Organizers have high hopes for Waynesboro Day at Pen Mar Park

June 15, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

CASCADE, Md. - The organizers of Waynesboro Day at Pen Mar Park are expecting up to 6,000 people for the dance contests, cake walk, children's activities and historical displays planned from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 2.

The event folds into both WaynesboroFest and a summer of concerts and dancing at the park.

The Holders, a variety group from Waynesboro, will provide the tunes for dancing between 2 and 5 p.m., while amateurs compete in jitterbug and waltz contests.

"(The Holders) cover anything from country, old-time rock 'n' roll to waltzes. People are looking forward to an old-fashioned day," said John Shindledecker, an event organizer.

Pen Mar Park has hosted bands and dancing every Sunday between May and October for 19 years, said James Powers, who will be the master of ceremonies on Waynesboro Day.


"On any given Sunday here, most of the people are from Waynesboro. It's a way of showing our appreciation for the park," Shindledecker said.

Waynesboro Day, in the planning stages for nearly two years, is sponsored by Maxwell & Meyers LLP, which has a couple staff members who take dance classes.

"We like supporting the community. That's where our firm is," Attorney Nancy Meyers said.

Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich is expected to issue a proclamation for "Waynesboro, Pa., Day at Pen Mar Park, Md.," Shindledecker said.

"We'll have our own tent here, and we'll want people to stop by the Waynesboro tent. ... We want to showcase Waynesboro," he said, explaining how the event will remain Waynesboro-oriented while outside the community's limits.

"Waynesboro has a great heritage with the history of the park. We're asking people to bring their memorabilia to display," Shindledecker said.

Powers said, "This is a first for here ..."

"... and we hope it won't be the last," Shindledecker finished.

Cracker Barrel Magazine provided a book and ruby pitcher to be raffled, and Patriot Federal Credit Union is sponsoring the children's activities, including a peanut scramble. Mrs. Zel Smith, whose husband played with the main orchestra at the park, has been asked to speak.

On the web

WaynesboroFest is a triennial event showcasing the town's heritage through 10 days of festivities. For a schedule, visit

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