Lucky New Year's tradition continues at Camp Joy El

December 30, 2005|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

GREENCASTLE, PA. - For more than 25 years, area senior citizens have spent the last afternoon of the year eating pork and sauerkraut at Camp Joy El.

The tradition continues this year as the Christian camp holds its annual Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner on Saturday afternoon.

According to Jeanette Biesecker, public relations and marketing coordinator at the camp, 150 to 200 senior citizens "from all over the region" come to the camp to enjoy the free meal. "We get new people all the time," she said.

"Our volunteers come and they bring family and friends."

While the meal is free, "people need to call and let us know they're coming," Biesecker added. Attendees are asked to bring a dessert to share.


Dinner begins at 1:30.

According to Pennsylvania tradition, eating pork and sauerkraut on New Year's Eve ensures good luck in the new year.

Providing entertainment this year will be the Rev. Neville West, who will create a speed painting to music. One of his paintings hangs in the West Wing of the White House, Biesecker said.

Originally from England, West and his wife, Pat, live in Waynesboro.

Reservations for the dinner are required; call Camp Joy El at 717-369-4539.

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According to the Web site, Camp Joy El exists to glorify God by evangelizing, encouraging and equipping individuals for active ministry through Released Time, Leadership Training and camping programs.

If you go ...

What: Annual Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner for those aged 55 or older. Dinner is free; attendees are asked to bring a dessert to share.

Where: Camp Joy El, north of Williamson, Pa., off Pa. 995 in Franklin County.

When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

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