Fasching revelers in Shippensburg, Pa., will celebrate tradition, cut loose

March 22, 2007|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Fasching is the German version of Mardi Gras, explained organizer Kurt Richter.

"It's supposed to be fun, making fun of all things normal," said Richter, business manager for Shippensburg Band, a community band.

Fasching is a German celebration typically held just before Lent, Richter said. It's sometimes referred to as Karneval or Fastnacht, depending on the region you're from, Richter said.

The Shippensburg Band will host its second annual Fasching fundraiser Saturday in the ballroom at the Beistle Corp. building. The festivities include dinner, dancing and a costume parade.


Live music will be provided by the Shippensburg Blaskapelle German Band. The dinner menu includes sauerbraten, roast pork and spaetzle.

The aim of the local event is to celebrate German tradition, Richter said.

It's also a chance to get a little silly, which Richter said is serious business.

Look to the costumes as an example. Last year, one couple dressed like Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, with Kermit wearing lime green tights.

Costumes aren't required, but a prize will be given to the person with the best costume.

There also will be a $500 grand-prize drawing, for which all the guests are eligible, along with a raffle and a silent auction, Richter said.

In preparation for the event, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll and Shippensburg Mayor Bruce Hockersmith crowned the prince and princess of Saturday's Fasching at a coronation ceremony at the state's capital last month.

The prince, Keith Davis of Shippensburg, and the princess, Bridget McAllister of Newville, Pa., were chosen by 11 Fasching organizers and will "rule over the festivities," Richter said.

Organizers are expecting a big crowd. Last year's Fasching drew roughly 500 attendees and generated $5,000 for the Shippensburg Band.

Fewer than 10 tickets were available for this year's event as of Wednesday afternoon.

If you go ...

WHAT: Fasching

WHEN: 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 24

WHERE: Beistle Corp. ballroom, 1 Beistle Plaza, off Walnut Bottom Road near Meadowlands Mall, Shippensburg, Pa.

COST: $25 for adults; $12 for children younger than 12.

MORE: For more information, call Kurt Richter at 717-496-6279 or call Bud Carty at 717-263-4345.


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