Greencastle Sidewalk Days is becoming a blockbuster

July 14, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, PA.-Whether looking for a shopping bargain, meeting up with old friends or browsing the vendors' stands, the 40th annual Greencastle-Antrim Sidewalk Days is sure to have something for everyone.

More than 80 vendors set up shop on the square and along Baltimore and Carlisle streets for the event, which began Friday and continues today from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"I never miss it," Greencastle resident Lei Ann Reihart said. "I've lived here my whole life and I come here every year."

"I just think it's a nice thing for the community," she said. "You come to see people you haven't seen for a while, too."


Some of the items for sale include jewelry, clothing and accessories, cosmetics, quilts, household items, toys and crafts.

Several people attending Sidewalk Days as well as vendors said the event has grown over the years.

"I think it is ... bigger this year than last year," Greencastle resident Tracy Bartlett said. "It extends farther down the block."

"I think it has (grown) because when I started, we were all on Main Street," said Jeanne Angle, owner of Jeanne's Jewelry and Crafts of Mercersburg, Pa., who has been involved with the event for five years.

Angle makes most of the jewelry herself, but not the crafts.

"I have the sand art, too - that is very popular," she said. "The kids make necklaces with the sand, and they really enjoy that."

For some, Friday was the first time they had been to Sidewalk Days.

Lori Gearhart, owner of Designs by Lori in Leitersburg, displayed her handmade jewelry at the event.

"It's pretty good so far," she said, although she noted her sales had been slow.

Friday was the first time that Vergie Maus of Chambersburg, Pa., attended Sidewalk Days.

"I saw it in the newspaper and I like to shop for savings," she said. "It's great - very nice."

Thompson's Karate Studio Demonstration Team performed Friday. Today, Illusions All-Stars Dance and Cheer Team will perform at 10 a.m. and Clarissa's School of Performing Arts will perform at noon. The shows will be just north of the crosswalk at the square and South Carlisle Street.

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