Old Home Week planning gets off to a fine beginning

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week Association officially opened its planning period last month for the 37th Triennial celebration.

“Thank you in advance for what you do,” 37th Triennial President Ben Thomas Jr. told a roomful of volunteers.

“July 31 to Aug. 7, 2010 might seem like a long way off, but it’s just around the corner.”

Thomas, flanked by secretary Carol Christophel and treasurer Ed Wine, told the group they would hear some familiar names and some new names in the mix for the planning of the event. Committees also reported many events would be the same and some would be a bit different.

“We have a good team in place for a good 37th celebration in 2010,” said Frank Mowen, chairman of the Old Home Week Board of Directors.

“With the recession lingering I think the people of the community need a lift,” said Thomas. “We hope that this Old Home Week can be one of those uplifting things.”

“We feel that the pacing will be done by Old Home Week,” Thomas mused.

What’s the same?

Old Home Week headquarters will again be in the Conn Building on the square. Mailings will be sent to 450 more addresses than in 2007. Entertainment is already lined up for the Fun Fair at King Playground. Nikki Kauffman, Saundra Wingert and Mandy Stottlemyer are again on board as directors for the cantata. Bonnie Shockey has already begun a list of subjects for the popular reminiscing sessions. Pageant writers Dody Clever and Sharon Baumbaugh reported the writing is about half finished. The Loyal Daughters event is already planned with a location and date.

What’s changed?

A member of the board of directors, Dick Fisher, told the group he was stepping down as the chairman of the adult dance, however Russ and Jane Everetts and Tom and Nancy Stine have stepped up to the position. It was noted that a photographer is being sought, along with a new chairman for the town and township tours and assistance for the band concert committee. Bob Reymer stepped down as the head of the decorations, however J.C. Phillippy has been tapped for the position. Don Crunkleton has turned the reigns of the fireworks over to Daryl Crunkleton and Dave Kipe. Crunkleton announced a sponsor has already been found. Louise Mowen stepped down as Old Home Week archivist. Wayne Warren is now in charge of the Official Opening.

What’s new?

The alumni reunion committee is looking at partnering with some of the smaller graduating classes for the event. A longer bike race is being investigated. An offer was made to use the Greencastle Train Station for as many events as possible. Toby Harvie will be directing the pageant. Organizers of the parade and antique tractor show expressed wishes for a change to the 2007 weather and no rain that day. The Greencastle-Antrim Women’s Fellowship event may be changed to Friday. Other suggestions for new events include: barbecue cookoff; 3-on-3 basketball competition; veterans ceremony; wreath laying at the new memorial; health fair.

Committees and leadership

Adult Dance (Nancy and Tom Stine, Jane and Russ Everetts); Alumni Reunion (Gladys Doyle, Mary Jane Carbaugh); Antique Cars (Andy Everetts); Badges (Brad Barkdoll, Shirley Stout); Band Concerts (Dave McCandless); Band Stand (JC Phillippy); Bicycle Race (Andrew Barbuzanes); Community Worship - Cantata (Toby Harvie); Concessions (Sandy Alleman, logistics, Dave and Jodi Ebbitt and Scouting troops); Chalk Art Contest (Besore Library); Decorations (J. C. Phillippy); Dog Show (Cora Crider); Donation Committee (Daryl Shaffer); Fireworks (Daryl Crunkleton, Don Coldsmith); Flower Show (Dolly Shoemaker, Shirley Freeman); Fred Kaley 5K Run (Rich Secrest); Fun Fair (Kim Siner, Susan Hirneisen); Headquarters (Bob and Jeannie Johnston, Gary and Daphne Murray); Loyal Daughters (Marcie Zimmerman); Martin's Mill Bridge (Antrim Township); Motorcycle Display (Mary Bock); Moving Logistics (Bob Zeger);     Museum and Reminiscing (Bonnie and Ken Shockey); Music on the Square (Mike Bock and Greg Hoover); OHW Archivist (Bonnie Shockey); Official Opening (Wayne Warren); Official Closing (Greg Hoover and Mike Bock); Unofficial Opening (Russ Clever); Pageant (Dody Clever, Sharon Baumbaugh); Parade (Greencastle-Antrim Lion's Club);    Photograph On The Square (Frank Klink);     Photographers (Open); Police Department (Chief John Phillippy); Program (Frank Ervin, Ed Wine); Publicity (Joyce F. Nowell, Kristy Yaukey); Rescue Hose Company Fire/EMS (Officers); Fire-Police (Capt. Roger Johns); Sound (George Kline); Antique Tractors (Rollie Anderson); Suggestions and Comments (Sara Hollenshead); Tayamentasachta Environmental Center (Charles White); T-shirts and Hats (Tom  Stine); Tours (Open); Website (Ken Shockey); Women's Fellowship (Janice Bartles and Gloria Stahl); Window Displays (Bill Gour and Ginny Lays).

What’s next?

The planning sessions will continue at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26 at the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library.

The committee will be considering a logo for the coming triennial. Suggestions made at the initial planning meeting included the Echo Pilot, which just celebrated its 160th anniversary, and the new veterans’ memorial at borough hall.

Future planning meetings are as follows (6:30 p.m. at the library): Nov. 30; Jan. 25; Feb. 22; March 29, April 26; May 24; June 38; and July 26.

The Old Home Week Website is already active at www.oldhomeweek.org