Christmas festivities starting in Greencastle

Shawn Hardy
The Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce's annual Christmas ornament depicts Sunnyway Foods, circa 1955, with an evergreen decorated in sparkling blue lights in memory of Aldine Martin, founder of Sunnyway Foods, in the background while The High Line Train Station is continuing its tradition of a ceramic Christmas ornament featuring the historic building.

The Halloween decorations are being packed away and it's time to start thinking about Christmas in Greencastle.

Something new at Allison-Antrim Museum is joining the lineup of traditional events, including the tree-lighting ceremony and Christmas parade the weekend before Thanksgiving and other community activities.

The annual Greencastle-Antrim Heritage Christmas is planned Fridays, Dec. 7 and 14, and more details will be announced closer to the celebration.

 Trees, please 

The first Christmas in the Barn at Allison-Antrim Museum will feature trees decorated by groups, organizations, businesses and individuals, with first-, second- and third-prize ribbons awarded based on votes by visitors, according to Jason Green, executive director.

The museum will supply trees and lights, with participants providing decorations. For example, Green said, Growing With Music is already on board to decorate a tree with a musical theme.

The deadline to sign up is Nov. 30 and trees must be decorated by Dec. 5.

The barn will be open during times to be announced later during Heritage Christmas. It will also be open during regular museum hours, Tuesday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Green also is looking for people who want to donate artificial trees for Christmas in the Barn.

"I've seen other towns do it and it's a neat idea so I thought the museum should do it, too," Green said, adding, "As always, it's about getting more people to visit the museum."

An ornament workshop is planned during the museum's Christmas open house the first Friday of Heritage Christmas.

For more information about decorating or donating a tree, contact Green at 717-597-9010 or:


Taste of the Holidays 

The third annual Taste of the Holidays, a Heritage Christmas culinary event sponsored by Orrstown Bank, will be held Thursday, Nov. 8, at Blue Heron Events, 407 S. Washington St., Greencastle. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

From Scratch Catering and Blue Heron proprietor Denise Hutchison will demonstrate several holiday inspired recipes. Her husband, Paul, will finish the evening demonstrations by making a seasonal favorite, creme brulee.

Ticket-holders will have the opportunity to taste what the Hutchisons make and will leave with the recipes.

Guests will be able to do some holiday shopping from Janzell Wines, Biser Farms, Greencastle Coffee Roasters, the shop, U.V.Stems-The Flower Shop, 101 Marketplace and The Center of Balance.

Tickets are available only in advance for $20 at the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, 217 E. Baltimore St.; the shop, 144 E. Baltimore St.; Orrstown Bank, 308 Carolle St.; and online at:


The ticket deadline is noon on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

For more information, call the chamber at 717-597-4610.

Tree-lighting and parade 

Local residents can honor a loved with a "Light of Love" on Greencastle’s Heritage Christmas tree in Center Square.

Donated by the Bender family, the 2019 community Christmas tree will feature strings of glittering white, green, blue and red lights as friends and family gather in the Square for the annual tree lighting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 16,  at 7 p.m. This year the event is sponsored by Herald-Mail Media with support from the Borough of Greencastle and Antrim Township.

Yearly, the Heritage Christmas Committee offers the public the opportunity to purchase a “Light of Love” in honor of or in memory of a loved one. This year, Center Square will come alive with this bright sentiment courtesy of Blaise Alexander Chevrolet of Greencastle.

“Our town Christmas tree is a symbol of community and tradition and beauty and I can think of no better gift than to honor someone with this gift of light,” said Georgina Cranston, executive director of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to a Light of Love, each honoree's name will be listed on a scripted scroll displayed in the large corner window of Growing With Music on the northwest corner of the Square.

The cost is $8 per name, two for $15 or three for $20. Each additional name is $6.

In order to be included on the scroll, Light of Love forms must be completed and returned along with payment to the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce by Nov. 9.  Order forms are available at the chamber located at 217 E. Baltimore St. or can be downloaded at:


For more information call the chamber at 717-597-4610.

The Christmas parade, sponsored by Verstandig Media, steps off a 9:21 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, from South Ridge Avenue.

Santa Claus will bring up the end of the parade, which will feature 60 to 70 entries, including bands, dance groups, twirlers, floats and local businesses, according to Stacey Haynes, Verstandig's promotions director and parade coordinator.

The parade will travel via Baltimore Street to Center Square, where the mailbox for letters to Santa will be unveiled. The route continues on South Carlisle Street and ends at the American Legion.

Entries are still being accepted for the parade grand marshall, who will also help illuminate the tree Friday night. Children 5 to 10 who live in the Greencastle-Antrim School District can enter the contest at Tony's New York Pizza. The winning child will receive a special holiday luncheon at Tony's Pizza after the parade.

And there's more 

The day of the parade, homemade food and handmade crafts will be available at Greencastle Presbyterian Church’s 19th annual Christmas Bazaar and the High Line Train Station’s Handmade at the High Line craft show.

Greencastle Presbyterian Church will be serving hot soup and steamers as well as baked goods at the bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Call 717-597-8333 to preorder takeout of soup and steamers.

Local artisans will offer homemade jewelry, pottery, soap and crafts at the High Line Train Station from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The train station also will hold Heritage Christmas open houses in December.


Both the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce and the High Line Train Station are continuing their tradition of Christmas ornaments.

n For the past 27 years as the chamber has offered a porcelain ornament with a uniquely Greencastle image as part of Heritage Christmas. This year’s ornament features Sunnyway Foods, circa 1955, when it was located at the current RiteAid Pharmacy building. In the background is a tall evergreen decorated in sparkling blue lights in memory of Aldine Martin, founder of Sunnyway Foods, whose home is lit annually with strings of twinkling blue lights.

The 2018 ornament sells for $20, tax included, and is available for purchase at the chamber as well as at the Holiday House in the Square during Heritage Christmas events. Ornaments from previous years are available, too.

n The 2018 High Line Train Station Christmas ornament featuring the iconic Greencastle station is available for $10 during the Handmade at the High Line craft show on Nov. 17 and during Heritage Christmas, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. All proceeds support the repairs and operation of the station.

Tis the season 

Other holiday festivities include:

n The Greencastle-Antrim Lioness Club's annual Fall and Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Blue Heron Events, 407 S. Washington St., Greencastle.

There will be craft vendors, Lioness bake sale table, raffles, Lioness crafts, handmade, gently used and Christmas items and $1 stocking stuffers.

There also will be a lunch stand and members of the Greencastle Lions Club selling brooms.

For more information, call 717-658-7582.

n A Christmas Craft Expo will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at First Assembly of God, 525 Leitersburg St., Greencastle.

More than 50 vendors will offer wood crafts, fabric crafts, country crafts, soaps and candles, personal care items, gift baskets, maple syrup, jams and jellies, handmade items such as baby blankets, neck wraps, doll clothes, bibs and aprons, books, handbound journals, string art, pallet art, hand painted and printed art, signs, pottery, handwoven baskets, floral wreaths and arrangements, cards, homemade candy and baked goods, engraved wood products and bath salts, home decor items.

There also will be giveaways.

n The Greencastle-Antrim Christian Women's Fellowship family holiday breakfast will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1186 Jason Drive.

The program will be a morning of Christmas music.

A Bit of Catering by Tina Bitner will provide the meal. Greeters will be Janice Bartles and Gloria Stahl.

The cost is $10 for adults, $4 for children 4 to 10 and free for children under 4.

The deadline for reservations is Nov. 28. For reservations, call Lorraine Hess at 717-597-3555, Gladys Fitz at 717-597-8490 or Janice Bartles at 717-597-2703. Checks payable to GACW Fellowship can be mailed to Lorraine Hess, 9905 Browns Mill Road, Greencastle, PA 17225.