'Breakfast in Greencastle' kicks off Heritage Christmas

November 30, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, PA. - The Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce event held Wednesday morning boosted downtown business in an unanticipated way when nine Red Hat Society women from Hanover, Pa., announced they would be shopping before the hour-long drive home.

Red hats dotted the banquet room at the Antrim House Family Restaurant as two chapters joined local merchants and community leaders for the first "Breakfast in Greencastle" hosted by Waynesboro, Pa., resident John Shindledecker.

Originally intended to be broadcast live on WJEJ-AM 1240, technical problems led to the show being recorded and scheduled for broadcast beginning just after 10 this morning.

Shindledecker first staged "Breakfast in Waynesboro" for WaynesboroFest 2006. The show is based on Waynesboro-native Tom Breneman's work in the 1950s radio show "Breakfast in Hollywood."


Shindledecker on Wednesday took the show to neighboring Greencastle and continued his practice of quizzing audience members, trying on hats, welcoming special guests and handing out prizes. He for the first time featured Claire Martin, 10, of Waynesboro as a guest performer.

The well-spoken girl, who donned a red hat for the occasion, sang "Santa Baby" and "Amazing Grace." The latter, which included American Sign Language, earned the daughter of Robert and Peggy Jo Martin a standing ovation.

"I've been singing since I was about 1," Claire told Shindledecker before her first song.

Wednesday's performances rank as the girl's favorites because she had never been on the radio before.

"I went to the Franklin County (Pa.) Fair, and I won that, so now people are asking me to sing," Claire said.

She has already agreed to perform at Shindledecker's next "Breakfast" event scheduled for Dec. 23 at the Waynesboro Elks Club. That show will be geared to children and includes a visit from Santa Claus, Shindledecker said.

The Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce used "Breakfast in Greencastle" to kick off its annual Heritage Christmas celebration, which includes music, fundraisers, giveaways and horse and buggy rides downtown on Dec. 1, 8 and 15.

"Even though (Greencastle) is a growing community ... it's still got that local flavor," Franklin County Commissioner Bob Thomas told Shindledecker while being interviewed for the show.

Thomas, who worked in radio for a number of years, said he attended the event "because radio the way it used to be is something I really respect."

The Good Neighbor Award was presented to Russ and Dody Clever, who have performed as Two Nuts & A Bolt for 25 years.

"The only people who don't love them are the ones who don't know them yet," Bill Gour, chamber of commerce director, said.

Shindledecker took time to speak with each of the event sponsors during the program.

"My favorite part of the show is going into the crowd," he said.

Winnie Ankney, queen mother of the Hanover Red Hat Society, said the show was "great" and "wonderful." Her group looks for events where they can "laugh, have fun and go shopping."

"We try to go somewhere once a month," Ankney said.

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