Friday celebrations part of Heritage Christmas in Greencastle

November 30, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Greencastle-Antrim's 17th annual Heritage Christmas continues today with the first of three Friday celebrations in downtown Greencastle featuring vendors, entertainers, buggy rides and children's activities.

Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bill Gour said each Friday's events will be different.

"The whole thing is just one big party," Gour said by phone Wednesday. "If you're a kid, you're gonna love the gingerbread men, photos with Santa (and) everybody loves the buggy rides."

Twelve vendors will be present today, including Boy Scouts selling Christmas trees and wreaths, Family Affair Relay for Life Team selling crafts and baked goods, Trinity United Church of Christ from State Line, Pa., selling Christmas crafts, Greencastle Presbyterian Church selling homemade popcorn balls, Conococheague Grace Brethren Church giving away free crafts and refreshments, and Hollowell Brethren in Christ Church serving free cider and baked goods.

Among the entertainment on Friday will be Gary Patterson on the bagpipes, Uncle Bean the balloon bender, Cecil the Cycling Clown and caroling by Shank's Church of the Brethren.


Children can get their pictures taken with Santa at the First National Bank of Greencastle and can decorate gingerbread men at the Greencastle Church of the Brethren Fellowship Hall.

Christmas ornaments and tickets for the home tour and horse and buggy rides can be purchased at the Holiday House, which will be on the square in front of the First National Bank of Greencastle. The Allison-Antrim Museum will host an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and the Greencastle Area Arts Council will open the doors to Gallery 7 at 107 E. Baltimore St. from 5 to 8 p.m.

Horse and buggy rides cost $7 for a 20-minute ride and $10 for a 45-minute ride. The rides will begin at 6 p.m. each Friday and the last carriage will leave the square at 9:30 p.m.

It all begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Greencastle. The other two Fridays of Heritage Christmas are Dec. 7 and 14. There will be free parking downtown beginning Friday until the end of December.

If you go

What: The first of three Friday celebrations of Greencastle-Antrim's 17th annual Heritage Christmas. Events include food, vendors, crafts, photos with Santa Claus and entertainment.

When: The first is today from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Downtown Greencastle, Pa.

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