WAYNESBORO, Pa.—A triennial festival celebrating Waynesboro’s history and culture kicks off Friday and lasts through Sunday, July 8.
WaynesboroFest will feature a variety of events, many of which are free. Music, movies, wine tastings and art exhibits are on tap.
“I’d like to see a nice turnout from our community,” said Allie Kohler, a committee member.
Advance ticket sales were slow, but have picked up in recent days, Kohler said.
“I hope we can give them something nice through WaynesboroFest. ... We just feel Waynesboro needs some community activities every so often,” he said.
WaynesboroFest began in 2000, evolving from the 1997 bicentennial celebration. The mission of the nonprofit organization is “to provide the community with educational, historical, cultural and entertaining events” for all ages.
Past WaynesboroFest celebrations have included more historical speakers and events. However, many of the people associated with those offerings are otherwise committed to events marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
WaynesboroFest will feature the revival presentation of “Fifteen Days Under the Confederate Flag,” a dramalogue written by H. Clayton Moyer that depicts Waynesboro in the summer of 1863.
The opening show will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Harbaugh Hall of Trinity United Church of Christ.
It will be repeated on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $2 each, and advanced purchase is encouraged as the number of tickets are limited for all performances.
No more tickets are available for a Friday wine tasting at the Waynesboro County Club.
Sunday will feature a “Festival of Praise” at Otterbein Church. It brings together vocalists and instrumentalists volunteering for the 7 p.m. performance.
“There ended up being about 75 voices in the choir,” Kohler said.
A movie that is free for children younger than 12 will be played at 1 p.m. Monday at the Waynesboro Theater. Tickets for adults, who are required to accompany children, are $2 each. The movie has not been announced yet.
An art display will be shown at the Otterbein Church gym on Monday, July 2, Tuesday, July 3, and Thursday, July 5.
The Waynesboro Jubilee will be hosting its normal variety of activities on July 4, including games, music, a 5K race, parade and fireworks.
On Thursday, July 5, a family time swim and outdoor movie will take place at Northside Pool. The family swim runs from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., and an outdoor movie will be shown at poolside around 9 p.m. The pool and movie, “Puss in Boots,” are free.
On Friday, July 6, kids and adults will be entertained by a magic show at 10:30 a.m. at the Post 15 American Legion on East Main Street.
The American Legion will host a ’50s and ’60s dance with LL D.J. on Saturday, July 7, from 7 to 11 p.m.
Admission costs $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Tickets are available at the American Legion as well as all other ticket outlets.
Rounding out the 10-day celebration is the Taste of the Town on July 8 at 6 p.m. at the Waynesboro Country Club.
Sixteen local restaurants, caterers, chefs and food businesses will present their offerings. Live music will be provided by Cumberland Valley School of Music.
Spread among the food vendors will be paintings, sketches and unique artwork pieces from Waynesboro Studio Art Club members, accompanied by fresh flowers prepared by the Blue Ridge Garden Club and the Toll Gate Garden Club.
Tickets cost $25 each. Advanced ticket sales are encouraged, since the number of tickets sold for this event are limited.
For all events that require admission (except the movie theater), tickets may be purchased in advance at the chamber of commerce office on Roadside Avenue and Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc. on the square from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Green Arbor on Pa. 16 in Rouzerville from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Olde Town Touch in the Waynesboro Mall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Those interested in buying tickets with a credit card must do so at the chamber office only.