Youth group hops to '50s beat to raise money for trip


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - "Rock Around the Clock," "Charlie Brown," "Purple People Eater" and "La Bamba" played from loudspeakers in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church in Greencastle on Saturday evening.

Teens dressed in 1950s attire and wearing in-line skates delivered trays of food to people sitting in their cars.

In the church kitchen, teens and adults manned the grills and blenders preparing hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, French fries and milkshakes. Some of the girls wore poodle skirts; adults wore blue jeans and white T-shirts. Teens on the wait staff skated in and out of the kitchen, order pads in hand.

The Second Annual Youth Fellowship Car Hop: Food, Fellowship and Sounds of the Fifties was held to raise money for the church's youth group to attend Creation next month.

Youth group leader Wyatt Taylor of Greencastle said Creation, held at Agape Farm in Mt. Union, Pa., is one of the best events for youth. "We're blessed to have it in our area," he said. The four-day camp-out and concert could be called a Christian version of Woodstock.


Last year's Car Hop was not a fund-raiser, Taylor said.

"We had 1950s prices last year," he said. "This year, we raised our prices a little so we could fund our trip."

Katie Harbaugh, 15, of Greencastle, skated effortlessly while carrying loaded trays.

"I'm worried I'm going to fall," she said. "But I did this last year, and I was fine."

Several 1950s automobiles added to the ambiance. Gary Gembe of Greencastle drove his blue 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible to the church to get something to eat.

"It gave me a chance to drive my car," he said. "I haven't driven it for a while, with all the rain."

The disc jockey for the event was the church's pastor, the Rev. Stacy Crawford.

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