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Donations will fund the Artist in Residency Program in the Northern York Schools.

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coming up

Colonial Candlelight Service

December 14, 7:00 pm.@

Historic Monaghan Church

15 East Church Street,

Dillsburg, Pa.

Dillsburg is a thriving community offering many programs and learning opportunities in the arts. Explore this website to find out how you can participate!

Polar Bear Dance Camp was started in 2017 and is run by Jason Reed, the instructor for the Artist in Residency Program in the Northern York County School District.

We recently were informed that our program is a model program for the Artist in Residency program for the state of Pennsylvania and we are so very fortunate to have Jason as our artist. This year the Dance Camp will be:

2019 Polar Bear Summer Dance Camp

                                                      June 24th-27th

Watch our web site and also the NYCDSD web sites for more information to come.

The AIR program is provided by the Cultural Alliance of York County and funded with a matching grant provided by that organization and matched by the Polar Bear Foundation and local PTO groups.

Dec. 2 - Jan. 5Holiday Train Open House - See Flyer above for info.
Dec. 8Charlie Zahm Concert- Tickets $15, available at the door (refreshments served)
Dec. 14 - 7:00 pmColonial Candlelight Christmas Concert - followed by reception at Dill's Tavern
Free Spirit Watercolor Class 
Mondays from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 a.m     See the visual arts page 



Charlie Zahm Celtic Christmas Concert

​December 8,  2:00pm, @

Historic Monaghan Church,

15 East Church Street, Dillsburg, Pa.

Dillsburg Arts and Revitalization Council

Charlie is a very special vocalist whose beautiful baritone voice and the ability to sing from the heart make this an exceptional event. Join us for this very special celebration to begin the holiday season.

During the intermission, refreshments will be served (including some homemade Irish shortbread).

Tickets available at the door- $15.00 ea.  

 Fall Concerts sponsored by the Cultural Alliance of York County Creative Impact Grant.

The Dillsburg Arts and Revitalization Council has begun its Capital Campaign for the repair of Historic Monaghan Church, their home base and location for concerts and programs. This is a result of decreased state and federal funding for projects involving the arts and the repair of historic structures.

The Dillsburg Arts and Revitalization Council has been actively involved in the improvement of the Dillsburg Area community since 1998.

State and federal funding for programs and repair of the historic church have diminished to a point that threatens the continuation of these programs. The roof on the church is in need of repair and in order to do that monies would have to be used that pay for our programs. This is something we do not want to do, so we are reaching out to the community for donations to assist with the maintenance of Historic Monaghan (the oldest Presbyterian Church west of the Susquehanna River) and take care of the roof.

Watch the Dillsburg Banner and our Web Site for future news and articles on the project and “thank you” so very much for all your support in the past and for our future.

Jay Young
Dillsburg Arts and Revitalization Council 

A very special evening - a time to gather one's thoughts and go back to a period where things were much simpler in a historic setting where early settlers celebrated the Christmas season even before Dillsburg became a town. Rev. James Richwine will be our colonial minister and the Dillsburg Brass will provide our music. (If all goes well-we may have another musical treat for all to enjoy.) No admission charged, Donations welcomed to help support the Dillsburg Arts Council and Historic Monaghan.

Following the service, the attendees are invited to gather at the Dill's Tavern for refreshments and to warm by the fireplaces, provided by NYCHAPS.

Funds will assist in paying for the Artist in Residency Program in the NYCSD 3rd grades. This is a very special program run in conjunction with the Cultural Alliance of York County and a very "talented and compassionate" artist, Mr. Jason Reed. (see more on the Performing Arts Page)

The program is designed to assist children in making the right decisions in life and also in dealing with peer pressure and bullying. With decreasing state and federal aid -  it is in jeopardy. Please consider assisting to continue this program and make a difference in our community.

Thank you, Jay Young

You can contribute!

(and receive a tax credit)

Click here for the Donation Form

Past programs provided by the Dillsburg Arts Council have included:

  • Rebel Hearts Irish Dancers
  • Polar Bear Singers
  • Northern String Quartet
  • Pigeon Hill Station- country music
  • The Eaken Trio- chamber music
  • Susquehanna Travellers
  • Pa. Woodwind Quintet- chamber music and popular
  • Reese Project- jazz
  • Free Spirit Watercolor Class (ongoing)
  • Dillsburg Watercolor Class art show
  • Summer Art Camp for elementary age students
  • Watercolor workshop by Yachiyo Beck
  • Creating a "bound journal" workshop
  • Art Journaling techniques
  • Harrisburg Mandolin Quintet
  • Dillsburg Brass
  • Carol Knisley- show tunes
  • Old Time Hymn Sing
  • Letters Home at Christmas- Civil War Soldiers ( a reading)
  • The Sea Dogs- pirates chants and songs
  • Irish Rovers- Irish music
  • Music assemblies at the local elementary schools
  • Occasional Saxophone Quartet

 These cover a few of the performances and programs sponsored by the Dillsburg Arts and revitalization Council.  It is our endeavor to feature local artists and youth whenever possible also to have programs for young people to inspire them to develop their talents in the arts.