Old Home Week window displays impressive

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Richard Walck (right) provided some of the inspiration for the Best Overall window display by Denise Urban (left) of Anna’s Paperworks. Walck’s war letters were loaned for a portion of the display, which featured photos from the history of the storefront in the southwest corner of the square.

The 38th Triennial Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week got underway on Saturday and one of the first events was the judging of the window displays set up in downtown storefronts.  

The Window Display Committee consisted of Ginny Lays, Nathan Nardi, Bob O'Connor and Bill Gour.  “We want to thank everyone who set up a display,” said Gour, “and we want to express our gratitude to the downtown merchants for hosting them.”  Some merchants even participated further by decorating their own windows.

Gour pointed out that the judges were impressed by what they saw, “With over three dozen windows beautifully decorated, we were struck by both the quantity and the quality of the displays.  An awful lot of work went into setting them up and they were all well done.  Of course, that also made it harder for us when it came time to judge them.”

There was a Best Overall Winner and first and second place finishers in each of six categories: History, War, Household Items, Toys and Games, Education, and Transportation.

Best Overall went to Denise Urban of Anna's Paperworks, whose display features photographs from the history of the storefront on the southwest corner of the square, with accompanying narrative, as well as memorabilia from the history of the building and the town.  Many of the items are on loan from Richard Walck, who set up two displays of his own.

 The additional winners are as follows:

Under History, first place went to Loren Martin and the staff of E.L.M. Shoes for their pictorial history of the shoe store; second place went to the Conococheague Institute, which brought to life the diary of James McCullogh in a display on surviving the 1750s frontier.

Susan Horst, of Sweet Myrtle Gifts, took first place in the War category for her tribute to the military; second place went to Richard Walck, for the World War Two memorabilia he has on display at Fran Kenawell's State Farm office.

First place in Household Items went to Judy Elder, of Heritage In Home Care, for her display entitled “Do You Remember These Items?”  Carla, Vanessa and Michael Wright received second place recognition for their depiction of a room at the National Hotel, on display at the Nearly New Shop.

Both of the winning displays in Toys and Games featured an eclectic mix of items. Verna Barnhart and Willowtree Gifts & Flower Boutique won first place, while second place went to Tyann Shanholtz and Angie Biesecker of Bob's Florist & Gift Shop.

The Greencastle Lions Club's display on the history of the club and its involvement in the community (including the Besore Library and King Playground), was recognized under the category of Education.  It is on display at Fran Kenawell's State Farm office.  

Susan and Bill Little took first place in Transportation, for their display of Pennsylvania Railroad Memorabilia located in the window at 14 South Carlisle Street (the former site of Papa John's); second place went to Roy Fox for his display featuring a horseless carriage, and related items, located at the Greencastle Bicycle Exchange.

The displays will remain throughout the week, to be enjoyed by visitors to downtown Greencastle.  They can be found along the square and one block east, west and south of the square.

For more information on Old Home Week visit the Old Home Week website at www.oldhomeweek.org