Four Diamonds, whose mission is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and their families through superior care, comprehensive support, and innovative research. Money raised in February is donated to Four Diamonds via Penn State Dance Marathon (Mont Alto). Money raised in August is donated directly to Four Diamonds. Please visit fourdiamonds.org for more information on the beneficiary. The original concept for the festival was just an idea until founder Rob Simon’s daughter Ashley approached him to help her with a fundraiser for Penn State Mont Alto’s THON group. During the course of an 11-week period the first Gettysburg Rocks event was planned, created and implemented and was an immediate success. The first event was held on the weekend of February 7th, 2014 and included 130 live bands across 12 venues in Gettysburg. The event raised over $14,000. After the success of the first event, Rob was approached by several of the participating venues to create a warm weather version of the popular festival and the August event was created. Gettysburg Rocks would not be possible without the help of our numerous volunteers and the committee members who run the day to day behind the scenes event planning: Susann Simon, Mike Calandrelle, Sharon Calandrelle and Rose Kelly.

Totem Pole Playhouse celebrates 70 years

Nestled in the bucolic hills of Caledonia State Park between Gettysburg and Chambersburg lies a local treasure that celebrates its 70th anniversary this summer. The Totem Pole Playhouse, known to its friends as “America’s Summer Theater,” began its life in a small, converted auto shop in the 1950s and has gone on to become one of the best known and highly-regarded summer theaters in the United States. The theater was created by television producer Karl Genus and his wife Muriel Benson. “Its long history is what makes the playhouse so unique,” said Marketing Director Sue McMurtray. McMurtray said the playhouse has a long list of actors who have gone on to become famous, including Academy Award winning actress Sandy Dennis and long-time television star John Ritter. Other famous names that have played in the playhouse include Jean Stapleton, Loretta Swit, Michael Learned, and Melissa Gilbert. One of only seven remaining playhouses in the country, Totem Pole is dedicated to producing quality entertainment and shows that the community enjoys.  The Playhouse, which the New York Times has called the “Cadillac of summer theaters,” is currently in the height of their summer 2022 season. The season has included the popular shows “Always… Patsy Cline”, “The Sound of Music,” and “Beehive.” Currently running through August 14 is the Ocsar-nominated 1998 show “Footloose: The Musical.” which follows the trials of a big-city family that moves to a small town. The music is by Tom Snow (among others), the lyrics by Dean Pitchford (with additional lyrics by Kenny Loggins), and the book by Pitchford and Walter Bobbie. The season concludes with a run of “Love, Sex, and the IRS,” from Aug. 19 through Sep. 4. “Attendance, of course, makes the summer season successful,” said McMurtray, noting that choosing the proper shows was critical. “Artistic Director David Hemsley Caldwell selected the shows,” she said. “He bases the selection on titles and the number of people in the cast. The theater chooses productions based on how well known they are to the public.” “A lot of locals came to see the productions of ‘Footloose’ and ‘Sound of Music’,” said McMurtray. Coming to watch a show as a community member, seeing other community members in the audience, but also seeing them on stage, is special.” Contact the Totem Pole Playhouse, 9555 Golf Course Road, Fayetteville, PA 17222 at https://totempoleplayhouse.org/ or 1-888-805-7056. Featured image caption: Totem Pole Playhouse at Caledonia State Park [Wikimedia Commons]

Majestic Theater Announces 2022-2023 Celebrity Season

The Gettysburg Majestic theater has announced its 2022-2023 Celebrity Season, which will kick off in August. The season lineup includes legendary performances by world-renowned musicians, awe-inspiring dance shows, a magician, live theater, and the first-ever film festival dedicated to the films of Ken Burns. Tickets are now on sale to the general public. The centerpiece of the 2022-2023 season is Who Are We?: A Festival Celebrating the Films of Ken Burns, set for Feb. 10-12, 2023. The weekend, representing the first film festival ever dedicated to and sanctioned by the documentary filmmaker, will include 25 hours of film screenings from across Burns’s 40-year catalog, three presentations featuring Burns, and opportunities to hear from Burns’s colleagues about the music, scripts, and cinematography that have come to characterize his work. Tickets for the three events featuring Burns are $29 each. A festival pass including admission to all paid events and early seating at festival events will also be available. Many festival events are free to attend, but ticket reservations are required. Advanced ticket reservation is strongly recommended and only available by calling or visiting the Box Office. Opening the 2022-2023 Celebrity Season in early August are two popular concerts sure to get audiences singing along. Rock legend and founding member of both the Hollies and Crosby, Stills and Nash, Graham Nash returns to the Majestic on Sunday, Aug. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Later the same week, The Doo Wop Project, featuring stars from the Broadway hit Jersey Boys, brings the classic 1950s sound and close harmonies of five guys singing on a street corner into the 21st century with a performance on Friday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The show is sponsored by the J. William Warehime Fund of the Majestic Theater Centennial Endowment. On Oct. 15 at 8 p.m., best-selling author and NPR contributor David Sedaris makes his Gettysburg debut following the release of his latest books The Best of Me and A Carnival of Snackery. This intimate evening will feature a selection of new readings, an audience Q&A session, and a book signing, with books available for purchase thanks to the Gettysburg College Bookstore. Be mesmerized by spooky ghouls and goblins conjured by master illusionist David Caserta in Haunted Illusions, appearing onstage Friday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. This family show is made possible by the Sites Family Endowed Fund for Children’s Programming, part of the Majestic’s Centennial Endowment. The two-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir will Raise the Roof at the Majestic Theater Monday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. as part of their 2022 North American tour. The choir is comprised of 20 South African artists sharing the inspirational power of African Gospel music. The Gettysburg concert by the ensemble which has performed for world leaders, is part of WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital’s Healing HeARTs Healthy Family Series. Totem Pole Playhouse’s beloved A Christmas Carol will take the stage December 9-18 with a cast of local and professional actors, singers and dancers. Dancing with the Local Stars, benefiting the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and the Adams County Arts Council will pair local celebrities with professional choreographers on Friday. Jan. 13, 2023, and Mountainfilm on Tour will bring the best in documentary short films to the big screen on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023 for the third year. On Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 at 5 p.m. The Aluminum Show presents a magical, mystery-filled, multi-sensory experience set on a futuristic planet made entirely of aluminum. The show is suitable for patrons ages 5 and up and is sponsored by the Jean S. LeGros and Jeffrey Gabel Endowed Fund for Family Programming. Two theatrical performances rescheduled from last season due to the pandemic will grace the stage in early 2023. The Reduced Shakespeare Company presents The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged) on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023 at 7:30 p.m., mocking the subject it was born to reduce – from the high-brow to the low – comedy through the ages. On Friday, March 3, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. L.A. Theatre Works presents Lucy Loves Desi: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom, the hilarious and true story behind one of America’s most beloved TV comedies. The show, supported by the Majestic Theater Centennial Endowment, played to sold out houses during its premiere Los Angeles run in 2018. The Trinity Irish Dance Company, fusing Ireland’s vibrant and traditional dance form with American innovation, will dazzle Majestic audiences with its hard-driving, percussive, and agile performance on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. thanks to the Majestic Theater Centennial Endowment’s Lydia Zeigler Clare Fund. And George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain invades Gettysburg on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. with its critically acclaimed, not-too-serious, but ever-so-silly interpretations of a catalog ranging from rock and pop to jazz and classical music. The show is supported by the Majestic Theater Centennial Endowment. Tickets for several shows are already on sale. Tickets for the remainder of the 2022-2023 season will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 17. Majestic members may begin accessing the ticket pre-sale on Monday, June 13, based on membership level. Tickets are available online at www.gettysburgmajestic.org, by calling (717) 337-8200, or by stopping by the Box Office at 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 3-7:30 p.m., Saturday, 12-7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5:30 p.m. Free parking and roundtrip shuttle service for most live shows is available from Gettysburg College’s Constitution Parking Lot. Shuttle starts one hour before each performance and is ADA accessible. Metered parking is available at the Gettysburg Borough Parking Garage in Race Horse Alley as well as along Carlisle Street. The Majestic Theater at the Jennifer and David LeVan Performing Arts Center is owned and operated by Gettysburg College as a gathering place for itscampus and community to celebrate the arts together.

Gettysburg Brass Band Festival celebrates silver anniversary

The 25th annual Gettysburg Brass Band Festival was held at sites around Gettysburg last weekend. The festival was held in collaboration with local nonprofit Music, Gettysburg! and many of the events were held in the recently-constructed pavilion on the Lutheran Seminary campus. The festival, under the direction of President Ben “Tuba” Jones, strives to provide an experience for adult and student brass musicians looking to continue performing after high school, while improving the quality of life within our town in a way that brings people together through their shared love of live musical performances. Jones said the festival relies heavily on the contributions of donors and volunteers. “Thanks to all whose donations make the festival possible and to a wonderful group of volunteers who work to prepare for and host during the festival; it’s a real team effort,” he said. The four-day program included over twenty brass bands from Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia coming together to provide joy and inspiration to all who attended. Brass bands were heard around the borough, from the Dobbin House to the Gettysburg Heritage Center, on Lincoln Square, and Baltimore St. On Saturday, the Benfield Brass Brand (MD), Imperial Brass Band (NJ), Spires Brass Band (MD), Swanee River Ragtime Band, Atlantic Brass Band (NJ), Brass Bands of Northern Virginia (VA), Rockville Brass Band (MD) and Hagerstown Municipal Band (MD) rocked the stage at the seminary with a day-long performance. The bands displayed showmanship and humor, as well as great music, and seemed to enjoy being there as much as the people of Gettysburg loved having them. On Saturday, vocalist Hydie Ackerman invoked the true spirit of patriotism in everyone attending as her voice soared as she sang a rendition of Lee Greenwood’s “Proud To Be An American.” There was even a live instrument petting zoo available to those of an inquisitive nature, in hopes of inspiring one’s curiosity. Those brave enough to pet the instruments were rewarded with free snow cones. For more information please visit https://wwwgettysburgbrassbandfestival.com.

Gettys Square Art Oasis supports local talent and provides free live entertainment

When the COVID-19 pandemic restricted indoor gatherings last year, Gettysburg residents and organizations came together to provide a space for outdoor entertainment for Adams County residents and tourists. The Gettys Square Art Oasis, sponsored by the Adams County Arts Council (ACAC), provides a variety of outdoor programs ranging from musical and theater groups to live cooking and painting demonstrations. The events, which occur throughout the year, are held on the parklet on the southwest corner of Gettysburg’s Lincoln Square. “Our community is brimming with talent, and there can never be too many spaces for people to share those talents,” said ACAC Events Coordinator Kylie Stone. “The square is such a high-traffic area that it really helps to bring these local artists to light and encourages people to stop, listen, and grow those followings.” Stone said her degree in music industry studies and past experience with entertainment venues helped her as she promotes artists in the Adams County area. “Supporting local musicians, artists, and businesses has always been important to me, but even more so because of the economic impacts that the pandemic has left behind. Now that we’re starting to creep back into the idea of ‘normal,’ the best thing we can do is keep that momentum up,” she said. Stone said interested artists may reach out to the ACAC for an opportunity to perform. “All of our events are free, so it makes a great stop for people while they’re out and about shopping or getting a bite to eat,” said Stone.  “I’ve noticed that we have an even bigger group in attendance during our summer tourist months, so it’s definitely working.” Stone says she tries to pick dates and times that will have high traffic in the square, and that the borough’s noise ordinances are always followed. Stone said a favorite event of hers was “Gettysburg in Color,” presented in collaboration with the Gettysburg Historical Society last October. Photos of pre-Civil War Gettysburg and Adams County were projected onto a screen while a narrator explained the location and significance of the events. “It was amazing to see some of the pictures of downtown Gettysburg directly in the same location and get a glimpse into what it would have actually looked like at the time.  It was a great way to combine the history and art of our area for the community,” said Stone. The Gettys Square Art Oasis is free and open to the public.  A monthly schedule can be found on the ACAC’s website with additional information and updates pertaining to the events.

ACAC awards prizes in 18th Annual Juried Art Exhibition

A crowd of art lovers packed Schmucker Art Gallery on the Gettysburg College campus on Friday night to congratulate the winners in the Adams County Arts Council’s 18th Annual Juried Art Exhibition. The awards were given by show juror, Heidi Leitzke, Assistant Professor of Art and Director of the Eckert Art Gallery at Millersville University. The Best of Show award went to Littlestown resident Robyn Jacobs for her colorful oil on campus “Ode to Fragonard.” Judy Pyle of Gettysburg took second place with her enamels on copper piece, “Still Life with Grapes.” Seven other awards were also made. The exhibition remains on display until June 24. Featured Image: From the show: “Better Days” by Sandra Desrosiers.

Gettysburg Monuments Play Debuts

“Pale Erections: The Monuments Play,” a play based loosely on the militia/white supremacist takeover of Gettysburg National Military Park on July 4, 2000, made its debut before an appreciative audience Friday, May 27 at the Howard County Arts Council in Ellicott City. The play is written by Gettysburg native Kramer Hardman and directed by Gettysburg native Karen Land. Set in a single stark scene designed by local designer John Rudy, the play opens with two militia members, Orson (played by Ian Kress) and Heins (played by Ike Schlossburg), guarding a Confederate monument “in a remote corner of a civil war battlefield.” They are several days into the militia occupation and are beginning to doubt the mission. Increasingly isolated, they argue, reminisce, express frustration, discuss their doubts about their mission, and argue some more.  Midway through the play, they are joined by a third party, Quentin (played by Jeff Leinbach), who claims also to be a fellow militia member, but who quickly turns events in a new direction. The show starts out in a humorous, almost lighthearted way, but soon takes a darker turn. In a post-production discussion, director Karen Land acknowledged that the play is intended to make audiences uncomfortable. “I got angrier,” said Kramer, in summarizing the play’s evolving themes. Kress noted that they discovered their characters over time. “Karen would say, “How about this, and we would have to take a few minutes to think how we can get to a new emotion.” Schlossberg, too, praised the directing. “She gave us space to discover our characters.” The actors had high praise for Kramer’s script and Land’s direction. The play had an unusually long gestation period (performances were originally scheduled for January in Gettysburg but then were delayed due to Covid and then moved from Gettysburg. Hardman said he has lived the tale of militias, confederate monuments, and Gettysburg’s unique place in the world for several years. “The battlefield absorbs trauma; you can feel it. Not just the trauma of the battle, but ever since.” He conceded a degree of disappointment in how Gettysburg responded to the original takeover. “The tourist industry in this town spends a lot of money developing things to make visitors from Confederate states feel welcome. I asked a lot of the town’s leadership what we should do about the militia takeover and I got no answers; people advised me I should talk to my pastor.” The script and the acting are both impressive. The play has an evening performance Saturday as well as Saturday and Sunday matinees. It’s worth the drive. Featured image caption: (L-R) Kress, Schlossberg, Leinbach [Leon Reed]

Lisa Cadigan is new ACAC Executive Director

Lisa Cadigan has been promoted to Executive Director of the The Adams County Arts Council (ACAC). Cadigan most recently held the position of Director of Outreach and Community Resources for the organization. Cadigan has been with the Arts Council in various capacities since 2013, serving as a board member and a marketing and event planning volunteer. Before joining the staff full time in November 2021, Cadigan had been teaching Let’s Make Music! camps and Music Together classes since 2017. In her most recent capacity as Director of Outreach and Community Resources, Cadigan was responsible for developing and coordinating programs throughout Adams County’s school districts and senior centers, as well as serving as the primary grant writer for the organization. Cadigan is the creator and instrumental driving force behind ACAC’s The People Project. Started in 2017, her goals for this project have been to get as many community members as possible involved as creators and storytellers. The People Project 2022: My Place at the Table, coming this fall, will be a collaborative arts project and performance event designed to connect and uplift the Adams County community. Born in Brooklyn, NY, and growing up in New Jersey, Cadigan is a James Madison University alumna. She received her M.A. in Theater from Indiana University, Bloomington. Prior to joining the ACAC staff full time, Cadigan spent almost 20 years as a free-lance graphic designer, writer and marketing professional, serving largely non-profit clients. Cadigan and her husband John and two children have called the Gettysburg area home since 2007. Cadigan replaces Leona Rega who served in the position since November 2020. Cadigan said she was heartbroken to see Rega leave, and was looking forward to carrying on the programs she started. “We definitely had a shared vision; she did a lot in the short time she was here,” she said.  Cadigan said she was looking forward to continuing and expanding ACACs mission of “discovering the arts as tangible parts of lives. There is power in connecting through the creative process with the people around you,” she said. Cadigan said engaging the community in the arts is not just about encouraging appreciation of our most gifted artists and their work (although this is a very important component) but also includes engaging all people in creation and active participation in the arts. “I want to encourage creative interactions that are inter-cultural and inter-generational. It doesn’t matter if you are ‘good’ at it or not,” she said. For more information about The People Project 2022 and all other Adams County Arts Council programs and events, visit www.adamsarts.org.

Gettysburg Majestic will present first-ever Ken Burns Film Festival

Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater announced yesterday it will host the first-ever film festival dedicated solely to the work of award-winning documentarian Ken Burns next February 10-12, 2023. More than a career retrospective, festival-goers will engage with Burns, his collaborators, historians, and Gettysburg College students in consequential conversations about the simple question Burns has explored in all his films about American history: “Who are we?” All festival events require reservations and many are free to attend, including breakout sessions with historians and filmmakers, screenings of various documentary episodes from Burns’s 40-year catalog, and a marathon presentation of all 11.5 hours of The Civil War. Special guests currently scheduled to attend include longtime Burns collaborators Geoffrey Ward, writer; Sarah Botstein, producer; and Buddy Squires, cinematographer, as well as musicians Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, and exonerated Central Park Five member Kevin Richardson. Tickets for a special Friday evening keynote program with Burns, and two thematic highlight reel presentations compiled and introduced by Burns on Saturday will be $29 per person, per event. Festival passes will be available for $75. Festival passes and single event tickets will go on sale to the general public on June 17 at the Majestic Theater Box Office, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, by calling (717) 337-8200 or online at www.gettysburgmajestic.org. “Few individuals throughout our nation’s history have had a more profound impact in shaping American discourse than Ken Burns. His timeless works challenge us to see our country from new perspectives and encourage us to engage in the defining issues of our time,” said Gettysburg College President Bob Iuliano. “We are both excited and grateful for the opportunity to spotlight Ken’s artistry in this first-of-its-kind film festival.” “Gettysburg is both a place of remembering and imagining,” said Burns. “It is of course a burial ground for those who fought there – North and South – but it is also where President Lincoln imagined a new country, one where the values we associate with our country’s founding were given new meaning. Our work tries to present the past in all of its complexity, collecting individual stories into larger narratives. I’m honored and so appreciative for this opportunity to share our films as part of this festival and to join many of my colleagues in a conversation about our art form – and our country’s history.” Burns has a long connection to Gettysburg. His 1990 documentary “The Civil War” won the inaugural Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, awarded in 1991 at Gettysburg College. In 1994, he received an honorary degree from Gettysburg College, and in 2008 he returned once more to Gettysburg to speak at Soldiers’ National Cemetery on the 145th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. In 2020, he helped launch Gettysburg: Beyond the Battle, the $10 million capital campaign to build a new home for the Adams County Historical Society. The festival was inspired by a conversation Gettysburg native and local filmmaker Jake Boritt had with his friend Burns during the summer of 2020. Boritt, who serves as the festival’s director, approached Gettysburg College President Bob Iuliano and Majestic Theater Executive Director Jeffrey Gabel with the idea. “Ken Burns’s epic film The Civil War transformed Americans’ understanding of the defining event of our history, made Ken a national icon telling our story, unleashed a surge of interest in Gettysburg, and inspired me to become a documentary filmmaker,” Boritt said. “As Americans, it will be a singular experience to gather together in Gettysburg’s Majestic Theater to watch Ken Burns’s documentaries.” “Hosting the first-ever festival dedicated solely to Ken Burns’s films is a tremendous honor, as well as a testament to how historic theaters continue to contribute to the vitality of small towns across America,” said Gable. Featured image: Ken Burns [Evan Barlow]

Arts Council invites community to Youth Recylable Art Contest Awards Ceremony

The Adams County Arts Council invites participants, their families, and the community to join us for the Youth Recyclable Art Contest/Exhibit awards ceremony taking place at 6pm on April 21, 2022. Over 70 entries from county-wide students, kindergarten through twelfth grade, will be awarded cash prizes for first, second, and third place winners in five categories, including the new Repurposed Art category and Best in Show. Also announced at the ceremony will be our People’s Choice Award winner. Voting for this award will end on April 21st at 6pm and can be done any time prior by visiting the beautiful exhibit on display at the Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington St., Gettysburg. The center is open from 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday. Please call for available evening and weekend hours. All are encouraged to arrive early to the awards ceremony for refreshments and to enjoy the fantastic entries we received. A non-profit 501(c)(3), the mission of the Adams County Arts Council is to cultivate an arts-rich community. To see our full list of programs, make donations or learn more about this program, visit our website at www.adamsarts.org. Featured image: Entries from 2022 Youth Recyclable Art Contest/Exhibit

Majestic Theater hosts “An Evening With Graham Nash”

The Gettysburg Majestic Theater will present “An Evening With Graham Nash” on Sunday, August 7 – 7:30 pm Legendary artist Graham Nash, as a founding member of both the Hollies and Crosby, Stills and Nash, is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who has seen rock history unfold at some of its seminal moments – from the launch of the British Invasion to the birth of the Laurel Canyon movement a year later. An extraordinary Grammy Award® winning renaissance artist – and self-described “simple man” – Nash was inducted twice into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, for his work with CSN and his work as a solo artist, beginning with two landmark albums, Songs For Beginners and Wild Tales. The original classic union of Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young) lasted but twenty months. Yet their songs are lightning rods embedded in our DNA, starting with Nash’s “Marrakesh Express,” “Pre-Road Downs” and “Lady Of the Island,” from the first Crosby, Stills & Nash LP (1969). On CSNY’s Déjà Vu (1970), Nash’s iconic “Teach Your Children” and “Our House” (for Joni Mitchell) beseeched us to hold love tightly, to fend off the madness that was on its way. Towering above virtually everything that Graham Nash has accomplished in his long and multi-faceted career, stands the litany of songs that he has written and introduced to the soundtrack of our lives for nearly six decades. Tickets: $95 / $65 / $55 / VIP Packages available Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, April 15 at 10 am online, via phone at (717) 337-8200 or in person at 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg. Majestic member pre-sale is available immediately for Headliner and Benefactor Members. Pre-sale for all other Majestic Members begins Wednesday, April 13. Current members may log onto their account or call the Box Office at 717-337-8200 for pre-sale access.

History Meets the Arts this weekend

The 2022 edition of History Meets the Arts will be held Friday April 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday April 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Gettysburg Fire Company Community Room, Rear 35 N. Stratton St., Gettysburg PA 17325 . Admission is free. The event is presented by Lord Nelson’s Gallery & Gettysburg Custom Framing Since its inception back in 1998, the History Meets the Arts show in Gettysburg, PA has hosted up to 75 artists at any one time. You’ll have the opportunity to meet the following artists in person, and see/purchase their latest works. Original paintings, signed prints, powder horns, sculpture, folk art, hand forged knives, books and more. Artists appearing in 2022 so far include: Steve Auvenshine, John Barrett, John Buxton, Kyle Carroll, Bill & Wayne Fluke, Brad Fountain, Jennifer Frantz, Dale Gallon, Robert Griffing, Wayne Hyde, Todd Price, Keith Rocco, Tim Sanner, Bradley Schmehl, Larry Selman, Jeff Shaara, Bryant White, Pamela Patrick White & David Wright.

Gettysburg professor closes last semester with final concert

Retiring Gettysburg College professor Dr. Paul Austerlitz performed a showcase with jazz musicians Sunday.   Combining years of college involvement with decades of bass clarinet experience, Austerlitz brought his passion for jazz music to the Junction. Showcasing the power of the lesser-known bass clarinet, as well as the joy of musical improvisation, along with Austerlitz was the renowned The Marcus Quartet, composed of Todd Marcus on bass clarinet, Harry Appleman on piano, Blake Meister on bass, and Eric Kennedy on drums. The ensemble came from Baltimore and Washington D.C. Special student accompaniment also included Andrew Lee, Class of 2025, on clarinet and David Grant, Class of 2024, on tenor saxophone. The bass clarinet, which has more in common in shape with a saxophone than an average clarinet, is by far much more of a softer sounding instrument. Bass clarinets are rare to hear outside of classical music performances. The ensemble said it was not only a pleasure to be able to perform together, but see two bass clarinets on stage. “This is a special treat for me to make music from the heart with great musicians,” Austerlitz said. As improvisation is a key component in composition, the musicians held a “battle of the bands” and freestyled much of the performance. The musicians also played pieces by other jazz composers and presented their original works. Originally from Finland, Austerlitz has taught ethnomusicology, an anthropology for music, for 15 years in Gettysburg, he said. Austerlitz has been grateful for the opportunities provided by the college that allowed him to develop his creative projects. Following the end of the school year, Austerlitz now looks forward to pursuing music performance full time in New York City. More information about the Todd Marcus Quartet can be found at https://toddmarcusjazz.com/.

Local Artist Judy Pyle creates pieces honoring Ukraine

“When the invasion of Ukraine started I couldn’t stop watching those people; it was so sad,” said Gettysburg resident Judy Pyle. “In the case of the war, I cry. I can’t help it.” Pyle said she had turned her artistic work to making pieces that honored Ukraine and its citizens. “It’s cathartic for me,” she said. The Ukraine series includes works capturing moments during the occasion, including “Ukraine Ruins,” “Mariupol Theatre,” and “No fuel. No food. This is bullshit.” Pyle said she’s been metalsmithing since 1998, making jewelry, including broaches and other small pieces. The Ukraine series are enamels on copper created by applying heat, either using a torch or a small kiln in her well-ventilated basement. “They’re more like bas reliefs than sculpture. I use copper mesh and I put them all together. I put them in the kiln and they all stick together. Then I put I put a frame on them,” she said. Pyle said she modeled the Ukraine series on a 17th Century French artist, Bernard Pallisy, who is known for his so-called “rusticware,” which features three-dimensional works with animals and vegetation in bas relief. Pyle said she moved to Adams County when she was eight years old, attending school in the Bermudian School District and then at Saint Joseph Academy in McSherrystown. She taught art at the Gettysburg High School for over 30 years before retiring in 2006. Pyle hopes to get the pieces into a statewide art exhibit this summer.

Colin Mochrie brings “hypnotic improv” show to the Majestic on Friday

Improv comedy legend Colin Mochrie of Whose Line Is It Anyway? teams up with master hypnotist Asad Mecci to present “HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis” at Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater Friday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Majestic Box Office. “HYPROV is like nothing you’ve ever seen before,” remarked Majestic Theater Founding Executive Director Jeffrey Gabel. “I guarantee people will be talking about this show for years to come.” The show begins with Mecci welcoming twenty volunteers on stage to be hypnotized. He whittles them down to four or five of the most susceptible and then brings Mochrie out to improvise with them – while they are under hypnosis. In the hands of two experts, and solely crafted from the audience’s uninhibited unconscious mind, each show is an entirely original and completely unforgettable theatrical experience. “When we tried this for the first time onstage, I was absolutely petrified. Then I thought, ‘let’s just see where this takes us,’” said Mochrie. “Adding in the element of hypnosis to improv really allows people to let their guard down and have fun in a scene. They’re certainly the most interesting stage partners I’ve ever had!” Thirty volunteers are needed to fill 20 seats on stage. Those interested in participating as a volunteer must sign up in advance and must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to interact on stage. Information on how to sign up is available on the Majestic’s website. Vaccination is not required for attendees not on stage. Tickets for HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis start at $53 and are available at the Majestic Theater Box Office, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, by calling (717) 337-8200 or online at www.gettysburgmajestic.org. Free parking and roundtrip shuttle service for the performance is available from Gettysburg College’s Constitution Parking Lot. Shuttle starts one hour before each performance and is ADA accessible.  Metered parking is available at the Gettysburg Borough Parking Garage in Race Horse Alley as well as along Carlisle Street. Masks must be worn at all times inside the Majestic Theater regardless of vaccination status.

Majestic Theater offers “Open Captions” on Tuesday film showings

Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater now offers open-captioned screenings of most first-run films shown on Tuesdays.  These films are presented with captioned dialogue shown on-screen to all viewers, much like a subtitled film in a foreign language. Presenting movies with open captions makes movies more accessible to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, for whom English is a second language, or who prefer watching movies with captions. Closed (individually-enabled) captioning and assistive listening remain available for all movies throughout the week. These services may be enabled by movie viewers by using a captioning device available at the Box Office. The Majestic Theater at the Jennifer and David LeVan Performing Arts Center is owned and operated by Gettysburg College as a gathering place for its campus and community to celebrate the arts together.

Majestic Theater drops required masking

Effective today, March 11, masks are no longer required to attend most live performances and films at Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater. This update was made in accordance with the latest guidance from the CDC and Gettysburg College, and the current low level of COVID-19 transmission in Adams County. Masking is welcomed as an option for all patrons regardless of vaccination status. However, masks remain required to attend Sunderman Conservatory performances at the Majestic theater through May 2022. The Majestic will also continue offering Vaccine-Only Sunday Cinema, during which all patrons attending movies on Sundays must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster to attend; masks will be optional. Ticketholders unable to attend events due to COVID-19 symptoms or diagnosis should contact the Box Office at (717) 337-8200 or boxofficeinfo@gettysburg.edu. The Majestic Theater continues to engage in other public health measures such as enhanced cleaning and disinfecting and constant air filtration. The Majestic’s full health & safety policy is available by clicking here.

LASD presents “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” this weekend

Is it a drama? Is it a mystery? Is it a tragedy? No! It is the Littlestown High School Spring comedy musical, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” The 1962 Broadway musical by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, with music and lyrics by the late Stephen Sondheim will be presented by the cast this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. As the curtain goes up, the audience observes a street in ancient Rome where all the action is focused on three houses. First, the house of Erroneous (Nick Albright) an old man who according to Albright just “…interrupts the show, awkwardly.”  The second house is owned by Lycus (Keira Lee), purveyor of courtesans for the Roman gentleman caller. The third house is where Sennex (Derek Reed) and Domina (Makayla Rock) live with their son, Hero (Christian Keller). The story turns the hero and sidekick pairing on its head, featuring the sidekick as the main character. Taylor Hollie plays main character, Pseudolus, whose frenetic mind directs the cast of characters to her purpose while attempting to win her freedom. The sidekick’s sidekick is Hysterium (Trent Boritz), who finds himself unwillingly woven into Pseudolus’ plans. “Pseudolus is a Roman slave who wants his freedom,” says Hollie. Her character was originally written as a male character. Hollie is following in the footsteps of Whoopie Goldberg who took on the role in 1997. Says Hollie, “He’s a funny little guy.” Play goers will meet the lovely Philia (Chloe Sentz), the bride purchased by the pompous and full of himself Captain Miles Gloriosus (Chase Wootton). Unbeknownst to Miles Gloriosus, Hero and Philia are in love. Hero promises Pseudolus his freedom if Pseudolus can get Philia for him. A host of supporting characters help with the confusion and mayhem. The courtesans include Tintinnabula (Brooke Kelly), Vibrata (Florence Vandersluys), Geminae (Acadia Farley and Rylee Griffith), Panaceea (Duda Marton), Gymnasia (Katelyn Snare), and Auxiliara (Riko Kambayashi). Proteans and soldiers make up the balance of the cast. They are Kaelonnah Darlich, Kenzie Hull, Kaylie Kurland, and Brooklyn Pyren as Proteans. Garrett Hutchinson, Christopher Johnson, Ella Scott, and Dylan Smith are the Soldiers. Three members of the courtesans, Marton (Brazil), Kambayashi (Japan), and Vandersluys (France) are foreign exchange students. The three young actresses spending their senior year in Adams County expressed enthusiasm about their roles, saying theater was not an extra-curricular activity in their home schools. Directing the musical is Michael Baker along with vocal director Michael Lobaugh. Choreography is by Nikki Bull with music direction from Adam Bish. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.lasd.k12.pa.us/page/online-box-office . Featured Image: Cast members Florence Vandersluys, Taylor Hollie, and Riko Kambayashi. [Christine Grim]

GASD gets spooky with The Addams Family: The Musical

Students from the Gettysburg Area High School will present “The Addams Family: The Musical” this weekend. The show chronicles the drama, travails, and romances of the charming but offbeat American family originally created by American cartoonist Charles Addams, which was later developed into a 1960s TV show as well as film, video games, comic books, a musical and merchandising. As they say about the Addams Family: “They’re creepy and they’re kookyMysterious and spookyThey’re all together ooky” The show has been “on deck” for a few years now at GASD, ever since orchestral director Krista Kriel said she wanted to do it.  The show is director Greg Trax’s 9th production with GAHS. Joining him and Kriel in producing this musical are Kate Sainer, Choreographer, Terry McCDannell, Tech Director, and – new this year – Megan Coolbaugh, Music Director. Shows are Friday and Saturday, March 4 & 5 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 General Admission, $5 Students – tickets are sold 30 min before the show in the High School Auditorium lobby. Come out to the haunted mansion and show these talented children and school district staff that you support their hard work and dedication.

Greetings from beautiful, historic East Berlin!

My name is Jessica Laganosky, and I am the branch director at the Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library of East Berlin. The Trone Memorial Library has served the East Berlin community for over forty-five years. In 2016, the library building expanded in size to provide more community space for browsing of library materials; space for study; and more programming space. The warm and welcoming atmosphere is thanks to the wonderful team at the library – Anne, Carrie, Maddie, Molly, Sally, and Sherry.  If you have not had an opportunity to visit us in person, please do! There are so many positives when working in a small community such as East Berlin, but building relationships with the community and getting to know community members are two of the biggest positives. The Trone Memorial Library team cultivates these relationships, offering book recommendations based on a patron’s known interests; watching families grow and “graduate” from the children’s area to the young adult area; and working with experts in the community on a variety of topics to let their expertise shine in programming and displays. We’d love to see you at the library, joining us for a storytime, or a book discussion, or a craft night, or for one of our young adult event nights. Or, stop by just to say hi! It is a testament to the library team that community members from across the county keep coming back to the library. As of 2021, the Trone Memorial Library has a Friends group and a Friends-operated bookstore! Currently, the bookstore is open Mondays and Saturdays, 10am-2pm, and carries a variety of books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks, and more. Be sure to check it out soon and to learn more about the Friends of the Trone Memorial Library. A little bit about myself: Though I became the branch director at Trone Memorial Library in 2021, I have worked for the Adams County Library System for sixteen years. During that time, I held the position of branch manager at the Littlestown Library (in the original location on East King Street!); the branch manager at the Harbaugh~Thomas Library in Biglerville; and the Public Services Librarian at the Gettysburg Library. I am blessed during my time with the Adams County Library System to meet such amazing people at each location I called “home” for a period of time.  I oversee the daily operations of the Trone Memorial Library and work closely with the Friends of the Trone Memorial Library. I also work with the library team to purchase books and develop programming. My responsibilities also include managing the checkout system for the Adams County Library System – if something goes wrong, I connect with the company to troubleshoot and get things working again as quickly as possible. I also coordinate adult programming for the Adams County Library System, including serving as chair of the Adams County Reads One Book Committee. Each October, the library system hosts the Adams County Reads One Book program, which offers opportunities for all community members to read and to connect through one book title. This year’s book will be announced in June, so stay tuned! When not at the library, you’ll probably find me reading (I’ll read just about any type of book) or binge watching a crime drama (I’m currently watching Vera).  Submitted by Jessica Laganosky, Branch Director, Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library of East Berlin

Haitian Jazz Master will perform in Gettysburg on Saturday

Gettysburg College will host a residency focusing on Haitian music and spirituality by Erol Josué on February 4 and 5, 2022, free and open to all members of the community.  The residency will be capped by a performance on Saturday evening, Feb. 5 at 8:00 p.m. in Schmucker recital hall on the campus. A singer, bandleader, writer, and ethnologist, Josué is a leading figure in contemporary Haitian racin – or roots –  music, which blends modern traditions with elements of ancestral spirituality and the struggle for social justice. Josué recently presented his newest production, Pèlerinaj (Pilgrimage) – a showcase for Josué’s eclectic and innovative blend of spirituality, sacred song, dance, jazz, and electronic music – at Lincoln Center. Ordained as a Houngan (Vodou priest) in his teens,  Josué currently holds the position of General Director of Haiti’s National Bureau of Ethnology, acting as both an academic and living emissary for his birthplace and the its cultural riches; he is one of the world’s best-known and most highly respected experts in the centuries old Haitian Vodou religion. Mr. Josué’s presentations spotlight elements of ritual and performance in a clear and engaging fashion, tapping into his many decades as a scholar, priest, and performer. Schedule:Fri., Feb. 4, 4 pm:  Vodou Music Workshop, Paul Recital Hall, Schmucker HallSat., Feb. 5, 1:30 pm:  Public Lecture: “What is Vodou?,” , Paul Recital Hall, Schmucker HallSat., Feb. 5, 8 pm:  Erol Josué in Concert LinksErol Josué at Lincoln Centerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX6v1fm1ft0 Interview with Erol Josuéhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qiZO7P8HmE&t=133s ‘Je vous aime Congo,’ Erol Josuéhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDLgb8VJQVM&list=PLFPIkeMEw-XcB3ytDlPky-T3tVDuyLKEt The residency is sponsored by the Sunderman Chamber Music Series and co-sponsored by Africana Studies.

America’s Got Talent Finalist Brings Silhoutte magic to the Majestic

Experience thrilling and mysterious shadow silhouettes rendered live in Catapult: Magic Shadows at Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater on Sunday, March 6 at 3:00 p.m. This show is made possible by WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital’s Healing HeARTS Healthy Family Series. “Catapult is one of the most magical stage shows I’ve ever seen,” enthused Majestic Theater Founding Executive Director Jeffrey Gabel. “The moving shadow silhouettes will delight children of all ages.” An America’s Got Talent finalist from Season 8, Catapult is a magical production that features incredible dancers who work behind a screen to create shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. With the arc of an arm, the point of a toe or the twist of a torso, Catapult’s dancers stretch their bodies, and your imaginations, telling stories with humor and pathos by transforming magically from one shape to another. See Vivaldi’s Four Seasons spring to life, be amazed as you watch their bodies transform into a mountain, an elephant, a dragon even a helicopter, and travel the world from Paris to Beijing in under 10 minutes! Animated by the dancers’ shadows, every cinematic scene in Magic Shadows is a kaleidoscope of colorful storytelling that will awe and astound you. A great show for the whole family – full of laughs, emotions and miraculous transformations. You will leave this show dazed and happy, and you will never look at your own shadow the same way again! Tickets for Catapult: Magic Shadows start at $38 and are available at the Majestic Theater Box Office, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, by calling (717) 337-8200 or online at www.gettysburgmajestic.org. Free parking and roundtrip shuttle service for the performance is available from Gettysburg College’s Constitution Parking Lot. Shuttle starts one hour before each performance and is ADA accessible. Metered parking is available at the Gettysburg Borough Parking Garage in Race Horse Alley as well as along Carlisle Street. Masks must be worn at all times inside the Majestic Theater regardless of vaccination status. The Majestic Theater at the Jennifer and David LeVan Performing Arts Center is owned and operated by Gettysburg College as a gathering place for its campus and community to celebrate the arts together.

Sunday showtimes will be vaccine-only at Gettysburg Majestic Theatre

Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater will offer vaccination-required movie showings every Sunday beginning February 6. All movie showings every Sunday will require full COVID-19 vaccination to attend. Vaccination will not be required to attend movies on Mondays through Saturdays. “Many of our most faithful movie goers are over the age of 60, and have told me they would feel safer if everyone in the audience was fully vaccinated as well as masked,” explained Majestic Theater Founding Executive Director Jeffrey Gabel. “We decided to test the market with Sunday movie matinees, which are particularly popular with this audience.” Patrons attending movie showings on Sundays will be required to present a COVID-19 vaccination card or photo of the card, as well as a photo ID. Patrons must be fully vaccinated, including booster doses if eligible. Patrons will also be required to wear a mask at all times unless eating or drinking. A negative COVID-19 test will not be accepted in absence of a vaccination card. This policy applies to all patrons, including children; children ages 4 and under will not be admitted. The Majestic Theater at the Jennifer and David LeVan Performing Arts Center is owned and operated by Gettysburg College as a gathering place for its campus and community to celebrate the arts together.

Adams County Arts Council seeks input on “People Project” grant

The Adams County Arts Council (ACAC) has received a $16,000 grant from PA Humanities as part of its $1.4 million recovery and growth program. Called PA SHARP (Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan), the initiative provides flexible funding to strengthen and grow the humanities across the state. Grantees join the new PA SHARP Learning Network, a special statewide learning group that fosters resource sharing, networking, professional development, and mutual support. ACAC will use PA SHARP funding to expand on a community performance and visual art installation project called The People Project. Adams County residents, government officials, business owners, and non-profit representatives are invited to attend one of two planning meetings for this community-wide performance and visual arts project on Feb. 2 and 3 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Adams County Arts Council. Registration is preferred but not required. To RSVP, visit www.adamsarts.org. The People Project addresses current needs to hear diverse voices and cultivate empathy in our community. Entering its fifth production year, The People Project started in 2017 as a simple staged reading at Gettysburg College’s Stevens Theatre, under the direction of then-guest artist Lisa Cadigan. The Project’s goal is to celebrate diversity and encourage empathy by giving voice to common experiences from a variety of perspectives. Themes from previous projects have included “Stories of Compassion, Inclusion and Diversity,” “Stories of Home,” and “Masks of Oppression.” Past participants have included people of all ages and backgrounds living in Adams County. In 2021, ACAC produced the “The People Project 2021: Stories of the Unexpected” with support from the Glatfelter Family Foundation as an after-school program for middle and high school students that culminated in a video rather than an in-person performance. The final 40-minute video project (viewable on YouTube) included musical performances, interviews, visual art presentations, and first-person narratives read aloud by their authors.  For 2022, the PA SHARP grant enables ACAC to expand The People Project into a county-wide event that combines the original staged reading format with the visual art, music, and video components added in 2021. It includes plans for a permanent, public art installation to reflect the shared stories and serve as a historical marker.  The People Project is just one part of ACAC’s larger outreach expansion initiative intended to build creative connections between diverse communities in Adams County. “Everyone has a story,” says ACAC Executive Director Leona Rega. “ACAC is proud to spearhead this important project, which encourages kind and productive conversations and creative place-making among diverse voices, to cultivate the empathy necessary for community healing and meaningful connections.”  The People Project is participant-driven; it empowers members of the community to choose themes relevant to Adams County residents, who then have the chance to explore those themes through research, discussion, creative writing, music, and fine arts. It deliberately integrates arts and culture into community revitalization work socially (by building empathy, expanding perspective, and changing perceptions); economically (by attracting residents and visitors to engage in a cultural experience, which encourages patronizing local businesses); educationally (by inviting area schools and educators to partner in recruiting participants and facilitate sections of the project); and historically (by creating an event that will mark a pivotal moment in our community’s history).  “The humanities are on the ground putting people first by making spaces for new voices, supporting meaningful learning experiences, and fostering healing and resiliency in communities of all sizes,” said Laurie Zierer, executive director of PA Humanities. “PA SHARP further strengthens this essential work through network building, financial support, and reimagining the possibilities of the humanities across the state.” The 92 recipients of the PA SHARP grant represent museums, historical societies, libraries, and other vital cultural institutions across Pennsylvania. They were carefully selected with an emphasis on equity and geographic diversity. Funds from PA SHARP aim to help address the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the cultural sector by supporting creative programming, capacity building, and general operations. In addition to funding, the PA SHARP Learning Network will build a statewide community of people passionate about creating inclusive, engaged communities that are ready to lead the statewide recovery alongside PA Humanities. Funding for PA SHARP comes from PA Humanities’ federal partner, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Recognizing the financial realities of the pandemic and the vital importance of the humanities to economic and civic life, this legislation allocated to the NEH funds to “prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the coronavirus.” Additional funding comes from Spring Point Partners to support 16 organizations that serve Philadelphia’s BIPOC and new immigrant communities. The full list of PA SHARP grantees is available at pahumanities.org/pasharp. To learn more or to become involved in The People Project 2022 in Adams County as a volunteer, sponsor, contributor, artist, or performer, please attend at least one of the two planning meetings scheduled at the Adams County Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington Street, Gettysburg. Meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, February 2 and Thursday, February 3 from 5-7 p.m. (Inclement weather delay date: Wednesday, Feb. 9). Pre-registration is preferred, but not required. Topics for discussion will include performance scheduling, venue(s), and selection of a theme that reflects Adams County. All are welcome. Pre-registration is preferred, but not required. Pre-register on ACAC’s website: www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006. Additional questions can be addressed to Lisa Cadigan, ACAC Director of Outreach and Community Resources: lcadigan@adamsarts.org.

Buzz Jones to speak on “Why Jazz Matters”

The Adams County Arts Council will host their first Third Thursday Brown Bag lunch session of 2022 on Thursday, January 20 at noon. Buzz Jones presents “Why Jazz Matters: The Legacy of Satchmo and Duke, arguably two of the most seminal figures in 20th century American music.  You will learn about the early years of Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) and Duke Ellington (1899-1974), their development as creative leaders in the field of jazz, and their immense societal influence by viewing vintage video clips and listening to recordings.  Buzz will also discuss the extraordinary jazz event in 1966 at Gettysburg College. The hour-long program is free to the public and will be held at the Adams County Arts Council Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington Street.  Bring you lunch and friend! John (Buzz) Jones a professor of music emeritus at Gettysburg College.  He served as Director of Bands, Music Department Chair, Director of the Sunderman Conservatory of Music, and Director of the Jazz Ensemble.  He also taught courses in theory and jazz history and coordinated the 2012 Gettysburg College England Program as a Senior Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University.  Buzz led numerous summer tours abroad with the college jazz ensemble and the Buzz Jones Big Band performing at major festivals in Switzerland, Turkey, France, The Netherlands, and Italy. The mission of the Adams County Arts Council is to cultivate an arts-rich community. To register for the program or for information about Arts Council’s classes at the Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington St., Gettysburg, contact aa@adamsarts.org, call (717) 334-5006, or visit www.adamsarts.org. Editor: If you have questions or need more info, please contact Becca Riley at 717-334-5006 or aa@adamsarts.org

Gettysburg Majestic Honors Aretha Franklin with a live show on February 16

Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater will rock with the sounds of soul legend Aretha Franklin on Wednesday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. with “A Tribute to Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul.” The concert will be presented live by musician, vocalist and composer Damien Sneed, and singer-songwriter Valerie Simpson, of Ashford & Simpson. “A Tribute to Aretha Franklin” marks Sneed’s return to Gettysburg following his wildly energetic, and sold-out performance at the 2020 Gettysburg Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Sneed toured with Aretha in the later years of her career, developing a strong mentee relationship with the soul legend. The evening will pay homage to the monarch herself with fresh renditions of cherished hits like “Respect,” “Knew You Were Waiting,” “Precious Memories,” “Think,” “Until You Come Back to Me,” “Freeway” and many others. Joining Sneed and his accomplished back up ensemble of jazz, gospel, and soul musicians and vocalists on stage will be six-time Grammy nominee Valerie Simpson, half of the songwriting, performing and producing entity Ashford & Simpson. With her late husband Nick Ashford, Simpson penned hits like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need to Get By” and “I’m Every Woman.” Tickets for “A Tribute to Aretha Franklin” start at $57 and are available at the Majestic Theater Box Office, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, by calling (717) 337-8200 or online at www.gettysburgmajestic.org. Free parking and roundtrip shuttle service for the performance is available from Gettysburg College’s Constitution Parking Lot. Shuttle starts one hour before each performance and is ADA accessible.  Metered parking is available at the Gettysburg Borough Parking Garage in Race Horse Alley as well as along Carlisle Street. Masks must be worn at all times inside the Majestic Theater regardless of vaccination status. The Majestic Theater at the Jennifer and David LeVan Performing Arts Center is owned and operated by Gettysburg College as a cultural celebration for its campus and community.

Sweeney Todd Opens 14th Season At Gettysburg Community Theatre

Gettysburg Community Theatre, the non-profit 501c3 organization located at 49 York Street in historic downtown Gettysburg, PA, will opened its 14th season this evening with the musical thriller “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street.” Sweeney Todd will continue at 7:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 30, barring cancellations due to Covid or inclement weather. Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight Tony Awards, (including Best Musical), for its Broadway premiere. Stephen Sondheim’s and Hugh Wheeler’s tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world for decades. An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up… and the carnage has only just begun! The cast includes April Howard, C. Andrew Adcock, Kaitlyn Ball, David Bowman, Grayson Wallace, Caitlyn Suerdieck, Emma Kirk, Audrey Trax, Greg Trax, Tessa Trax, from Gettysburg, Joshua Rikas, David Miller, Drew Derreth, Jocelyn Meyer from Hanover, Joshua Schriver from McSherrystown, Alissa Baker from Fairfield, Emma Holt from Boiling Springs, Sara Bollinger, Maggie Grace Gebo from New Oxford, Ken Griggs from Chambersburg, and Melissa Janicki from York Haven. The production is under the direction of GCT Founding Executive/Artistic Director, Chad-Alan Carr, and vocal music director, Carrie Conklin. This show may not be suitable for all audiences due to mature content and violence. There are no streaming rights available for this title so it will be in person performances only. Tickets can be ordered at www.GettysburgCommunityTheatre.org and since GCT is a small 80 seat theatre, it is highly recommended that tickets be ordered in advance online. Auditions and volunteer opportunities can also be found online. GCT Mission Statement: To inspire creativity and confidence, provide cultural enrichment, and instill a love of the theatre arts in people of ALL ages and abilities through quality education and performance. Even throughout the pandemic, GCT continues to offer educational, performance, and volunteer opportunities for all ages and abilities year-round as safely as possible. Featured Image Caption: April Howard and Joshua Rikas portray Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney Todd making remarkably interesting “meat pies” in London in the musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street performing on stage weekends January 14-30, 2022, at Gettysburg Community Theatre.

Sidney Poitier – Hollywood’s first Black leading man reflected the civil rights movement on screen

Aram Goudsouzian, University of Memphis In the summer of 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. introduced the keynote speaker for the 10th-anniversary convention banquet of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Their guest, he said, was his “soul brother.” “He has carved for himself an imperishable niche in the annals of our nation’s history,” King told the audience of 2,000 delegates. “I consider him a friend. I consider him a great friend of humanity.” That man was Sidney Poitier. Poitier, who died at 94 on Jan. 7, 2021, broke the mold of what a Black actor could be in Hollywood. Before the 1950s, Black movie characters generally reflected racist stereotypes such as lazy servants and beefy mammies. Then came Poitier, the only Black man to consistently win leading roles in major films from the late 1950s through the late 1960s. Like King, Poitier projected ideals of respectability and integrity. He attracted not only the loyalty of African Americans, but also the goodwill of white liberals. In my biography of him, titled “Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon,” I sought to capture his whole life, including his incredible rags-to-riches arc, his sizzling vitality on screen, his personal triumphs and foibles and his quest to live up to the values set forth by his Bahamian parents. But the most fascinating aspect of Poitier’s career, to me, was his political and racial symbolism. In many ways, his screen life intertwined with that of the civil rights movement – and King himself. An age of protests In three separate columns in 1957, 1961 and 1962, a New York Daily News columnist named Dorothy Masters marveled that Poitier had the warmth and charisma of a minister. Poitier lent his name and resources to King’s causes, and he participated in demonstrations such as the 1957 Prayer Pilgrimage and the 1963 March on Washington. In this era of sit-ins, Freedom Rides and mass marches, activists engaged in nonviolent sacrifice not only to highlight racist oppression, but also to win broader sympathy for the cause of civil rights. In that same vein, Poitier deliberately chose to portray characters who radiated goodness. They had decent values and helped white characters, and they often sacrificed themselves. He earned his first star billing in 1958, in “The Defiant Ones,” in which he played an escaped prisoner handcuffed to a racist played by Tony Curtis. At the end, with the chain unbound, Poitier jumps off a train to stick with his new white friend. Writer James Baldwin reported seeing the film on Broadway, where white audiences clapped with reassurance, their racial guilt alleviated. When he saw it again in Harlem, members of the predominantly Black audience yelled “Get back on the train, you fool!” King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. In that same year, Poitier won the Oscar for Best Actor for “Lilies of the Field,” in which he played Homer Smith, a traveling handyman who builds a chapel for German nuns out of the goodness of his heart. The sweet, low-budget movie was a surprise hit. In its own way, like the horrifying footage of water hoses and police dogs attacking civil rights activists, it fostered swelling support for racial integration. A better man By the time of the actor’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference speech, both King and Poitier seemed to have a slipping grip on the American public. Bloody and destructive riots plagued the nation’s cities, reflecting the enduring discontent of many poor African Americans. The swelling calls for “Black Power” challenged the ideals of nonviolence and racial brotherhood – ideals associated with both King and Poitier. When Poitier stepped to the lectern that evening, he lamented the “greed, selfishness, indifference to the suffering of others, corruption of our value system, and a moral deterioration that has already scarred our souls irrevocably.” “On my bad days,” he said, “I am guilty of suspecting that there is a national death wish.” By the late 1960s, both King and Poitier had reached a crossroads. Federal legislation was dismantling Jim Crow in the South, but African Americans still suffered from limited opportunity. King prescribed a “revolution of values,” denounced the Vietnam War, and launched a Poor People’s Campaign. Poitier, in his 1967 speech for the SCLC, said that King, by adhering to his convictions for social justice and human dignity, “has made a better man of me.” Exceptional characters Poitier tried to adhere to his own convictions. As long as he was the only Black leading man, he insisted on playing the same kind of hero. But in the era of Black Power, had Poitier’s saintly hero become another stereotype? His rage was repressed, his sexuality stifled. A Black critic, writing in The New York Times, asked “Why Does White America Love Sidney Poitier So?” That critic had a point: As Poitier himself knew, his films created too-perfect characters. Although the films allowed white audiences to appreciate a Black man, they also implied that racial equality depends on such exceptional characters, stripped of any racial baggage. From late 1967 into early 1968, three of Poitier’s movies owned the top spot at the box office, and a poll ranked him the most bankable star in Hollywood. Each film provided a hero who soothed the liberal center. His mannered schoolteacher in “To Sir, With Love” tames a class of teenage ruffians in London’s East End. His razor-sharp detective in “In the Heat of the Night” helps a crotchety white Southern sheriff solve a murder. His world-renowned doctor in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” marries a white woman, but only after winning the blessing of her parents. “I try to make movies about the dignity, nobility, the magnificence of human life,” he insisted. Audiences flocked to his films, in part, because he transcended racial division and social despair – even as more African Americans, baby boomers and film critics tired of the old-fashioned do-gooder spirit of these movies. Intertwined lives And then, the lives of Martin Luther King Jr. and Sidney Poitier intersected one final time. After King’s assassination on April 4, 1968, Poitier was a stand-in for the ideal that King embodied. When he presented at the Academy Awards, Poitier won a massive ovation. “In the Heat of the Night” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” captured most of the major awards. Hollywood again dealt with the nation’s racial upheaval through Poitier movies. But after King’s violent murder, the Poitier icon no longer captured the national mood. In the 1970s, a generation of “Blaxploitation” films featured violent, sexually charged heroes. They were a reaction against the image of a Black leading man associated with Poitier. Although his career evolved, Poitier was no longer a superstar, and he no longer bore the burden of representing the Black freedom movement. Yet for a generation, he had served as popular culture’s preeminent expression of the ideals of Martin Luther King. Featured image: Kingkongphoto & www.celebrity-photos.com from Laurel Maryland, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons [Get the best of The Conversation, every weekend. Sign up for our weekly newsletter.] Aram Goudsouzian, Bizot Family Professor of History, University of Memphis This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Reduced Shakespeare Company presents “The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged) on Feb. 12

The original masters of abridgement, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, land on stage at Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater February 12 at 7:30 p.m. with their riotous take on humor, “The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged).” Tickets are available now at the Majestic Theater Box Office. “This frenetic performance is like speed reading A Prairie Home Companion’s Pretty Good Joke Book – 2,200 jokes in 90 minutes,” said Jeffrey Gabel, Founding Executive Director at the Majestic Theater. “Since ‘laughter is the best medicine,’ during a pandemic we can use all the laughter we can get.” The Reduced Shakespeare Company has skewered history, the Bible, and the world’s most celebrated playwright. In “The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged)” the troupe tackles the subject it was born to reduce, from the high-brow to the low, and spanning across the ages. Is Moliere funny? Why or why not? Why did the chicken cross the road? Why do critics describe everything in a way that makes it seem unfunny? Find out the answers to these sticky questions and more with the Reduced Tickets for “The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged)” start at $38 and are available at the Majestic Theater Box Office, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, by calling (717) 337-8200 or online at www.gettysburgmajestic.org. Free parking and roundtrip shuttle service for the performance is available from Gettysburg College’s Constitution Parking Lot. Shuttle starts one hour before each performance and is ADA accessible.  Metered parking is available at the Gettysburg Borough Parking Garage in Race Horse Alley as well as along Carlisle Street. Masks must be worn at all times inside the Majestic Theater regardless of vaccination status. The Majestic Theater at the Jennifer and David LeVan Performing Arts Center is owned and operated by Gettysburg College as a cultural celebration for its campus and community.

Adams County Arts Council features K-12 students and member works through January

The Adams County Arts Council, 125 South Washington Street, will be celebrating the opening exhibitions of Bermudian Springs High School, Littlestown High School, and Alloway Creek Elementary School student work, along with works by Warren Tracy Davis and Elsie Shackleton on Friday, January 7, 5-7:00 p.m. for a First Friday opening reception.  The shows will remain up through the month of January.   The reception is free and open to the public.  Masks are required. In the Gallery, “Community” is an exhibition featuring thirty-nine student artists from Bermudian Springs High School, Art Teacher, Kim Robinson.  Their collective artist statement, “Individually we are different, but collectively in the art room we are one community.  We think, plan, and celebrate growth and encourage one another to persevere through struggles.  We make mistakes and figure out how to make them work.  We are art students.” In the Reception Hall, The Choice Based Art Exhibition features work by Littlestown Area SD students and Alloway Creek Elementary students, Art Teachers Jill Rakowicz, and is a show celebrating the art of choice in the art room, or TAB.  Choice based art is a method of teaching in which students learn to use art making processes.  The results produce well-planned works of art that demonstrate originality, and a unique perspective from each student. For more information about Littlestown and Bermudian Springs Art Exhibitions, Warren Tracy Davis and other upcoming Arts Council exhibitions, art classes at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, and other news and events from the Adams County Arts Council, visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006. The Adams County Arts Council’s mission is to cultivate an arts-rich community.

New play by Gettysburg native Kramer Hardman to premiere at Adams County Arts Council

PALE ERECTIONS HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND WILL LIKELY BE RESCHEDULED IN MAY, 2022 “Pale Erections: The Monuments Play,” a new play by Gettysburg native Kramer Hardman, will have its premiere production at Adam County Arts Council (125 S Washington St, Gettysburg, PA 17325) for four performances in January 2022. By up-and-coming playwright Hardman and directed by Karen Land, Pale Erections will play on January 21, 22 and January 28, 29 at 7:00 p.m. Inspired by the July 4, 2020 Militia Protests in Gettysburg, PA, “Pale Erections” follows two militia soldiers tasked with defending a confederate monument in an isolated corner of a Civil War battlefield. While standing guard, they argue and lament, trying desperately to overcome their growing sense of isolation. Later, they are met by a stranger who plummets them into a nightmare, shaking their confidence in one another and the militia’s cause. The three-person cast features Ian Kress as Orson, Ike Schlossberg as Heins, and Jeff Leinbach as Quentin. Pale Erections is free to the public, with a suggested donation of $10. The creative team for Pale Erections includes Hardman (book), Land (director), John Rudy (Technical Director and Designer), and Cyd Tokar (Design Consultant and Co-Conspirator). For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/themonumentsplay/

Arts Council elects 2022 officers

The board of directors of the Adams County Arts Council has elected its 2022 officers. They are President, Judie Butterfield, currently a Gettysburg borough council member, 1st Vice President Kim Bond, Executive Vice President of Open Minds, 2nd Vice President Pauline LeVan, managing partner of Battlefield Harley-Davidson, Treasurer Stu Kravits, retired from IBM and Lockheed Martin, and Secretary Darlene Brown, retired Gettysburg Borough Zoning Board member. Directors for the coming year include Nicole Bucher, owner Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium, Attorney Todd King of Salzmann Hughes, PC, Holly Purdy, realtor/co-owner of ReMax of Gettysburg, Jill Rakowicz, Alloway Creek Elementary School art teacher and artist, Montserrat Fonseca-Estrada, teacher at the VIDA Charter School, LIU Migrant program and Program Assist Next Generation, Cassondra Selby, realtor with Keller Williams and Lois Starkey, former gallery owner, realtor, and association executive, and Debra Westmoreland, design consultant, curator and artist. The board appointed a new member, Jennie Dillon, for 2022. She is president of GARMA and the owner of Artworks in Gettysburg since 2017. For the past seven years, Jennie has been the Office and Events Manager at Gettysburg Rental Center. She was a CVS/Pharmacy Store Manager for 19 years and winner of the 2006 CVS Regional Paragon award. She is the organizer of the Gettysburg Outdoor Antique show, Christmas tree lighting, and Santa’s Shanty since 2016. She has served as president of the Gettysburg Eagles Ladies Auxiliary since June 2019 as Secretary Commissioner on the Human Relations Commission board since May 2021. She volunteers with 2 animal shelters and as the social media manager for BDAL shelter. Incorporated in 1993, the Adams County Arts Council has evolved from a small group of optimistic organizers into a nonprofit arts organization, with a membership of 500 and a mission to cultivate an arts-rich community. Core values of the ACAC are creativity, community, connection, and a focus on the future. Appreciating, practicing, and participating in the arts are key means to understanding, supporting, and celebrating the human experience which improves the quality of life for all who engage. The Arts Education Center at 125 S. Washington St. in Gettysburg hosts 10,000 sq. ft. of inviting spaces for arts and culinary classes, artist studios, galleries, pottery and glass workshops, and reception hall with full kitchen for community/ private events. The facility breaks down barriers of cost with scholarships for low income youth and senior citizens. For more information about the Arts Council’s classes, programs, or membership, visit www.adamsarts.org, email: aa@adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006.

Community Theatre announces auditions; schedules Sweeney Todd in January

The Gettysburg Community Theatre has announced that the “dark, witty and Tony Award-winning tale of love, murder and revenge set against the backdrop of 19th century London” Sweeney Todd will come to the theater in January. An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up… and the carnage has only just begun! Directed by Chad-Alan Carr and Carrie Conklin, the show will run Jan. 14 through 30, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. Sundays. This show may not be suitable for young children. The theater has announced 1st-9th grade auditions for Winnie the Pooh at 6:00 p.m on Dec. 13 or 20. Choose one date to audition. Parents are asked to attend to complete a form. Bring calendars with you. Students are asked to sing one verse of a song of their choice to audition for this production class that will meet 6-7pm Wednesdays, January 19–March 25, with mandatory dress rehearsals 6-8pm every night March 28-31, with performances April 1-10, 2022 7pm Fridays and 2pm Saturdays & Sundays. This class is by audition only. Masks may be required. The theater has announced 4th-12th  grade auditions for Les Misérables at 6:00 p.m.December 14 or 20. Choose one date to audition. Parents are asked to attend to complete a form. Bring calendars with you. Students are asked to sing one verse of a song of their choice to audition for this production class that will meet 6-7pm Tuesdays, January 18–April 29, with mandatory dress rehearsals 6-8pm every night May 2-5, with performances May 6-22, 2022 7pm Fridays and Saturdays & 2pm Sundays. This class is by audition only. Masks may be required. For more information please contact the theatre: Phone: 717-334-2692 Email: chad@gettysburgcommunitytheatre.org

Holiday Members Show at ACAC (Dec 3, 2021 through Dec 17, 2021

The Adams County Arts Council will be showcasing ACAC member’s artwork at their Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington Street, Gettysburg, on Friday, December 3, 11:00 a.m-7:00 p.m. The exhibit will feature a collection of hanging artwork by sixteen member artists. The show will remain up through December 17. A variety of mediums and styles will be available for purchase to include, photography, carved wood, pen and ink, etchings, monoprints, oils, acrylics, watercolor, mixed media, gouache, and stained glass. Participating artist, Anne Finucane says, “I always enjoy participating in shows at the AECenter because the work that I do really reflects the Adams County landscape. Whether it’s a linocut or etching, the theme is South Central PA. and it is beautiful countryside.” Other participating artists include: Erin Brown, Celeste and Jim Lauretson, Geoffrey Thulin, Sharon Birch, Arlyn Pettingell, Andrew Smith, Joh Ricci, Christian Parker, Kathryn Stott, Elsie Shackleton, Fabio Carella, Barbara Stafford, Paula Kravits and Janet Powers. For more information about the Holiday Members Show, and other upcoming Arts Council exhibitions, art classes at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, and other news and events from the Adams County Arts Council, visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006. The Adams County Arts Council’s mission is to cultivate an arts-rich community.

ULS Annual Vesper Service is Sunday

 nce more, Music, Gettysburg! marks the beginning of Advent with a service of Evening Prayer at 7:30 p.m. on November 28 at the Gettysburg Chapel of United Lutheran Seminary. The Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg will lead a service including music from the last thousand years, from Gregorian Chant to a prayer set by its founder and director, Stephen P. Folkemer. The Vespers service will also include some limited congregational singing. In keeping with the policy of United Lutheran Seminary and the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, those attending must be masked. Music, Gettysburg! is a premier concert series featuring international, regional and local musical artists for the greater southern Pennsylvania region. Concerts are free and open to the public. Support for the series comes from the United Lutheran Seminary, and also directly from businesses and individuals. All concerts (unless specifically noted) take place in the chapel of the United Lutheran Seminary at 147 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA.

Local Artist John Kamerer’s flower photos at Monumental Gallery

John Kamerer, a local Gettysburg photographer, has been photographing flowers for over 20 years and displays his photographs at his gallery, Monumental Photography Gallery. “I worked in advertising at J. Walter Thompson for over 40 years,” said Kamerer. “There, I made television commercials for well-known brands and then moved to Gettysburg in 2003.” After retiring from advertising and moving to Gettysburg, Kamerer began taking photographs of flowers he grew in his garden. He began exhibiting his work in art festivals and participated in photography and art shows until September 2019. “In December 2019, I bought Monumental Photography Gallery,” said Kamerer. “Then, the pandemic hit in March 2020, and I had to shut down until July 4, 2021.” After being closed for over a year, Kamerer reopened the gallery Fridays through Sundays in the afternoons and began showing at art shows again. The first was at the Apple Harvest Festival in Biglerville. There, he had the opportunity to interact with people again and show his work. Kamerer is interested in photographing colorful flowers. “I am known for my photographs of sunflowers,” he said. He grows lots of them in his own garden and takes photographs of them. Kamerer said he wants to continue photographing sunflowers as that is what he is known for, and it separates him from other photographers. “I have built up a fan base by focusing on sunflowers,” Kamerer said. “And people keep coming back to see what is new.” In addition to photographing sunflowers and other flowers in his garden, he has started painting the frames his photographs are in. “Painting the frames of the photographs gets me noticed, as people haven’t seen it before,” he said. People who visit his gallery are excited to see new things and painting the frames has reinvented his photography by expanding the flowers outside of the frame. “The hardest part of being a photographer is having to motivate yourself when you are alone,” said Kamerer. “In order to get a good photograph, you have to take advantage of what is in nature and what appears even when you don’t want to.” Kamerer said that the photographic process is very nuanced and keeps you on your toes as you have to stop and take a photograph of what is out there when the light is good. “Because of the spontaneity of nature, I have to carry my camera with me and be ready to take a photograph,” Kamerer said.” This results in every photograph that he takes having a story. Kamerer intends to keep taking photographs of flowers and nature, but the building the gallery is located is being sold by the end of the year. Beginning in the new year, he will focus more online and sell his art out of his home at 317 Buford Avenue. This new location will be open by appointment. Monumental Photography Gallery is located at 18 North Washington Street. Stop by Friday-Sunday afternoons or call 717-253-5004 to visit the gallery by appointment.

Art works by Robert Patierno on display through November

On display at the Gettysburg Majestic Theater Art Gallery through November are a series of works by Gettysburg College Adjunct Assistant Professor Robert Patierno. Patierno is an internationally renowned printmaker, draftsman, and painter whose strongly graphic and powerful works have been exhibited throughout the United States and across Europe. Patierno’s prints, paintings and drawings reside in the permanent collections of the Frans Masereel Centrum Pour Grafiks, Kasterlee, in Belgium; the Erie Art Museum; the Lancaster Museum; the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Pennsylvania; the U.S. Department of State, Art Bank; and those of many universities. His exhibits and shows are numerous enough to make recounting impractical. Corporations, museums, and individual collectors alike continue to acquire his work. As a founder of the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Patierno spent more than two decades developing its Fine Arts Department, as well as chairing it before leaving in 2003 to devote himself to making art. His production capacity is evidenced by his many and frequent exhibitions – including outdoor murals in his home state of Pennsylvania. “Art making is my attempt to make order of chaos, so in this sense my work is observational in nature. What I perceive must be simplified, readjusted, and then the personal image surfaces, disinterested to a large degree. I think any subject looked at with a careful mind’s eye, becomes significant. The Art object itself is not as important to me as the resulting conversations that occur with my audience.”

Actor Stephen Lang Book Signing at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, Nov. 18, 2021

On Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, acclaimed stage and screen actor, playwright and author Stephen Lang will hold an in-person book signing for his book The Wheatfield in the Museum Book Store at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. As part of the events surrounding the annual Dedication Day and Remembrance Day weekend, Lang will sign copies of his Gettysburg-inspired book The Wheatfield, as well as The Gettysburg Story: Battlefield Auto Tour in which he voiced the narrative. Lang’s book signing is scheduled from 2-3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18. A story of sacrifice, courage and selflessness, Lang’s first book for young readers, The Wheatfield, tells of Union Soldier and Medal of Honor recipient, James Jackson Purman, as he vividly recalls the Battle of Gettysburg and his fateful encounters in the Wheatfield in July 1863. Returning to Gettysburg 50 years after the battle, Purman and other battle-weary Civil War veterans gather in harmony, stripping away their former allegiances to north and south in hopes of peaceful fellowship. Featuring Lang’s poetic writing and powerful illustrations by the young artists The Bros. Smith (Alex and Adrian), the book is aimed to delight readers young and old. Patrons of the Gettysburg Museum Book Store on Nov. 18 have the opportunity to purchase in store Lang’s works for signing. The Wheatfield is available in the Museum Book Store, in the Museum & Visitor Center, located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, Pa. A portion of the proceeds benefit the education and preservation mission of the Gettysburg Foundation. On Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, Lang will appear at the Dedication Day ceremonies in the Gettysburg National Cemetery. Lang will join the ceremonies on the rostrum to present the Gettysburg Address. Hosted by the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania since 1938, and co-sponsored again this year by Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg College and the Gettysburg Foundation, the Dedication Day ceremonies include a program in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their nation and to recall the words of President Abraham Lincoln. The details surrounding the Dedication Day ceremonies are available at LincolnFellowship.org. A longtime advocate of all things Gettysburg, Gettysburg National Military Park, the Gettysburg Foundation and the town of Gettysburg itself, in 2019, Lang received the inaugural Kinsley Award presented by the Gettysburg Foundation to an individual or organization exemplifying Abraham Lincoln’s vision of a humble, civil and inclusive society. Lang is known for his roles on Broadway as Colonel Jessup in A Few Good Men, Happy Loman in Death of a Salesman, and a Tony-nominated performance as Lou in The Speed of Darkness. An award-winning playwright, Lang is also known for his performance documentary Beyond Glory, which tracks the ten-year odyssey behind his acclaimed solo performance piece about eight Medal of Honor recipients, which he continues to tour around the country. Lang’s many films include Last Exit to Brooklyn, Tombstone, Gods and Generals, PublicEnemies, Don’t Breathe, Avatar, and an unforgettable performance as Major General George E. Pickett in the 1993 film Gettysburg. Lang recently reprised his role as The Blind Man in Don’t Breathe 2, which opened in movie theaters August 2021. He reprises his starring role as Colonel Quaritch in James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar sequels beginning in 2022. #### GETTYSBURG FOUNDATION Gettysburg Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit philanthropic, educational organization operating in partnership with the National Park Service to preserve Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site, and to educate the public about their significance. The Foundation operates the Museum & Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park, as well as the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital, the Children of Gettysburg 1863 and the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad StationTM. For information about visiting Gettysburg, or how you can become a Friend of Gettysburg, visit GettysburgFoundation.org or call 877-874-2478.

14th Annual Foothills Artists Studio Tour in the Fairfield and Cashtown, PA Area November 20 and 21

The 14th annual Foothills Artists studio tour will be held November 20 and 21, the weekend before Thanksgiving, at five locations in and around the western Adams County (PA) communities of Fairfield and Cashtown. Eleven artists and artisans will open their homes and studios in a special pre-holiday show and sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. All of the tour sites are in or adjacent to historic homes. The ten Foothills Artists are excited to welcome guest artist Laurie McKelvie of Shippensburg, this year. The five studio locations will feature original paintings, pottery, sculpture, furniture, woodworking, photography, printmaking, pastels, fabric arts, enamels, and jewelry. See first-hand where the artists create their work and have the opportunity to buy directly from them. For those interested in making purchases, checks and cash are welcome. Credit cards are accepted by most, but not all, of the artists. The tour is self-guided and may be completed in any order. The website, www.foothillsartists.net, includes a map of each studio’s location and street address, as well as links to each artist’s individual website. It also includes biographies and artwork examples for each artist. In consideration of others and in accordance with current CDC guidelines, the Foothills Artists ask that visitors please wear face masks inside the studios and homes. The artists: Geoff Grant – Eden Farm, 378 Topper Road, Fairfield. Geoff is a fine art photographer whose subjects include color landscape, candid portraits, architectural, and street photography in the U.S. and overseas.  His favorite styles of photography include soft, painterly images and Black and White.  His work has appeared in several shows, including the Delaplaine and NOMA galleries in Frederick, MD and the ACAC in Gettysburg.  Jóh Ricci — showing with Geoff Grant, Fairfield. Jóh is a fiber artist, creating sculptural vessels, wearable fiber art & tapestries.  Exhibiting at invitational and juried art shows, she is nationally recognized for her fiber art and has received numerous awards.  Her work is in private collections and included in a variety of publications. Self-taught in hand beadweaving and recycled paper techniques, she creates unique jewelry, as well as paintings in oils and acrylics. Jóh sells her work through local venues and prestigious galleries throughout the country and teaches at various art education centers in PA and MD.   Jack Handshaw – 1575 Mount Hope Road, Fairfield. An active artist for over 35 years, Jack is a potter working in all forms of clay, particularly reduction fired glazed porcelains, and has returned recently to doing raku.  Additionally, he will be offering redware for this year’s tour. He is a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, and has been accepted into numerous juried shows and received many awards. He also shares his art through teaching and demonstrations. Michael A McCullough – 1720 Hilltown Road, Cashtown. Michael is a visual artist of abstract paintings, whose work has been featured in exhibitions in various galleries and museums. His work is held in national and international collections. Sharon Pierce McCullough – 1720 Hilltown Road, Cashtown. A painter and sculptor of abstract and minimalist work, Sharon is also an internationally recognized artist and children’s book author and illustrator. Her sculptures have recently been recipients of several major awards, and her work is held in private and public collections. Ann Ruppert – Windborne Farm Studio, 489 Crum Road, Fairfield. Ann designs and creates jewelry and works in two-dimensional media including pastels, oils, watercolors and colored pencil. She has been accepted into the Adams County, PA Arts Council juried show and has earned awards in the Franklin Co. Art Alliance annual show and the Chambersburg Council for the Arts miniature show. Anne Finucane — showing with Ann Ruppert, Fairfield. Anne works in a variety of printmaking and other fine art media, and will be showing her etchings and linocuts on the tour. A long-time organizer for arts organizations in the Chambersburg area, her work has been accepted into juried exhibitions in Gettysburg, Hagerstown, Baltimore, Washington DC and New York City. She has been honored with one-person shows throughout Franklin County and her work is held in permanent collections in Chambersburg, Gettysburg and Hagerstown, MD. Laurie McKelvie, guest artist — showing with Ann Ruppert, Fairfield. Laurie paints the light and color of the world around her in pastels. Her work has been shown in galleries and juried shows locally and nationally.  Judy Pyle — showing with Ann Ruppert, Fairfield. Judy makes jewelry in hand-fabricated silver, torch-fired enamels on copper and fine silver. Her new enamel pieces are wearable sculptures. She has been a life-long art educator, as well as a practicing artist. Her most recent small sculptures — enameled items and other found objects — have been juried into national exhibits. Rod Stabler – showing with Ann Ruppert, Fairfield. Rod , a fifth-generation woodworker and retired cabinet maker, creates useful and practical woodcraft “with a flair”. Each piece is one of a kind. He strives to make objects of utility which are also objects of beauty. Geoffrey Thulin – Blue Orchard Studio, 1013 Old Route 30, Cashtown. Geoffrey is a painter specializing in bold animal imagery, landscapes and abstracts. He works primarily in watercolor and gouache. His award-winning work explores color, pattern and rhythm, and their connection to the spiritual aspect of nature. This year he has been working on a series of zodiac paintings, all of which will be on display. Enter a complete description of your announcement including names, dates, and times.

Adams County Arts Council to Feature Warren Tracy Davis, Marti Yeager and Diana Llauget Artwork at AECenter

The Adams County Arts Council will celebrate the exhibitions of Warren Tracy Davis, Marti Yeager and Diana Llauget with an opening reception on Friday, November 5, 5-7:30 p.m., at the Arts Education Center, located at 125 S. Washington Street, Gettysburg. The reception is free and open to the public. Due to the increase of CO-VID 19 cases, and the effort to maintain safety, we are requesting masks to be worn. Peeps, As in People, is a collection of acrylic painting portraits by Warren Tracy Davis and is the featured show in the Gallery. Warren started painting portraits in 2016. Warren says, “In this world, people are starving for a serving of art culture to free themselves from the craziness of this current culture.” Warren describes himself as an emotional painter, with each stroke of paint, trying to press the buttons of others with love and respect. He continues, “When I pick up a brush, my soul sings.” Warren’s unique and memorable style of portrait painting is on display year-round at Roots Country Market Artisan Mill, where he is a resident artist. Dreaming in Color: Paintings by Marti Griffin Yeager featured in the Reception Hall, includes oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolor, drawing media and printmaking paintings both old and new, with a wide range in style. Yeager has been painting full time for over twenty years and enjoys sharing her passion for art with other through teaching. Mindful, a collection of mixed media artworks by Diana Llauget, will be featured in the Studio. Diana has been painting on canvas for four years. Her work incorporates acrylic paint and mixed media and her compositions come from her daydreams. She credits her dad for her artistic ability and is inspired to paint the ideas that pop up in her mind. She uses her intuitive skills to paint what the canvas shows her to paint and believes that everyone has artistic abilities. For more information about the artwork of Marti Yeager, Warren Tracy Davis, Diana Llauget and other upcoming Arts Council exhibitions, or art classes at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006.

“Girl in Wool and Dreams:” Arlyn Pettingell and the Importance of Dreams

York Springs artist Arlyn Pettingell, whose current show, “Girl in Wool and Dreams” is on display at the Adams County Arts Council, has been painting professionally for over 25 years. “The first time I realized the importance of dreams in my art I was a child,” said Pettingell. “I was flying through the fields at the farm with colors coming out of my hands.” Pettingell grew up on a farm with her mother and grandparents where she began painting as a child. She attended nursing school but soon realized she was more interested in abstract ideas. Her time in nursing school led to a self-awareness of the importance of dreams and the appreciation of other cultures as she became a full-time painter. Pettingell transforms the symbolism of dreams into her art. “I am an expert in dreams and remember all of my dreams. Throughout my life, I have gone through over seven copies of the Dreamers Dictionary,” she said. Pettingell said her dreams told her she was doing the right thing as an artist and gave her the confidence to continue. Pettingell once lived in Frenchville, PA where she bought an old tavern and a 12-room hotel where she created a studio and painted daily. There, she focused solely on painting and learned technique, routine, and gained a belief in what she was doing. While living and working in Frenchville, Pettingell dreamed of ballet and reaching the point in which she received pointe shoes and was able to stand on her toes. From this dream, she realized that she had come to the level of painting that was equivalent to receiving pointe shoes. This dream served as a sense of encouragement that she was bettering her technique and achieving a skill in painting that she had been working towards throughout her career. With the encouragement of her dreams and the belief that her dreams had helped her build her confidence through painting, Pettingell made the decision to move to an old Holly Springs farmhouse in the mountains and among nature where she continues to paint today. “Girl in Wool and Dreams” consists of small, intimate works made over the past year. “I love working small as it is more intimate than larger works and I can say things that are just as important when they are small,” Pettingell said. The paintings represent Pettingell’s interest in Baroque classical music, travel, and dreams. “While painting the canvases for this exhibition, I listened to Baroque classical music in the background because quiet music is good for one’s mind, heart, and healing,” she said. Pettingell said the quiet calm of classical music has made her more aware of her surroundings and that she has come to think of herself as a visual composer who gives something to the people. “[The music] has led me to paint what is important to me,” Pettingell said. “The quietness, nature, and travel.” The paintings in the show represent Pettingell’s thought processes, self-awareness, and beliefs that no matter where one lives, it is important and beautiful. “From this exhibition, I would like visitors to take away something from the composition and add it to their own lives,” she said. “Whether its one’s own sense of aesthetics or the desire to achieve one’s own goals, I hope that visitors learn something.” The exhibition, in the main gallery, remains open until Thursday. Address: Adams County Arts Council, 125 South Washington Street Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Finding Balance With Social Media

View the documentary anytime beginning Friday, October 29th at 8 p.m. until Saturday, November 6th at 12 a.m. October 13th, 2021 – LIKE achieves the impossible: actually getting kids and teens to put down their phones for a few minutes. From Friday October 29th to November 6th Healthy Adams County will hold a special virtual screening of the documentary.  Please click on the following link to register for the movie https://watch.eventive.org/indieflix/play/6153a5ed12cdfa003e63491c This take-action, inspiring film is the 2nd installment in the award-winning iNDIEFLIX Mental Health Trilogy, created to entertain, engage, and enlighten about issues surrounding mental health. Before Covid, 2 billion smartphone owners were checking their phones, on average, 150 times a day, and the enforced isolation and mandated screen time of the past year has only increased this figure. Research continues to confirm that having your head down, staring at the screen, chasing “likes” and seeking “followers” is the perfect recipe for low self-esteem, isolation and depression, as well as loss of focus and patience.  The filmmakers of LIKE inspire kids and teens to consider a life of JOMO (joy of missing out) as opposed to FOMO. They use their proven 4 E formula: entertainment, empathy, enlightenment and a heavy dose of empowerment, arming their audiences with easy-to-execute strategies to change their habits that very same day. Research and data is plentiful: happiness surges when we have digital balance, not overload; when we give ourselves time to look at actual trees, animals and all things nature, as well as interact – however we can – with other humans.  LIKE was ahead of the Social Dilemma curve in shocking its audience with its exclusive interviews from Silicon Valley insiders – including the co-creator of Facebook’s “Like” button – who break down the addiction-causing algorithms behind the apps. The medical and science experts explain the behavioral changes that come from chemical effects on the brain. But the 49-minute-long LIKE does not leave you with a sense of fear and foreboding. The core of the documentary is built around the kids and teens interviewed, and the empathy that they buildwith their audience as they look honestly at their usage and dependence on these tiny devices, consider the good that can come from and be transmitted via social media, and rethink the relationship to one where they are much more aware and in balance. Finally, a funny and engaging dancing panda meme at the end of the film perfectly illustrates the very sad rabbit holes our phones are sending us down, preventing us from looking up and seeing the world.  ‘‘For this particular film, the prestigious awards and reviews we’ve received are NOT the measure of success. It’s the direct feedback the kids & teens…. they are experimenting with our tricks on how to use their smartphones INSTEAD of their smartphones using them… and winning.’ said Scilla Andreen, CEO and Co-Founder of IndieFlix and Director/Executive Producer of LIKE. ‘Through shocking kids and adults alike with the behind-the-scenes look at their favorite apps and making them laugh, we’ve been able to engage them enough to consider taking the road back to ‘real’ instead of ‘virtual’ life, by working towards self-regulation and a healthy relationship with their phones.”  As with all iNDIEFLIX films, screenings take place in (now virtual) community settings, usually followed by community discussion and Q&A. This peer-group conversation is a critical element to getting young and old to reflect on what they’ve just learned, and the changes that they’ll make as a result.  LIKE, and its Mental Health Trilogy Companions Angst and The Upstanders are staples in social & emotional learning programs in schools all over the world. Knowing that successful change depends on continuing the conversation beyond the screening date, each film comes with discussion guides, tip sheets a catalogue of additional resources, with a dedicated 8-week curricula for each film launching in 2021.  iNDIEFLIX Group Inc is a global education and streaming service that promotes and supports social impact films that create positive change in the world. iNDIEFLIX Education books online and offline community screenings in schools and corporations around the world, while iNDIEFLIX Stream offers a monthly subscription-based service to access thousands of high-quality shorts, features, documentaries, and series from around the world. https://www.indieflix.com/

Gettysburg in Color! 10/28 Light Show In the Square

Experience the history of Gettysburg like never before! The Adams County Arts Council and Adams County Historical Society are teaming up to present a special outdoor “projection” of historic photographs in front of the wall of the ACNB Bank Building in the square.  ACHS Executive Director Andrew Dalton will host the program, featuring rare images of the town taken throughout its long and storied history. Many of the views will be shown – for the first time ever – in color, utilizing cutting-edge technology from the genealogy company MyHeritage.The program is free and open to the public – chairs welcome on bricks, maintaining a walking path for pedestrians. Sign up and “share” on Facebook by clicking here. 

Majestic Theater, Gettysburg Times Present ‘Storm Lake’ Screening and Panel Discussion

Storm Lake, the new documentary film about an independent newspaper’s fight to serve their small Iowa community, will be shown at Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater on Sunday, November 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $9 each and are now on sale at the Majestic Theater Box Office, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg.  Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Art Cullen and his family fight to unite and inform their rural Iowan farming community through their biweekly newspaper, The Storm Lake Times – even as the paper hangs on by a thread. Twice a week, they work as civic watchdogs to protect their hometown and the legacy of credible journalism, at large. Storm Lake gives an intimate look at their work keeping the paper alive as local journalism across the country dies out.  Following the film, Tim Lambert, Multimedia News Director and host of Morning Edition at WITF-FM, Harrisburg, will lead a panel discussion with Gettysburg Times editors and the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, discussing the role of professional journalists in providing crucial context and news coverage in rural communities in an era of shrinking newsrooms, diminishing resources, and growing misinformation. Lambert covered Gettysburg and Adams County for several years before joining WITF.  “Small town newspapers have been the backbone of local democracy and community life across America for more than 200 years, but they are disappearing at an alarming rate. Our community is so very fortunate that the Gettysburg Times is still publishing six days a week,” said Jeffrey Gabel, Majestic Theater Founding Executive Director. “This special documentary screening and live panel discussion will illuminate the newspaper’s value to the vitality of Adams County and the challenges it faces in today’s economy.”  In addition to the Majestic Theater screening and panel discussion, the film is set to air nationwide as part of the Independent Lens series on WITF-TV/PBS on Monday, November 15.  Tickets are $9 and are available online at www.gettysburgmajestic.org, by calling (717) 337-8200, or by stopping by the Box Office at 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg. The Box Office is open Monday through Saturday, 12-7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Metered parking is available at the Gettysburg Borough Parking Garage in Race Horse Alley as well as along Carlisle Street. Masks are required at all times while visiting the Majestic Theater, regardless of vaccination status.  The Majestic Theater at the Jennifer and David LeVan Performing Arts Center is owned and operated by Gettysburg College as a cultural celebration for its campus and community.

Teas of the First Ladies Presentation at the Gettysburg Public Library

The Gettysburg chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution invites the public to attend their October 15, 2021 gathering in the Eisenhower Room at the Adams County Library at 1:00 PM.  A wonderful program is planned. Drink and listen to surprising, funny, and poignant stories about First Ladies serving tea at the “First Ladies’ Tea.” This “First Ladies’ Tea” features Ruthmary McIlhenny who is well-known for her delightful presentations at the Adam Country Arts Council, Eisenhower National Historical Site, and HACC’s Community Education Days.  In the spirit of the program, tea and light refreshments will be available. Please RSVP to Regent Edy Sarnoff at edyasarn@gmail.com if you plan to attend.  Please note that masks are encouraged inside the library as an attendee moves to/from the Eisenhower Room, though once inside the room, masks are optional.

Entertainment legend Rich Little to perform at Majestic Theater Oct. 15

Gettysburg, PA (September 9, 2021) – Master mimic and show business legend Rich Little will make his Gettysburg debut live at the Majestic Theater on October 15 at 7:30 p.m.  Nicknamed “The Man of a Thousand Voices,” Rich Little has entertained millions with his uncanny characterizations for nearly seven decades. With a repertoire of more than 200 voices, he has appeared on television variety shows such as Johnny Carson, Ed Sullivan, Laugh-In, and Hollywood Squares. A professed classic movie buff, Little is fond of doing Jimmy Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Alfred Hitchcock, John Wayne and Humphrey Bogart, but he also has characters such as Kermit the Frog, and Dr. Phil.  Little continues to delight audiences several times per week at the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana in Las Vegas. In May 2021, he reflected on his career, and his voices, and the friendships he’s made along the way on CBS Sunday Morning, and revealed he would appear in Trial on the Potomac Off-Broadway in New York this summer.  “The Majestic is honored to present one of the living legends of show business,” enthused Jeffrey Gabel, the Majestic’s founding executive director. “Anyone who saw his appearance on CBS Sunday Morning could easily see he’s still at the top of his game. And we all certainly need a good laugh these days.”  Little’s October 15 performance is funded by the Majestic Theater Centennial Endowment Fund. Tickets start at $42 and are available online at www.gettysburgmajestic.org, by calling (717) 337-8200, or by stopping by the Box Office at 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg. The Box Office is open Monday through Saturday, 12-7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Free parking and roundtrip shuttle service for each show is available from Gettysburg College’s Constitution Parking Lot. Shuttle starts one hour before each performance and is ADA accessible. Metered parking is available at the Gettysburg Borough Parking Garage in Race Horse Alley as well as along Carlisle Street. Masks are required at all times while visiting the Majestic Theater, regardless of vaccination status.  The Majestic Theater at the Jennifer and David LeVan Performing Arts Center is owned and operated by Gettysburg College as a cultural celebration for its campus and community.

Two New Exhibitions at Schmucker Art Gallery

Two new exhibits open tomorrow at Gettysburg College’s Schmucker Art Gallery.  Across the West and Toward the North: Norwegian and American Landscape Photography September 8 – December 7, 2021 Across the West and Toward the North features stunning historical images of waterfalls, rocky mountains, glaciers, and geysers in Norway and the United States. This large traveling exhibition examines how major changes in infrastructure, tourism, mining, and expansion changed the landscapes and affected Indigenous peoples in the nineteenth century in the two countries.   A complementary exhibition will be on display concurrently at Eckert Art Gallery, Millersville University, and the exhibition then will travel to museums in Utah, Seattle, and Norway.    Opening Reception: September 10, 2021, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Virtual Gallery Talk with Co-Curators: October 6, 2021, 5:00–6:00 p.m., https://gettysburg.zoom.us/j/9991200186 Gallery Tour with Photo Collector Ron Perisho: October 22, 2021, 4:00 p.m. Reception to follow until 6:00 p.m. Martin Puryear: Forty Years since Sentinel September 8 – November 6, 2021 Opening Reception: September 10, 2021, 5:00-7:00 p.m. In 1981, Gettysburg College commissioned African American artist Martin Puryear to create a work of art to commemorate the sesquicentennial anniversary of the College’s founding, and in 1982, Puryear erected Sentinel. Since then, Puryear has come to be regarded as one of the most important contemporary American sculptors. Sentinel, one of Puryear’s first monumental outdoor sculptures,is an important part of Puryear’s legacy.   For the first time at Gettysburg College, a working mold Puryear constructed in preparation for Sentinel and photographs of the 1982 installation will be on display. The exhibition, curated by Kolbe Summer Research Fellow Merlyn Maldonado ’22, will also include prints by Puryear that were recently acquired by the College and loaned from a private collection. Shortly after graduating from Gettysburg College, Nicholas Micros ’82 assisted Puryear in installing Sentinel.  All are invited to log on to the virtual gallery talk, where Micros will discuss his time as a student at Gettysburg, the lessons learned from Puryear, and his own successful career as a sculptor.   This exhibition is supported by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Africana Studies, and EPACC, Gettysburg College. Gallery Talk with Merlyn Maldonado Lopez ’22: September 10, 2021, 4:00 p.m. Virtual Gallery Talk with Nicholas Micros ’82: October 1, 2021, 12:00-1:00 p.m. About Schmucker Art Gallery Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. Visitors must wear properly-fitting face masks. Please check here for information and updates about Gettysburg College’s Covid-19 protocols:https://www.gettysburg.edu/opening/ Schmucker Art Gallery offers meaningful and engaging experiences for the Gettysburg College community and surrounding region through diverse art exhibitions and related programming.  The Gallery is committed to fostering an enriching environment that welcomes diverse perspectives and inspires dialogue, creativity, and connection.   Schmucker Art Gallery is located on the main floor of Schmucker Hall (conveniently located at the intersection of N. Washington and Water streets) and is fully accessible. Free parking is available in one of the visitor parking lots on campus, or free two-hour parking can be found on the streets adjacent to Schmucker Hall. The main entrance is through the quadrangle side of the building.  All events are free and open to the public.  Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Building is accessible. For more information, please contact Shannon Egan, Director of Schmucker Art Gallery, at segan@gettysburg.edu or (717) 337-6125.  www.gettysburg.edu/gallerygallery@gettysburg.edu

Work by Central PA Artist Robert Patierno on Display at Majestic Theater Art Gallery

“A Moveable Feast,” a wide-ranging selection of wood block prints, charcoal drawings, and watercolor paintings by Central Pennsylvania artist Robert Patierno is on display daily at the Majestic Theater’s art gallery now through the end of November. The gallery is open daily during Majestic business hours.  “Art making is my attempt to make order of chaos, so in this sense my work is observational in nature,” explains Patierno. “What I perceive must be simplified, readjusted, and then the personal image surfaces, disinterested to a large degree. I think any subject looked at with a careful mind’s eye, becomes significant. The Art object itself is not as important to me as the resulting conversations that occur with my audience.”  Patierno is an internationally renowned printmaker, painter and draftsman with work in the permanent collections of museums across the world, including in Belgium, the Erie Art Museum, Lancaster Museum of Art, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, and the U.S. Department of State Art Bank. His multi-decade career has included numerous exhibitions in the United States and in Europe. A founder of the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Patierno developed the Fine Arts Department for two decades until 2003. He continues to teach as an adjunct assistant professor in art and art history at Gettysburg College. Past shows in Gettysburg include a major exhibition at Gettysburg College’s Musselman Library.  “The Majestic is honored to share Mr. Patierno’s wonderful artwork with our patrons and the community at large,” said Jeffrey Gabel, Majestic Theater Founding Executive Director.  The exhibit is open to the public daily during regular box office hours, Monday through Saturday, 12 – 7 p.m. and Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. The Majestic Theater is located at 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg. Metered parking is available at the Gettysburg Borough Parking Garage in Race Horse Alley as well as along Carlisle Street.  The Majestic Theater at the Jennifer and David LeVan Performing Arts Center is owned and operated by Gettysburg College as a cultural celebration for its campus and community.

Independent Filmmaking Comes to Adams County: David Noble and “Secret Within the Sphere”

By Shane Carley On August 14, the independent science fiction steampunk feature film “Secret Within the Sphere” premiered in Gettysburg, at the R/C Gateway Theater 8. The film was filmed and produced in Central Pennsylvania, and the main cast are from Lancaster (Sugey Cruz, Alex Rudegeair, and Jeremy Good), Reading (Josh Spudeno), and Gettysburg (Austin Greene). Writer and director David Noble describes the film as “a micro budget independent science fiction feature film… of an airship captain named Rudolph, who gets hired by local royalty from the planet of Wallacia to steal an artifact of historical importance. It hits a lot of the fundamental aspects of high adventure in a steampunk genre backdrop.”  “Secret Within the Sphere” is Noble’s fourth feature film with the production company he runs with his wife, Noble Park Films. Each film has been made in a different location, including a horror movie in the Louisiana backwoods (Zydeco, 2012), a martial arts film in Seoul, South Korea (The Knight Squad, 2014), and an adventure treasure hunt movie in El Paso, Texas (Lost Padre Mine, 2017). Regarding the locations of his projects, Noble said “When you’re at a location, and you’re looking to produce a movie, the location and the backdrop shapes the type of movie you would make. We ended up in Pennsylvania and, between the Victorian backdrop of the amount of mansions and the affinity of the railroad system and other factors, we ended up making a science fiction steampunk movie.” Noble said the majority of production took place over a nine day period, in which the cast and crew filmed around Central Pennsylvania, including a switch tower, the state national Railroad Museum, two different historical mansions, and the State Capitol building.  Noble was upfront about the way those involved with the project helped elevate it to the film it became. Pennsylvania based companies Broken Tile Productions and Winchell Media served as producers on the film, and helped Noble to secure the majority of the film equipment, the Director of Photography, and some of the other crew. “Sugey Cruz, in addition to being one of the leads, helped with casting auditions, as well as securing a lot of the cast itself. And recognizing Broken Tile and recognizing Winchell Media was just because of how much more so than most, those two groups came above and beyond.” The entire project took three years to complete. “When you’re working in an independent film community, especially with micro budgets, the preponderance of people that participate have day jobs. But they still have to make a living so that they can do this on their off time,” Noble said. The first year was spent writing the script, scouting locations, and casting. By the end of the first year, Noble was able to devise a nine day schedule from May to July where the cast could film on weekends over the three month period. “The second and third year, because we were navigating through COVID, that did pause stuff. The second and third year was really editing audio. And we reached out to post production creatives from, like, 15 different countries. So people around the world were doing different aspects of the visual effects. Whether it was audio recordings for voice overs in London, or music from musicians in Sri Lanka, or Australia, or India, or Israel, the post production effort really came together.” When asked how independent production companies like Noble Park films can carve their own place in the cinema landscape while competing with the Hollywood studio system, he said: “You cannot. They’re able to throw hundreds of millions of dollars into things, and so what we have to do is, instead of competing at their game, you need to change the game in your favor. For us, when we produce a movie, we’re telling the story we want to tell and it’s not being micromanaged by executives. And so the story that we’re telling was “Secret within the Sphere,” and it was the best story we could tell, given the parameters. But when you look at the intricate locations, the cast, the crew, music, sound, any number of factors, there was a lot of energy that was invested into this film. But for us, we’ve got the friends, the memories, a project that was completed in the end. And there’s a lot of value to that.” “Secret Within the Sphere” has received recognition at over a dozen festivals as official selections, semi finalists, and finalists. So far, it has won four awards, including “Best Sci-Fi.” Noble Park Film’s “Secret Within the Sphere” will be released in December on demand.

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD Season Kicks Off October 9 at the Gettysburg Majestic Theater

The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD presentations return to Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater for the 2021-2022 season. The live presentations kick off Saturday, October 9 at 1 pm and include 10 operas from the Met’s 2021-2022 season. The 2021–22 Live in HD season opens on October 9, 2021, with a revival of Mussorgsky’s monumental Boris Godunov, starring René Pape reprising his acclaimed portrayal of Boris, under the baton of Sebastian Weigle. The season continues with Fire Shut Up in My Bones, October 23, 2021, marking the first time an opera by an African American composer will appear on the Met stage. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Grammy Award–winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard’s acclaimed adaptation of the celebrated memoir by New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow. Kay Hoke, nationally recognized opera lecturer, will offer a free pre-show talk starting at 12 p.m. Another new work, Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice, is on screen December 4, 2021, conducted by Nézet-Séguin and starring Erin Morley in the title role. On January 8, 2022 is the Met’s holiday presentation of Cinderella, a shortened, English-language version of Laurent Pelly’s charming 2018 production of Massenet’s Cendrillon, Isabel Leonard sings the title role, joined by Emily D’Angelo as Prince Charming, Jessica Pratt as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe and Laurent Naouri as Cinderella’s feuding guardians. A new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, starring Rosa Feola, Piotr Beczała, and Quinn Kelsey, is on screen January 29, 2022. The timeless opera is set in the 1920s, with Art Deco sets by Michael Yeargan and elegant costumes by Catherine Zuber. On March 12, 2022, Lise Davidsen brings her much-heralded interpretation of the title role of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos to the Met for the first time. Isabel Leonard is the Composer, Brenda Rae is Zerbinetta, and Brandon Jovanovich is Bacchus. On March 26, 2022 the Met presents the original five-act French version of Don Carlos, Verdi’s epic opera of doomed love among royalty, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition. Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role, soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Élisabeth de Valois, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča as Eboli. Franco Zeffirelli’s beloved production of Puccini’s Turandot returns on May 7, 2022, with Anna Netrebko as the legendary icy princess. On May 21, 2022, soprano Nadine Sierra takes on one of the repertory’s most storied roles, the haunted heroine of Lucia di Lammermoor, in a new staging by Australian theater and film director Simon Stone. The season concludes June 4, 2022 with Australian composer Brett Dean’s Hamlet, which had its critically acclaimed world premiere at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2017. Tickets for The Met: Live in HD, go on sale September 6 to Majestic Members by visiting the Box Office at 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, or calling (717) 337-8200. The general public may purchase tickets starting September 8 in person, by phone or online at www.gettysburgmajestic.org. The Box Office is open Monday through Saturday, 12-7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Free parking and roundtrip shuttle service for each show is available from Gettysburg College’s Constitution Parking Lot. Shuttle starts one hour before each performance and is ADA accessible. Metered parking is available at the Gettysburg Borough Parking Garage in Race Horse Alley as well as along Carlisle Street. The Majestic Theater at the Jennifer and David LeVan Performing Arts Center is owned and operated by Gettysburg College as a cultural celebration for its campus and community.

Music Together® Classes to Return to ACAC

The Adams County Arts Council (ACAC) is bringing Music Together® classes back to its Arts Education Center (AEC) beginning in September. Ten-week sessions for families with young children will be held on Friday and Saturday mornings beginning on September 17 at the AEC, located at 125 South Washington Street, Gettysburg, PA. To register, please visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006.  The program’s director, Lisa Cadigan, previously offered Music Together classes at the ACAC from 2017 to 2019 as an artist-in-residence. Since then, Cadigan has joined ACAC’s staff as Arts Outreach Coordinator, and transferred the Music Together license to the Adams County Arts Council. “The license transfer gives us the ability to offer scholarships to low-to-moderate income families, which was something I wanted to do, but was not able to do as an independent contractor,” says Cadigan. “I am thrilled to be part of ACAC’s staff, to be able to re-start this wonderful program post-pandemic, and to ensure availability of high-quality music instruction to all residents of Adams County.” Joining Cadigan to teach the classes is certified Music Together instructor Ronda Sprague, who also rents space at the ACAC to teach piano lessons. Sprague received a B.S. from the Butler University School of Fine Arts in 1983 and runs a successful private music studio (room2music.com), where she offers piano, flute, and early childhood music instruction privately and in groups. “I use a variety of contemporary teaching methods to help my students achieve their individual goals in the ways that are best suited to their learning styles,” says Sprague. “I was inspired by music as a child, and I have a passion to nurture the love of music in others. I look forward to joining the ACAC’s Music Together program and helping it grow.” ACAC Executive Director Leona Rega is also enthusiastic to add Music Together to the ACAC’s list of program offerings. “Music Together classes are exactly the type of high-quality educational arts experiences we want to offer at the Arts Council for young children and their families.  I’m very familiar with the curriculum of Music Together. I’ve seen firsthand how music and rhythm are key to the development of cognitive skills (memory, focus) in addition to taking turns and sharing. A personal favorite component of Music Together is the quality time a child has with their parent and or caregiver in the development of these skills while having fun. It truly is a program where parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and siblings can participate together,” says Rega. Music Together is a leader in research-based, developmentally appropriate music education. The curriculum offers music of exceptional quality, exploring a variety of tonalities, rhythms and cultures. “All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate in music with confidence, provided that their early environment supports such learning. Music Together brings families together by providing a rich musical environment in the classroom and encouraging family participation in spontaneous musical activity at home within the context of daily life. Families get so much from these classes,” Cadigan explains. An internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for children birth through age seven, the Music Together curriculum was coauthored in 1987 by Kenneth K. Guilmartin (Founder/Director) and Rowan University Professor of Music Education Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz (Director of Research). The curriculum offers programs for families; schools; at-risk populations; and children with special needs, in over 2000 communities in 40 countries. The company is passionately committed to bringing children and their caregivers closer through shared music-making and helping people discover the joy—and educational value—of early music experiences.  To learn more about the Music Together program at the ACAC, look for Cadigan at the Arts Oasis on Lincoln Square on August 28 at 10 a.m. for an interactive demonstration, call (717) 334-5006, or visit www.adamsarts.org. 

Adams County Arts Council to feature mixed media artist Lora Christine Vannoy

The Adams County Arts Council will celebrate the First Friday opening reception of Lora Christine Vannoy in the reception hall of the Arts Education Center, 125 South Washington Street, Gettysburg, on Friday, August 6, 5-7:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.  Vannoy’s exhibition will remain up until August 27. Lora “Christy” Vannoy grew up in Gettysburg and lived in Adams County most of her life. She currently resides in Costa Rica.  Her love of art started as a child, although she didn’t begin to paint until she was forty-three years old.  She says, “I needed a creative outlet to move the energy and the feelings that I was experiencing.  Painting was a deep experience for me.  Each piece took on a life of its own during its creation.  I love color and movement.  I love texture.  I love that when I begin, I have no idea what the result will be.  I like to be wild with the paint and allow it to guide me until I feel completely satisfied with the result.  Sometimes it’s easy and it just flows and other times it may take on many forms before I feel it is a finished piece…either way I love the process. I work on the ground or a table so the canvas is flat, and the acrylic paint can be applied in ways that do not involve a paint brush.  I use an array of techniques and tools to apply the paint.” For more information about Lora Christine Vannoy’s exhibition,  as well as other upcoming Arts Council exhibitions, or art classes at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006.

WORKING opens this weekend at the Gettysburg Community Theatre!

WORKING In Person Performances (live) July 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 7pm July 11 & 18 at 2pm Streaming Performances July 16, 17, 24 at 7pm This examination of 26 people from all walks of life proves that it’s more than just a job for the average working American. Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, “Working” paints a vivid portrait of the men and women that the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the phone operator, the waitress, the millworker, the mason and the housewife, just to name a few. Nominated for six Tony Awards, this classic has been updated for a modern age, featuring new songs by Tony Award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as favorites by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia and Grammy Award-Winning songwriter James Taylor. Directed by Chad-Alan CarrMusic Directed by Jane Johnston Live band on stage.This show is not suitable for children due to mature language. Tickets can be ordered online in advance or in person. Doors open half hour before show. Please click HERE. CHILDREN’S PLAYS STREAMING TO YOUR HOME Two shows for the price of one! Virtual Streaming Only 2pm July 11th IN PERSON SUMMER THEATRE DAY CAMPS IN JULY Each week is a different in person camp show. AUDITIONS All Together Now!a broadway musical revue July 19 & 206pm K-12th Grade& 7pm Adults Everyone must sing. Please prepare one verse of a broadway song of your choice or “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” to audition. Minimal rehearsals will be scheduled based upon cast availability. Please click HERE for Audition Information. IN PERSON PRODUCTION with in person AND streamed performances scheduled November 12-15, 2021. Directed by Chad-Alan Carr All questions can be emailed to Chad@GettysburgCommunityTheatre.org AUDITIONS James And The Giant Peach jr. August 8 & 96pm K-5th Grade7pm 6th-12th Grade Everyone must audition. Please prepare one verse of a broadway song of your choice or “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” to audition. Rehearsals will be held during required musical theatre class 6pm Tuesdays starting after Labor Day. IN PERSON PRODUCTION with in person performances scheduled December 2021. Directed byCarrie Conklin All questions can be emailed to Chad@GettysburgCommunityTheatre.org

Buzz Jones Jazz Quintet entertains at rec park amphitheater

The Buzz Jones Jazz Quintet played a set in the Gettysburg rec park yesterday afternoon.  It was some cool jazz on a hot Sunday afternoon.  The concert was part of Music Gettysburg!s annual series. Music Gettysburg! is using the amphitheater while their usual concert locations on the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary campus are being prepared for reopening. The quintet played jazz classics to a crowd of over 100 enthusiasts that watched from folding chairs placed under the shade trees around areas in front of the stage. A hit was a solid rendition of Ferlin Husky’s 1958 “ Sittin’ On A Rainbow,” sung by the band’s vocalist, Cathy Chemi. There will be more concerts in the amphitheater over the summer, including a July 4th performance by local fusion band Schizophonic.

Live music returns to Gettysburg

After a year of eerie quiet in the borough’s streets and establishments, tourists and locals are again filling the town. And with them are coming healthy doses of live music. As the various venues around the county fill up their schedules, local musicians are pleased to be back performing and earning a living after a year of inactivity. “Certainly, the COVID-19 pandemic has been another catastrophic blow to music all over the world,” said Ploughman Cider Taproom owner Ben Wenk. Speaking of the pandemic year, Gettysburg Borough Council member Matt Moon said “all the things I would do to facilitate live music in my life have been on hold. I think the closest I have gotten to live music is sitting on my porch with a guitar or banjo and trying to not annoy the neighbors.” Moon said making music online can’t compare with the real deal. “Making your own music is an excellent alternative to fill the hole of live music. Still, many of us don’t have the musical skills to make this a reality.” With venues opening, there are a variety of live choices through the summer, inside and outside, in restaurants, bars, wineries, cideries, and more. Liquor Control Board Rules After the borough learned this year that Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board laws do not allow live music in public spaces in front of establishments selling alcohol, outdoor music that had been held in front of the Ploughman Cider Taproom on the square has been moved to a nearby parklet sponsored by the Adams County Arts Council. “We don’t enforce LCB laws; we also do not want to issue conflicting permits,” said Director of Planning, Zoning, and Code Enforcement Carly Marshall. “We would only get involved if it’s a violation of the noise ordinance.” Marshall said the arts council had been issued a special events permit that allows outdoor music during the week until 9:00 p.m. and on weekends until 10:00 p.m. The permit must be renewed monthly. Moon said he was optimistic that venues could remain open. “I have the same hopes everyone has. I think this summer we will see a lot of music outdoors. I hope by Spring 2022 things will feel normal again.” “This music scene is dependent on all those it impacts,” said Wenk. “The scene is always changing due to a variety of circumstances. It ebbs and flows with local economies and the culture of the area, so it’s hard to pin down.” Paying his respects to local musician Dan Gallagher who died unexpectedly in 2019, Wenk said “I’d hope that with Dan’s legacy in mind we’ll see more venues, more original acts, and a larger more diverse music scene in Gettysburg in the next 5-10 years. Other communities might have just as many venues, and bands hired any given weekend, but so often these bands don’t carry a diversity of sound and an authenticity that the musicians in the Gettysburg scene do.” Rock on Gettysburg!

Skerryvore, Scottish folk-rock band, kicks off the Majestic’s return to live concerts Sept. 10

Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater welcomes Scotland’s sensational folk-rock band Skerryvore to the stage Friday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. The band’s performance marks the opening of the Majestic’s 2021-2022 live Celebrity Series and the return of live performance to the historic stage for the first time since March 2020. “Skerryvore’s band members are all master musicians and dynamic performers,” explained Majestic Founding Executive Director Jeffrey Gabel. “Their original music harmoniously blends elements of traditional Celtic folk music, country western and rock and roll. Their concerts are as refreshing as a highland breeze.” Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music Live Act of the Year Award (2011 and 2016), Skerryvore create a unique fusion of folk, rock, and pop representing the backgrounds and influences of the band members, who hail from different regions of Scotland. Brothers Daniel (accordion) and Martin Gillespie (pipes, whistles, accordion) are steeped in the Scottish west coast ceilidh tradition of the Isle of Tiree. Joining them are friends Fraser West on drums, and Alec Dalglish on guitar and vocals, bringing backgrounds in brass and wind bands, and jazz. Add to the mix blues, folk and country and you have Skerryvore. Purchase Tickets Tickets for Skerryvore start at $35 and go on sale to the public Friday, June 18 at the Majestic Theater Box Office, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, by calling (717) 337-8200 or online at www.gettysburgmajestic.org. Majestic members can access tickets early, starting Wednesday, June 16. Parking and Shuttle Free parking and roundtrip shuttle service for the performance is available from Gettysburg College’s Constitution Parking Lot. Shuttle starts one hour before each performance and is ADA accessible. Metered parking is available at the Gettysburg Borough Parking Garage in Race Horse Alley as well as along Carlisle Street. Majestic Live 2021-2022 Skerryvore is just the first of several live performances slated at the Majestic this fall, including Tommy Emmanuel, CGP (October 5), Rich Little (October 15) and Gordon Lightfoot (October 21). Tickets for those shows are already available at the Box Office, online or by phone. The remainder of the 2021-2022 season will be announced in late July. The Majestic Theater at the Jennifer and David LeVan Performing Arts Center is owned and operated by Gettysburg College as a cultural resource for its campus and community. Tickets are available starting Friday, June 18 at (717) 337-8200 or www.gettysburgmajestic.org.

ACAC hosts 17th annual juried art exhibition

The Adams County Arts Council in coordination with the Gettysburg College Schmucker Gallery is hosting their 17th Annual Juried Art Exhibition. The art is on display in the Schmucker Gallery until June 25. Due to COVID-19 restrictions for on campus visitors, an opening reception was held on Friday, June 5 at the Adams County Arts Council. The reception hosted live, virtual tours from 4:00-7:30pm. Shannon Eagen, Gallery Director, highlighted each of the works of art and the artists during timed intervals, allowing for questions and answers. Refreshments were catered by Fabio Carella with awards announced at 5pm. Forty-three artists residing from various towns of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey produced forty-seven works of art. “The artists of this year’s show are to be commended,” stated Leona Rega, executive director of the Adams County Arts Council. “They submitted their work for review in 2020 and waited over a year to have it displayed and juried by Dr. William B. Crow, Ph.D. Dr. Crow is a professor of practice in the department of Art, Architecture, and Design and is the director of the Lehigh University Art Galleries. “I am in awe of Juried Art committee consisting of Judie Butterfield, Debbie Westmoreland, and Shannon Eagen. They thought creatively to ensure the show could continue and present the exhibition to the public.” Works of Art are comprised of originals and prints of mixed media, acrylics, oils, watercolor, wax, ink, photography, wood, paper, stained glass, fiber, and raku pottery. Most work is for sale and prices range from $85-$5,600. Local artist Jack Handshaw shared his astonishment at receiving two awards at this years’ show. “It is rare for a potter to receive one award, yet two for their work in the same show, I am honored to have won.” Land Conservancy sponsor, Bob Prosperi shared his joy at the announcement of the Landscape Award to Anne Finucane. The Schmucker Gallery is now open to the public for viewing of the art in person Thursday through Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm. Those unable to attend in person can find the work at the Adams County Arts Council website www.adamsarts.org and are able to purchase directly on-line. Works will be shipped upon request and for an additional fee. “We believe artists and patrons alike will find the exhibition beautifully installed and an inspiration,” stated Debbie Westmoreland who has been chair of the Juried Art Committee for several years. This is a unique opportunity to view and purchased varied art works. Proceeds from the sales of art benefit the Adams County Arts Council. With the generous support of our sponsors, nine different awards were presented to artists during the reception. The People’s Choice award will be present after June 25 and the public is encouraged to vote either at the Adams County Arts Council or the Schmucker Gallery in person for their favorite. The full list of winners from the 17th Annual Juried Art Exhibition are: The Blick Art Award to Melinda Bitzel for Lily Pads- Mixed Media, Directors Award courtesy of Schmucker Gallery to Alan Paulson for Horned Ring – wood, Landscape Award sponsored by the Land Conservancy of Adams County to Anne Finucane for Early Spring View – linocut, hand colored with watercolor, Purchase Award sponsored by A&A Village Treasures to Jack Handshaw for Harvest – Raku pottery, 5th Place Award sponsored by Gunnar Galleries to Matthew Borgen for Horizons – Inkjet print on Archival Paper, 4th Place Award sponsored by Harvest Investment Services to Michael Hower for The Muckers – digital photography ink jet on paper, 3rd Place Award sponsored by LARK to Patricia Hutchinson for Emmy – mixed media oil and acrylic on canvas, 2nd Place Award sponsored by Open Minds to Jack Handshaw for Harvest – Raku Pottery Best of Show sponsored by Scott & Co. Fine Jewelers to Eric Miller for Clockwork – watercolor

Volunteers help clean up the Gettysburg Community Theatre

A recent project at the Gettysburg Community Theatre has been the painting of an interior stairwell. Given the three levels of the building, handrails, doorways and other items involved, the job has required many hours of work, added by the care necessary to keep access to the theatre itself neat and clean. Volunteers such as Mike Flaherty and Sharon Kaya provided valuable help.  The large building, which was formerly the Elks Lodge, has had GCT reside in it since 2009. The building contains not only the theatre space for the stage and audience, but also studios, costume/prop storage, scene shop, offices, etc. This large building means that much maintenance is involved and requires many volunteers for upkeep, odd jobs, and more behind the scenes. As the only full time community theatre in Adams County, GCT has produced hundreds of performances by children and adults, and as the pandemic eases, the GCT Board hopes to be back to a very full schedule once again. Events, class registration, auditions, and more is available at GettysburgCommunityTheatre.org

Adams County Arts Council Releases The People Project 2021

After-school programming looked very different over the 2020-21 academic year. The Adams County Arts Council (ACAC) redesigned the format of classes and outreach programs to accommodate challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the result of one of those reinventions is a video called The People Project 2021: Stories of the Unexpected, which will premiere on ACAC’s YouTube channel on Tuesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. The People Project is a performance project originally created in 2017 by local theatre artist and ACAC Outreach Coordinator Lisa Cadigan. The 2021 video is the project’s fourth annual production. Past performances have been produced by Gettysburg College, live, on-stage in the Stevens Theatre, with a cast comprised of high school and college students as well as other members of the Adams County community. This year, the performance was produced as a video through the Adams County Arts Council’s youth outreach program, thanks to grant funding from the Anne M. and Philip H. Glatfelter III Family Foundation. The cast features middle and high school students from across Adams County. Video production services were provided by Redman Productions, LLC. “While I look forward to being able to produce live performances of The People Project again in the future, converting it to a video format allowed everyone involved to think outside the box in terms of what the final product would look like,” said Cadigan. In the past, the project format has been a staged reading of first-person narrative essays on a common theme, but the change in medium allowed for a more versatile program. In addition to the author-read essays, the video project also includes musical performances, visual art presentations, and interviews of students sharing their experiences about navigating the 2020-21 school year. “It’s amazing to see how resilient young people have been over the past year, and how they have used creativity to cope and navigate these challenging times, while also learning new skills,” added Cadigan. A majority of the instruction for the program focused on creative writing and performance techniques. Many participating students have had experiences performing on stage in front of a live audience, but this was their first opportunity to try performing in front of a camera, which is a skill that employs different techniques from live theatrical performance. The public will be able to view the 40-minute program on ACAC’s YouTube channel at the time of its premiere and afterwards. Cadigan also hopes schools of participating students will share the video with their faculty, staff, students, and families as a celebration of all these students have accomplished over the past year. For more information about the Adams County Arts Council, visit www.adamsarts.org. The mission of the Adams County Arts Council is to cultivate an arts-rich community.

Gettysburg Children’s Choir presents virtual spring concert next weekend

The theme of the Gettysburg Children’s Choir’s spring concert is “Listen: A Concert of Stories that Matter.” This concept appears frequently in the pieces the children’s choir and chamber chorale will perform. With so much turmoil in our world, the choir wants to explore with our singers various ways we can better understand and learn from one another. Watch the concert live at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday May 29. ​Each piece explores important ways to listen deeply to the stories of others, and to value their experiences. In rehearsals, the choir has learned about and reflected on how we can work with people to affect change in our schools, communities, and beyond. During the concert you will not only hear beautiful music, but hear from our students themselves about what these songs mean to them. The concert is during Memorial Day weekend. The Monday after, many school students and families have a day off to reflect and honor those we have lost who have fought for something greater than themselves. The choir hopes the concert will inspire people to take time to reflect and to consider ways to listen deeply and learn something new that may change the conditions of our world! 

ACAC “Tee It Up Fore the Arts” Golf Tournament is a Success

The Adams County Arts Council’s Tee it Up Fore the Arts Golf Tournament was a huge success on April 29. All 108 registered golfers showed up to play, and the tournament’s festivities included a helicopter ball drop sponsored by Haverfield Aviation, allowing non-golfers to get involved in the fun and support the arts. Brian Sinnett, Pete Hull, Bob Weaner, and Del Gudmested claimed first place in the tournament for the third year in a row. Cash prizes were also awarded to second place winners Tony Alvarez, Josh Kelly, Ken Mutzabaugh, and Keri Frail, and ninth place team Gayle Dustin, Kurt Dustin, Stu Kravits, and Bruce Landis. KVG LLC, Waste Management, Battlefield Harley Davidson, and Haverfield Aviation were the top sponsors among 55 organizations supporting the Arts Council through this event. Photos of the event are available through Brienna Richelle Photography. Plans are already underway for the 2022 tournament. Anyone interested in being a sponsor for the event should contact Lisa Cadigan at lcadigan@adamsarts.org or (717) 334-5006. 

Nanette Hatzes Retrospective Opens this Friday at ACAC

The Adams County Arts Council will celebrate the opening art exhibition of Nanette Hatzes with a First Friday reception on Friday, May 7, 5:00-7:30 p.m. at the ACAC’s Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington Street, Gettysburg.  The reception is free and open to the public.  Temperature check and mask wearing are required.  The show will remain up through May 28. Dr. Nanette Hatzes was born April 27, 1952 and passed away on Oct. 2, 2020.  Nanette was a beloved artistic creative powerhouse with an artistic career that spanned 40 years.  She was known by many locally as the mother of “The Goddess Project,” “The Art Attack,” and “Project Burundi.” Her most recently finished book, a memoir of her life through her years of journaling and doodling, was just published and is available through the silent auction.  Her retrospective show features 106 works of art including pen and ink drawings created in the 1970’s, mixed media, oil pastels, oil on canvas, goddess 1 and 2 portraits, and photography. Her work is emotional, colorful, and highly personal.  She loved to journal, and several of her works featured in the exhibition combines the written word with her painted and drawn images. She was a prolific and inventive multimedia artist who enjoyed sharing her rich and varied experiences throughout her life. The Adams County Arts Council is raising $15,000 to establish the Nan Hatzes Art Education Grant with the mission of contributing to our arts-rich community by awarding funds to secondary students who want to continue their art education.  A silent auction, live auction, and sale of her artwork in person and on bidding owl is planned. For more information about the Retrospective Show, the silent auction, and the educational grant, as well as other upcoming Arts Council exhibitions, or art classes at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006.

Lisa McLeod-Simmons Wins Monthly Photo Contest

This winner of the Gettysburg Connection photo contest for April is this incredible photo, “Smooth Landing” taken by Lisa McLeod-Simmons. Lisa wins a $25 gift certificate to the Adams County Arts Council.. Please check out all of the past winners, and send us your pics! Gift certificates awarded monthly thanks to the Adams County Arts Council.

Adams County Arts Council Offers Resilience Skills Workshop

As part of its Healing Arts initiative, the Adams County Arts Council (ACAC) has invited Karen W. Jones, LPC, of Cognitive Health Solutions (www.cognitivehealthsolutions.com) to present interactive workshops that empower participants to practice resilience skills and manage stress. ACAC instructors are invited to participate in the workshops, which will include lunch, at no cost. The workshops are also open for public participation, including lunch, for $20 per person. The program is supported by a grant from the Partnership for Better Health. “This is a particularly timely program as more and more businesses are able to resume activity,” said Arts Outreach Coordinator Lisa Cadigan. “As more and more Adams County residents are vaccinated and able to begin to ‘re-enter the world,’ many may still experience fear and anxiety in areas of life that were once navigated with ease. We hope this program will help to facilitate that transition.” In her presentation, Jones will demonstrate useful tools for managing these moments, big and small, with mindfulness. In her 20+ years of providing therapeutic services, Jones has worked with a variety of populations to address anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and other trauma and stress-related issues. She has served in a variety of mental health settings and is skilled in cognitive behavioral and person-centered therapies. She uses motivational, collaborative, and integrative approaches such as mindfulness and narrative techniques to assist her clients. In 2019, she completed the intensive training and application process through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society in Massachusetts and became a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher. ACAC will offer two identical sessions on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from which participants can choose: one in the morning from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., followed by lunch, and a second, which will begin with lunch at 12:30 p.m. followed by the workshop from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Space is limited to accommodate social distancing and health safety policies. Attendees will be required to wear a mask unless seated and eating.  For more information, contact ACAC at (717) 334-5006 or reserve your spot online at www.adamsarts.org. The mission of the Adams County Arts Council is to cultivate an arts-rich community.

Gettysburg Borough Appoints Initial Human Relations Board * New ACAC Director Checks In

The Gettysburg Borough Council has chosen the first members of its new Human Relations Committee, which is charged with mediating any complaints that might arise under its new human rights ordinance designed to protect LGBT residents. Although the standard term is five years, each member was elected to a different length term so the board will rotate yearly going forward.   The initial members are: Janet Morgan Riggs for a five-year term Tauren G. Moses for a four-year term Pastor Jay Eckman for a three-year term Janelle Wertzberger for a two-year term Jennie Dillon for a one-year term, and Alternate Scott Hancock for a three-year term. Councilmembers Judie Butterfield and Matt Moon said they worked together to find, interview, and select the new committee. “We received about a dozen applications,” said Moon. “We believe what we put together here is a group of concerned caring people for this community.” The New Executive Director of the Adams County Arts Council (ACAC), Leona M. Rega, told the council she was looking forward to developing a good relationship with the community and that she had a lot of idea going forward. Rega reviewed some of the many ACAC programs including the STAR grants funded through the Robert C. Hoffman Trust and county commissioners that support arts education in the public schools. Rega said she has a vision of an “arts-rich” community and that ACAC would be a “full scale education arts center.” Rega reminded the community that ACAC offers after school programs, summer camps, senior citizen programs, and scholarships.  The focus is on multi-generational activities with a connection to people and the “arts as a way to come together.” Rega said the council was developing a curriculum for the “healing arts,” designed to address psychological problems of depression and addiction and that it was considering leasing a parklet to allow it to hold activities in or near the Gettysburg square. “You always look for new ways creatively to do new things.  You do that because you’re curious.”

Adams County Arts Council to Feature Land Conservancy Auction Artwork and the 26th Annual Recyclable Art Contest Exhibition

The Adams County Arts Council will celebrate the opening reception of the LCAC Art Auction Artwork Show and the Annual Recyclable Art Contest & Exhibition on First Friday, April 2, 5:00-7; 30 p.m. at the Arts Education Center, located at 125 S. Washington Street, Gettysburg.  The reception is free and open to the public.  Temperature check and mask wearing are required. The Land Conservancy of Adams County’s 24th annual Art Auction artwork will be on display in the Reception Hall and the Studio at the ACAC’s Arts Education Center.  The auction itself will be virtual with the opportunity to bid online at biddingowl.com beginning Friday, April 2 and closing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21.  Auction Chair, Bob Prosperi, says, “If you are interested in this auction, you really need to come into the Arts Council and see it yourself. I would like to give a pat on the back to all the local artists for participating because they are the ones that help make this happen.  Over the years, we have raised over $300,00 and it has helped protect more than 12,000 acres of land.” The Land Conservancy of Adams County is a fully accredited, member-supported, nonprofit land trust that works to preserve the rural lands and character of Adams County. The long-running auction, will feature a wide variety of artwork donated by local and regional artists and art collectors—everything from painting and drawing to ceramics, jewelry, and more.  The 25th Annual Recyclable Art Contest and Exhibition is featured in the Gallery.  It is a display of recycled and repurposed artwork created by Adams County youth, grades K-12.  A group of local judges will determine the winners and the public is invited to participate in determining the People’s Choice Award. The student’s art will be on display April 2 through April 22.  The Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, April 22, 6:00 p.m. For more information about the Land Conservancy Auction, and the Recyclable Art Contest as well as other upcoming Arts Council exhibitions, or art classes at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006. The Adams County Arts Council’s mission is to cultivate an arts-rich community.

As Gettysburg Ends Live Outdoor Music at Ploughman Taproom, Wenk Will Expand in Biglerville

The proprietor of Ploughman Cider Taproom on the Gettysburg Square, Ben Wenk, said he will expand his outdoor musical offerings at Biglerville’s National Apple Museum after the Gettysburg Borough Council announced Monday they would not renew his outdoor amplified music permit. The issue came to a head last year after a resident who lives on the square complained about noise from the music at the taproom. “We want to be respectful to the households who have issues with the noise but we also want to be sure we are balancing public interest and public enjoyment and the vitality and viability of our businesses,” said Director of Planning, Zoning, and Code Carly Marshall. Marshall said as a result of an investigation following the complaint the borough had learned that amplified music is prohibited by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board at outdoor establishments that serve alcohol. Because the borough wanted to be in compliance with these rules, Marshall said “we would not be issuing a permit for Ploughman’s to have amplified music on the square this year.” Wenk said there would be live music at the Biglerville museum every Friday beginning May 8 and that the full schedule would be released soon. Marshall said live amplified music on the square could be allowed in areas that are not part of an establishment’s service area and that the borough could provide monthly permits, meaning the borough could reconsider their policies every 30 days.  “We think we have a solution to keep music on the square, even if we have nothing to do with it. I hope we can announce that soon,” said Wenk. Marshall said the proposed permits would require music to end at 10:00 p.m. weekends and 9:00 weeknights and that amplification would only be allowed on weeknights until 7:00 p.m.

Adams County Arts Council Invites Young Chefs to Connect with Family and Friends

The Adams County Arts Council is offering a new after-school program that gives students an opportunity to explore the culinary arts with their families from the comfort of their own homes. The Kids Dinner Club Zoom class will run on six Wednesday evenings from 5 to 6:30 p.m. beginning April 14. Scholarships and supplementary groceries are available for eligible families who complete a scholarship application.  Since 2011, ACAC’s Eat Smart, Play Hard (ESPH) program has provided area youth from pre-K to high school with high-quality, hands-on, culinary arts, nutrition, and movement education, with emphasis on reaching those from low-to-moderate-income households. Originally developed in 2011 in response to the county-wide youth obesity epidemic, the Kids Dinner Club is one of ESPH’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, which shifted ACAC’s mode of instruction to a virtual platform and highlighted issues of food insecurity and heightened youth anxiety in Adams County. To address these issues and support children and their families, ACAC provides participating students with recipes, shopping lists, and a list of necessary kitchen supplies prior to each class meeting. Scholarship students can pick up supplementary grocery packages containing fresh produce ingredients for the day’s class at their schools.  J’Amy Graham Thomas, a popular culinary arts instructor at ACAC, has been contracted to teach the class, which was piloted at the Vida Charter School in October 2020 and January 2021 and will be offered to the public this spring and in four more six-week sessions across the 2021-22 school year. During each class meeting, Thomas guides students through kitchen safety, nutrition information pertaining to the week’s lesson, and preparation of a meal. By the end of each class, students have prepared a healthy, well-balanced meal they can share with their families. Kids Dinner Club students acquire fundamental life skills they will carry with them for a lifetime, while also benefitting from safe social connections and a creative outlet, both of which are so important in their journey to adulthood, and are primary goals for the Eat Smart, Play Hard program. For more information, to register, or to apply for a scholarship for the Kids Dinner Club, visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006. Registration for the class will be open until April 5. The Adams County Arts Council’s mission is to cultivate an arts-rich community.

ACAC to Feature Members Show During Month of March

The Adams County Arts Council will feature an outdoor themed collection of ACAC member artwork in the Reception Hall of the Arts Education Center, 125 South Washington Street, Gettysburg, during the month of March.  A First Friday reception is scheduled for Friday, March 5, 5-7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.  The show will remain up through March 25.  Temperature taking at the door and wearing of masks is required. ACAC members will display a variety of spring and outdoor themed 2D and 3D artwork in the Reception Hall. ACAC participating member Sandra Tegeler says, “The Adams County Arts Council’s Members Show is a wonderful venue to show local talent.  I love participating, as well as enjoying other’s art!’ For more information about the member’s show, the Foothills Artists, and other upcoming Arts Council exhibitions, events, or art classes at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006. The Adams County Arts Council’s mission is to cultivate an arts-rich community.

Adams County Arts Council to Feature Foothills Artists

The Adams County Arts Council will celebrate the opening First Friday exhibition of the Foothills Artists on Friday, March 5, 5:00-7:30 p.m. at the Arts Education Center, located at 125 S. Washington Street, Gettysburg.  The reception is free and open to the public.  Temperature check at the door and mask wearing are required. The show will remain up through Thursday, March 25.  Selected pieces are also posted for sale on the ACAC’s website:  www.adamsarts.org. The Foothills Artists are comprised of ten local artists who live in Adams County. Participating artists are: Printmaker, Anne Finucane, Photographer, Geoff Grant, Ceramist and Founding Member, Jack Handshaw, Painter, Michael McCullough, Painter and Sculpture, Sharon Pierce McCullough, Jeweler and Sculpture, Judy Pyle, Fiber Artist, Jóh Ricci, Jeweler and Painter, Ann Ruppert, Woodworker, Rod Stabler, and Painter, Geoffrey Thulin.  Member, Anne Finucane says, “The Foothills Artists have been busy working in their individual studios throughout the past year, so it will be great to get our new work out into the public!” 2021 marks the 15th year since the group was invited to show their artwork in conjunction with the Lavender Farm Festival.  After the Lavender Farm owners moved out of the area, the Foothills Artists decided to continue showcasing their artwork by creating an annual, self-guided Studio Tour.  The annual tour scheduled for the week before Thanksgiving each year, is held in homes and studios in western Adams County, stretching from Fairfield Valley to Cashtown. This exhibit at the ACAC’s AECenter will be the first time the group has shown together in a gallery under the Foothills Artists banner. Sharon Pierce McCullough says, “With the ongoing pandemic, it is a real pleasure to be able to present artwork to the Adams County community again.” Geoffrey Thulin continues, “We are very excited to be showing together in the gallery and thank the ACAC for this opportunity. Our work has always been viewed separately from each other as part of the tour.”  For more information about the Foothills Artists Exhibition, ACAC Members Show, as well as other upcoming Arts Council exhibitions, or art classes at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006. The Adams County Arts Council’s mission is to cultivate an arts-rich community.

From Ballads to Showstoppers, GHS Recreates Broadway in “Everything Is”

As the orchestral prelude ended and the lights came down, members of the stage crew showed up onstage at Gettysburg Area High School’s 2021 musical performance, “Everything Is,” ready to set up their sets.  As they looked around at each other and the audience, a bit puzzled, a voice from afar gently reminded them their services were not needed this year. The reason of course was pandemic-related changes that led the cast to wear facemasks and social distance.  There were no close dances, no embraces, no fistfights, and no sets this year. Indeed, the original plan – a full performance of the 1973 show “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” was cancelled and replaced by a series of numbers from shows ranging from “Beetlejuice” to “Hamilton” to “Avenue Q.” But the show went on, as they say, with comical, soulful, and often charming renditions of some of the most beloved numbers on Broadway. The performance was directed by Greg Trax, joined by Music Director/Choreographer Kate Sainer, Music Director Carrie Conklin, Orchestral Director Krista Kriel, and Tech Director- Terry McDannell. Especially notable this year were Harleigh Livingston, Ava Bankert, and Kylee Lorahwere in “Good Morning Baltimore from “Hairspray,” Joshua Sellers singing “You’ll Be Back” from “Hamilton” and a lovely operatic performance of “How Could I Ever Know” by Caitlyn Suerdieck from “The Secret Garden.” The show ended with rousing dance choruses from “Avenue Q” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” “I was so very grateful to the school and admin for allowing us to have an inside/live performance for an audience,” said Trax. I heard lots of great feedback from audience members that they were missing opportunities like this and that it meant a lot to them to get to watch live. I was very happy with the performance, and while not a full-on show, it was great to give these kids a chance to perform. They are always a joy to work with and I truly appreciate the cast, pit, crew, and staff’s efforts to make such an odd year feel like a normal show.” The school has been approved to perform “The Addams Family” next year, hopefully in a more normal setting. All three performances remain available for viewing on the school district’s YouTube channel.

Gettysburg Will Revise Special Events Permitting in Response to Noise Concerns

Responding to concerns raised by Gettysburg resident Eve English who resides at 3 Baltimore St. near the Gettysburg Square, the Gettysburg Borough Council will reassess its special permitting process, particularly in regard to exceptions to the noise ordinance.  “I don’t have a problem with live music. I have problem with live music that is amplified higher than what the noise ordinance allows,” said English. The issue concerns outdoor musical events held at the nearby Ploughman Cider Taproom, located at 14 Lincoln Square. The Taproom received a special events permit in 2020 that allowed it to hold dozens of outside musical events during the pandemic.   Ben Wenk who runs the Taproom said the venue began as a popup and that he had now signed a lease for the space. “The entertainment and arts industry has been one of the industries most affected by the pandemic,” said Wenk. “Our company alone spent $15,000 paying musicians last year in the middle of the pandemic operating outdoor socially distant and responsible. That gives me a great bit of pride.” “When we were asked to turn down the music we turned down the music. We tried to set our amplification levels at such a level that guests who were attending our events could hear it over any passing vehicles. We are a taproom that supports our musician community. These events are providing to the public in a unique way,” Wenk said. Police Chief Robert Glenny said in addition to borough policies the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) also had relevant regulations that needed to be adhered to. “We need to be sure the borough is not issuing something that is not in line with what the [liquor control board] regulations are,” said Glenny.  “We need to recraft our ordinances. We have a lot of variables there.” The borough said it was difficult to assess noise levels accurately, particularly in the square where sound echoes off of buildings and where the noise from truck traffic can be loud. “We have sit back and look at what we want to allow,” said Director of Planning, Zoning, and Code Enforcement Carly Marshall. Wenk proposed having regular amplified music on Friday and Saturday evenings and non-amplified acoustic music on two weekdays. Council member Matt Moon noted the Gettysburg Majestic Theater faced similar problems. “It is a commercial district but it’s also a residential district,” he said.  Council will revisit the issue next month.

ACAC to Feature Members Show During Month of March

The Adams County Arts Council will feature an outdoor themed collection of ACAC member artwork in the Reception Hall of the Arts Education Center, 125 South Washington Street, Gettysburg, during the month of March.  A First Friday reception is scheduled for Friday, March 5, 5-7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.  The show will remain up through March 25.  Temperature taking at the door and wearing of masks is required. ACAC members will display a variety of spring and outdoor themed 2D and 3D artwork in the Reception Hall. ACAC participating member Sandra Tegeler says, “The Adams County Arts Council’s Members Show is a wonderful venue to show local talent.  I love participating, as well as enjoying other’s art!’ Serendipity by Sandra Tegeler For more information about the member’s show, the Foothills Artists, and other upcoming Arts Council exhibitions, events, or art classes at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006. The Adams County Arts Council’s mission is to cultivate an arts-rich community.

Arts Council Annual Meeting set for March 2, 2021

The Adams County Arts Council will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 2, 6pm to 7pm virtually.   This year’s hour-long program begins at 6pm.  Members and anyone interested in learning more about the organization are welcome to attend this free event virtually by requesting a link to access the meeting. Applause Awards will be presented for outstanding support to Lana Gowin recognizing her many years of dedicated volunteer service to the arts council, M&T Bank, VP Business Banker, Sharon Kebil-Whistler in recognition of their Corporate support to our mission, and to Lark, A Modern Market Place, small business owned by Timbrel Wallace, for local sponsorship of our program.  Executive Director Leona Rega will present a video recap of 2020 programs and share the outstanding work by the staff during a year of obstacles.  Our special guests this year will be presented by Adams County Arts Council (ACAC) Outreach Coordinator Lisa Cadigan and professional violist and music educator Dr. Adam Paul Cordle.  Dr. Cordle directed a Chamber Music Institute offered in our arts education center during December 2020.  The program combined an in-person and virtual experience serving 38 middle school and high school students from the Conewago, Fairfield, Gettysburg, and Upper Adams School Districts who were placed in ensemble groups of three to six based on their age, experience level, and instrumentation. The Institute supported school music programs that have been struggling to find ways to allow students to safely engage in music making activities during the pandemic. Students participated in this after-school program thanks to funding by the J. William Warehime Foundation.   To reserve a virtual seat and receive your personal link to the event, you can register directly on our website at www.adamsarts.org or email us at aa@adamsarts.org by March 1.  In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held on March 9 at the same time.  For more information please call 717-334-5006. Editor: If you’d like more information, please contact Becca Riley at (717) 334-5006 or aa@adamsarts.org

ACHS Announces Partnership with Gettysburg Black History Museum

The Adams County Historical Society (ACHS) is thrilled to announce the formalization of a key partnership with Gettysburg Black History Museum, Inc. This grassroots organization was established to preserve and promote Black history and culture in our community. Like ACHS, GBHM holds precious archival materials that are key to understanding the story of Gettysburg and Adams County. Set to coincide with the grand opening of the new headquarters in 2022, ACHS and GBHM will collaborate on exhibits throughout its new museum space. The two organizations are also working together on an inaugural exhibit –Black Voices of Adams County – that will be free and open to the public. The partnership with GBHM will also ensure that the historic collections of both organizations are properly cared for in secure, environmentally-regulated archives where visiting researchers can access many of these incredible resources for the very first time. Finally, ACHS will support the mission of GBHM to tell these critical stories within the walls of the Society’s new classroom and Battlefield Overlook Education Center. Through this collaboration, ACHS and GBNM can educate visitors and area residents of all ages about the significant contributions made by Black citizens in our community.

Turning Two Years Old, Green Gettysburg’s Book Club Seeks Readers

The Green Gettysburg Book Club had its first meeting on Valentine’s Day 2019, and two years later continues to grow with about 20 active participants and 100 email recipients. Now gathering on Zoom rather than in person, the group feels the call to make change in these challenging times. The group meets weekly on Fridays and encourages new members. To join or for a full list of environment books, email William Lane at wlane@gettysburg.edu Green Gettysburg was created by Lane as a Facebook group in 2014 in response to the need to collectively address local environmental issues and track environmental events. Lane said the group’s mission is to be “effective advocates for action on environmental issues” and participate “in a major cultural shift in the way we think about our relationship with the natural world.” Lane said science without empathy is just harmful as emotion without foundation. This thought-provoking statement leads the group to seek out books emphasizing education but also encourages spiritual fulfillment and emotional comfort, which can be uplifting during COVID-19’s somber and isolated times. Other Green Gettysburg Projects and Partnerships Green Gettysburg partnered with Trout Unlimited to remove trash from the Conewago Creek. The full day event hauled away two truck-loads of debris, tires, and even a toilet. On a larger scale, clean ups like this save wildlife as well as reduce pollution. The “Climate Change Film Series,” which started in 2018, is expected to continue after COVID-19. Another project, “Climate up Close,” brought in climate experts from Princeton, Harvard, and Berkeley to present at local churches during 2019. As local groups continue to collaborate, Lane said projects like these can be completed more often and on a larger scale. Green Gettysburg wants to meet more groups and individuals committed to making progress on environmental issues.

Last Chance: New Oxford Library Virtual Valentine Murder Cruise

Virtual Valentine Murder Cruise Friday, February 12 at 7:00pm Must register by Tuesday, February 9 https://adamslibrary.org/events/virtual-valentine-murder-cruise-murder-mystery-event Everything is going wrong on the “Valentine in Venice” harbor cruise aboard the Love Bucket. First, the water is unusually choppy so people are feeling queasy. Second, the package deal, priced at $9.99 per couple, went viral as “The Cheapest Date Ever,” stirring up worldwide ridicule. Accordingly, most of the guests canceled their reservations and found other, less embarrassing dates, leaving the dining room more than half empty.  And, to top things off, a diner took a nosedive into his soup, just after the first set of sappy Italian love songs. The dead man was Payton Bookem, the slick agent for tonight’s dollar-store “operatic” entertainers.  Our “Valentine Murder Cruise” Murder Mystery Party is an online, interactive murder mystery via Zoom. This murder mystery party combines the excitement of CLUE with the imagination of the Theatre. As with a live murder mystery party, you will be encouraged to “mingle” with other characters and go “off-script” in your quest to find who the murderer is!

All-County High School Artwork at the Adams County Arts Council

The Adams County Arts Council will showcase artwork of high-school artists from across Adams County in February for the tenth annual All-County Student Show. The exhibition will feature the best work of some of the county’s most talented high school artists, as selected by Adams County high school art educators from Littlestown, Fairfield, Gettysburg, Bermudian Springs and Biglerville High School. The exhibition opens Friday, February 5, in the Reception Hall at the Adams County Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, 125 South Washington Street in Gettysburg. The Arts Council will host a First Friday artists’ reception from 5-7:30 p.m.  The show will remain hanging through February 26. This show was developed and created to celebrate youth art and art education in the county. Biglerville High School Art Teacher, Lisa Harman, says, “This year has created challenges for many teachers. Art teachers especially who rely so much on “in person” teaching and using special supplies and tools have had to find creative ways to still get kids making art.  Despite hybrid and remote schedules, our students have risen to the occasion and have created some unique work. I am really proud of them.”  For more information about the All-County Student Show and other upcoming Arts Council exhibitions, art classes at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, and other news and events from the Adams County Arts Council, visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006. The Adams County Arts Council’s mission is to cultivate an arts-rich community.

ACAC Instructors Exhibition at the Adams County Arts Council

The Adams County Arts Council will feature their annual Instructors Show during the month of February. A First Friday reception is scheduled for Friday, February 5, 5-7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.The Instructors Show, exhibited in the Gallery, features 2D and 3D artwork relating to classes offered at the AECenter by Instructor Artists of the ACAC. Arts Council Program and Gallery Director, Wendy Heiges, says, “This show features the fine artwork of our instructors and relates to the classes they teach for us at the Arts Education Center. We hope each instructor’s collection inspires you to take a class with us.” For more information about the Instructors Show, the All-County Show and other upcoming Arts Council exhibitions, events or art classes at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006.The Adams County Arts Council’s mission is to cultivate an arts-rich community.

Gettysburg Resident Dora Lewis Townsend Will Present on Women’s Suffrage

Gettysburg resident Dora Lewis Townsend will give a presentation at noon on Thursday, November 19, on the American Suffrage Movement and the important role that her great grandmother played in that story. The program is part of the Adams County Arts Council’s 3rdthursdaynoon series and will be held via Zoom. The program is free but pre-registration is required. Townsend’s program on Suffrage begins in July 1848 with the Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, N.Y, and culminates with the passage of the 19th Amendment in August 1920 which successfully secured the right to vote for American women. Dora Townsend places her ancestor, Dora Kelly Lewis, in the historical context of the movement and describes the significant role she played. Through letters written from prison and other first-person accounts, Townsend relates an incredible story of courage, commitment, and perseverance in the face of physical violence, anger, and public efforts to hurt and humiliate the women who championed the cause. Dora Lewis Townsend is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She has lived in Adams County since 1973. She has an undergraduate degree in Communications (Boston University) and a master’s degree in Spirituality and Healthcare (Chestnut Hill College). She has served on numerous community boards and committees. Dora’s interest in her great grandmother Dora Kelly Lewis’ s story began several years ago when she realized she was in possession of original source material from which she could develop a program with a unique and very personalized perspective of the American Suffrage Movement. The virtual 3rdthursdaynoon series continues December 17 with a program by Sue Hill and Carolyn George about nationally recognized author and “Gettysburg’s First Lady” Elsie Singmaster. The mission of the Adams County Arts Council is to cultivate an arts-rich community. To register for the program or for information about Arts Council’s classes at the Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington St., Gettysburg, contact aa@adamsarts.org, call (717) 334-5006, or visit www.adamsarts.org.