Progress continues toward Old Home Week celebration

Shawn Hardy

Momentum is building for the 40th triennial Old Home Week celebration, President Andy Everetts reported to the OHW Association last week.

Everetts said several events are now sponsored, with other sponsorships remaining for the Aug. 3 to 10 festivities; the need for background checks for some events was discussed; and the rundown of committees featured details from a few committee chairs — including Bob Johnston, who earlier asked to be replaced, but announced he and his wife Jeannie, are once again willing to be in charge of headquarters.


The OHW Board of Directors is looking out for the financial future of the community celebration and in January announced sponsorship opportunities.

Everetts said Orrstown Bank is sponsor the parade for $10,000. Sponsorships taken at $750 each are Ganoe Paving, antique car show; M&T Bank, dog show; and Greencastle-Antrim Lioness Club, flower show.

Still available are music on the Square, $8,000; kids' fun fair at the playground, $3,500; concerts in the park, $3,000; and motorcycle show, $750.

"We're not looking to make a lot of money, this covers the budget for that event," Everetts said.

Everetts' mission statement for OHW is "honor the past, encourage the present and grow the future." It is important to stay true to a history of limiting the commercialization of the celebration, but funding is needed as expenses continue to climb with the event's popularity, according to Everetts.


The need for background checks and clearances to work with children came up in relation to both community worship and the pageant.

"Who needs clearances? We're not planning a youth choir, but the lowest age is ninth grade," said Mandy Stottlemyer, chair of community worship.

"Whoever is in charge, unless the parents stay the whole time," Everetts said.

"Some of us have clearances, but not all," said Pat Fridgen, who co-chairs the pageant with Patti Divelbiss.

While that is not an issue for half-hour rehearsals, details will be worked out for the pageant performances on Aug. 6 and 7.

"Maybe you can have someone with clearance commit to being in the waiting area with the kids," suggested Bonnie Shockey, OHW secretary.

"If this becomes an issue three years from now perhaps we won't have children, we'll have adults dressed like children. This is getting ridiculous," Fridgen said about background checks and clearances.


Bob Johnston became registrar in 2001 and said running headquarters is about a lot more than just registering people as they arrive. It has become a retail store, lost and found and information central for the celebration.

He asked to be relieved of the responsibility after suffering heart attack in September, but is doing better now.

"We're going to stay on," according to Johnston, who said he and Jeannie will receive help from daughter and son-in-law Daphne and Gary Murray.

The Johnstons' favorite part of running headquarters is "just meeting people we knew in the past," he said.

Other reports:

— The alumni reunion will be held Friday, Aug. 9, at Blue Heron. Times, entertainment and other details are still being worked out, but classes will be able to reserve tables.

— Community worship will be at 4 and 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, and a press release will go out this month about how to sign up to participate.

— The Loyal Daughters will meeting Tuesday, Aug. 6, at First Assembly of God. The program is honoring nurses and the speaker will be portraying Clara Barton. Chair Dotti Zimmerman said there will displays around the room and local residents can contribute nursing items and clothing.

— Allison-Antrim Museum will feature Katie Grosh's collection of badges and programs, reprise the Nellie Fox exhibit and display select pieces created at Paint in the Park, a new OHW event being held on Monday, Aug. 5.

— The link for the program is now on the OHW website and anyone who wants listed needs to fill out a form, said Garon Gembe. He said there are some technical issues and he will respond when he receives forms.

"If you don't hear from me, contact me or reach out to me at a meeting," Gembe said.

— An open house will be held at Tayamentasachta on Tuesday, Aug. 6. The time has not been determined, but the event will feature wagon rides and the G-A High School art club has been asked to do children's activities. Organizers hope to display old class photos and articles about events like the Cumberland Life Festival and Applefest in the farmhouse.

— The Greencastle-Antrim Christian Women's Fellowship on Friday, Aug. 9, will be a morning of music.


OHW Association meetings are open to anyone and are held the last Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in Rescue Hose Co. multi-purpose room, 842 S. Washington St.

The next meeting is March 25.

For questions, contact Everetts at 717-729-7078 or:

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