Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week features flower show, mural and teachers

Frank Mowen was president of 33rd Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Triennial Week in 1998.

On Tuesday morning, the 93-year-old sat in the lobby of the OHW flower show and chatted with his 85-year-old brother, Ray Mowen, who was wearing his 1954 graduation cap. Both sported T- OHW shirts.

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A little later, the young Crider boys, Huck, Crowe and Flint, took history lessons at an open day at Tayamentasachta, the Greencastle-Antrim School District’s center for environmental studies.

A day earlier, children of all ages descended on the Jerome R. King Playground to leave their artistic mark on a community mural at Paint in the Park.

Greer Barkdoll was picked up by his uncle Scott Powell to reach a spot in the middle of the Old Home Week Paint in the Park mural.

There is something to interest everyone like the 41st The triennial Old Home Week, Greencastle-Antrim’s 120-year tradition, continues.

So you think you know Greencastle?

If you know that Jerome R. King Playground opened in 1923 and the Greencastle Livestock Market opened in 1940, you’re off to a good start with the first two Greencastle-Antrim Trivia questions.

The fun facts were part of ‘Good Morning Greencastle’ on Monday at Otterbein United Brethren Church.

Some of the other stories from the community:

Q: When was the land now known as School Farm, ‘Tayamentasachta’, purchased by Greencastle-Antrim School District?

A: 1966

Q: What was the first fast food restaurant in Greencastle?

A: Hardee’s, which opened in June 1986, followed by McDonald’s in September of the same year.

Q: How many parking meters are there in the Borough of Greencastle?

A: 131

Q: According to Marty Boscolo of Mikie’s Ice Cream, what is the most popular “hand-dipped” ice cream?

A: cotton candy

On Monday August 8, the three-year Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week program

The matinee of laughs also featured the “Super Pastor” skit, starring Barry Stottlemyer with Dot Robinson as the Pastor’s Complimenting Woman and Bryce Michalsky as the Criticizing Man. Moral of the story: show pastors love, appreciation and understanding.

A knockoff of the old game show “Match Game” has found not-so-good matches among celebrities in the community. Mayor Ben Thomas Jr. and former borough council chairman Steve Miller took first place by “matching” just three of the 10 questions. Pairs Bill Gour and Vernon McCauley, and Mike Bock and Greg Hoover, are tied for second with two games apiece.

An intra-community mural

Many hands – young, old and in between – put brush strokes on a paint-by-number canvas at OHW Paint in the Park to create a mural that will be displayed in a location yet to be determined.

Alison Reiff, left, and Shirley Shatzer worked on the community mural during Old Home Week Paint in the Park.

All three pieces of the mural featured the letters OHW and the fourth, an image of the town clock, was where all artists could put their name in black Sharpie.

Jodi (Shockey) Plum, who created the design, and Amy (Stine) Beard, who selected the colors, were on hand to answer questions and straighten out any rough spots Monday at the Jerome R. King Playground.

John Gamble, a retired art teacher from Greencastle-Antrim Secondary School, picked up a paintbrush to contribute to the Old Home Week Paint in the Park mural.

Both graduated from Greencastle-Antrim High School and now teach art in the district. They were therefore delighted that one of the approximately 230 people adding color to the mural was their former art teacher, John Gamble.

Teachers earn all A’s

Call it a list of vocabulary words to describe teaching:

  • Fantastic
  • To like
  • Reward
  • Relationships
  • Adventures

These are some of the answers given by members of a panel of retired and current teachers from the Greencastle-Antrim School District at the Loyal Daughters Old Home Week meeting on “Teach Love Inspire”.

Retired teachers who participated in a panel discussion at the Faithful Daughters Old House Week meeting

President Dotti Zimmerman “played Oprah” as she interviewed retirees including Dean Gearhart, 82½, who taught fifth grade for 36 years, retired in 1997 and has since filled in; Nancy Henry, who taught kindergarten for 36 years and continues to volunteer; Ann Schnabel, who started teaching fourth grade 41 years ago at the old Brown’s Mill School; and Greg Hoover, who began his career as a physical education teacher and retired as superintendent 38 years later.

“If you go into the classroom, put the kids first and love them, you’ll be fine,” Hoover said.

Current educators featured at the Loyal Daughters Old Home Week “Teach Love Inspire” reunion were, left to right, Kerri Barnes, Sallianne Bowman, Jenniffer Everetts and Ben Herrmann.

The current educators on the panel, all G-AHS alumni, were Kerri Barnes, K-12 at Tayamentasachta; Sallianne Bowman, kindergarten; Jennifer Everetts, High School Orientation; and Ben Hermann, sixth grade.

“Hola, Señora Marks,” Herrmann shouted to Penny Marks, her high school Spanish teacher, who was in the audience. She taught Spanish for over half a century, including 34 years at Greencastle.

A number of retired and current teachers, a handful of men and hundreds of women – from infants to Alma Hoffman, who just turned 100 – attended the Loyal Daughters reunion. The group, now 102 years old, meets every three years during Old House Week with dues going to donations in the community.

They also heard from Dr. Lura Hanks, GA School District Superintendent, who spoke about education “yesterday, today, and tomorrow” and how a thriving community can only happen with a thriving school system.

What is the history of the Tayamentasachta log cabin?

Before joining the afternoon panel at Loyal Daughters, Barnes hosted “Roots of Tayamentasachta: Exploring the History of the School Farm.”

Visitors could follow the environmental center’s journey from Native American times to environmental education today by viewing a DVD based on research by high school students.

The students, members of the Greencastle-Antrim High School chapter of Rho Kappa, the national social studies honor society, also organized a number of displays of artifacts, documents and other memorabilia from the district’s past. school.

“We often come here to walk around, but we’ve never been in the buildings,” said Darcie Crider, who was there with her sons, Huck, Crowe and Flint.

Darcie Crider and her sons, left to right, Huck, Crowe and Flint explored the log cabin during the Old House Week event

They were all eyes inside the log cabin, speculating what it might have been used for.

Barnes explained that it was built over a 10-year period by eighth graders attending the annual Cumberland Festival of Life to simulate early American life.

“Every year on the day of the festival, different groups of students worked on this project,” reads a plaque outside the hut. “After a decade of construction, the log cabin and chimney were complete.”

Don’t eat your Brussels sprouts, fix them

The First United Methodist Church communion hall was “Back in Bloom” as flower tables lined the hall for the Old Home Week flower show.

Judges Bonnie Shockey, Melissa Ball and Holly Shearer awarded Best of Show to Jennifer Showalter for her entry in the “Farmers Market” category.

Jennifer Showalter's 'Farmers Market' entry won Best of Show at 'Back in Bloom', the Old Home Week flower show.

Showalter’s arrangement of lime green hydrangeas, strawflowers, lisianthus, ammi green haze and goldenrod was accented with brussels sprouts and carrots.

Best of Show in the Youth Division was won by Corinna Ruela for her entry ‘Growing Green’. Youth 12 and under were required to use recycled materials, and Corinna chose rubber boots to hold her arrangement.

Corinna Ruela won Best of Show in the Youth Division of the Old Home Week Flower Show in the category

There were a total of 60 exhibits in total, and the winners were:

Premier League

my favorite things

  • 1st -Sue Hartman
  • 2n/a -Diana Doyle
  • 3rd -Carly Statler

Hats off

  • 1st -Jennifer Showalter
  • 2n/a – Karen Statler
  • 3rd -Reagan Doyle

farmers market

  • 1st -Jennifer Showalter
  • 2n/a -Reagan Doyle
  • 3rd -Beth Mummert


  • 1st – Karen Statler
  • 2n/a -Diana Doyle
  • 3rd – Lee Ann Huber

Little Wonders

  • 1st -Rhonda Fuller
  • 2n/a -Niki Ghezzi
  • 3rd -Beth Mummert

Section IIYouth

Go green

  • 1st -Corinna Ruelas
  • 2n/a -Lily Kaiser
  • 3rd -Inga Smith

fairy gardens

  • 1st -Garrett Wingert
  • 2n/a -Chandler Doyle
  • 3rd -Nash Doyle

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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