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Greencastle celebrates Heritage Christmas

December 13, 2008|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Geneva Mace smiled as she leaned to point from the horse-drawn carriage at the historical Greencastle homes decorated with lights and wreaths for the holiday.

"Look at the merry lights!" she said to her 3-year-old great-grandson. "Oh, I just love Christmas."

Mace said she can scarcely remember a holiday that has not included a trip to Heritage Christmas for shopping and free cocoa.

As she nestled in under her blanket to let the cold air, with its faint hint of horse, carry a few snow flurries her way, she said this year was earning a special place in her memory.

Despite all of her trips to the festival, Mace only just learned of the carriage rides when she saw an advertisement at a local restaurant.

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"As soon as I saw there were carriage rides, I called in to reserve tickets," she said. "I love anything old-fashioned at Christmas, and this is perfect."

Old-fashioned is exactly the atmosphere Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce Director Bill Gour said he aims for with the festival. Like a Currier & Ives painting, he said.

Rides in Kenny Egolf's horse-drawn carriages have been a popular part of Heritage Christmas's charm for years.

Tia Coode and her stepdaughter, Ellie, drove from Martinsburg, W.Va., for some holiday shopping, and after a few minutes in the cold night air, were ready for the warmth offered in the shops.

"The first time I came to Heritage Christmas, there were people in period costume, so I was excited to come back," Coode said. "I love the small-town feel. It makes this a great place to bring your kids, but I think we are ready to shop."

Heritage Christmas continues next Friday, Dec. 19, with carriage rides starting at 6 p.m.

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