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4 things to do around Franklin County this weekend

Black Boys Rebellion

History comes alive this weekend during the Black Boys Rebellion. The events begin with an open house in the Patton House on Friday night, where attendees can view artifacts on loan from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and listen to a lecture, "The Archaeological Digging of the Fort Loudoun Site," by Steven Warfel. Saturday guests can enjoy re-enactments of prisoner rescues, skirmishes and battles between the Black Boys and the British. Sunday begins with a church service done in 18th century fashion. For more information, visit or contact Andy Newman at or Larry Gorecki at

Mercersburg Townfest

Bring the kids out for the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce's 36th Annual Mercersburg Townfest all day this Saturday. Head to the carnival, which includes pony rides, a bounce house and a petting zoo, sample some Thai food, kettle korn or ice cream or relax and listen to music on the grass. For more information, visit or email

5K Run/Walk

This 5K Run/Walk at Fannett-Metal High School will benefit the Fannett-Metal Education Foundation. The walk/run starts at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday. Registration fee is $25. For more information and to register, contact Sawyer Rosenberry at 717-816-2287 or

Star Party

A rare event is taking place in the sky this weekend, and the community is invited to Penn State's Mont Alto campus to observe it and learn more. The campus will be hosting a special lecture, "The Moon: Darkness and Light" about the moon, its phases, and eclipses by Professor Kimberly Herrmann this Sunday at 7 p.m. in the General Studies Auditorium. Afterwards, guests can attend a pre-lunar eclipse star party, which will includes telescope viewing and night sky tours with green laser pointers. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Debra Collins at 717-749-6112 or email