Sundays are jumping at Red Run Park off Pa. 16

July 17, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Norman Hill of Hagerstown and Birdie Scott of Waynesboro, Pa., dance Sunday at Red Run Park in Rouzerville, Pa., as Tim Pritchard and other members of Hanover Express play.
By Jennifer Fitch/Reporter

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. — Summer Sundays are teeming with activity at Red Run Park off Pa. 16.

Lawn chairs dot the bandstand area for free afternoon concerts. Balloons hang in the air in rented pavilions where families gather for parties. Volunteers offer rides to adults and children on a miniature train.

This weekend, Hanover Express provided bluegrass sounds to a crowd of more than 50.

“I think they’re good, first time I ever heard them,” said Dick Reichard of Fayetteville, Pa.

He and his wife, Vicki, said they attended one of the Sunday concerts for the first time earlier this month.

David and Violet Failor of Carlisle, Pa., said they stopped Sunday by the 22-acre park at the base of the mountain and discovered the concert. They typically visit once a year for a car show.

“Bring lawn chairs and kids,” Violet Failor said of what she’d tell people about the park.

The Eberly family has hosted two of its family reunions at the park. On Sunday, Texas resident Blake Lambert and his wife, Cheyenne, joined the family he recently discovered using the Internet.

“This is my first time here,” he said of Pennsylvania.

One of his relatives, Paula Montgomery of Mechanicsburg, Pa., said the park is a convenient and pretty location for their reunions.

The park was conveyed to the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors in 1969. It features a manmade lake and playground equipment. The Rouzerville Lions Club is fundraising for and building new public restrooms next to the existing ones.

Concerts are an expense paid through the township recreation fund, Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

“We have a band three or four times a month through the summer,” he said.

Fred and Betty Scheller of Taneytown, Md., said they’ve attended concerts at the park several times after visiting it first for a car show.

“It’s nice. It’s better than sitting around the house,” Fred Scheller said.

Catherine Stoops of Waynesboro, Pa., said she’s been enjoying the music and time with friends for four years.

“We live close and come out every Sunday,” she said.

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