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Star Gazing with the Tri-State Astronomers

December 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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One event on January 4, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Rod Martin of Tri-State Astronomers looks through a big telescope

This event is To Be Confirmed

Cloud date: Dec. 10, 2020

Area residents are invited to come star-gazing at Pine Hill Regional Recreation Area near Waynesboro. We call it a “star party”—a telescope viewing of the night sky. The event, a partnership betweenThe Institute and Tri-State Astronomers (TSA), is free and open to the public.

Telescopes will be set up, and members of the Tri-State Astronomers club will be on hand to guide viewers and answer questions.

Event coordinator and TSA member, Andy Smetzer said, “One of the goals of our group is to have as many people as possible look through a telescope. It’s also a good chance for someone thinking of buying a telescope to try one out and ask questions.”
“During the star party, we will be observing various nebula and star clusters of the night sky,” Smetzer said.

For more information on the night skies, Smetzer suggests these websites: www.tristateastronomers.org and www.spaceweather.com.

Viewers may come and go anytime during the event. Those attending may bring their own telescope and binoculars, as well as lawn chairs or blankets. Flashlights are not permitted in the telescope viewing area but may be used to reach the area from the parking lot.

Pine Hill Regional Recreation Area is a 174-acre recreation area owned and operated by Washington Township with a variety of recreational activities for residents and visitors. Located in the southeast corner of Franklin County, the park abuts Red Run Lake & Park, and is just a stone’s throw away from the Michaux State Forest. The park contains seven hiking/biking trails which total 3.04 miles. From the trails one can overlook large portions of the Township and watch the sunset.

This event is free (donations accepted).
Enrollment is limited to 25 and pre-registration is required; register via email at info@instituteatrenfrew.org.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed. Signed waivers required for registration.

• Participants will sign in & complete a waiver/contact form (available HERE).
If you can, please print, sign and scan it back to us at info@instituteatrenfrew.org (preferred), or print the form, fill it out and bring it along to the event.

• Social distancing must be practiced wherever possible. 

• Mask optional while appropriately distanced, & required when appropriate distancing is not possible.

Underwriting support by Marge Kiersz; Lucinda D. Potter, CPA; SEK CPAs and Advisors; and by Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; The John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation; Alma W. Oyer; APX Enclosures, Inc.; and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin.

Facility support courtesy of Pine Hill Recreation Area.


December 7
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Institute
(717) 762-0373


Pine Hill Recreation Area
12684 Mentzer Gap Rd
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
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