Classmates reminiscing, car show and more all a part of Greencastle Old Home Week

August 04, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Melvin and Dolores Van Orman look at past Old Home Week photos in Greencastle, Pa., on Sunday. The Van Ormans live in Duncansville, Pa., but enjoy visiting Greencastle, where Dolores previously lived and continues to have family.
By Jennifer Fitch

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — “Hey, how are you?”

“It was good to run into you.”

“They’ll let anyone in here, won’t they?”

Snippets of conversation overheard on Greencastle’s town square Sunday hinted at the reunions — and good-natured ribbing — occurring as thousands flock to events that are part of the community’s triennial Old Home Week.

Greencastle is awash in red, white and blue for the weeklong festival, which featured a car show Sunday afternoon. The car show organizing committee suspects visitors saw antique vehicles they would not see displayed in other settings.

“I think we get a lot of cars people don’t typically get out,” volunteer Dave Dickson said.

People registered 168 vehicles from 1983 and older at the show that was free to the vehicles’ owners and visitors. Volunteer Andy Everetts said he believes fair weather boosted registration and crowds.

Glen Kuhn of Fayetteville, Pa., has two Falcon convertibles from the 1960s. Kuhn, who was anticipating a reunion of Brown’s Mill School alumni, described Old Home Week as an opportunity to see people he has not seen in three years.

“It’s just a place I come to meet old friends and shoot the breeze,” Kuhn said.

Theofilos “Theo” Kyriakidhes had the same goal in mind when he left his home in Athens, Greece, to attend Old Home Week.

Kyriakidhes attended high school in Greencastle in 1958 and 1959 as essentially a foreign exchange student. He graduated from high school in his home country around the time his U.S. classmates did in 1960, so he celebrates reunions in both nations.

Sue Eckstine of Greencastle also was part of the Class of 1960.

“We get together during every Old Home Week and sometimes in between,” she said of her classmates.

Kyriakidhes said he connected with his schoolmates using the Internet and attended the 2010 Old Home Week for the first time. He has a busy schedule for the week.

“I’m going to try to not miss a show,” he said, saying he definitely plans to attend the parade and cantata.

“Greencastle is lucky we have this every three years,” Eckstine said.

Kyriakidhes and Eckstine might have been checking off listings in a program, but Mike and Susan Wells had less of a plan for their day. They perused cars at the show.

“We were just driving by and saw it,” said Mike Wells, of Waynesboro, Pa.

He was impressed by the vehicles on display.

“It’s worth a trip out,” he said.


Old Home Week schedule

• 10:30 a.m. — “Good Morning, Greencastle” at Otterbein United Brethren Church, 146 E. Leitersburg St.
• 1 p.m. — Bus tour of community points of interest leaving from Greencastle-Antrim Elementary School
• 1 p.m. — Reminiscing at Evangelical Lutheran Church, 130 N. Washington St.
• 5 p.m. Brown’s Mill School reunion at Kauffman Community Center, 7289 Ruritan Drive in Chambersburg, Pa.

• 10 a.m. — Reminiscing at Evangelical Lutheran Church, 130 N. Washington St.
• 1 p.m. — Bus tour of community points of interest leaving from Greencastle-Antrim Elementary School
• 6:45 p.m. — Old Home Week pageant at Greencastle-Antrim High School

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