Greencastle transformed into a winter wonderland

December 14, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • Sarah Weaver, 18 months, sits on Santa's lap while Micah Weaver, 4, shares a smile with Jolly Old St. Nick on Friday at the 22nd annual Greencastle-Antrim Heritage Christmas.
By Roxanne Miller

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Without wasting any time, 8-year-old Andrew Trostle headed straight for Santa Claus at Friday’s 22nd annual Greencastle-Antrim Heritage Christmas in downtown Greencastle.

When you have a unique Christmas request like Andrew’s, the youngster wanted to make sure St. Nick knew exactly what to load in his sleigh.

“I wanted to make sure he got my list. I told him I want a cross chopper mower head,” he said

Andrew’s mother Holly Trostle of Mercersburg explained that the item is a piece of farming equipment.

But, Andrew also asked Santa for something a bit more child-friendly.

“I would also like a Penn State Jersey Number 42,” Andrew said.

The Trostle family tries to come to Heritage Christmas every year.

“It’s just a great tradition, and it’s nice that the community supports this,” said Holly Trostle.

Andrew added: “It’s fun to do, and it’s nice to see Santa.”

The annual holiday event is sponsored by the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce to bring people downtown and enjoy the holiday festivities, according to event organizers.

Russ and Dodie Clever, known as Two Nuts and a Bolt, decked out in holiday garb were spreading holiday cheer and handing out treats to the children.

For Fern Guarino of Greencastle, the holiday festivities gave her a chance to share the magic of the season with her 4-year-old granddaughter Arlene Eckel.

“Mom and dad went Christmas shopping so Grammy and Arlene went shopping too,” Guarino said.

The two made a night of it eating Chinese food, window shopping and enjoying all the downtown holiday happenings.

“It brings people to town. It gets kids with their parents. I thinks it’s very nice. And everybody smiles and says hello. It’s just very friendly,” Guarino said.

The horse and buggy rides were a favorite with the crowds as was balloon bender Uncle Bean, a.k.a. De Wayne Izer.

Lines of people waited patiently for him to work his magic transforming a simple balloon into a candy cane, snowman or sword in about a minute.

Loraina Priest of Greencastle held tightly to her balloon snowman hoping to make him last as long as possible.

“He’s (Uncle Bean) the highlight. That’s why we came,” said Loraina’s mother Dawn.

Sarah Weaver, 18 months old, snuggled on Santa’s lap while her siblings Samuel, 5, Micah, 4 and Elika, 7, scrunched together to rattle off their Christmas list with only two weeks remaining for Santa to prepare his list.

“We’ve been doing this for about five years and it gets us into the Christmas spirit. I really enjoy it and the kids just love it,” Shannon Weaver said.

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