November First Friday offered in downtown Greencastle

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

It’s never too early to start thinking about holiday shopping, and there is no better place to start than during First Friday in November!

On Friday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. downtown Greencastle will kick off another First Friday event. First Friday is one evening each month where the downtown shops stay open until 8 p.m. and team up with local artists and performers for an evening of entertainment and shopping. The schedule of participants can be found at many local businesses. Many thanks to Graphics Universal for their help in printing the schedules.

First Friday is delighted to present Blues musician Pete Lancaster and his daughter Megan. These Greencastle residents of three years will be performing at Fran Kenawell’s State Farm office on the square. Pete will be showcasing the various styles of Blues music, and Megan will be performing acoustically.

Peter, a Bowie, Maryland native, started his music career in Cleveland, Ohio as a one-man band. In 2000, he moved to Hagerstown where he immersed himself in the music scene. He participated in the last Hagerfest music festival and has been involved with the Western Maryland Blues Fest as both a musician and organizer. He currently performs with his band, Stack O’ Blues.

Megan Lancaster is a student at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts where she is enrolled in the music department for voice. She also plays the drums, bass, piano, and guitar. Megan is influenced by those whose hearts are completely in music and lives life through music. Her passions are acoustic and worship music, and she is a member of the Christian band, The Ground Between You and I.

Other presenters at First Friday include the following:

The Antrim House will be featuring the watercolors and pastels of talented artist Marti Yeager.

Gallery 7, located in the office of Charles L. Strausbaugh, C.P.A., will be showcasing the works of Greencastle Area Arts Council members.

Willowtree Gifts and Flower Boutique is exhibiting the paintings of Laurie Shindle who will be demonstrating her painting techniques.

Sweet Myrtle Fine Gifts and Interiors is showcasing the unique jewelry designs of Elisa Tlanda of Spanish Cage Jewelry.

The Jewelry Shop is hosting author Lee Scott, pen name Scott Layton, who will be on-hand to sign his new novel, Museum of the Mind. Lee will also be displaying a digital photo show and discussing techniques and possibilities for digitally enhancing photos.

Anna’s Paperworks presents Lori Facchina who creates unique images using a Polaroid photo transfer process.

E.L.M Shoes is featuring the expressive prints and paintings of artist Anne Finucane.

E.L.M. Department Store is hosting Heather Nowell of Zen Creations who handcrafts beautiful sterling silver, gemstone, pearl and crystal jewelry.

The Farmer's Wife Antiques and Collectibles, Gift and Specialty Shop is exhibiting the photography of Phil McDonald.

Photo Gem is hosting Kittieandalunchbox. This talented duo of Cole Shenebeck and Momo Lawyer gives funky flair to retro items.

One of Greencastle’s newest shops, Inner Beauty, will be hosting Carol Rinehart who creates seasonal cards from her original paintings.

In addition, Coffee House Poetry Night will be meeting at the Antrim House from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The First Friday committee also invites residents to demonstrate their artistic talent by participating in a community mural. The mural site will be located on the square by Tower Bank. Anyone attending First Friday in November is encouraged to paint a portion of the mural. The finished mural will be unveiled at Heritage Christmas.

Also, Bentley’s Bakery and Barbeque will be serving rib samples, baked goods, cider and coffee.