Star party coming to Pine Hill

Tri-State Astronomers club member, Rod Martin, with a large telescope like those that will be set up for viewers during The Institute’s free star party. PROVIDED PHOTO

WAYNESBORO—Area residents are invited to a “star party,” a telescope viewing of the night sky on Monday, Dec. 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pine Hill Recreation Area near Waynesboro. The event, a partnership between The Institute and Tri-State Astronomers, is free and open to the public. 

Telescopes will be set up in the park, 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 winter night sky,” Smetzer said.

For more information on the night skies, Smetzer suggests these websites: and

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. 

This program is underwritten in part by Marge Kiersz, Lucinda D. Potter, CPA, and SEK CPAs and Advisors, with additional support from The Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; The John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation; APX Enclosures, Inc.; and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support is provided courtesy of Washington Township.

If the sky is mostly cloudy, the star party will be postponed. Any postponement will be announced on the institute’s website and Facebook page. For more information call The Institute at 717-762-0373 or visit

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