Tayamentasachta the site of Greencastle holiday festivities

June 11, 2004|by RICHARD BELISLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Tayamentasachta Environmental Center on Leitersburg Road again will be the site for the Greencastle-Antrim annual Fourth of July celebration.

It will be held July 3 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

It kicks off with the "Star Spangled Banner" led by Richard Besecker, retired Greencastle-Antrim School District music teacher.

Featured during the event will be David King, a local native who is gaining fame nationally as a singer, said Dana Given, executive director of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.

"David sang to a packed audience in the high school auditorium last year for a concert to benefit Rescue Hose Co. No. 1," Given said.


Greg Hoover, director of elementary education for the school district, will be the emcee for the activities.

A highlight will be bluegrass music provided by "A Wing and a Prayer," an area group that has been singing together since 1984, Given said. David Reeder, of Greencastle, principal at Springfield Middle School in Washington County, is a member of the group.

A popular event to be held again this year is the contest for the most patriotic family. Last year, it was won by the family of Jeremy Hirneisen. At the time he was stationed with the Armed Forces in the Middle East.

Families compete by dressing in patriotic garb. Last year Hirneisen's wife, Susan, and their two small children dressed in red, white and blue, Given said.

Lunch for those who don't bring their own will be for sale by the Boy Scouts. Free watermelon, thanks to the local VFW post, also will be available.

Given said the event, in its third year, is always held mid-day. "We don't do fireworks in Greencastle," she said. "Waynesboro, (Pa.) Chambersburg (Pa.) and Hagerstown have fireworks at night and we don't want to compete with them."

Information can be obtained by calling the chamber office at 717-597-4610.

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