Old Home Week — Here it comes!

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Photo of the first Old Home Week.

It’s finally time!

Another Old Home Week is now within sight.

Planning for the continuation of a more than century old homecoming tradition in the Greencastle-Antrim community will begin later this month. The 38th Triennial Old Home Week celebration will be held in 2013 from Saturday, Aug. 3 through Saturday, Aug. 10.

While the celebration is sure to include many of the festivities of the past, when the president of the 38th triennial calls the Sept. 24 meeting to order, it will be a first for the tradition held in Greencastle-Antrim since 1902. The president of the celebration, originally call the “Old Boys’ Reunion”, will be a woman.

Longtime Old Home Week officer, Carol Christophel, agreed three years ago to take the helm and has called for a series of monthly meetings to plan the 2013 event. The committee will begin planning during a 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, meeting at the Rescue Hose Co. fire hall, S. Washington St. The committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on the last Monday of each month through July 29, 2013. Exceptions are no December meeting and the May meeting is switched to May 20 because of Memorial Day.

Old Home Week has been held in the Greencastle-Antrim community every three years since noted concert singer and Greencastle native Philip E. Baer wrote to the local newspaper suggesting such a reunion in 1902. The success of the first homecoming led to a second in 1905 and the custom has continued without fail each triennial since. While many activities have been added to go with the times, many have been revisited each Old Home Week.

The celebration has a website at www.oldhomeweek.org