Mt. Gretna, Pa.: 'Not a place, but a spirit." -- Marlin Seiders
March 1, 2011
for signs of spring
Amid lingering mounds of snow,
thermometers that sometimes dip into the 20s and winds that occasionally
snap tree branches if not entire trees, they're out there. . . those
furtive glimpses of a long-awaited return to summer.
For those who've hung around
since autumn, it seems the longest, most wearisome of winters.
a wearisome winter, everybody -- including members of the bird club --
is looking for spring
Yet, even now, fresh signs of
the coming season pop up like crocuses -- reminders that
stirring just beneath the surface are the immutable offerings of a Mt.
Gretna summer: a mixture of artistic achievements, spirit-lifting
recreational pursuits, and a season filled with memories for all who
invest their time and talents here.
Robust, affirming and
unmistakable, it is a remarkable elixir. A fresh reminder of that which
makes the advance to a new season so special, and the promise of another
summer in Mt. Gretna more than worth the wait.
In this issue, we highlight
some of the signs that spring is, indeed, just ahead.
As Only Mt. Gretna
Can Do It
Honoring the Nation's Birthday with a Unique Independence Day
Thumb through a collection of early Mt. Gretna
postcards, and you're likely to find pictures of porches lined with
Delve into the forerunners of Mt. Gretna's Campmeeting and Chautauqua, and you'll find
traditions that, throughout much of the the
nation, annually illuminate entire villages -- from Martha's Vineyard to
Colorado to the Chautauqua
Institution in New York State.
Add to that legacy the pent-up yearning of many
Mt. Gretna residents to revive patriotic displays as a part of
Independence Day celebrations, and there you have it: ingredients for a
glorious Grand Illumination festival that will light up the entire
community this Fourth of July.
"People tell me, 'I'm glad you're doing
this,'" says organizer Karl Gettle, the
retired educator who once once headed Mt.
Gretna's Art Show and has lived here for much of his life.
a small committee to help, Karl is spearheading the effort to create a
Liberty Bell-themed celebration that will take place throughout Mt.
Gretna on Monday, July 4. From Timber Bridge to Mt. Gretna Heights,
Karl's committee is inviting everyone to light up their homes and porches
with lanterns, colored lights and specially made Liberty Bells. It's a
celebration that he hopes will illuminate the whole town -- with a
distinctive Mt. Gretna touch.
Karl's committee, which includes the artist
Barbara Kleinfelter and her husband Bill, are helping produce Liberty
Bell cut-outs that will be available as decorations. "People don't
necessarily have to use our bells," says Karl, "but we'd like
to see them make Liberty Bells a centerpiece of whatever additional decorations
they choose for Independence Day."
Barbara will lead classes in how to add
individual touches to the bell designs at sessions she'll hold on three
Tuesday nights during June. "When people ask if they have to use
red, white and blue lights, I tell them no, they don't," says Karl.
"All we're asking is that they illuminate their porches and make
bell designs a centerpiece to honor the nation's birthday," he says.
He'll divide any proceeds from sales of the Liberty Bell cut-outs between
Mt. Gretna's fire department and historical society.
Karl promises more details in the coming weeks.
"We'll have a lot more information by April. And anyone who wants to
join us is welcome." Call 964-2292 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make a note of it:
Another breakfast at the fire hall is coming
Sunday, March 6. For a donation that you stuff in a fireman's boot, you
can fill up with a satisfying morning's worth of news, food and
Starting at 8:00 a.m. and continuing until 12 noon.
Proceeds go to the Mt. Gretna Fire Company, now in the final stages of
its $400,000 "Burn the Mortgage" campaign.
Finicky Feathered Friends Dept.:
How's Doodle? Just fine, thank
you very much. The uncatchable, unstoppable and irascible rooster
has come through
his third winter in fine fettle.
Friends like real estate agent
Peggy Seibert, computer wizard Joe Shay, and pizza shop waitress Rose
Bair provide food. Rose especially -- usually Cheerios, his favorite.
But on a recent Tuesday
morning when the pizzeria was closed, a forlorn Doodle stood outside the
shop crowing for Rose. Watching from across the street, a woman ran
inside to fetch some Kashi probiotic
cereal. But Doodle, known at times to have an attitude, refused even to
peck at the healthy alternative. Instead, he strutted over to view
himself in the highly polished wheel of Joe's parked Cadillac, almost as
if to say, Frank Sinatra-like, "I do it my way."
He's one of us.
A Church's Busiest Season
Gretna's United Methodist Church, now begins the busiest season -- the
40-day period that traces its origins to a time given over to preparing
new Christians for the sacrament of baptism.
Michael Remel, now in his second year here,
says the Lenten season has today become the period associated with
"soul-searching and repentance" as Christians prepare for the coming of
Thursday Bible studies at the local church and a coordinated series of
sermons at other nearby churches, with guest speakers.
begins Wednesday, March 9 with a sermon by Pastor Mike as guest speaker
at Cornwall United Methodist Church. He will assist Pastor Jim Heath with
dispensing of the ashes and Holy Communion.
worship series on "The Passion of Christ" follows, with
Wednesday gatherings for food, conversation, guest speakers and
fellowship at the area churches. Services are scheduled March 16,
Cornwall UMC; March 23, Rocherty UMC; March 30,
Quentin UCC; April 6, Rexmont EC; April 13, Mt.
Gretna UMC. All services begin at 7 p.m.
also reminds that the popular "Gathering Place" sessions, open
to all, continue March 23 at noon in the church's FellowshipHall.
"Gastronomical delights for a modest donation," says the
To cash in on Cicada's bargains,
This is the time when savvy Mt. Gretna
sign up early for bargain-priced entertainment. It's the Cicada Festival, with six nights of offerings for folks who like to stroll down
the street and take in down home entertainment at the Playhouse.
This year, to reserve tickets, they'll
have to hurry. The 2011 schedule has just gone up on Facebook
and will soon appear on the festival's website. Brochures are also going
in the mail. Since ticket orders usually pile up long before the box
office officially opens, and first-come, first-served orders are honored
by postmark dates, it pays to act quickly.
At the Playhouse: (All shows
$12 except the Aug. 8 chorus, priced at $5. Season ticket for all six
Aug. 8, Teen Challenge Men's Chorus; Tues. Aug. 9, Bronx Wanderers; Wed. Aug. 10, Eddie Bruce; Thurs. Aug. 11, Johnny & the Halos; Mon. Aug. 15, Hotel California (Eagles); Tues. Aug. 16, Phil Dirt & the Dozers.
For tickets, mail your check and SASE to
Cicada Festival, P. O. Box 637, Mt. Gretna PA 17064.
At the Hall of Philosophy (No tickets -- donations only):
(7:30 p.m.): "A Month of Magical Musicals:" July 6, Easter
July 13, West Side Story; July 20, An
American in Paris;
July 27, Meet Me in St. Louis.
Eton Churchill Memorial Staged Play Readings (7:30 p.m.): Thurs.
Aug. 25, presentation of work by Eton Churchill, founder of this series.
Tues. Aug. 30, presentation by Playwrights Alliance of
First, an idea; 14 years later, a
New ideas with the potential to make permanent cultural
contributions are sufficiently rare nowadays. So when Mt. Gretna's organ
recital series first began in the living room of a private home at the
intersection of Pinch Road, Route 117 and Princeton Avenue, few suspected
yet another jewel-in-the-making for Mt. Gretna's richly honed series of
summer program offerings.
Now, 14 years later, the July
recital series has achieved the rare distinction of attracting
recitalists from the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, Harvard, Oberlin
and other premiere institutions of musical instruction.
The 2011 lineup includes a
Juilliard School performer July 7, the Hershey Theater's organist July
14, New York City Church of St. Agnes organist July 21, and a soloist
from Lancaster's First Presbyterian Church July 28.
To reserve seating, please
call 717-964-1830, ext. 3. Free will donations are requested.
At nursery school, the jig's up
It was one of those moments
when, in the twinkling of an eye, you just knew you'd seen another
Inspector Barton of Scotland Yard in the making. The four-year-old
scanned up and down Penny the Groundhog's finely coiffed fur ensemble
with a gaze that spelled trouble.
candidates, sign up here.
Never mind that Penny had
trudged through deep snow to make her appearance at the Mt. Gretna Church
Nursery School last month.
"I didn't know Groundhogs
wore boots," said the skeptical onlooker.
Penny, who of course doesn't
talk, might have gotten away with it as the teacher explained -- ahem -- that even groundhogs must
wear boots occasionally.
But then came
the clincher. Another detective, age three or so who had asked if
groundhogs hibernate, revealing a precocious and inquiring turn of mind,
peered cautiously at the furry visitor. Then, suddenly, he proclaimed,
"I see skin under that suit."
Time was up. The groundhog had
another pressing engagement to go to.
Penny scampered out the door,
hoping that by the time she returns next year, these guys will have
A hawk's Timber Hills hideouts
When you're up to your ears in
snow and looking for a glimmer of spring, any sign will do. If you can't
find a robin, a Red-shouldered hawk will do.
Sarah Ellis was first to spot
this guy (right) outside the window of her Village Lane home in Timber
Hills early last month. A few days later, he showed up on a lamp post
(left) at the Valley Road home of Evelyn Koppel. (A fitting location,
since Evelyn and husband Sid Hostetter
are founders of the Mt. Gretna Bird Club.) Donna Kaplan, just down the
street, also reports seeing him outside her door.
What's the attraction? Could
be he's dining on other birds that show up at our feeders, surmised
Evelyn. "That's not a nice thought, but it's probably true."
Red-shouldered hawks have always been around, but now they're more
prevalent, probably because development has taken its toll on the native
habitats of song birds, she says.
Gretna Theatre's bus trip to see "Jersey
Broadway March 26? Sorry, they're sold out. No more seats, no more
He's coming. Mickey Rooney, along with his wife of over 30
years, Jan Chamberlin Rooney, has committed to an appearance for Gretna
Theatre in a special pre-season fundraiser "Let's Put on a
Show" at the Playhouse Saturday, May 21.
Despite widely publicized
family legal problems surrounding Rooney's professional engagements,
Gretna Theatre officials say they're confident the 90-year-old
entertainer intends to honor the Mt. Gretna commitment.
A reception to meet the Rooneys prior to the 2:00 p.m. matinee, with hors
d'oeuvres and beverages, is planned at the Hall of Philosophy for those
holding $95 premium seat tickets.
Premium seating for the 7:30
pm show are priced at $65.00. Regular seats for both shows are $50
each. Click here to order tickets online, or call the box office
For a sample of what's coming to Gretna Music Saturday, March 5, click here for selections from Imani Winds'
latest album. Lancaster newspaper writer Stephen Kopfinger
says the chamber ensemble,"isn't
confined to playing classical standards in tiny salons. In fact, they're
not confined to anything. . . . Antiquated and fussy they certainly are
not." Tickets available online.
happened to those abandoned canoes at the lake? Unclaimed and apparently unwanted,
they were turned over to appreciative Boy Scout troops, including one
that annually volunteers to help with clean-up chores at the Mt. Gretna
Art Show. (Water color:
Carol Snyder Calendar)
Central PA Magazine's March issue, "Cozy
Cottages: Idyllic Living in Mt. Gretna," features cover and inside
photographs by Madelaine Gray, Carl
Ellenberger and Emi Snavely, contributions from
the retired writer of this newsletter, and historic postcard
"Mt. Gretna? It's
small-town America with a twist. A town without Starbucks, shopping
centers or even a supermarket. A town where many of one's closest friends
are also close neighbors," begins the lead article, "That Mt.
The magazine's editors, adding
their own eclectic assortment of Mt. Gretna's summer activities, included
an esoteric zucchini reference that will leave some amused, if perplexed,
readers scratching their heads. The feature appears online at http://www.witf.org/lifestyle/central-pa-magazine
Second most popular pastime? No, it's not NASCAR
(reportedly the nation's top spectator sport), but bird-watching jaunts.
In Mt. Gretna, every Friday morning bird club members assemble in the Chautauqua parking lot or at the Governor Dick
Nature Center to take part in bird-searching safaris. Whether they're
hiking with mittens and handwarmers or in
slacks and shorts, the adventurers can count on (1) spotting something
they've never seen before and (2) sharing a breakfast afterwards.
"Breakfast is a big lure," says Evelyn Koppel, who helped
organize the Mt. Gretna Bird Club with husband Sid Hostsetter
(right), an expert ornithologist.
On a recent Friday morning,
they spotted 36 different species, part of the
Great Backyard Bird Count. Biggest find: 300 ring billed gulls.
Most unusual sighting? Wigeons, a pair of them,
camped out on Lake Conewago. Like to join them?
Call Sid or Evelyn at 964-3412
or e-mail email@example.com.
What it takes to get onstage at the Playhouse
Ever wonder how they
get those actors at the Playhouse every year? Gretna Theatre's
audition call, posted last month on BroadwayWorld.com, only hints at the arduous
path to stardom.
Producing artistic director
Larry Frenock, associate artistic director
Renee Krizan and
casting director Christian Saint-Girard spent three days in New
York last month, auditioning 800 or 900 prospects. They'll do the
same thing for 200 local actors March 5, at Mt. Gretna
United Methodist Church.
But by then, the process will
have only just begun. Third- and fourth-round auditions
are yet to come in New York and Mt. Gretna before they'll finally
choose the 50 or so who'll actually appear onstage this summer.
So when you see them at the
Playhouse, remember that these are the best of maybe 1,200 who
sought to win a spot here. They endured multiple auditions, won coveted
callbacks, and stood in line outside audition halls
at 5:30 a.m. for their shot at a 90-second tryout. A tough
business, and it happens year after year.
Summer calendar patrons
Want to lend a hand to the Mt.
Gretna Summer Calendar? The deadline for patron listings ($35) is March
7. Send check to Mt. Gretna Arts Council, P.O. Box 56, Mt. Gretna, PA
17064. Print clearly how you'd like the listing to appear. Also include
your name, address, phone number and email address.
Solutions when elders need help
Where to find a specialist
when aging parents confront mental or physical challenges?
Sometimes, in small towns like
Kathleen Wall (inset), a
social worker who moved to the Campmeeting two
years ago, has helped seniors in New York State, Delaware and
Pennsylvania hurdle the problems of aging since 1996.
"People often can manage
physically, but when memory or judgment is impaired, that's when I might
be called in," she told the Harrisburg Patriot News. Her goal at Senior Caregiving
is to follow an older person's wishes. Usually, that means staying at
home as long as possible. She guides adult children in determining what
care is needed and where to find it, and then helps seniors ease into new
How to attract guys? With a man-hunting
but Mt. Gretna's Winterite gatherings now attract growing numbers of
men. Programs like today's (March 1) gathering may help explain why.
The 57-year-old organization, originally created for women who spent
winters in Mt. Gretna, now often eschews luncheon subjects devoted
exclusively to distaff topics. The March meeting, for example, delves
into search and rescue missions with demonstrations by bloodhounds like
Merit (inset). All Winterite programs (first
Tuesdays except in January, from October to April) start at 1 p.m. at the
Mt. Gretna firehall.
Adventures ahead as a
new season opens at Governor Dick Park
When Robert H. Coleman
envisioned Mt. Gretna, he built a railway to take visitors to the top of
Today, those seeking
mountaintop vistas must hike to the the park's
60-ft. tower, where they climb a straight-to-the-top vertical stairway.
It's just one of many adventures the park offers.
Coming this year, "Music
on the Porch" workshops and jams, programs on endangered species,
birds of prey, bouldering and orienteering as well as badge programs for
Other attractions? A
"Cabin Fever" hike Saturday, March 12 at 9:00 a.m. Just the
thing for those needing a relaxed hike and the spring tonic of fresh air,
says park director Janie Gockley. Another hike,
on March 13, offers a "faster-paced four-mile" outing for those
working on fitness.
Coming March 25: a nature walk
with Jesse Rothaker, starting at 7:00 p.m. at
the nature center. He'll search for frogs, toads, salamanders and other
things that show up in pools each spring.
March 27: "The History of
Governor Dick Park," 2:00 p.m. at the Nature Center, a presentation
followed by a walk to nearby historical sites.
Joey Wise's rooftop wisdom
A tip from Joey Wise, Mt.
Gretna borough crewman who's seen his share of winter woes for homeowners
this year: If you're planning to add a new roof, make the extra
investment in a snow shield. "It's almost a miracle product," he
says. "It seals nail holes instantly, and keeps water from melting
A Timely Reminder from Nicole
"Dimes in a Bottle" campaign reminder comes from none other
than the sprightly 17-year-old who also energizes Mt. Gretna's Halloween
Roberts, a National Honor Society student now in her junior year at Cedar
Crest High School, likely interited her musical
talents from her dad Andy Roberts, who began playing professional gigs at
Photo: Cindi Dixon
She'll be a
vocalist in the District Jazz Band festival this month, adding to a list
of credits that includes the school's marching band, orchestra, chorus
and concert and show choirs. She's also a member of the Lebanon County
encouraging everyone to drop dimes in those bottles that Mt. Gretna's
volunteer firemen will collect April 10, she's treasurer of the Tri-M
Music Honors Society, the French Club and the Model United Nations. She
also spent last summer with her lifelong pal, Mt. Gretnan
crossing Europe on an American Music Abroad venture. And if all that
weren't enough to keep a teen busy, Nicole helps her parents arrange
shows at the Timbers Dinner Theater, attends cast auditions in New York
City and Mt. Gretna, and busses dinner theater tables in the summer. What
lies ahead? Business studies, perhaps, with maybe a minor in
Guidelines for Mt. Gretna Residents:
When power outages occur, call Met-Ed:
Met-Ed gives top priority to outages
affecting the greatest numbers of people. Your call will not only help
pinpoint the scope of the outage but may also speed repair crews to Mt.
Make the call even though your
neighbors might also have reported the outage, advise
During adverse weather, the Mt.
Gretna Fire Company provides emergency shelter in power outages lasting
more than three hours. Bring medications and medical equipment; a
sleeping bag or blanket and pillows; food for yourself and family members;
books, games and other materials to help pass the time and, if the stay
is likely to be for several days, a change of clothes. Pets cannot be
Township's park plans gather momentum,
Readers who live in Timber
Hills, Timber Bridge and Conewago Hill fall
under the jurisdiction of South Londonderry Township. Therefore, they may
be following more closely than other Mt. Gretnans
the debate over plans to spend $500,000 for 16 acres that could be used
to build a park six miles away in Campbelltown.
With nearly half the funds
available for the purchase from a government grant, a majority attending
a public meeting last month appeared to favor the purchase, The Lebanon
Daily News reported.
One environmental advocate
felt that failure to buy the land now would leave it vulnerable to
development, creating a "denser" Campbelltown.
Another attendee pointed out that parks help boost property values.
Maybe, said those who opposed
the plans. But they balked at paying more for the land than two
appraisals had said it was worth. They also questioned where money would
come from to design, equip and then operate the park. At a meeting
earlier this year, others suggested that spending public funds for
non-priority projects would sound an errant note, especially as many
struggle to find or keep jobs. Township officials, divided on the
issue, will probably vote on the purchase March 8.
Questions Readers Ask
husband and I are planning a visit around the time of the art show in
August. We love the area, but have never stayed for a few days. Aside
from your website, I am unable to find reliable lodging information. Is
there a website or phone number for tourist information that I can
our money, the best single reference for short visits to Mt. Gretna is
the Music at Gretna website under the link
for people coming to concerts, it lists places to eat and stay as well as
things to do. Suggestions cover a range of prices and preferences -- from
bed and breakfasts to hotels, inns and restaurants offering everything
from fine dining to pub food. Includes maps and website links.
 When will Big Junk Day
and the Porch Sales take place this year?
Junk Day -- after Christmas and maybe SuperBowl
Sunday the most eagerly anticipated day of the year in Mt. Gretna --
comes this year on June 20.
That date, of
course, is anticlimactic. It will actually start sometime around Friday
afternoon, June 17 and gather momentum over the next 48 hours. By the
time workmen arrive Monday morning to haul away the stoves,
refrigerators, dilapidated grills and other items too big for normal pickup, those treasures will likely have been hauled
away by enterprising neighbors. Topping it off on Sunday, June 19 will be
Thatcher Bornman's free hot dog party. Roasted
hot dogs on Lancaster Avenue, a gift to anyone who happens to pass by, including startled visitors making their first
visits here. Quirky? Offbeat? Welcome to Mt. Gretna.
As for the
porch sales, they're always held on the Saturday of Memorial Day
weekend. Expect to see a dazzling array of discards. Stacked on
porches, sitting along the road, piled up on cardboard tables. To
list your porch on a map they'll circulate to shoppers, contact Barney Myer if you live
in the Chautauqua, or Bruce Gettle if you live
in the Campmeeting. How many bargain
hunters to expect? Barney and Bruce annually print 500 maps.
 I may have missed it in
previous newsletters, but I noticed work being completed on the trail and
along Butler Road where trees are being taken down. What's taking place?
<> West Cornwall Township engineer Steve Ogurcak
says it's the long-awaited start to a sanitary sewer line for existing
homes. The project, first planned around a decade ago, finally got the
go-ahead with a $1.6 million state grant to fund two-thirds of the cost.
The balance of funding will come from a bank loan.
B. Bowman, Jr. (1945-2011)
Tom Bowman, a journalist and photographer known for his tough, fair reporting and compassion for
others, died in his sleep last week at his home on Third Street. A native
of Lebanon, he had built a career that earned the respect of his
journalism colleagues as well as law enforcement professionals. A former
police officer himself, he was a graduate of Lebanon Valley College who
loved friends, a bulldog named Magoo, and Mt.
Gretna. An insightful account of his life and work, praising his
"complexity and kindness," appears online in a Harrisburg Patriot-News tribute.
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and other conditions affecting people who live in the seven neighborhoods
served by the Mt. Gretna post office. Send an e-mail request, with
"LOCAL UPDATES" in subject line, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Gretna -- Issued during summer months; a week-by-week
listing of local events, sent by e-mail on request. To add your name to
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Mt. Gretna Arts
Council Newsletter -- Now available ONLY
online (no mailed copies). Updated
to include news concerning groups dedicated to the arts in Mt. Gretna,
Calendar of Events, Summer Premier and Arts
Council scholarships. Click
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See "Join Our Mailing List" at http://gretnamusic.org/
Mt. Gretna Historical
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Mt. Gretna Bible
Festival Newsletter -- Mailed in the spring and fall without
charge. Send request to Bible Festival, P.O. Box 408, Mt. Gretna, PA
Governor Dick Park
Newsletter -- Online and by e-mail. See http://parkatgovernordick.org/dnn/History/Newsletter/tabid/63/Default.aspx
Department E-Mail Bulletins --
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including crime alerts. To add your name to the mailing list, e-mail
request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Township Newsletter -- of primary interest to Mt. Gretnans in Timber Hills, Conewago
Hill and Timber Bridge; online at http://southlondonderry.org/.
Campmeeting Newsletter -- Available online and mailed to residents.
Mt. Gretna Heights
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