"My official duty is to declare the 36th triennial Old Home Week open," Shank said. "Thank you for coming down."
For many people, Old Home Week is a time to celebrate the community and get together with friends and family. But for Linda Kline, it also is a time of celebrating personal traditions created during Old Home Week.
"We have a bunch of us who have been friends for years," Kline said. "Back in the '70s, we started having a pig roast at a friend's house."
Kline said the pig roast always takes place the night that Old Home Week begins, and it has grown from 40 to 100 people since it began.
Kline grew up in Hagers- town, but moved back to Greencastle 35 years ago. She remembers coming to Greencastle as a child for Old Home Week because her father grew up there.
"It was always coming back and seeing family as a kid," Kline said. "As an adult, it's seeing friends."
For Tina Thomas, Old Home Week means "getting family and friends together and having the community come together."
"Every three years, we celebrate this tradition," Thomas said. "It's a great tradition."
By the time Old Home Week officially started, 200 people had registered, said Jeannie Johnston, one of the registrars. People came to Old Home Week from North Carolina, Connecticut, Florida, South Carolina, Washington, Louisiana and Michigan.
"It's been very busy in here," Johnston said with regard to people registering and purchasing memorabilia at Old Home Week headquarters at the First National Bank of Greencastle at 40 Center Square.
Ben Thomas, secretary of the Old Home Week Association, was pleased with the official opening of Old Home Week.
"I think it's kicked off very well," Thomas said. "A lot of people have made this work for the entire community."
Today's Old Home Week schedule
·Noon to 1 a.m. - Headquarters open, First National Bank of Greencastle, Center Square
·Noon to 4 p.m. - Antique car show, Center Square and North Carlisle Street
·Noon to 4 p.m. - "Gallery 7" opening reception, Greencastle Area Arts Council, 107 E. Baltimore St.
·1 to 4 p.m. - Open house, Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 S. Ridge Ave.
·1:30 to 2:30 p.m. - Concert in the Park, Greencastle-Antrim Alumni Band, Jerome R. King Playground band shell, North Carlisle Street
·5 p.m. - "Cantata," a musical created to celebrate the blessings of living in this "Sweet Land of Liberty," with three choirs (Children's, Youth and Adult) and orchestra, Greencastle-Antrim High School auditorium, 300 S. Ridge Ave.
·7:30 p.m. - Concert in the Park, Mercersburg Area Community Band, Jerome R. King Playground band shell, North Carlisle Street
·7:45 p.m. - "Cantata," Greencastle-Antrim High School auditorium, 300 S. Ridge Ave.
·8:30 to 10:30 p.m. - Music on the Square, Center Square
·11 p.m. - Unofficial opening ceremony, instrumental music and community singalong, Center Square
For information and a complete schedule of events, go to www.oldhomeweek.org.