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Old Home Week crowd fills church for 'Good Morning Greencastle'

August 07, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

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GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle community woke up Monday to a celebration with music, comedy, prizes and a tribute to the borough as part of the 36th triennial Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week.

"It was a really nice variety," said Sue Hartman, who has lived in Greencastle for 20 years.

More than 250 people poured into Otterbein United Brethren in Christ Church for "Good Morning Greencastle," a service that has become a staple of Old Home Week.

"This is our fourth year we've done it," said Jeannie Johnston, a member of the program's committee. "At first, it was an open house."

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The service included musical performances from duo Dave Besecker and Barry Stottlemyer, as well as a piano medley from Pastor David Rawley.

"The music was especially great," said Tom Barnhart, who came from Denver, Pa., to celebrate Old Home Week because his wife grew up in Greencastle.

"The testimony of the musicians was very inspirational," he said.

Besecker and Stottlemyer sang religious pieces, such as "Him" and "Standing in the Need of Prayer," and pieces of historical importance, like "Oh Beautiful for Spacious Skies," and "The Holy City."

"The Holy City" had special significance because it was the song that Philip E. Baer, the founder of Old Home Week, sang during many Old Home Week celebrations.

Besecker sang the song in Baer's honor.

"Greencastle is a very special and marvelous town," Besecker said before singing.

In addition to the singing, the comedic skit "Sunday Dinner" was performed. The skit was about a restaurant serving dishes like steak pastor, church preacher florentine and brisket of choir director, which symbolized Christians feeding off other Christians through gossip.

The "Spiritual Health Inspector," played by Charlie Try, came and closed the restaurant saying, "Christians are not to feed on other Christians with gossip, innuendo and false witness."

"There was probably more truth to that (skit) than fiction," Barnhart said.

As a tribute to Greencastle and Antrim Township, members of the event's committee put together a slide show of "People and Places of Greencastle-Antrim."

The slide show featured pictures of residents, local businesses and places like Martin's Mill Bridge, Conococheague Creek, Jerome B. King Playground and Marsh Run.

"It was great to try to figure out for us where the places were," Barnhart said. "The places were a nice cross-section of the area."

Johnston said at least 25 volunteers helped make the service possible. Door prizes were donated by the Women's Missionary Fellowship and Church.

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