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Recurring Events

Mills of Cumberland County
March 27, 2015 – October 24, 2015
Exhibit open to the public
Cumberland County Historical Society
21 North Pitt Street, Carlisle, PA
Contact: 717.249.7610 or

Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat
45-minute Sightseeing Tour
May 25, 2015 – September 7, 2015
45-minute tour on the Susquehanna River
11 Championship Way, City Island, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Contact: 717.234.6500 or

Wildwood Park
Art in the Wild Exhibit
April 11, 2015 – October 31, 2015
Dawn till Dusk
100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Contact: 717.221.0292 or

Fall History Series
Life & Death in the Valley
September 14, 2015 – October 26, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Reservations Required – contact 717.249.7610
Cost: Full Series – $50 members – $75 nonmembers
Per Session – $12
Cumberland County Historical Society
21 N. Pitt Street, Carlisle, PA 17013
Weekly Topics –

  • September 14   In Which Some Bridges Are Burned and Some Are Not:  European immigrants arrived in the Valley having left the Old World and yet carrying much of it with them.  What effect did this have on the settlement of the Valley?
  • September 21   Crucible of War:  Did the worst thing that could happen break the valley community or did it make it stronger?  A world war called the French & Indian war traumatized the Valley.
  • September 28   The World Turned Upside Down:  Did 8 years of war to establish a new nation encourage conflict as a means of settling political arguments? Was Cumberland County a brawling frontier county?
  • October 5   The Civil War Revisited:  commemorating the 150th anniversary of 1865.  For 70 years afterwards the Civil War influenced national destiny, just as WWII does to the present time.  What was to be remembered and forgotten in the County?
  • October 12   Marriages Among the Clans:  So are County marriages economic, social class-ic, political, romantic, all of the above, or none of the above?  A look at key nuptials from the Civil War to the Roaring 20s.
  • October 19   The Vanishing American:  What does a Zane Grey novel (1925) and a film adaptation of it (also 1925, remade 1955) have to do with Jim Thorpe?
  • October 27  We’re Finally On Our Own:  1970 in the Valley connected the dots between the Vietnam War, civil unrest, and the so-called generation gap.  Demographics come home to roost.




June Events

It’s a busy month of June around Cumberland County,  besides farmers bailing hay and people picking strawberries there are several public events to make your summer a memorable one.

Strawberries in June

Community Events:

Carlisle Events held the Carlisle Ford Nationals from June 6 to June 8, which brought in record breaking crowd. The master of the event was the Ford Mustang celebrating its fiftieth birthday. On display were Ford cars, trucks and tractors dating back to the early 1900s to 2015 pre-production models. On June 7, the Mustangs took to the streets of Carlisle showing the many changes the Mustang went through over its fifty years of production. Carlisle Events will be celebrating fifty years of the Pontiac GTO during its Carlisle GM Nationals taking place from June 20 to June 22. On hand, will be one of the two original iconic 1966 Monkeemobile created by the late Dean Jeffries.  For more information on the event see the Carlisle Events Schedule.

Last Saturday, Boiling Springs held its 28th annual Foundry Day event. This event takes place beside the Children’s Lake on Front Street and takes place the first Saturday of June.

Today, June 19, is the 86th annual Jubilee Day event in Mechanicsburg. This is the largest one-day event on the east coast of the United States. The event takes place rain or shine.  For more information see Jubilee Day.

This weekend Monroe Township will host its 15th annual community day from 4 to 10 p.m. in Churchtown. The event includes raffles, craft and food stands, a petting zoo, and children’s games. The classic rock band, Cheap Sneakers will perform live music from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event will culminate with one of the best fireworks display in the area at 9:30.

Also taking place this weekend is the Hempt Farms Polo Match benefiting the Eagle Foundation. The location for the event is Hempt Farms Polo Grounds across from Cumberland Valley High School on the Carlisle Pike. The event starts at 5 p.m. and the gates open at 3 p.m. Cost is a $30 donation per car. For more information see The Eagle Foundation website.

Wormleysburg will hold its annual River Day at the Pine Street Park on Saturday, June 28. This event is in celebration of the areas great resource, the Susquehanna River. The event includes rides on pontoon boats, kayak and paddleboard rides, and entertainment by local bands, food and games for the kids. The event takes place from noon to 5 p.m.

State Park Events:

Colonel Denning,  1599 Doubling Gap Road, Newville, PA 17241:

Saturday, June 21, Colonel Denning State Park will hold a snake hike. The park naturalist will educate participants on the common snakes found in Pennsylvania. Examples of the snakes will be on display at the Nature Center and participants will take a short walk to the beach area of the park to look for a common snake found at Colonel Denning. This event will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 21, The Historic Singer Band from Mechanicsburg will perform big band standards, show tunes, popular hits, novelty numbers and classical favorites. The concert will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Sunday, June 22, two kayak events are scheduled for children and adults. For children under twelve, parents must supply a properly fitted life jacket. Participants will learn basic paddling skills. The type and number of kayaks vary depending on the times. Supplied below are two registration links for the scheduled event times. The kayak events are dependent on the weather. Participants meet at the boat launch near the lake.

11 a.m. to noon – Kayak Registration 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – Kayak Registration

Pine Grove Furnace, 1100 Pine Grove Road, Gardners, PA 17324:

Friday, June 20 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. there will be a nocturnal amphibians’ hike led by a park naturalist who will explain the habits of  nocturnal amphibians and have participants search for them in the dark. Participants meet at the campground amphitheater.

Women’s backpacking 101 will take place at the park on Saturday; June 21 starting at 9 a.m. and will end at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 22. On this adventure females ONLY will learn the basics of backpacking from an experienced female Appalachian Trail hiker. Participants will spend the night sleeping under the stars. The training will include learning how to choose and pack gear, backcountry cooking, proper food storage, map reading, trip planning, and the practice of Leave No Trace ethics. The program fee is $45, which includes food and transportation. For more information see Women’s Backpacking 101 at Pine Furnace.

Monday, June 23 and Monday, June 30, beginning at 8 a.m. there will be three sessions of free beginner kayaking for ages twelve and up (for those 18 and under a parent or legal guardian MUST be present). Participants must bring drinking water, sunglasses, sunscreen and clothes for getting wet. Participants will meet at the lower parking lot of Laurel Lake. For more information call 717.486.7174 or see Free Beginner Kayaking.

June 27, there will be a night hike and stargazing from 8:15 to 9:45 p.m. The one mile hike will take place on the Koppenhaver Trail. Sturdy boots or shoes and a flashlight required. Participants will meet at the Fuller Bath house.

Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, 500 Kings Gap Road, Carlisle, PA 17015:

Wednesday, June 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. a briskly paced hiked, three to three and half miles, will take place. Hikers need to wear sturdy boots or shoes and bring water. There will be a twenty minute break along the trail where hikers can snack. The hikes are free and take place weekly. Hikers are to meet at the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use Area parking lot and will PROMPTLY depart at 6 p.m.

If you have an event that takes place in Cumberland County, PA and would like me to include it in out and about events, please email me the event(s) information at

King’s Gap Night Hike

spring peeper

Last night I had the opportunity to experience a night hike with 53 other people. It was fantastic!! Although only a few sounds of nature were heard, I enjoyed being in the moment and the smell of the earth, seeing the stars that hung overhead, and the sound of spring peepers. If you want to hear what a spring peeper (a very small frog) sounds like click on the link.


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