GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Old Home Week headquarters might have officially opened at noon on Friday, but residents just couldn’t wait to get the 38th triennial celebration under way.
Jeannie Johnston, registrar and headquarters chairwoman, said people began pouring into the headquarters on the square, at the former First National Bank Building, at 9 a.m.
“We had a nice steady flow,” said Johnston, who along with her husband, Bob, manage the headquarters, which is the hub of activity during Old Home Week.
The festivities officially begin Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
It is something everyone looks forward to every three years, Jeannie Johnston said.
When Old Home Week rolls around, Betty Lee Fisher mans the cash register at the headquarters. She was still trying to learn the machine on Friday as more people filled the room to register.
Those who register are placed on a mailing list, receive Old Home Week literature, keepsakes and coupons, Jeannie Johnston said.
Carol Christophel, the first woman president of the Old Home Week Association, wasn’t a bit surprised that people rushed to headquarters hours before the doors were to officially open.
“The town has been buzzing all week. They are decorating. They are painting. They can’t wait for Sunday night and the unofficial opening,” she said.
It is just a lot of fun, Christophel said.
“You can see the people on the streets today. They are out and about. You can feel the excitement. It’s just growing by leaps and bounds,” she said.
Greencastle resident Robert “Bob” Whitemore stopped by Old Home Week headquarters to register on Friday.
“Everyone comes back to town, and even people that live here that you don’t get to see all the time, you get to see them. It’s really nice to get to see everyone,” Whitemore said.
Whitemore’s daughter, Tamara Keener, and husband, Shawn, are coming from Maine for the festivities.
Whitemore’s aunt has 31 family members returning to Greencastle for the Old Home Week parade.
“It’s a family tradition to come for the parade and to get together,” he said.
Ken Rhoe and his wife, Vickie, might spend their winters in Florida, but they still call Greencastle home.
“We’re here for the summer,” Ken Rhoe said.
Both he and his wife are excited about the start of a week of fun and fellowship.
“You get to see people you haven’t seen in a long while,” Vicki Rhoe said.
Both hoped to attend a number of events including the pageant, parade, fireworks and the church service.
Michelle Spessard and her husband, Bob, have cleared their social calendar this week to focus on Old Home Week.
“We are excited about Old Home Week. This is the first year we’ve been able to participate. Usually we have to work,” Michelle Spessard said.
She took off on Monday so she could participate in Sunday’s unofficial opening on the square at midnight.
“We’re having a party that is going to be a cookout in the day (on Sunday). Then we’re going to see the band, and then go back and eat again. It’s an all-day thing,” Bob Spessard said.
During the week after work, the couple is planning to participate in as many activities as they possibly can.
They are from Hagerstown but have lived in Greencastle for seven years.
“I think this is great,” she said. “This is a way to get the community involved — to stick together,” she said.
“People come from everywhere,” Bob Spessard said.
For more information about Old Home Week, log onto www.oldhomeweek.org.
If you go:
What: Official opening of Old Home Week
Where: On the square, Greencastle, Pa. (in case of rain, Rescue Hose Co. Special Events Center)
When: Today, 11:30 a.m.