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Christmas event begins tonight in Greencastle

November 16, 2000

Christmas event begins tonight in Greencastle



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Greencastle kicks off its 10th annual Heritage Christmas celebration at the borough square at 7 p.m. today with a 40-voice choral group, remarks from Mayor Frank Mowen dressed as a town crier and the lighting of the traditional tree by 5-year-old Ann Davis.

Davis was chosen as the grand marshal for the annual Christmas Parade, which begins at 9:21 a.m. Saturday, said Dana Given, executive director of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.

The Christmas Parade is sponsored by WAYZ-FM 92.1, which is the reason for the 9:21 a.m. start time.

Given, who like Mowen will be dressed in period costume, will serve as emcee for tonight's festivities at the square.

A half-dozen local children dressed as elves will hand out Christmas bells to those attending the event.

The tree will be lighted at 7:30 p.m.

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For the first time in years, the tree will be decorated with new ornaments, Given said. "Before, we just had lights and some hand-made ornaments. This year there will be new bows, angels and snowflakes and a new star on top," she said.

Local exchange club members will give out free hot chocolate and cookies tonight as part of the festivities. All 40 members of the Antrim Brethren Church choir will provide the music.

Given said that this year there will be about 350 names of people, living and dead, appearing on the scroll for the annual Lights of Love showcase. It costs $6 to add a name to the scroll.

The money is used to defray costs of the Christmas celebration, Given said.

Heritage Christmas events will be staged on the first three Friday nights of December. They will include horse and buggy rides through the borough, a colonial crafts show and booths set up by area nonprofit groups.

The annual tour of homes runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at the Chamber office at 217 E. Baltimore St., or by calling 717-597-4610.

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