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Old Home Week list of events growing

June 25, 2010|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, PA. - With little more than a month until the 37th triennial Old Home Week celebration in Greencastle, the calendar of events continues to grow.

"This is all events," President Ben Thomas said.

In his hand was a thick packet of paper listing every activity that will take place during Old Home Week, which runs from July 31 to Aug. 7.

Rifling through the pages, it was clear that if the sun or moon was shining that week, something likely was going on.

Bicycle races, bus tours, pageant plays, picnics, fireworks, a cantata, reminiscing, a singalong and open houses, just to name a few events, were on the list.

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And more events are in the works, Thomas said.

Thomas said he anticipates that another event will be added to the schedule on Monday, when the Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week Association meets again.

While it is nearly impossible to attend every event during Old Home Week, Thomas said he is going to try.

"It's my job as president to get to as many events as I can," he said.

With a laugh, he added jokingly, "Let's just say I won't be gainfully employed that week."

Almost every corner of the Greencastle-Antrim area is involved in Old Home Week, he said.

In the Borough of Greencastle, residents have been working to beautify the town.

The Greencastle Borough Council authorized its Downtown Beautification Committee to install banners on light posts, install four "Welcome to Greencastle" signs, pay an artist to rehabilitate the railroad bridge mural and clean up the town for Old Home Week.

Last year, the borough paid to have the clock atop Tower Bank repaired so that it was ready for Old Home Week.

"It is THE event for the Greencastle-Antrim community," Thomas said.

Because it only happens once every three years, he said people plan vacations and schedules around Old Home Week

Since the event was born in 1902, it has been fueled by anticipation, he said.

Thomas said Old Home Week is a homecoming celebration where the sons and daughters of Greencastle who have moved elsewhere can come home.

The theme this year is represented by the photo taken at the event in 1902, known then as the "Old Boys' Reunion."

More than 100 years have passed since 43 men and six boys gathered along Conococheague Creek at Sandy Hollow for a picnic during the reunion, according to the association.

This year, for the first time in decades, Thomas said people can picnic again at Sandy Hollow.

The owner of the land along the creek will open the property Aug. 3 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for picnicking, Thomas said.

For a more complete list of events, go to http://www.old homeweek.org.

Some Old Home Week events do require a badge to get in, Thomas said. An official badge and program can be purchased starting in July, he said.

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