First Friday and Heritage Christmas blend Dec. 3

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
A huge crowd filled Greencastle's Center Square last month for the lighting of the Christmas tree. Heritage Christmas activities will continue downtown on the first three weekends of December. The Dec. 3 activities will combine with First Friday.

What do you get when you cross First Friday with Heritage Christmas in Greencastle? A fabulously festive good time! On Friday evening, Dec. 3, be sure to stop downtown and other locations to join in the merriment of the season!

The downtown merchants will be open and have all of the latest gifts and decorations for this holiday season. And, looking for something new to bake this holiday season? The merchants are sharing holiday sweetness. Be sure to stop by each downtown shop for a copy of their favorite cookie recipe!  

Many talented artists will be presenting their works in the shops, including handcrafted cards and gift tags, original paintings, photography, pottery, shaker boxes, barn wood birdhouses, palm wax candles, teabag folding cards, polymer clay figurines. In addition, Gallery 7 will be open at 107 E. Baltimore St. and will be showcasing the work of even more talented artists in the area.

For your listening enjoyment, the Greencastle-Antrim High School choirs (concert, chamber and jazz) will be performing on the square from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m. Folk musicians Neal and Coleen Walters will be playing seasonal music on their string instruments from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. White Hall Manor Bed and Breakfast welcomes Macedonia United Brethren Church. The church group will be caroling from 6 to 8 p.m., and innkeepers Gerry and Pam Lute will be serving cookies and cocoa. Classic guitarist Mark Miller will be performing from 5 to 8 p.m. at the law office of Dick, Stein, Schemel, Wine and Frey, LLP. Also, Greg Downs with Herbie Golden will be playing acoustic blues at Highline Coffeehouse and Café from 6 to 9 p.m. The coffeehouse and café will also be holding Coffeehouse Poetry Night starting at 6:30 p.m.

Many activities will be available for kids. Santa is taking a break from supervising toy production and will be stopping by from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for photos. Church of the Brethren is featuring gingerbread decorating from 6 to 8 p.m. Community Grace Church will be performing “While You Were Sleeping” with shows every 30 minutes starting at 6:30 p.m. The church will also have holiday craft projects for kids, cookies and hot chocolate, and a Christmas gift for each family. At Greencastle Presbyterian from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., children will have the opportunity to make Christmas cards for military personnel. And, at Bob's Florist, the Greencastle-Antrim High School Art Club will be on hand for face painting.

Lots of yummy food and snacks items will be available. Look for soft pretzels; candy samples from Mrs. Gibble's Restaurant; sundaes and hot sandwiches from Mikie's Ice Cream; apple dumplings from Trinity United Church of Christ in State Line; homemade popcorn balls from the Greencastle Presbyterian Church; baked goods and Christmas items to benefit Relay for Life, Family Affair; and cocoa and cookies from the Greencastle-Antrim Democratic Club. Also, Tuscarora Mountain Winery will have a wine tasting.

Other activities on the square include Apple Annie, horse and buggy rides, and free Christmas ornaments from Foursquare Gospel Church.

Also, the Allison Antrim Museum is holding a special Heritage Christmas event. The museum house will be decorated in period style, and Dr. Terry Musselman will be playing traditional holiday music on the dulcimer and sultry. Toy, train and teddy bear exhibits will be on display, and light refreshments will be available to museum visitors. In addition, Nancy and Kyle Smith and their staff at Garden Smiths, Inc. will be holding a demonstration in the barn's upper level on how to use fresh greens for holiday decorating.