First Friday features Octoberfest in downtown

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

First Friday in downtown Greencastle will be holding its Oktoberfest celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1.

In addition to the fine local merchants and artisans that you've come to expect, this month's event offers a free outdoor concert, beer tasting, wine tasting, food, kid-friendly activities, fall items for sale, pumpkin decorating contest, and much, much more. With so many activities, October's First Friday is sure to have something for everyone!

Headlining First Friday is the ever-popular Maryland area blues band, Rudy and the Bluefish, which will be performing on the square. Their mix of blues and bluesy rock favorites ensures a good time for all.

Bob's Florist and Gift Shop is sponsoring a Pumpkin Decorating Contest.  There is a $1 entry fee.  Participants can pick up their small pumpkin at the shop and use markers, glitter and paint to decorate it. Finished pumpkins need to be turned in by Thursday, Sept. 30.  They will be judged and put on display during First Friday at Bob's. Prizes include a giant pumpkin for carving as first prize; and the choice of a fresh floral pumpkin arrangement or gift certificate for candy as second and third prizes.

First Friday welcomes Tuscarora Mountain Winery, that has opened a new shop on Baltimore Street and will be having a wine tasting. For beer lovers, Roy Pitz Brewing Company will be hosting a beer tasting at the Fran Kenawell State Farm office.

Many food choices will be available. CenturyLink, previously known as Embarq, will be giving away free hot dogs and sauerkraut. Mrs. Gibble's Restaurant will have free samples of its popular items, and Mikie's Ice Cream will be selling ice cream and sundaes. Pure & Simple Café will remain open, serving smoothies, coffee and their new bakery items.

In keeping with the Oktoberfest theme, the Greencastle-Antrim High School Art Club will be featuring pumpkin painting for kids, Butterfly Gardens from McConnellsburg will be selling pumpkins, mums, and other fall favorites, and Tracey's Orchard will be selling seasonal produce.

To honor Breast Cancer Awareness month, Anna's Paperworks, which will feature a preview of fall classes and papercrafting, will be providing pink refreshments and giveaways. Any donations will be given to Cumberland Valley Breast Cancer Awareness.

Many shops have new and exciting merchandise for fall, and many artists are showcasing their pieces, including candlemakers Ken and Alice Seylar, collage artist Betsy Harnish and polymer clay artist Jen Rosenberry. Jewelry designers Heather Nowell of Zen Creations, Elysa Koons, Jessica Higgens, and Elisa Tlanda of Spanish Cage Jewelry will be displaying their artistry, including Jessica's handmade felted bags. Regina Rosenberry and Laura Shindle will be showcasing their cards and paintings. Dave Miller of Mountain View Pottery will be displaying his pieces. Cassie Schook will be showcasing her photography and artist Rebekah Zeimann will have painted pumpkins.

For information, including a list of participating merchants, news and artists, visit www.firstfridaygreencastle.com or call the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce at 717-597-4610.