Wine tasting, tapas at First Friday in Greencastle

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Looking for a stress-free, fun-filled holiday shopping excursion? Look no further than Greencastle’s First Friday event in December.

On Friday, Dec. 4, the downtown merchants will be staying open late and teaming up with local artists and performers for an evening of entertainment and shopping. This month’s First Friday is running in tandem with Heritage Christmas, so there will be lots to see and do!

Featured this month is local author Dody Myers. Myers considers herself an incurable romantic and has a great appreciation for history, so historical romance novels seem to be the perfect vehicle for her. She has five novels to her credit with a sixth that she hopes will be released in time for First Friday.

Myers embarked on her writing career later in life after taking a creative writing class and finding that she had a knack for telling stories. Her early novels, The Greatest of These is Love and The Reberts of Littlestown, are family sagas based on her ancestors during the Civil War. Her third novel, Frederica Summers, is set in colonial Georgia during the Spanish invasion of 1742. Her next two novels, Echoes of the Falling Spring and Echoes from the Mist, are set in Chambersburg during the Civil War and its aftermath.

When she is not writing, Myers loves spending time with her husband, Ainslee, and takes great delight in mentoring other writers. At First Friday she will be signing copies of her books at Sweet Myrtle Fine Gifts and Interiors.

Other presenters and events at First Friday include the following:

 At the Antrim House Restaurant, the First Friday Committee and Greencastle-Antrim Arts Council are sponsoring a wine tasting. To complement the wine tasting, the Antrim House will be featuring a Spanish tapas (appetizer) buffet. Also, Neil and Coleen Walter will be playing seasonal music on their string instruments.

The Antrim House is also presenting artist Marti Yeager who works in watercolors and pastels and Janene Davis of Moondog Pottery.

Coffee House Poetry Night with Suzanne Gamble is also being held at the Antrim House from 6:30 to 8 pm.

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

Anna’s Paperworks is featuring the unique jewelry designs of Elisa Tlanda of Spanish Cage Jewelry.

Edward Jones Office of Marissa Pinto-Burt is hosting Ruth Jordan who will be demonstrating printmaking techniques.

My Jacob’s Ladder Primitive Gift Shop will be presenting jewelry designer Elysia Koons.

Willowtree Gifts and Flower Boutique is showcasing the beautiful handwoven items created by Pat Beard.

The Jewelry Shop is featuring the beautiful, hand-painted items of Tracy and Lindsey Sutton, including Christmas ornaments and slate pieces. They will be working on their latest creations and can personalize any ornament.

E.L.M. Department Store is hosting Dave Miller of Mountain View Pottery who will be showcasing his unique pottery pieces.

E.L.M. Shoes is exhibiting the paintings of Laurie Shindle who will be demonstrating her painting techniques.

Bentley’s Bakery and Barbeque will be on the square serving ribs and hot specialty drinks.

Fran Kenawell’s State Farm Office on the square introduces folk artists Mary and Chris Frisby whose work includes primitive birdhouses from reclaimed barn wood.

Marnie and Mo's Antiques and Gifts is hosting jewelry designer Susan Shaffer who cleverly incorporates her paintings in her jewelry designs.

Farmer’s Wife presents Ed Beard and his handcrafted shaker boxes. Beard creates these oval boxes from thin strips of maple, oak, or cherry that are steamed to create the oval shape and then fastened with copper tacks and small wood pegs.

 Photo Gem welcomes Lynn Johns of Bubby’s Grubbys, purveyors of handmade primitive candles, potpourri, and linen sprays.

Morning Star Christian Gift Shop is showcasing the photography of Cassie Schook.

Last but not least, the much-anticipated community mural will also be unveiled at First Friday.