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Town gets festive

December 13, 2003|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

This town certainly knows how to celebrate Christmas.

For the 13th year, it held Heritage Christmas, an evening street festival at which attendees can visit local shops, buy Christmas trees and enjoy confections, characters and entertainment.

Some of Friday's events acknowledged the town's Scotch-Irish and German heritages.

Robert McKenzie strolled the streets playing his bagpipe, while children lined up to see Santa in First National Bank.

Dana Given, Executive Director of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce and chairperson for the event, said that each year organizers bring back all the things people have loved in the past and add a few more activities.

New this year was Cecil the Clown, an entertainer from Waynesboro, Pa., who rode a unicycle in the square, juggled and played the kazoo.

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Also participating in their first Heritage Christmas were Richard and Brenda Sinclair, who dressed as a snowman and snow lady, and their children, Crystal, 11, April, 8, and Patrick, 6, who portrayed elves.

"It's a lot of fun," Richard Sinclair said. "All we need is snow right now."

At the old fire hall, now the Family Rec Center of the Greencastle Church of the Brethren, about 100 children decorated gingerbread men.

"It's keeping us busy just to fill the icing bags," said Kim Siner, of Greencastle, who oversaw the decorating process. She kept the long tables supplied with cookies, icing, sprinkles, chocolate chips and gumdrops.

Alicia Brake, 13, and her brother, Jared, 10, of Waynesboro, piped icing onto the brown cookies.

"He loves icing," Angie Brake said of her son.

Greencastle resident Taylor McFetridge, 3, put chocolate chips onto globs of white icing to make buttons for her gingerbread man. She used red icing for the hair.

"I like red hair," she said.

Her brother, Steven, 7, said he was going to save his gingerbread man.

Taylor's plans were simpler: "Eat it," she said.

First-time attendees Teresa and Tim Swain of Maugansville, Md., caught the last horse and buggy ride of the evening.

"We're enjoying the lights and the whole festive mood," Teresa Swain said. "It's just perfect."

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