View the night sky

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, March 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pine Hill Recreation Area near Waynesboro.

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.

“During the star party, we will be observing various nebula and star clusters of the winter night sky,” said Andy Smetzer, event coordinator and TSA member. “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.”

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 Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company, and an anonymous donor, in honor of the life and work of Eunice Statler, 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.

The event, a partnership between The Institute and Tri-State Astronomers, is free and open to the public.

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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