Mt. Gretna Newsletter
Mt. Gretna, Pa. . . .'Not a place, but a spirit."
-- Marlin Seiders (1927-2008)
November 1, 2010
Summer's glide into fall brings a welcome respite for those who
take time to briefly pause alongside the lake during a busy day. Mirrored
in that moment, problems dissolve, cares shrink to manageable size and a
restorative calm emerges from that indefinable essence generations have
known as Mt. Gretna.
Yet even as the leaves of autumn surge to their final burst of color, the
town's activities (enumerated in this issue) continue at a sprightly
pace, albeit at a more leisurely tempo than in summer.
Should we call it a "town"? As a reader recently reminded
us, Mt. Gretna might more aptly be called a village made up of a
collection of individual neighborhoods rather than a town. She has a
point. With a lineup that stretches from the Heights to Timber
Bridge -- with Stoberdale, the Campmeeting, the Chautauqua, Timber Hills
and Conewago Hill in between -- Mt. Gretna may appear to some rather like
Dorothy Parker's famous description of Los Angeles as "72 suburbs in
search of a city."
Yet viewed from a perspective shaped by chronicling the cavalcade of
events that take place in Mt. Gretna each month, it is also evident that
each of those neighborhoods plays an integral part in a larger whole.
Each adds its distinctive historical, as well as uniquely modern-day,
qualities. Each brings a supporting cast, without which the magic of Mt.
Gretna would surely dim.
Talents may be widely scattered, but they remain essential in a matrix
that resonates with our values, perpetuates an enduring appeal, and often
stirs visitors to purchase property and live here, either part of the
time or year-round.
Wherever we live, whether we are here all or part of the year, and
whether ours is a village, a town or simply a community, we are all
Mt. Gretnans -- with a stake in nurturing the artistic, historic and
recreational assets that add value, richness and dimension to our lives.
. . as we share the gifts that each season brings.
Following are some of the offerings of November:
Mondays: Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 Bluegrass Night at La Cigale No,
mandolins a specialty
e's nothing formal about these Monday night gatherings.
Simply musicians who love playing, singing and sharing an hour or
two with friends who come and go -- bringing their banjos, guitars, harmonicas,
zithers and mandolins. Nor is there ever an admission charge. Sit for
awhile, and relax as they play for your pleasure as well as their own.
Stop in anytime, from 6:30 p.m. until 8, sometimes 9 p.m., as the spirit
Saturday & Sunday: Nov. 6-7 What makes 4,000 people roll out of bed on a
November weekend and meander throughout Central Pennsylvania, from
Hummelstown to Schaefferstown, and -- by the way -- stop off for a few
hours in Mt. Gretna?
It's the annual Art Studio Tour, a chance to peek inside the inner sanctums of
artists for a glimpse of how and why they create. This year's tour
spotlights 32 artists, at least 10 of whom trace their roots to Mt.
Gretna. Familiar names like Carol Snyder, Barbara Fishman, Madelaine
Gray, Fred Swarr and Shelby Applegate are part of this travel-on-your
own, stop-where-you-like, no-cost adventure.
"Look first at the
things that really interest you," says tour coordinator Ruthann
Santry. "Then go to something that's totally foreign. As you
broaden your horizons, you'll begin to appreciate everything that's out
Sunday, Nov. 7:
The Fire Company's Breakfast Buffet,
starting promptly a
Food, friends & fun
t 8 a.m. and continuing
until noon. But don't tarry. The food will still be there in abundance,
but the real treat is spending time with friends and neighbors.
Volunteer cooks scurry about, taking care of all who come to sample the
fare: scrambled eggs, strata, breakfast sausage, sliced potatoes,
baked oatmeal, pancakes, fruit salad, muffins, juices, milk and coffee --
all for the pric
Why they do it
e of whatever you
choose to give.
The idea, of course, is to give as much as you can, since everything goes
toward the fire company's $400,000 "Burn the Mortgage" campaign
to pay for their expanded fire hall and new firefighting equipment (to
replace engines nearing the end of their 20-year useful life span).
If you're out of town and unable to drop in, you can always help by
mailing your gift to Mt. Gretna Fire Company, P.O. Box 177, Mt. Gretna,
Saturday, Nov. 13: Annual Soup Cook-Off, Noon-2 p.m. Some folks
simply make it their lunch. Others come to see their friends. Still
others to enjoy Scott Galbraith's music. Yet everyone who comes leaves
fully sated with fulsome smiles.
You might not think all
that's possible at a soup cook-off. But it's
what happens when area cooks stir their pots using recipes they've honed
to perfection over the past year.
The judges? That's you
-- and everyone else who attends -- whetting your taste buds with
steaming samples of anywhere from a dozen or more soups by some of the
area's cleverest cooks.
Honors go not only to
the "Best" and "Most Unusual" but to also the
"Best Presentation," a category that often dazzles with as much
creativity as the soup concoctions themselves.
"Pumpkin Doodle Do" (last year's winner), "Caribbean Black
Bean," and "New Mexican Green Chili and Chicken" emerge
from simmering crocks topping the tables as cooks unveil their handiwork.
All for the price of
$10 to enter, taste and fill up on some of the liveliest soups you're apt
to find anywhere on the planet. At the Mt. Gretna firehall; proceeds
benefit the firefighters.
Saturday, Nov. 20: Gretna Music opens its winter season with the Boston Brass, on the campus of
Elizabethtown College, at 7:30 p.m. Reserve tickets online at http://gretnamusic.org/ or call 717-361-1508. A pre-concert buffet
dinner is available just outside the concert hall. Call by Nov. 13 for
Looking ahead to next month:
Saturday, Dec. 4: Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the home of Peter
Hewitt and Walter McAnney (across from the post office), with carol
singing, mulled cider and other refreshments. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 12: Holiday Open House at the Mt. Gretna Historical Society
Museum, 2:00-4:00 p.m., followed by caroling from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
"This is a special place,
one that reminds me of Monhonk Mountain House in the Hudson Valley of New York. . . built about the
same time. It's sooo peaceful, so beautiful," said the visitor,
seated on a bench outside Mt. Gretna'
eye for. . .
s Hall of Philosophy on a Sunday afternoon last month.
As he sat, he held a sketch pad in his hand, roughing out a drawing of
the 100-year-old building.
Glenn White, it turns
beauty of old buildings.
out, is a man with an eye for beauty. Particularly the beauty of
"authentic buildings in historic settings." That's his
business. He is development director of Downtown Carlisle, and before
that he held a similar post in Harrisburg. He travels widely, and his
Monhonk reference was to one of the nation's top ten resorts acclaimed by
Travel + Leisure magazine.
"I don't know why someone hasn't come up to Mt. Gretna from Disney,
taken a few pictures, and recreated a place like this in
DisneyWorld," he said.
Mt. Gretna attorney Tim Nieman
(inset) filed a friend of the court brief last month in a Supreme Court
case weighing the right to privacy from public protests at a military
have rights, too
Veterans of Foreign Wars, he argued that although groups may have a First
Amendment right "to express their religious beliefs that others find
unpatriotic, offensive and reprehensible," it does not permit
"personal attacks targeted at private individuals during a time of
mourning." One of only 100 visitors permitted into the chambers, the
Heights resident said the justices wasted no time in "peppering the
lawyers with [the most difficult] questions," the Lebanon Daily News reported.
will come as no surprise to those who know him, but Gretna Music founder,
musician and physician Carl
also an accomplished writer.
musician, physician...& old salt.
an odyssey through Turkey with wife Emi
and some close friends last month, he displayed those talents in a
frequent blog as they wended their way
through the ancient, but surprisingly bustling, country by boat, taxi,
bus and hot air balloon.
photo-rich adventure provides fascinating, often offbeat insights such as
this: "Walking [through Istanbul] is made treacherous by an almost
constant flow of enormous modern tour buses roaring, creeping, and
hissing down narrow cobblestone streets only inches wider than their side
vigorous economy that seemed almost wholly
in a balloon
by recession, the Heights resident marveled at a four-tiered shopping
center whose food court "makes Costco look third-world
describing an ancient outdoor theater (which would allow an audience of
7,000 to enjoy even string quartets without electronic amplification),
the physician-writer-musician displayed pictures of a famous mosque, with
its intricately detailed floor-to-ceiling tiles, and commented, "I'd
like to see an fMRI of the brains of those who lived surrounded 360
degrees by [this] for most of their lives." To follow the chronicle
day-by-day, click here.
Clicking off another
checkpoint on their list of "places I must see someday," Kathy Wall, Larry Bowman and Madelaine
6,855 miles from Mt. Gretna
(left) hiked along the
Great Wall of China last month, part of a whirlwind Chamber of Commerce
tour that also included fellow Campmeeting resident Jane Mourer,
Timber Hills residents Akbar and Sally
Samii and others from the Lebanon
Stone steps along the
Great Wall were challenging -- "knee-high length at times,"
said Madelaine -- a design strategy that had first-century marauders, not
21st century Mt. Gretnans, in mind.
An idea to help neighbors
Mt. Gretna's defining spirit often shines through in the actions of those
who live here. Take, for example, a plan now gathering momentum
throughout the community.
Organizers hope to
launch an initiative that could help neighbors solve problems they didn't expect to
face alone, without the help of friends or relatives.
They seek to develop a
community network of volunteers who could lend a hand to single parents,
for example, or older residents who wish to remain in their homes as long
Their idea is not to
replace community services already organized for permanent assistance,
but to help neighbors with short-term emergencies.
Evelyn Koppel, a member
of the steering group now seeking ideas for the best ways to help
neighbors in need, sums up their aims with a simple explanation:
"When people face a problem they've never faced before, nothing
beats the comfortable feeling of talking it over with a friend. That's
what we have in mind -- ready access to a friendly neighbor who can help
point others in the right direction, sorting through the many available
services or lending a helping hand."
The committee seeks
ideas from both those who might want to help or who may need help
themselves. Contact: email@example.com or 964-3412.
In other news. .
Tax Repayment Plan
Simmers. Several area
municipalities faced with the prospect of repaying $5.7 million in earned
income taxes met last month to consider challenging that proposal.
At issue was the
finding of a Camp Hill accounting firm which determined that Lebanon's
beleaguered EIT Bureau had, amid other irregularities, misapplied tax
revenues from 2004 to 2007. Four school districts and 14 municipalities,
including Mt. Gretna, got more than they deserved, their report said. Not
everyone agreed with their findings.
Under a settlement based on the accountants'
report, Mt. Gretna Borough would repay $221,000 over a 20-year period,
without interest. A supervisor from West Cornwall Township, also in the
allegedly overpaid category, opposed the repayment proposal, the Lebanon Daily News reported.
Mt. Gretna Borough
resident Bill Barlow, who objected to the planned repayment, told the
group, "We share your concern on this issue and would like to become
As the Nov. 30 deadline
for to accept or reject the proposed settlement moved closer, however,
other municipalities in the allegedly overpaid category, including Cleona
and Palmyra, said they would not challenge the proposed settlement. Mt.
Gretna officials, who will vote on the matter Nov. 8, also appeared
likely to go along with the repayment proposal to avoid a legal challenge
that could prove both costly and risky.
Hoping to join that bus
trip to New York next month?
Don't tarry. There's a
distinct possibility that the trip may be canceled if too few people sign
up for the Dec. 14 excursion. Organizer Rhoda Long has received
commitments thus far from only 16 people. She needs at least 40 to
reserve a bus, and 25 of those must also order tickets for the Radio City
Christmas show. The trip costs $50 for those not planning to see the
show. For those who will also see the Rockettes, the cost (including bus
transportation) is $110. Thus far, 75% of those planning to go have also
reserved show tickets.
Rhoda must reserve a
bus by Nov. 15. If enough people sign up by that date, the bus will leave
Mt. Gretna's parking lot near the Jigger Shop at 7:30 a.m. and arrive in
New York City around 10 a.m. The return trip departs New York at 7:30 and
should reach Mt. Gretna around 10 p.m. So if you're planning to go, Rhoda
needs to hear from you -- soon. Call her at (717) 304-0248.
"Paint to music,
release your creativity": It's the theme of Mt. Gretna artist
Frederick D. Swarr's Nov. 20
workshop for anyone over 16 who
has worked with acrylic paint, at any skill level.
The 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
session at Summer Arts Studio, 14 Park St., will share the $95 fee with
Mt. Gretna firefighters, says organizer Patty Reichenbach.
Santa's reindeer on a
Campmeeting cottage rooftop? Yes, that and more Mt. Gretna-inspired scenes
leap from the pages of Kerry and Matt Royer's new children's book,
"Nightbear and Lambie: A Christmas Ride."
The couple -- he's an
illustrator (and environmental official), she's a freelance writer --
have just come out with the second volume in their Pottery Barn Kids book
series. Based on bedtime stories that Kerry told their two sons about the
adventures of their favorite stuffed animals, the series made its debut
last year in Pottery Barn Kids stores nationwide.
introduced last month, will again be sold through the specialty chain and
directly from the authors, who plan a book party at the Mt. Gretna Inn
Dec. 11 to celebrate the release of their second volume, 1:00 - 4:00
p.m.; children welcome (for book readings and signings) with
To order a signed
copies, send an e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 717-964-1320.
No one's sure why, but Mt. Gretna's least-wanted visitors
returned early this year. Bob McCullough was first to spot the
Turkey Vultures this year, circling over the rooftops of his Timber
Bridge neighbors on Oct. 19.
Unloved and unwanted,
they're nevertheless among nature's most remarkable creatures, say
"With its broad
wingspan of nearly six feet, the turkey vulture is famous for its soaring
ability to fly for over six hours without flapping once," says
Jaymee Squires, graduate programs director at Colorado's Walking
Mountains Science Center.
Even so, it's hard to
adore the turkey vulture, which dines on carrion, vomits on predators and
has several other habits that "contribute to its general
repulsiveness," says Ms. Squires.
If you'd like to read
more about them, click here.
Meanwhile, if you'd like to help Max Hunsicker's buzzard-busting team
that has successfully kept the birds under control throughout Mt. Gretna
for the past decade, drop him an e-mail note at email@example.com. Volunteers are
needed every year to take part in a community-wide coordinated campaign.
The Winterites -- those
indomitable year-rounders skilled in finding enjoyable ways to make the
most of Mt. Gretna's fall, winter and spring -- plan a "games
day" Nov. 2: Form your own group and play bridge, canasta, pinochle,
Uno or hearts until... well, your heart's content... munching on
snacks and dessert. Starting in the fire hall at 1 p.m.
Carol Snyder, painter of perhaps more Mt. Gretna scenes than
any other artist, has just introduced another in her series of
calendars. The 2011 edition, with all new illustrations,
New year views
is her fourth,
and she's already at work on a fifth calendar for next year. The 2012
version will likely include paintings by other artists as well, she says.
Now on sale at La
Sorelle Cafe, the 2011 calendar ($20) and eight-pack note cards ($16) are
available by mail order from Spring Hill Acres Studio, 624 Aspen Lane,
Lebanon, PA 17042. (Add $3 S&H.) Tel. 717-304-3753 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
stairwells up to the top of Governor Dick Tower (left), glimpse nighttime
views of five counties with guides, then join a bonfire gathering with
friends and refreshments in the November Nocturne at 7 p.m. Nov. 5. Call
964-3808 or click here
2 Years after she retired and started painting
lessons, Timber Hills resident Marcia Judd was selected last month to appear in the
Society's annual show -- one of
100 artists chosen from more than 600 entrants. "It's a huge honor
for someone of with my limited experience," says Marcia, who made
her debut this year at the Mt. Gretna Art Show as an emerging artist.
Focusing on watercolor realism, she draws inspiration from Mt. Gretna,
horses, travels and imagination. Her works will also be displayed at La
Cigale Nov. 6-7 during the Art Studio Tour.
10,000 Sq. ft. of architectural shingles. That's what
it took last month to cover the sweeping circular roof of Mt. Gretna's
Tabernacle. For over a
century, it has been the site of worship
services and musical performances that, on at least one occasion,
attracted an overflow crowd of more than a thousand to its 750-seat
to an inverted cone is
anything but your normal roofing job. Each individual tile must be shaped
to fit in circular rows atop a roof 90 ft. in circumference. Then come
the assaults of nature -- snow, ice, rain, pine needles and stubborn
layers of moss -- held in check by only fleeting touches of nurturing
sunlight. Combined, they put the entire structure, including its new
shingles (designed to last three decades) to a severe test. One
that calls for a maintenance regimen that includes frequent
hand-shoveled snow removals in winter, three visits each year by
exterminators, and an annual structural engineering survey that helps
assure the 45-ft. structure (with its 23 roof supports of American
chestnut posts) remains intact.
It is, in fact, one of
only two surviving buildings of its type designed more than a century ago
by self-taught Lebanon designer and builder John Cilley, whose conical
structures have been the subject of studies by Lehigh University
engineers. Cilley also designed the original Mt. Gretna Playhouse (which
succumbed to a heavy snowfall in 1994). At least three other outdoor
theaters built according to Cilley designs, each with distinctive
cone-shaped roofs, suffered the same fate.
Yet the Tabernacle
survives, thanks in no small measure to the watchful eye of Campmeeting
supervisor Merv Lentz, who calls in shoveling crews whenever snowstorms
threaten the 111-year-old structure. He's arranged for the Annville firm
handling this year's $34,000 re-roofing project to also provide
snow-clearing services for the coming year.
All that effort pays
off for a building originally constructed in 11 weeks at a cost of $1,500
and today insured for around $700,000 .
Even so, nobody knows how they'd ever replace those supporting chestnut
posts. The American chestnut tree species was destroyed by a nationwide
blight more than 70 years ago.
Emily E. Shelley,
Emily Shelley died last
week at her home in Virginia Beach, Va. after a long battle with lung
cancer. She was the widow of Jackson H. Shelley, who passed away in 2006.
Together, they had for many years enjoyed their cottage at
7 Muhlenberg Ave. until they decided in 2003 to live year-round at their
A "true Southern
Belle" in the words of friend and Chautauqua neighbor Linda Wilson,
Emily was a native of Savannah, Ga. She is survived by her daughter, Beth
Groover Miller and husband David L. Miller; a stepson Jay Shelley and
wife Gwen, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.
An obituary notice announced that memorial services will be held
this Saturday in Virginia Beach.
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Susan M. Afflerbach, a
wildlife and nature photographer who will be among the artists appearing
at La Cigale in this weekend's Studio Tour, sent this picture, which she
calls "Autumn Angel."
Among 350 entries in the Patriot-News
"Backyard Friends" photo contest last month, it won second
Susan says that she discovered "this beautiful, gentle and completely
deaf doe" in the woods outside her home in nearby Spring Hill Acres.
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A Small Town's Biggest Parade
It is a Mt. Gretna
tradition that goes back at least 30, maybe even 35 years. Dave and
Darlene Eckert, who several years ago made
gridlock, but close
the shift from their
cottage in Chautauqua to the apartments of Timber Hills, think it extends
at least into the early 1970s.
Dale Grundon enjoys telling of the time when an eager sales crew from
Few, but effervescent
Gettysburg, hoping to find
hordes of spectators willing to plunk down $5 apiece for their assorted
novelties, came cascading down Pinch Road, their overflowing shopping
carts filled with plastic pumpkins, flashing Halloween lights and
glow-in-the-dark skeletons. . . only to find 10 -- maybe a dozen --
bewildered bystanders along Route 117. (Tom Mayer bought the only item
they sold that night, a flashing streamer that he intends to donate
someday to the Mt. Gretna Historical Society.)
Smallest Halloween parade on the planet?
Yes, and that distinction remained intact
A Feather touch?
this year. Parade
marchers again outnumbered parade watchers. But only by a nearly
four-to-one margin, not the 10-to-one ratio of previous years. By any
standard, it tipped the scale as Mt. Gretna's biggest Halloween parade
Dozens of spectators -- perhaps five -- lined the roadway. They watched
as police cars, three fire engines with flashing red lights, a snazzy
golf cart, tractors and assorted other farm equipment spread goodwill
(and sometimes bubble gum) in this
Okay, so it wasn't exactly Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.
But it was big
enough to trigger gridlock on Route 117, or the closest Mt. Gretna is
likely to come to gridlock this year. The 45-second delay came as the
colorful array of goblins, sprites and demons turned up Boulevard Avenue
and made their way toward the fire hall and a post-parade celebration.
Nicole Roberts was
there -- the 16-year-old spark plug and saxophone player who helps
organize Mt. Gretna's official Halloween Band, which made its musical
sojourn along the parade route playing appropriately haunting Broadway
for everyone. . . plus a pizza coupon
Also there were the volunteers -- some, like Laura Feather, dressed in
eerie costumes -- with assorted baked treats, games and surprises --
including coupons for pizza and cokes (the unexpected gift of an
anonymous donor who wanted to make the occasion especially memorable for
befitting a queen
Other adults pitched in to add memories of their own. Valley Road
residents Sid Hostetter and Evelyn Koppel came as "Bacon and
Eggs." Granddads held youngsters who tired soon after the 7 p.m.
procession began. Ron and Karrie Hontz, a Skippack, Pa. couple who dash
to their Campmeeting cottage nearly every weekend, brought their
"children" (two of the best-known collies in Mt. Gretna)
dressed as Lassie. Sparky, the fire company's mascot, served candy to
perhaps as many as 210 youngsters who crowded into the fire hall.
Memories start here
How did Mt. Gretna
attract 210 children to a parade when, on a typical school day, only five
or six youngsters get on the school bus? Answer: Grandparents.
Those who live here,
those who grew up here, those who visited here as children and came to
see their own grandparents.
Sure, they know that
bigger parades can be found elsewhere. But in terms of enjoyment, fun and
satisfying memories, Mt. Gretna's Halloween extravaganza can't be beat.
Dale Grundon and Madelaine Gray
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