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Old Home Week in Greencastle is about 'friends, family and faith'

August 03, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • The Rev. Wayne Warren presents a bouquet of roses to Carol Christophel, the first female president of Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week, on Saturday during the opening ceremony of the 38th triennial event on the square in Greencastle, Pa.
By Roxann Miller

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — The 38th triennial Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week officially got under way Saturday.

During the opening ceremony on the square, Carol Christophel, Old Home Week’s first female president, declared the opening of the event.

“We’re excited about this week and the events of this week,” said the Rev. Wayne Warren, chairman of the opening ceremony.

The Rev. Stacey Crawford, who gave the invocation, told audience members that the heart of Old Home Week is friends, family and faith.

“You have blessed us, Lord, with a community that is growing and thriving, but still have a humble small-town heart. So bless us, Lord, and cause us to be a blessing,” Crawford said.

The national anthem was sung by Dave Reeder, with accompaniment by Trevor Timmons.

Greencastle Mayor Robert E. Eberly said, “it’s a great day to be in Greencastle.”

“For those of you who were born in Greencastle ... who lived all your life here, we thank you for keeping the home fires burning, for preserving the values and the lifestyle so appreciated and enjoyed in this small town,” Eberly said.

Fred Young III, chairman of the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors, then issued an Old Home Week challenge.

Since residents and businesses clean, paint and polish everything to make the town look great for Old Home Week, Young suggested saying thank you by patronizing Greencastle-Antrim businesses.

“Spend every dollar you spend this week within Greencastle borough and Antrim Township,” Young said. “Don’t go outside of here. You can visit other places, but spend your money here.”

Former Greencastle resident Kirby Warren, who now lives in Ohio, gave the address for the official opening.

Like many others born and raised in Greencastle, Warren makes the pilgrimage back to Greencastle every three years.

“Everything is centered around Old Home Week in our lives,” he said.

In July 1956, Warren remembered holding a flashlight while his father, Dave, fixed the town clock in preparation for Old Home Week to begin.

“What a memory for me,” Warren said. “How many of you have slept in the town clock? Hey, I have.”

“To me, Old Home Week is about family, whether you came from a big family or a small family,” he said. “Old Home Week is about an extended family. It’s all your friends, all your relatives — it’s all community.”

Old Home Week also is about sharing memories, Warren said

For Warren, it also is about telling a bit of a tall tale.

“That home run I hit, it went farther and farther every Old Home Week,” he joked. “In the words of Garfield the cat, ‘The older I get, the better I was.’”

For more information about Old Home Week, go to www.oldhomeweek.org.

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