Walking tour added to list of Old Home Week events

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Dodie Bingaman and Jan Shafer are heading up a new initiative for Old Home Week. They are organizing a walking tour of Greencastle for Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Old Home Week is loved for its traditions, but sometimes it is right to add something new to the calendar of events. In August, during the 38th triennial celebration, a walking tour of Greencastle will be offered.

Carol Christophel, president of Old Home Week, suggested the tour to the committee, as another way for residents and visitors to explore the history of the borough. It would complement the bus tour, which hits spots in Greencastle and Antrim Township on Monday and Tuesday of the week.

Dodie Hebb Bingaman and Jan McIntire Shafer immediately volunteered to organize the Wednesday walk.

"And we have no clue what we are doing," said Bingaman with a grin.

Both women had wanted to help out in some way. A native of Shady Grove, Shafer recently moved to Greencastle after 19 years in the mountains of western Pennsylvania. Bingaman moved to Waynesboro in childhood, but came back to graduate from Greencastle-Antrim High School with the Class of 1975, three years after Shafer. Now between jobs, she decided she had the time to serve.

They see the walk as an exciting new activity, which they expect to draw people who will also get to see downtown Greencastle. They are still selecting the historic points of interest, drawn from a list provided by Bonnie Shockey from the Allison-Antrim Museum.

Bingaman and Shafer are rounding up volunteers to stand at each station and explain the historical significance. They expect to have morning and afternoon tours. The two will each lead a group from place to place.

Details of the walk will be in publicity materials during the summer.