Take a look back at Franklin County’s history through news and photos that appeared in local newspapers 25, 50, and 100 years ago on October 15th.
25 Years Ago
October 15, 1994 – Saturday
“Music School Gala Set For October 22”
Works by three local composers featured
Cumberland Valley School of Music’s fifth annual Gala will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in the chapel of Thomson Hall at Wilson College.
Its premier event of the year, the program will feature local and out-of-the-area musicians performing Bach, to Broadway, Bebop and barbershop. There will be at least 14 musical acts.
The original compositions of three area composers will be featured.
Dr. William Bland, Hagerstown, Md., will perform his Sicilienne on the piano. He’s had works commissioned by Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on the Arts, Baltimore.
Geoffrey Guy Weeks, Chambersburg, wrote Preludios Modernos No. 5, a composition with Brazilian overtones, which he will perform on the guitar with percussionist Marlin Barnes. He has extensive performance experience as a soloist and in ensembles.
Bland and Weeks teach at CVSM.
Andrew Sussman, Smithsburg, Md., who is a pianist and executive director of the school of music, will perform One For Tiny with a group consisting of Tom McFarland (guitar and vocal), Tim Gotwald(saxophone), Herm Hopple (bass) and Sam Hepter (drums.)
He wrote the composition as a tribute to friend Tiny Grimes, a guitarist who had performed with Art Tatum and Charlie Parker in the 1940s.
Grimes “was an excellent jazz and blues guitarist who played on a four-string guitar ad was very underrated,” Sussman said.
The gala also will include Ed Stanley, oboe; Ruth Dumas, viola; CVSM Flute Ensemble; Music Ritma; The Mystery Blues Band; Towne Singers; and tenor Richard di Renzi. Closing the show will be the students from CVSM Voice Camp performing a medley from Oklahoma.
Tenor di Renzi debuted with the Greater Miami Opera as Don Jose in Carmen. He’s had several roles as artist-in-residence with L’Opera de Montrael, as well as noteworthy success as Turriddu in Cavalleria Rusticana with the National Grand Opera and Westfield Symphony Orchestra.
Renzi also has appeared in opera galas for the Hudson Opera Theatre, Garden State Philharmonic and La Follia di New York in the Alice Tully Hall. He was a winner of the 1992 International Enrico Caruso Competition and for two consecutive years received the Mario Lanza Scholarship.
At the gala, Renzi will perform an aria from Andrea Chenier by Umberto Gior-dana, as well as the famous aria OSoave Fanciulla from La Boheme by Puccini, with Paula Hepfer, CVSM program director, singing the soprano part.
Tickets: $10, general admission; $25, patron, which includes reserved seating and a reception afterward; and $5, CVSM students and siblings. Tickets are available at the music school (in Thompson Hall); Music and Arts Center, Franklin Center; and Renfrew Museum and Park, Waynesboro. Information: 261-1220.
Proceeds will benefit the school, which is a non-profit member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts.
50 Years Ago
Oct 15, 1969 –Wednesday
“Veterans Plan Nov. 11 Parade”
A Veterans Day parade is planned by the Joint Veterans Council of Chambersburg on Nov. 11. The parade will form cat Lincoln Way West at Franklin Street at 3 p.m. and move east on Lincoln Way through Memorial Square to the Doughboy Monument at Friendship Fire Company. Fred E. Fernlser will be parade marshal.
A Veterans Day dance will be held at 9 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post.
Organizations wishing to participate in the parade are asked to contact Fernsler at R, R. 3, Chambersburg.
100 Years Ago
October 15, 1919 – Tuesday
“Miss Riddle In Work To Women Of The World”
CHAMBERSBURG – Miss Elizabeth Riddle of Philadelphia avenue has returned from Philadelphia, where she was called to take up a new line of work for the Young Woman’s Christian Association. It will inaugurate a campaign of education to enlighten the women of the United States as to the needs of the women of the world. Mrs. Anna Mar tin Crocker, a former dean of Wilson College, has been appointed state director of this campaign in Pennsylvania and Miss Riddle has been named as her assistant.
The first meeting: in the state for this campaign will be held here, on Friday evening next, in Central Presbyterian Church, when the- matter will be presented.
This meeting is for both men and women. Miss Riddle was doing Y. work at Wilson College and her success here placed her in position for the call to a larger field.