The 41st triennial edition of Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week is underway


Vernon McCauley, the community’s chief cheerleader, led the festivities on Sunday night for the unofficial opening of the 41st Triennial Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week.

“We live in the best small town in America,” McCauley said, sharing his mantra with the 1,000 or more people gathered in Center Square. He led the countdown to midnight, when the fire siren sounded, the city clock chimed and the crowd sang “The Old Gray Mare”, the song that has hosted the celebration since 1920. according to the president of this year’s Old Home Week, Bonnie Shockey.

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The late-night program capped off a busy weekend and announced what was to come during the week-long celebration that has taken place every three years since 1902.

“Who said you couldn’t go home?”

Lacey Horst sang “Who Says You Can’t Go Home?” from Bon Jovi during the official opening ceremony on Saturday and speaker Chad Wiestling echoed the lyrics.

“You take the boy’s house, but not the boy’s house,” said Wiestling, who has lived across the country and traveled the world since graduating from Greencastle-Antrim High School in 1990.

Chad Wiestling, right, spoke with Todd and Deena Kirkwood after speaking at the official opening of Old House Week on August 6.  This year.

After attending the University of Maryland on a full football scholarship, he played professionally for four years in the Arena Football League, then returned to coaching at Maryland. He then held front office positions in the NFL. He now lives in Baltimore and is president and CEO of Black Label Sports Group, an agency representing professional football players.

He spoke fondly of Tony’s Pizza, “ripping and tearing around town on BMX bikes”, and Old Home Week – including following the horses in the parade as a poop scavenger.

“Apparently I talk about Greencastle more than I realize,” Wiestling said, explaining that her friends remember her stories because they didn’t grow up in a place like her hometown.

“Who said you can’t go back? I’ve lived here for 32 years, but I keep coming back,” Wiestling said. “I couldn’t be prouder to be a son of Greencastle.”

Old Home Week officers, former presidents and other dignitaries waved the bandstand ahead of the official opening of the 41st triennial Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week.  Bonnie Shockey, chair of this year's celebration, is in the foreground.

Bonnie Shockey followed Wiestling to the mic and said, “Chad took the words out of my mouth.”

She offered brief words of thanks for the honor of being president of OHW and to her family and friends for their support.

“Let the party begin!” she exclaimed.

A ribbon was strung around the northwest corner of Center Square, Shockey waved scissors at the bandstand, and local youths stood below to help tear it down to officially open the celebration.

It’s hot, be cool

It’s August in south-central Pennsylvania, so Old Home Week days can be scorching. New this year on South Carlisle Street is a cooling station.

Some Rescue Hose Co. EMS personnel use a large Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency air-conditioned tent filled with beds, medical supplies and water as their base of operations for the week. They are ready to give people with blisters bandages, check vital signs and help anyone feeling the effects of the heat.

Greencastle Police Officer Mike Knechtel is shown with EMS personnel inside the Rescue Hose Co.'s Old Home Week Cooling Tent. Left to right, standing: Matthew Locke, Victoria Daley and Mark Miller.  Seated: Jamie Daley and Amber Daley.

The goal is to treat people and get them back into circulation, rather than taking them offsite or to a hospital, said Mark Miller, head of EMS.

Parked outside, a bright yellow ATV is ready to ferry patients from the weekday crowds from the Old House to the tent.

Linda Faith walks through the misting station set up to cool people down during Old House Week.

People who feel good are also encouraged to stop and check out the tent or relax by walking through the nearby misting station under a blue canopy.

Cross the covered bridge when you get there

A total of 501 vehicles crossed Martin’s Mill Bridge on the first day of Old Home Week.

The 1849 covered bridge, which has been restored several times, is usually closed to traffic, but is open one day every three years for an Old Home Week drive-in.

The Township of Antrim owns the bridge and township supervisors were on hand to ensure the opening. Everyone received a Hershey’s Kiss before crossing since covered bridges are known as “kissing bridges”.

This year’s drive-thru took place 50 years after the covered bridge was swept away from its piers by floodwaters from Hurricane Agnes.

Some people were crossing for the first time, and others remembered when the bridge was open all the time.

“My initials are there somewhere,” Ray Peterson from Greencastle told Antrim Township Supervisor Chad Murray and his daughter, Grace, after crossing the bridge.

Chambersburg's Brian and Missy Wise drove across the Martin's Mill Bridge in their bright red 2021 Corvette on August 6, the first day of the 41st Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Triennial Week.

The vehicles ranged from Brian and Missy Wise’s bright red 2021 Corvette to a group from the Hub City Model A Club. Besides Pennsylvania and Maryland, drivers came from Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Arizona.

Who are the winners in the showcases?

One of the first events of Old Home Week is the Window Judging, which was conducted Saturday by committee members Amy Hicks, Larisa Martin, Bob O’Connor, Nathan Nardi, Canaan Gour, Landon Gour and Bill Gour.

“There are wonderful exhibits this year, as there are every week from the Old House,” said Bill Gour, committee chair. “In fact, there were difficult decisions to be made in each category. The exhibits cover much of downtown, starting at the Chamber of Commerce, on both sides of Baltimore Street, around the plaza and on both sides of South Carlisle Street.

Prizes were awarded in six categories: History; Our community; our heroes; Toys and games; collectibles; and clothing and household items.

The winners are:

Grand Prize: Mike and Vanessa Wright, antique furniture, clothing and household items (located at Kerm’s Card Shop)

Woody's Esso won first place in the History category of the Old Home Week window display competition.  It's in the window of My Jacob's Ladder.

History: First place: Woody Moser, Woody’s Esso (located at My Jacob’s Ladder); Runner Up: The Conococheague Institute, Eighteenth Century Life (located at Fran Kenawell’s State Farm Office)

Our Community: First Place: Class of 1972 (located in Antrim Mortgage); Second place: WRGG (located at ELM Shoes)

Our heroes: First place: Maxine Thrush, Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils (located at Ohana Hair Studio); Runner Up: Angela Henry, Band Geek Meets Football Star (located at Breathe Bodywork)

Toys and games: First place: Evelyn White, Children’s Books and Blocks (located in the Aura building); Second place: Kryptonite Toyz, toys and games from the 1980s to the present day (located at Teal Blossom Boutique)

Collectibles: First place: the bean and the cookie, Baker wearing vintage clothes and using collectible kitchen utensils (located at the level of the bean and the cookie); Second place: ELM department store, advertising memorabilia and antiques (located in the ELM department store)

Clothing and household items: First place: the boutique, Vintage Clothing (located at Joyful Arts Studio); Runner Up: Pregnancy Ministries, Inc., Vintage Clothing and Homewares (located at Pregnancy Ministries, Inc.)

The grand prize was $300. First place in each category received $150 and second place $100.

Grandson pays tribute to Korean War veteran who died last week

A large, sand-coloured military vehicle stood out among the shiny cars that lined North Carlisle Street and nearby car parks for the vintage car show on Sunday afternoon.

Charles Young, a Korean War veteran who died Aug. 3, was honored on the military truck his grandson, Gary Morganthal, displayed at the Old Home Week vintage car show.

The words “In Memory of Charles E. Young, 1933-2022” were stenciled on the bumper. Young died on August 3, a month before his 89e birthday. A Korean War veteran, he served aboard the aircraft carrier Leyte.

Old military trucks are the hobby of his grandson, Gary Morganthal, a Greencastle native who now lives in Waynesboro. A picture of his grandfather and the Navy flag were displayed on the front of the truck, and Morganthal plans to put more of a tribute on the tailgate eventually.

Gary Morganthal's military truck was a one-of-a-kind entry into the Old Home Week car show.

The show featured nearly 200 vehicles. Some might call it the vagaries of the weather, but others may attribute it to the magic of Old Home Week in which heavy rains fell in nearby communities, but only very light showers fell on the living room. car.

Also note

Greencastle artist Eliane Ambrose turned 85 on August 6, the first day of Old Home Week.  She hosts an open house with several other local artists all week on Joy Drive.

August 6, the first day of Old Home Week, was very special for famed Greencastle artist Eliane Ambrose. She turned 85 and sported a tiara and sash in honor of the big day. She hosts an open house with several other local artists all week on Joy Drive.

The parade at 6 p.m. Thursday is the largest John Alleman, in his sixth Old Home Week as president, has seen. On Saturday there were 150 entries. Three years ago, there were about 120. The streets on the parade route – Washington, Franklin, Carlisle and Allison streets and Walter Avenue – will close around 5:15 p.m.

For more information, including the schedule of events, visit the Old Home Week website.

Shawn Hardy is a reporter for Gannett’s Franklin County newspapers in south-central Pennsylvania – Echo Pilot in Greencastle, The Record Herald in Waynesboro, and Public Opinion in Chambersburg. She has over 35 years of journalism experience. Contact her at [email protected]


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