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Greencastle Heritage Christmas activities on tap

November 29, 2012

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Final planning is under way for several events tied to the Heritage Christmas celebration in Greencastle.

• Tickets are still available for the horse-and-buggy rides that will take place today as well as on Dec. 7 and 14. The 20-minute rides will depart every 30 minutes from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and the 45-minute buggy rides will depart every hour on the half hour from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $7 for a 20-minute ride, which holds 20 people, and $10 for a 45-five minute ride which holds 16 people. Children 3 years old and younger can ride for free if they sit on someone’s lap, according to a news release.

Heritage Christmas officials said they recommend purchasing tickets in advance to guarantee a reserved seat.

Tickets can be purchased from the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce at 217 E. Baltimore St.

Tickets are also available at the Holiday House, which will be open on Greencastle’s square during the three Fridays of Heritage Christmas beginning at 5 p.m.

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• On Saturday at 11 a.m. on the square, the public is invited to attend an outdoor ceremony to pay tribute to more than 330 people whose names are written on scrolls displayed in the windows next to Susquehanna Bank. The names submitted as part of the Lights of Love program in memoriam or in celebration of individuals.

The ceremony, which is intended to be a time of reflection and thankfulness, is expected to last about 40 minutes and includes a program that will feature an invocation, special music and the reading of the names.

There will be a limited supply of 30 to 40 chairs available for seating, so bringing your own chair is a consideration, a news release stated.

Light refreshments will be available after the ceremony. RS Entertainment will play Christmas music on the square and Baltimore Street immediately following the ceremony until 3 p.m. The music is sponsored by CenturyLink.

• Greencastle’s 2012 Home Tour will feature the home of Hank and Jan Guarriello on Sunday, Dec. 16.

Tickets are $20. They are being sold at Carl’s Drug Store and the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce office, according to a news release.

This year, one tour will take place from 1 to 3 p.m., and a second tour will take place from 3 to 5 p.m.

Following the tour, holiday punch and cookies are being served at the John Allison Public House.

“We are very appreciative to Hank and Jan for allowing people to visit their home and supporting Heritage Christmas” said Marissa Pinto Burt, chairwoman of the Home Tour event.

The style of architecture is a combination of Georgian and Federal periods. There are four floors to tour, including the basement, which has a large mechanical room, children’s play room, exercise room, and a large, temperature-controlled 12,000-bottle wine cellar and tasting room.

• For more information about any event, contact the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce at 717-597-4610 or info@greencastlepachamber.org.

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