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A stocking full of events lined up for Heritage Christmas

November 11, 2005

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Heritage Christmas begins in earnest this weekend with the Christmas Shoppes of Greencastle and continues until well into next month.

Here's a rundown of activities, courtesy of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce Web site:

  • Shoppes of Greencastle holiday open house: More than 40 antique, craft, gift and specialty shops are open special hours on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Annual tree-lighting: The annual tree-lighting ceremony on the town square will be Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.

    Events include jingle bells distributed by Santa's elves, Christmas characters in costume, a Lights of Love scroll at the First National Bank of Greencastle, holiday music, free hot chocolate and cookies served by the Exchange Club and balloons and popcorn provided by Jack Gaughen ERA Realtors.

  • Christmas parade: The annual Greencastle Christmas Parade will step off at 9:21 a.m. on Nov. 19 and will feature floats, bands and, of course, Santa Claus.

    Free cookies and coffee will be served by the Greencastle Rotary Club on the square and free hot chocolate will be served by the Greencastle Lioness in front of the New Hunan Garden Restaurant.

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Immediately after the parade, the Greencastle Lions Club will be distributing bags of treats to children.

  • Holiday concert: The Greencastle Community Band and Friends will present a holiday concert on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 4 p.m. in fellowship hall of the Greencastle Church of the Brethren. A carol sing-a-long will conclude the show.

  • Holiday display: Allison-Antrim Museum will be adorned to the rooftop with holiday trimmings from Christmases past. Terry Musselman will entertain visitors with traditional holiday music played on a lap dulcimer.

    The display will feature antique Christmas ornaments.

    The museum is at 365 S. Ridge Ave.

  • Twelve days: The Antrim Brethren in Christ Church children's choir will present "The 12 Days of Christmas" at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 4.

  • Cookies: The annual cookie walk will be held at First United Methodist Church on Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 717-597-7314 for more information.

  • Home tour: The annual Heritage Christmas Home Tours will take place on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call the Chamber at 717-597-4610.

  • Heritage Christmas: The Heritage Christmas celebrations are held Dec. 3, 10 and 17 in the area around the town square.

    The schedule each night includes:

  • 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. - Carolers, crafts and food vendors on the square.

  • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Santa visits The First National Bank.

  • 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. - Free gift wrapping courtesy of the Living Water Community Church at the Greencastle Church of the Brethren Family Life Center.

  • 6 to 9 p.m. - Uncle Bean Balloon Bender (De Wayne Izer).

  • 6 to 9:30 p.m. - Horse and buggy tours

  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. - Bagpipes

  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Gingerbread Man cookie decorating at the Greencastle Church of the Brethren Family Life Center.

  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Food and goods sold by various community groups.

  • Lights of Love: Help decorate the Christmas tree in the square by purchasing a bulb in memory or honor of a loved one. The cost is $6 per name. Forms are available at local banks and the Chamber office.

  • Other goodies: Special holiday-only items, including Heritage Christmas candles and the 14th Heritage Christmas ornament featuring the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber's 50th anniversary, are on sale at the Chamber office, 217 E. Baltimore St.
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