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Sand castles built in Greencastle

August 08, 1998|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Sand castles in Greencastle?

The sand had to be imported, but three groups of youngsters spent Friday morning on their knees in the volleyball court of the Jerome R. King Playground using plastic buckets, putty knives, kitchen spatulas and their imaginations to create castles that could hold their own on any beach.

All three had towers, parapets and moats. In one moat the builders threw in some blue glass beads "to make the water more bluish."

Nate Bacon, a Greencastle photographer who helped to coordinate the event for the Greencastle Area Arts Council, said it was a first for the town's triennial Old Home Week celebration, which ends today.

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He said while only three family groups turned out to build castles, promoters hope it will become an Old Home Week tradition.

Bacon said 3 tons of sand were brought in to add to the base already on the volleyball court to give castle builders more to work with.

Seth Miller, 11, and Adrienne Christopher, 14, who baby-sits for his younger brothers, were on one team. They had no drawing, only their imaginations to guide them. "We started with two mounds of sand and went from there," Christopher said. They called their creation "Castle of the Dunes."

Across the way, "Brighton Castle" was under way by Alisa Miller, 13, who is not related to Seth Miller; her sister, Lindee, 19; and their brother, Lance, 7.

They came to the court with a book, "Art and Industry of Sand Castles," from the local library. As things turned out the book wasn't much help.

"We used some ideas from the book, but the stuff in it was too hard for us. This is our first time," Lindee Miller said. "We started with a big pile of sand and squared if off."

She and her siblings were lining their moat with long strips of plastic food wrap to hold the water. A piece of cardboard served as their drawbridge.

"It's strange to be building sand castles so far from the ocean, but at least we don't have to worry about waves," Alisa said.

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