The Downtown Carlisle Association unveiled plans for the UPMC Pinnacle August First Friday today.  Friday, August 2, from 5 pm – 8 pm, Kids Night Out, sponsored by F& M Trust, will host downtown wide activities, crafts, specials, inflatables and fun for families to enjoy.

“Kids Night Out has always been our largest First Friday.  It is a great, and affordable way for families to explore and enjoy downtown as many things are free.” Stated Glenn White, Executive Director of the DCA. 

Kids activities will be scattered throughout downtown.  Atomic Bounce will be onsite with two 2 large inflatables, balloon twisting, spin art, and a basketball shoot out.

1 BIG PAGE Coloring Book Paint Party. Imagine a 6 x 20 ft vinyl banner with an outlined scene which kids can paint like a large coloring book page. Project allows kids to take part in creating a mural sized art project.  The image will be completed by local artist, Chris Varner, and feature a family friendly scene. Acrylic paint will be provided as well as brushes, cups, water, etc.

Among other activities, downtown merchants will participate by offering the following:

Veteran’s Courtyard

Live Music from Rich Clare’s Pentagon 6:30 pm – 8 pm

*** denotes scavenger hunt participants

Hanover Street

Burd’s Nest Brewing Co.– 19 N. Hanover St.- Live music with artist Dan Gierhart from 7-10 ***

American Artisan Gallery – 35 N. Hanover St.-   Hosting Luciano and Jeannette Magaro for a book signing, My Life with Gary; An 11-year-old boy’s book discussing what life with autism is like. ***

St. John’s Episcopal Church– 1 N. Hanover St.- St. John’s Episcopal Church on the Square is very happy to welcome newcomers and War College families.  Stop by for a tour of the church, obtain information about the Preschool, various activities available within the church, and treat yourself and family to a free dish of ice cream!  St. John’s will be open from 3 to 7pm during this first Friday event and are excited to meet you all.

 North Hanover Grille– 37 N. Hanover St. – Half off kid’s meal with the purchase of adults meal, and 10% off of wine flights throughout the evening. ***

Miss Ruth’s Time Bomb– 24 N. Hanover St.- Presenting: The Market of Curiosities’ Mini-Makers  hosting local youth craft vendors. Come out and support our community’s future artisans. Will be hosting a kid’s craft night.  ***

Carlisle Family life Center- 155 N. Hanover St.-Free Bruster’s Ice Cream and a visit from Disney Princesses (My Fantasy Party)

Hook And Flask Still Works-137 N. Hanover St.- live music with Shrimp Ryan’s Jig Band at 7.     

Market Cross Pub – 113 N. Hanover St. – Partnering with the Greatest Gift and Inviting a talented balloon twister to create fun things for the kids. ***

The Greatest Gift – 117 N. Hanover St.- Partnering with Market Cross Pub and Inviting a talented balloon twister to create fun things for the kids. ***

Castlerigg Winery – 110 S. Hanover St. – Offering 20% off appetizers from 5-9 pm***

Marjorie’s Gems– 44 S. Hanover St.- Light refreshments will be offered and double stamps for the $5 Fabulous Club! Come in and see what the $5 club is all about!

Exquisite Chocolates of Carlisle-35 S. Hanover St.-  Extended evening hours. ***                          

High Street 

Whistlestop Bookshop – 129 W. High St. – Extended hours until 8, come check out the new titles in the Kid’s Corner. ***

Grand Illusion Hard Cider – 26 W. High St. – Ice cream truck out front.  ***

History on High-The Shop – 33 W. High St. –  Book signing with local

author Marianne Romagnoli; presenting her new children’s book, “The Secret

Ingredient”. ***

Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center– 44 W. High St.-  Open house and running a kid friendly film at 7:30. ***

The ClothesVine – 134 W. High St.- Open late and offering a children’s activity.***

Create-a-Palooza – 11 E. High St. – $5 sale on select items, free pendant

 painting; bring the pendant back any day in August for a %5 discount. ***

Gilded Door Oil & Vinegar – 9 E. High St. –  $1 shrubs, sample size take-home flights 5 for $10…come in and find your favorite flavor!  ***

Louther Street

Tutto Venue & Boutique – 14 W. Louther St. –   Open house with refreshments and

give-aways  from 5-7. ***

Pomfret Street

Pat Craig Studios- 30 W. Pomfret St.-  Extended shop hours. ***

Boutique on Pomfret – 16 W. Pomfret St. – Rock painting outside for kids. ***

K. Olson Ceramics– 34 W. Pomfret St.- Extended hours in the studio for

adult enjoyment with light refreshments.

Pitt Street

Yoga at Simply Well – 28 S. Pitt St. – Sharing information about the services offered at the studio, offering discounts for the incoming Army War College class families,

and having an activity for children.

Cumberland County Historic Society– 21 N. Pitt St. Will be having extended hours.  ***

Chapel Avenue

Earth Artisan & Outfitter– 37 West Chapel Ave- Extended hours for First Friday to inspire your adventures with Earth-based & nature-inspired fine art, photography, goods & gear. Partnering up with Anahata Yoga & Mindful Movement ( located on 401 E. Louther St Entrance 2) sharing The Nature of Well-Being on the   Porch to naturally connect people to the planet and to each other!  ***


On the Square
Resonate Church– Varied events for kids and giving out bottles of water.

First Church of God– Activities for kids.

First Presbyterian Church– Games on the church lawn for kids, and guided tours  in the Church. Carlisle fire trucks,

Remembering Our Hero’s Tribute Truck – Sponsored by Carlisle Events
It’s a military tribute you won’t find in a museum, but rather on the road.  Retired Sergeant Rick Beech has a new mission: to pay respects to the U.S. soldiers who have fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan.  A few years ago, he bought a beat-up old Chevy, fixed it up himself and now is driving it all over the nation collecting signatures.  “Our goal is to get signatures from those soldiers who deployed and returned home and they will sign in red and white to honor those who did not. Thus far we’ve seen hundreds of signatures,” said Rick Beech, founder of Remembering Our Heroes.  The rolling tribute has already been to 35 military bases and will continue making stops all summer long.


Also, being celebrated Friday evening is the US Army War College Welcome Jam.  Live music from Central Pennsylvania legends, Pentagon will fill downtown as they perform at the corner of Hanover and High Streets.  The DCA will also offer a free gift certificate to the first 50 war college students who check in at the registration tent, along with an opportunity to win more gift certificates by completing a scavenger hunt designed to acclimate the new Carlisle residents to the variety of downtown stores and restaurants. 

“As we are seeing more and more families with children be assigned to the War College, combining the Kids Night Out and Welcome Jam seemed to be a great idea for the evening.” Stated Glenn White.

July 31, 2019


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