TIME IS TICKING TO Greencastle-Antrim's OLD HOME WEEK

JOYCE F. NOWELL, Echo Pilot

With just over 100 days before the curtain goes up on the 39th Triennial Old Home Week celebration, plans for another Greencastle-Antrim community homecoming are well underway.

The organizing committee has met monthly since September 2015 in preparation for the Aug. 6 to 13 festivities. Most of the events and happenings folks have enjoyed in the past will be on tap again with something new or change thrown in here or there.

“We’re moving right along and looking forward to August,” said Ed Wine, president of the 39th triennial.

In alphabetical order, official events being planned are: adult dance, alumni reunion, antique car show, antique tractor show, band concerts, bicycle races, community worship, chalk art contest, dog show, fireworks, flower show, Fred Kaley 5K Run, fun fair, Loyal Daughters banquet, motorcycle display, museum open house, reminiscing sessions, Music on the Square, official opening and closing, parade, pageant, basketball tournament, tours (bus and walking) unofficial opening, window displays and women’s fellowship event. A new feature will be an open house at the restored Martin’s Mill Bridge. Some rounds of G-A Jeopardy are also being planned.

Wine added, “We have some great events planned.”

Returning by popular demand

 A performance by a military band and chorus had become a cornerstone of the celebration prior to the Friday evening fireworks. That had been missing for the past two Old Home Weeks, but thanks to the efforts of Candy Mowen and Brock Bricker, the United States Army Field Band Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus have been secured for the 2016 festivities.

“This is great news,” said Wine. “They will perform Friday night on Kaley Field and we will have the fireworks right after that.”

As described on their website, “The United States Army Field Band has been thrilling audiences of all ages for more than six decades from Boston to Baghdad, Tampa to Toronto. As the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army, this internationally-acclaimed organization travels thousands of miles each year presenting a variety of music to enthusiastic audiences throughout the nation and abroad. Through these concerts, the Field Band fosters the support of the American people for members of the armed forces and supports diplomatic efforts around the world.”

Happy musical returns

A Besecker will be back at the baton for the community worship service cantata in 2016. A prior family obligation will keep Niki Kauffman off the podium, however David Besecker will fill the shoes. Besecker’s late father, Richard, was the longtime director of the cantata.

The community worship committee has selected a new piece for the event, “One Lord — One Faith”, which will be presented at 5 and again at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, in the high school auditorium.

Singers for the adult choir are being recruited and are asked to respond by Sunday, May 15 with intentions to join. Anyone interested may contact Saundra Wingert with contact information and voice part. Wingert can be contacted as follows: by mail to 11551 Bemisderfer Road, Greencastle, PA 17225; by phone to 717-597-2644; by email to spysdirector@yahoo.com; or online at oldhomeweek.org/calling_all_singers

Rehearsals will be held on eight Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:40 June 14, 21, 28,  July 5, 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. A final rehearsal with the orchestra will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, in the auditorium.

Music, music, music

Singers are also needed for the pageant chorus to be directed by Wingert. The chorus will provide vocal music as part of the triennial pageant, this time entitled “Our Proud History”. Those wanting to participate can simply attend the first rehearsal or pre-register online at oldhomeweek.org/pageant.html

Singers must commit will attend at least the three dress rehearsals, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, Thursday, Aug. 4 and Monday, Aug. 8. Prior rehearsals will be held from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, Aug. 2 (8:40 p.m.) and July 26 (7:45 to 9:30 p.m.).

Badges on the way

Planners had previously approved using the water fountain given to the town by the Old Home Week committee in 1914 as the logo for the 39th Triennial. The fountain stood in Center Square for many years before being moved to the Jerome R. King Playground in the 1950s.

A mockup of the badge that features a youngster using the fountain is complete and the badges (the wearable ticket to entrance at most Old Home Week events) will go on sale during Sidewalk Days in July.

Planning an event?

Old Home Week sub-committee chairs are reminded that event information for the official program must be submitted by June 1.

Anyone else who is interested in having an event placed in the official program can also submit by June 1.

Information can be submitted online through the Old Home Week website at www.oldhomeweek.org

Please follow directions listed.

Making contact

A phone number is now operational for the Old Home Week headquarters. It is 717-660-8651.

Wine can be contacted at info@oldhomeweek.org or by calling 597-0200.

Organizers are looking to boost participation in the parade with increased prize money. Application information will be coming in the near future.

The next Old Home Week committee meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, at the Rescue Hose Co. firehouse.

Help is needed for Old Home Week in the following areas:

• Singers for the Community worship cantata and pageant chorus. Contact Saundra Wingert: by mail to 11551 Bemisderfer Road, Greencastle, PA 17225; by phone to 717-597-2644; by email to spysdirector@yahoo.com; or online at oldhomeweek.org/calling_all_singers

• Volunteers to host open hours at the Allison-Antrim Museum

• Photographers to record images of the events

• Keyboard accompanist for the Official Opening.

Call 597-0200 if you can help.

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