Old Home Week planning continues

Shawn Hardy news@echo-pilot.com

A legal move, a new feature of the official opening, donations and continued planning were all part of Monday's meeting as the Old Home Week Association prepares for the 40th triennial celebration Aug. 3 to 10.

President Andy Everetts announced that the Old Home Week name has been trademarked and the logo, the image that appears on the badge and program, has been copyrighted. This year's logo is the springhouse at Ebbert Spring.

"It's mainly for branding," Everetts said after the meeting.

Permission will now be needed from the OHW Board of Directors to use the name and logo. Details of that policy are being finalized.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is being added to the official opening on Saturday, Aug. 3. Julie Rohm said area children will stretch the crepe paper ribbon across the Square and will rip it apart as Everetts cuts it at noon.

"We want families to come to the official opening," said Rohm, who added participants will get Popsicles.

Donations so far include personal, $10,656; business, $3,990; and sponsorships, $15,750.

In addition, the Shockey Family Foundation will again be covering all Greencastle-Antrim School District expenses for OHW events, including community worship and the pageant.

Vernon McCauley announced that Fred Davison will be featured at the alumni reunion organized by the Greencastle-Antrim Education Foundation for Friday, Aug. 9.

"It's going to be a great night," McCauley said.

Davison is a 1968 Greencastle-Antrim High School graduate whose career as a professional singer and choir director took him across the country. Davison, who moved back to the area in 2014, will talk about growing up here and will provide musical entertainment accompanied by Patti Divelbiss on piano. Davison also is directing the pageant choir.

Sign ups 

  • The Old Home Week Community Worship Committee is preparing for two performances during the triennial celebration. Community worship services will be held at 4 and 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, in the Greencastle-Antrim High School auditorium.

The committee has chosen a variety of choral pieces to be performed as part of the services including an adult choir, orchestra and creative arts. Dave Besecker is once again the director.

Voices are needed for the adult choir, which also is open to students who have completed at least ninth grade by June 2019.

Singers are asked to sign up by May 15 by calling or emailing Saundra Wingert at 717-597-2644 or:


Registration also is available online at:


Rehearsals will be held from 6:30 to 7:40 p.m. Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25 and July 2, 9, 16 and 23 in the G-AHS auditorium, with an extended rehearsal from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, and a final rehearsal from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.

  • Actors and singers are needed for the Old Home Week pageant “Hometown Memories" which will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 6 and 7, at Greencastle-Antrim High School. Both speaking and non-speaking roles are available.

Patti Divelbiss and Pat Fridgen are directing the pageant.

Pageant rehearsals begin June 17, and will be held Mondays and Thursdays up until show time. The day of the week and the time depends on the scene.

The pageant choir will meet immediately following the OHW community worship service choir rehearsals on Tuesdays starting June 4. The pageant choir will rehearses from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Dress rehearsals for everyone will be Thursday and Monday, Aug. 1 and 5, at 7 p.m.

Those wishing to participate can sign up at the Old Home Week website:


For more information, call Fridgen at 717-593-9137.

  • WRGG needs volunteers to help on Monday night, Aug. 5, during the Shindig in the Grove, with "Elvis Through the Years" starring David King and "Celebrating Patsy Cline" starring Kip Calahan Young. Proceeds benefit the Old Home Week Association and Greencastle's community radio station WRGG. To volunteer, call 717-597-5460.