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'Good Morning Greencastle' featured during Old Home Week

August 02, 2010|By DANA BROWN
  • Mandy Stottlemyer, left, Lee Nunemaker and Barry Stottlemyer perform a comedy skit during the "Good Morning Greencastle" event Monday as part of Old Home Week festivites at Otterbein United Brethren Church in Greencastle, Pa.
By Dana Brown,

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Music, laughter and applause filled the air Monday morning in Otterbein United Brethren Church's social hall in Greencastle.

About 260 people attended "Good Morning Greencastle," an event hosted by the Otterbein Women's Missionary Fellowship. And if those in attendance weren't already close friends, they were seemingly well on their way to becoming so.

One of many festivities scheduled during the 37th triennial celebration of Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week, "Good Morning Greencastle" featured a vocal quintet and soloist, comedy skit, and slideshow featuring photographs of local houses and gardens from the 1700s and 1800s, and faces of many Greencastle residents.

Event chairwoman Jeannie Johnston said she hoped the gathering evoked "a feeling of unity, of togetherness" and "a thankfulness for our heritage" in those who attended. Scott Diffenderfer, Stu Baer, Dave Reeder, Barry Stottlemyer and David Rawley, pastor of Otterbein Church, performed several musical selections, including patriotic tunes and hymns.

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"Did we practice this one?" Stottlemyer said as he flipped a page in his folder to the next song. "Jeannie handed us papers and said 'sing,'" he added with a laugh.

"Everybody's supposed to sing here," Rawley said.

The crowd joined in, singing along and clapping their hands.

Reeder also sang "The Holy City" in tribute to Philip Baer, who was the founder of Old Home Week and a renowned opera singer in the early 1900s. Reeder said it was a song he performed during Old Home Week 30 years ago wearing Baer's dress tails. He admitted he couldn't fit into Baer's fancy clothing today.

Stottlemyer, Mandy Stottlemyer and Lee Nunemaker garnered laughter and applause for their comedy skit about three unlikely passengers seated together aboard an airline flight.

Between introducing the presentations and throwing out Greencastle trivia questions to the crowd -- which many answered correctly and almost in unison -- announcer Gary Murray said he was "glad to see people smiling and singing along."

"Be proud of where you are from," Murray said. "Greencastle may be a dot on the state road map, but I tell you what, this is my dot and I am proud of it."

Chad Lauffer, of Atlanta, attended the event with his grandparents, Paul and Phyllis Stouffer of Greencastle. He said he came back just to attend his first Old Home Week celebration.

"I'm really amazed by the turnout, how much everyone is involved," Lauffer said.

Lauffer said his family plans to attend several other Old Home Week events, including the parade and pageant, and to be present for the group photo.

Lauffer said he really appreciates the sense of community he feels in Greencastle.

"I think as I am getting older, I appreciate it more," the 36-year-old Lauffer said.

Following the conclusion of "Good Morning Greencastle," Margey Walker Pfieffer and her husband, Terry, pulled on safety helmets and prepared to get on their bicycles. They were taking a quick ride to the town square to do some more visiting, they said.

The Beaufort, S.C., couple felt at home in Greencastle, they said.

Terry Pfieffer said people in other places they have lived seem to struggle with the town reunion concept.

"People don't quite understand what it is," he said.

"It's kind of unique," Margey Walker Pfieffer added.

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