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Mt. Gretna, Pa. "Not a place, but a spirit."   Marlin Seiders (1927-2008)

No. 129                                                                    April 1, 2012



Behind the scenes of Mt. Gretna's onstage magic:                             Renee Krizan photo

A glimpse into what makes summers sparkle  

Why were all these people standing in line on 8th Avenue on a brisk day in Manhattan last month -- some of them since 4:30 am? They were among the 5,560 actors and actresses who waited hours for the chance of an audition that might give them a shot at getting on stage this summer -- in one of 68 roles available at the Mt. Gretna Playhouse.
The line stretched all the way down 8th Avenue, then turned the corner on 53d Street before the 10 am to 6 pm auditions even got started. Odds of getting a callback? Slim. Chances of getting a role? Even slimmer. But it's what fuels the dreams of actors, artists, musicians and others who, year after year, make the miracle of Mt. Gretna happen at the Playhouse as well as the Timbers Dinner Theatre. What other callings demand equal desire and dedication? Probably very few. But the audition crucible underwrites a perennial guarantee that the actors and actresses Mt. Gretna audiences will see each summer are among the best of the best.



As Exhibiting Artist Profiles Change

Future of Outdoor Art Shows Grows Brighter  

Despite online shopping, a steady rise in the price of gas and what many describe as "the graying of the artist," there's evidence to support the hope that outdoor art shows like Mt. Gretna's -- now in its 38th year -- aDescription: alive, well and here to stay.  
One reason may be that the artists themselves are changing, says the editor of a trade magazine that follows exclusively shifting trends in the outdoor art show world.
Sunshine Artist magazine's Nicole Sirdoreus says new types of exhibiting artists are at the shows, and their livelihood doesn't depend entirely on producing and selling art. Often, they're retired teachers who now have the time, skills and wherewithal to support part-time participation, she says, usually in nearby shows that don't require distant travel and overnight stays. Other artists are already employed in the field of graphic arts. With a steady income from full-time jobs in business and industry, they're often eager to break away on weekends for a change of pace and chance to display their creativity in a different realm.  
Even the full-time itinerant artists -- those who pack up their tents and travel across the country from one outdoor show to another -- have modified their marketing approaches. Instead of hoping to sell a few paintings priced at $1,000 or more, they now are more likely to pin their hopes on selling many smaller pieces in the $50 to $100 range, says Ms. Sirdoreus. "That means more people now have the chance to buy original art at prices they can afford."  
Moreover, there's the increased power of the Internet and the impact of social media.
Description:"We see artists making more skillful use of social networking, distribution lists, e-mail campaigns and other ways to make themselves more visible to those who attend these shows," she says.  
Mt. Gretna Art Show director Linda Bell concurs. "Although I don't have a national perspective on these trends, it does seem to me that they are occurring," she says.  
Yet Ms. Bell adds a few reasons of her own to fortify reasons why the Mt. Gretna Art Show has staying power: "People come because it's an experience they don't find every day in the communities where they live," she says. "They come for the art, of course, but they also come for the fun of being in a place that's different. We try to make
Description: a show where the food is as good as the art, where there's entertainment for children as well as adults, and where the atmosphere makes everyone feel good about being in Mt. Gretna."
She has also added a new emphasis. "We always want to have things that are new and interesting," she says, "but increasingly we look for judges who are not only qualified artists themselves but who also understand local artistic tastes and preferences. It's important to keep our patrons uppermost in mind, to give the customers what they want. In the art world, with its emphasis on creativity, that sometimes gets overlooked," she says.
Finally among factors that contribute to art show longevity is one that Reading Eagle writer John Fidler put his finger on several years ago. Commenting on why he attends art shows and found his visit to Mt. Gretna particularly satisfying, he wrote."One of the pleasures of Mt. Gretna is speaking with the artists whose work you are buying." 
Many consider that a valid point. It is one thing to go to Wal-Mart and buy "art" at a discount that came from China, quite another to buy from the artist who created it. A personal interchange with eye-to-eye contact, a transaction with another human soul? Perhaps that goes to the essence of why outdoor art shows will always be with us.  
The 2012 Mt. Gretna Outdoor Art Show runs Saturday and Sunday, August 18-19.



"One of the most exciting ideas of our time"

Music at Gretna Founder Explores Idea to Alter the Outcomes for Troubled Youth 

A quarter million teenage musicians playing violins and other instruments in some of the world's best symphony orchestras? It's an example of the transformative power that learning to perform classical music can have on the youth of an entire nation, and possibly the entire world.

That, in part, is a topic Music at Gretna founder Dr. Carl Ellenberger will explore in talks this summer at Chautauqua assemblies in both Mt. Gretna and the original Ne


Teenagers from crime-ridden cities  perform classical music with abilities that astound audiences worldwide

w York Chautauqua.

The difference that classical music instruction can make? Not only are those 250,000 musicians teenagers, but they live in the worst crime-ridden sectors of Venezuela,  

children without a sense of pride or hope for the future.

What transformed them? El Sistema ("the system") which

inspired them to learn and perform classical music,

offsetting an almost certain destiny of lives headed toward crime and poverty.
Click here to witness an actual performance of an El Sistema orchestra. 

Can that idea help rescue America's cities? Dr. Ellenberger doesn't predict miracles, but his talks (over three days in June at Chautauqua



, NY and Aug. 15 in Mt. Gretna) will lend support to the notion that children who learn to be good musicians by their late 

teenage years have gained an experience that will equip them to learn almost anything in later life.

"To be a good musician, you must master aspects of mathematics, physics, language, physiology, anatomy, psychology, history, geography and other disciplines. You must also learn to use your memory, to express your emotions, to apply yourself to reaching a goal, to use time efficiently, interact with others and, most importantly, learn that the more you work, the better you get."

Dr. Ellenberger doesn't claim that El Sistema, created by the Venezuelan economist Jose Antoniou Abreu about the same time that Ellenberger himself was founding Music at Gretna, is equivalent to the second coming. But the reality of it is, he says, "if not the most, one of the most exciting ideas of our time." 



Leaf Pickups  (Maybe) for Mt. Gretnans in South Londonderry Township

Mt. Gretnans who live in the South Londonderry Township neighborhoods of Timber Hills, Description: Hill and Timber Bridge have their fingers crossed. They hope for an announcement soon that leaf pickups may be in their future -- perhaps as early as this fall.  

That's one option being mulled over by a newly formed committee which will look at a variety of yard waste disposal methods.  
What it will take to achieve Mt. Gretnans' long-sought goal is a cooperative blend of resources, namely leaf-collecting equipment already owned by Mt. Gretna Borough and manpower that South Londonderry Township would provide.  
If it works out, everybody should benefit -- especially homeowners in areas of Mt. Gretna that have never before experienced the convenience of leaf pickups enjoyed by their neighbors on the opposite side of Route 117.  

Township manager Tom Ernharth says his yard waste committee will survey all the options at their first meeting April 26. He expects they'll come up with a plan before summer's end.



Community-wide Porch Sale Jubilee -- This Year at the Fire Hall Too!

If You Can't Find it May 26th, You Probably Don't Need It 

Yes, there'll be porch sales aplenty throughout Mt. Gretna on Saturday, May 26, the traditional start of Memorial Day weekend. Residents at cottages in Chautauqua and the Campmeeting will have offerings on display outside their front doors. 


You'll find treasures galore next month at the fire hall.     

But you'll find the biggest collection of all at the fire hall. For the past eight weeks, volunteers have worked to assemble treasures donated by residents whose contributions will add another boost to the firefighter's quest to "burn the mortgage" on their recently expanded building and add firefighting equipment -- including a much-needed engine -- to their inventory of life-saving vehicles.

"We'll have treasures galore," says Laura Feather, one of the volunteers who's helping organize the sale. "We're getting a rattan couch and chair, plus end tables and lamps, an old steamer trunk, Adirondack porch furniture  made from tree limbs, a settee, table and  

a chair," she says.   

Have items you'd like to donate? Call 964-3607. All proceeds from the treasure sale will help buy personal firefighting gear, which costs about $1,700 per set," says Ms. Feather. 

At the church, you'll find Pastor Mike Remel and his culinary


. . . and heavenly hot dogs at the church. 

angels out on the parking lot again, offering "heavenly hot dogs" for $1. (Just how they do that at today's prices remains a mystery, but it likely has something to do with the charitable spirits of people like Bob McCullough and Bray Brunkhurst, who set aside their top-level management experience and trade momentary profits for smiles, gratitude and occasional hugs from those who welcome hot dogs and all the trimmings during a busy morning.) Other items on sale at the church -- donated by parishioners and others in the neighborhood -- help make it all worthwhile.  

Then there'll be the usual lineup of porch sales, on both sides of Pinch Road. 

If you're a resident of the Campmeeting and wish to have your cottage location listed on a map handed out to approximately 400 bargain-hunters that day, email David Hartman, by May 12. Chautauqua residents planning Saturday porch sales on Memorial Day weekend should email Barney Myer, or phone 964-1830.

The porch sales in both the Chautauqua and the Campmeeting will run from 8 am to 2 pm. 



The Paxton gang? Nobody saw a gang that day 

At Winterites: How Lancaster's Paxton Boys Got Away with Murder  

He may Description: among Lancaster County's best-known, best-read writers, but his roots go deep into Mt. Gretna.  

Lancaster Newspapers columnist Jack Brubaker is the son of Marie Brubaker and her late husband John, who once owned a cottage nestled at the foot of Chautauqua's tiny and little-known Stevens Avenue. As a youngster, Jack spent many summers there. (So did his niece, Jennifer Veser Besse, also a writer and now a permanent resident of Timber Hills.)Description:

Jack will be this month's featured speaker at the Winterites session, Tuesday, April 3. He'll speak about his latest book, Massacre of the Conestogas, a chilling tale of how some of Lancaster's finest turned a blind eye to the Paxton Boys' daylight slaughter of 20 women, children and men -- all peaceful Conestoga Indians huddled together in the middle of Lancaster city -- on two days in December 1763.

It's the season finale to this year's Winterite sessions, open to all in Mt. Gretna (men, too), starting at 1 pm in the Mt. Gretna fire hall.  



Teamwork, ingenuity & elbow grease

Firefighters Gain Like-New Fire Engine at 90% Savings  

When it comes to purchasing new engines, fire companies have a choice: They can buy new equipment for $450,000 or so --  or they can shop wisely for well-maintained older vehicles, add maybe $25,000 to update the lighting, hoses and other gear, and get something they can use for another eight years, all for roughly 10% of what a new fire engine would cost.   
That's exactly what the Mt. Gretna firefighters are doing today as they restore, refurbish and upgrade a fire truck that formerly served in nearby Hershey. "With only 29,000 miles on it, we knew we'd have to apply some elbow grease to bring it up to modern standards, but we have a willing and hard-working crew ready to do that," says Chris Miller, a


Albert Sutcliffe and Chris Miller: part of a team bringing 1993 engine up to modern standards--at ten percent of what a new engine would cost.

                                   Tom Mayer photo 

former deputy fire commissioner for the city of Lebanon and
a 26-year veteran of emergency services.  

Like many at the fire company, he has a family and doesn't live in Mt. Gretna yet nevertheless volunteers his time here. Miller helps coordinate personnel training, helps out with fundraisers, and sometimes coordinates after-hours projects like this one -- an all-out effort to put the refurbished engine into service by early July.
"We couldn't do it without our team," says Miller. "Just this week seven guys on our crew volunteered to drive down and pick up a truck load of hoses that were in great shape but weren't needed by a fire company in Delaware County. Our guys picked it up that evening, and when they got back to the fire house around 10 pm, another crew was standing by to help them unload it. Next Monday night, they'll be here to clean, mark and place it into service on the engine. It's a great example of how our team works together," he said.  
Big benefits of this latest addition to the fire company's capabilities include water pumping capacity: four times greater than Mt. Gretna's firefighters had before with their 500-gallon-per-minute "attack" vehicle. The new unit delivers water at a rate of 2,000 gallons per minute and carries 1,400 feet of 5-inch hose -- enough to stretch from the Jigger Shop to the pizzeria. It also carries a 10 kilowatt generator to power emergency lighting and transports up to eight fully-equipped firefighters to the scene with their emergency gear already on the truck. "When they get to a fire they'll be ready to fight the fire," says Miller.
Built in 1993, the engine has been meticulously maintained and was purchased from the Hershey fire company for $20,000. Miller's convinced that it's a first-class piece of firefighting equipment. "One of the reasons I volunteer in Mt. Gretna is the great team of folks we have here. Another is the fact that this community supports its fire department so well," he says. "When people see the work we've put into adapting used equipment -- most of it acquired at little or no cost -- to upgrade this engine, they'll know their support is being used correctly."




Working as a concession stand volunteer at the Playhouse six years ago, Tom Mayer (inset, left) struck up a conversation with a couple who wondered if the theater employed equity actors. "Why, yes," said Tom, "why do you ask?"  

It was the start of a friendship that linked Tom and wife Carol (inset, left) with Broadway actor Timothy Shew (center) and his actress wife Jane Brockman, who grew up in Hershey. Shew has since had roles in two plays here, including the 2008 lead in Shenandoah. The couples have exchanged visits between Mt. Gretna and New York several times, including a special one when Tim aDescription: Jane learned of Tom's bout with cancer last year. "With each brief visit, the bond grows stronger," says Tom, who thinks fate may have had a hand in their close relationship.  

Last fall, for example, when he and Carol were waiting for a train at Elizabethtown, they met an older couple who'd recently moved to the Masonic Homes from Hershey. They, too, were on their way to New York to visit their daughter. "She's an actress," they said. "Her name's Jane Brockman."  

Last month, Tom and Carol caught up with Shew after a performance of Evita, where Tim is a featured ensemble actor. Afterwards, Shew took them backstage for a theater view that only actors usually see. Then, it was a late dinner at Sardi's, where fellow diners a few tables away included James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury and Candice Bergen. All are stars in Gore Vidal's The Best Man, where Carol and Tom unexpectedly wound up with 6th row center seats the next night. Says Tom, "It was the most fantastic New York trip ever."   


We were out looking for the first signs of an early spring, on a day in March when spring shouldn't have anywhere in sight. But it was, and so were they: Dottie Zentz (left) and her motorized companion Dot Frymeyer, both out on their scooters
along Chautauqua Drive where the s
Description: was shining, temperatures were rising and truck drivers waved as they drove past.

"We like to wave back even though sometimes we don't know who they were," said Ms. Zentz, 81, a former owner of the Hideaway who wanted us to know that, despite a few gray hairs, she doesn't color her hair. "It's really windblown today," she said, as we moved in close for a picture.  

"Now, Dot," she said, turning to her friend who is 84, "her hair really looks good. You should have seen her when she was young."

"I was skinny then, too," says Ms. Frymyer. She's one of the cooks responsible for that famous ham and bean soup at the fire company's block shoots. "They call me Mrs. Rivels," she said.

"How do you make rivels?" asked her friend. "With flour, eggs and water. Sharon Solie and I make 'em, but we don't use a recipe. We just throw it in."  

In Mt. Gretna, you don't need robins to know when spring is on the way. 


Kendra Feather, Richmond, Va. entrepreneur, whose latest (and third) restaurant, The Roosevelt, was just named "2012 Restaurant of the Year" by Richmond's Style Weekly magazine. 


  Style Weekly

It's a string of successes. Her first venture, Ipanema Café, was a hit with vegetarians. Her second, Garnett's (with sandwich specialties like Croque Monsieur, Tuna Nicoise, and a roast beef/ham/turkey/bacon combo called The Big Daddy) was named after her late grandmother Garnett Beckman, a once-familiar Mt. Gretna visitor during the summer months.

The Roosevelt "elevates Southern food through inventive use of ingredients such as bourbon barrel soy sauce and kimchi mayo without losing the food's identity as Southern," says one diner. Kendra is the daughter of Conewago Hill residents Joe and Laura Feather.    


Karl Gettle, a former Baltimore County Schools administrator who in retirement turned his attention for a number of years to running the Mt. Gretna Outdoor Art Show, usually has enough on his plate to fill up the lives of two or three ordinary mortals. Now he's planning another Grand Illumination for Mt. Gretna during the Fourth of July holiday. Description: year, to allow everyone to fully enjoy the festive display of lights and patriotic ornaments, Mt. Gretna's Grand Illumination will run over two days, July 3 and 4.
Gettle and his committee plan to anchor this year's theme around displays that will feature patriotic lighting, hand-painted designs of Uncle Sam, garden flags or the Liberty Bell.
The main idea is to light up Mt. Gretna's porches and homes in every neighborhood -- from Timber Bridge to Mt. Gretna Heights --  July 3 and 4 in an Independence Day salute to the nation's birthday.
Gettle says that artist Barb Kleinfelter will again offer painting tips and guidance in classes held at the Hall of Philosophy on Tuesday afternoons leading up to the Grand Illumination.  For details, email

If anybody can turn banana peels into black gold, it's the Valley Road couple who moved here four years ag
Description: Sid Hostetter and Evelyn Koppel (inset, left) have since proved they can spot an Ash Throated flycatcher (only the fourth to be sighted in Pennsylvania), make delicious soup at the annual soup cook-off, march in the Halloween Parade as "Ham and Eggs," and create celebrity status for a wayward Sandhill crane that landed in Mt. Gretna by mistake and came to be known as "Icabod." They were back in the news again last month, in a tip-filled Patriot News article on composting. It's all you need to know to save money, help the environment and have fun.  



"Do as you please day" in the Big Apple April 18

New York Bus Trip Likely to be a Sellout, by Golly! 
With more than half the seats already sold on that bus trip to the Big Apple this month, Rhoda Long is convinced it'll be another sellout.
Ms. Long, volunteer organizer of these bus trips whose proceeds benefit the Mt. Gretna firefighters' $400,000 "Burn the Mortgage" campaign, seemingly runs on high octane enthusiasm. "This is the fifth bus trip I have run and it may be at the last minute, but they have all filled," she says.
She expects this bus, a restroom-equipped 56-passenger unit, will be filled to capacity, too, by the time April 18 rolls around.
So far, those who've signed up are mostly from Mt. Gretna. "So it's a great way to meet neighbors, some you know and some you may not have met before," she says.
"Typically, we have grandparents and grandchildren, shoppers, couples who want to cel
Description: special occasions, people who just like to enjoy the sights and sounds of New York without the hassle of driving, and those who want to see a show and have dinner," says Ms. Long.
Plans call for the bus to depart Mt. Gretna at 7:30 am, Wednesday, April 18, make midway stops both coming and going, and leave New York City at 7:30 pm. The cost is $50 per person.
Thinking you'd like to spend a day in New York this spring? Better hurry. With 100% sellouts on four previous occasions, Ms. Long's unerring instincts merit respect: Those 27 seats that were available yesterday at noon will likely soon be gone. Call 717-304-0248 or email



Description: reminder for April 15th? 

"Dimes in a bottle" may be a simple idea, but it's one that last year raised nearly $3,000 for the Mt. Gretna firefighters' "Burn the Mortgage" campaign.  

Cedar Crest High School senior Maddy Allwein (inset, left) and all the other volunteers hope it'll produce the same magic this year, when bottles filled with dimes (and folding money, too!) are collected at the fire hall Sunday, April 15 from 2 to 4 pm.  

There'll be refreshments and drawings for door prizes, says coordinator Karen Lynch.  




5 Days 

That's just how long it took to sell out all tickets to the Phil Dirt & The Dozers performance in this year's Cicada Festival lineup. Want others? Better hurry:  Description:

[] The 1910 Fruit Gum Company -- Tuesday, Aug. 7.  

[] Stayin' Alive, Wednesday -- Aug. 8  

[] The Glenn Miller Orchestra -- Thursday, Aug. 9  

[] Simon and Garfunkle Retrospective -- Monday, Aug. 13  

[] The Bronx Wanderers -- Tuesday, Aug. 14.  

All tickets $13. Click here for details.   


207 Things to do. . . 

Things to do in this season's Chautauqua Summer Programs lineup? Which ones should go on your "don't miss" list? An unfair, diabolical question of course, so naturally we asked Chautauqua president John Feather to give us his top three selections; he adroitly declined. We also asked the same of Kathy Snavely, who knows more about these programs than anybody; she graciously accepted the challenge. Finally we turned to newsletter staffers, always anxious to lend a hand, for their top three choices.  


Kathy Snavely's Top 3 Picks (all at the Hall of Philosophy) 

Soap Making for Mom & Child -- Monday, June 25, 6:00 pm




Playwright Larry McKenna (inset, right), a Mt. Gretna summer resident, tells how he wrote Burt & Me -- Tuesday, July 10, 7:30 pm. The musical comedy, based on his experiences with Burt Bacharach, opens at the Playhouse July 12.   


Diane Cromer, Annual Community Luncheon speaker on her diplomatic assignment to Serbia -- Wednesday, Aug. 1 at Noon.  


Note: Since Kathy led the summer programs effort, we granted her a fourth choice: 

African Tales & Safari, storyteller Kristen Pedemonti, -- Saturday, Aug. 10, Tabernacle, 10 am.


Mt. Gretna Newsletter staff's top picks: 

Grand Illumination Nights, -- July 3 and 4, throughout Mt. Gretna.


Code Description: Verity, writer Elizabeth Wein (who spent summers in Mt. Gretna as a youngster) shares her espionage adventure of teenage girls in World War II -- Friday, Aug. 10 at 10 am. Hall of Philosophy.


Post cards of Old Mt. Gretna. Morris Greiner shares his unmatched collection of scenes from days gone by -- Friday, Aug. 31, 7:30 pm. Hall of Philosophy.  


Goal of a new fundraising drive to replace the Playhouse roof this summer and add contingency    

funding for future roof repairs. The best news? Already, organizers have $55,000 raised or committed to the effort. They'll seek the additional $15,000 through Description: mass mailing campaign as well as appeals to theater patrons and local merchants, says Arts Council president Tom Clemens.  

When the Playhouse collapsed in 1994, a startling revelation suddenly swept over not only the people who live in Mt. Gretna but in surrounding towns as well: an open-air summer theater is integral to Central Pennsylvania life. It's the hub of an arts-filled summer community, the focal point of cultural activities ranging from dance to music to drama. More than that, it's the hub around which revolve one of the area's most popular art shows as well as lectures, crafts, instructional programs, book reviews and all the other elements that go into "the Mt. Gretna experience."

That's why a year after the playhouse fell it was rebuilt -- dramatic testimony to its value not just for Mt. Gretna residents but also for the nearly 200,000 people who visit Mt. Gretna annually for experiences that cannot be duplicated.

All that leads up to the intensity behind the fresh mandate for the fund drive. Like to help? Send your check to Playhouse Operating Committee, P O Box 430, Mt. Gretna, PA 17064.



Enos B. Heisey 1923-2012

Enos Heisey, who owned a cottage at Third Street and Mills Avenue in the Campmeeting for 30 years and who moved permanently to Mt. Gretna to a home on Valley Road following his retirement in 1986, died March 6 at the Mennonite Home in Lancaster. A Church of the Brethren ordained minister, he and his late wife Jane had lived in Timber Hills until 1992. Together they had led 15 delegations to 59 countries for People-to-People, whose founder, Mary Jean Eisenhower, granddaughter of the late president, honored him eight years ago with a lifetime achievement award in ceremonies held in Washington, DC. A full obituary appears online.   


Robert M. Jermon, Jr. (1919-2012)

Robert Jermon, who had lived in Timber Hills for a number of years and was the brother-Description: of the late Mt. Gretna mayor David M. Long, died March 19 at age 92. He and his wife, Janet Long Jermon, had been married 50 years. A former researcher at DuPont and the Arco Chemical Company, his online obituary attests that one of his greatest pleasures was the weekly Bible study classes which were held in his laboratories. He had been a member of a United Methodist Church in New Jersey and recently joined the New Hope Bible Church in Lebanon.




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Thursday, April 5


Andy Roberts' Quartet
At MJ's Coffee House in Annville, 7:30 pm. Daughter Nicole Roberts, a vocalist and saxophone player, will be there, too -- opening the entertainment with the Central Pa Friends of Jazz Youth Band. 

Saturday, April 7

Opening of the Tennis Courts
Mt. Gretna Men's Club 9:00 am. Membership details: Willie Brandt, 964-3436

Sunday, April 8 

Easter Buffet
Timbers Restaurant, featuring pianist Andy Roberts and buffet dinner selections of hot roast beef, roasted turkey, baked ham, breaded veal.

Seatings: 11:30 and 1:30  Reservations: 964-3601 

Friday & Saturday, April 13-14

Rail Trail Cleanup
Volunteers needed to clean up downed limbs from last year's storms. Contact John Wengert,


 Saturday, April 14

Blooms and More Sale

Plants, crafts, apple dumplings and hot dogs at Cornwall Manor, 9:00 am -1:00 pm, in the Community Center of this popular retirement village, now home to many former Mt. Gretnans.


Sunday, April 15


Wildflower walk  

At Governor Dick Park, 1:30 pm. Call 964-3808 to register. 


Wednesday, April 18


Home Security program

"We've seen a significant increase in residential burglaries and home invasions" says Cornwall police chief Bruce Harris. This 7:00 pm program at Cornwall United Methodist Church gives safety tips. To register, call 274-2071 or email  


Saturday, April 21


Neighborhood garage sale, Timber Hills area, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. Who's invited to join the sale? "Everybody north of Route 117," says coordinator Deb Haney.  


Sunday, April 22


Earth Day Hike  

Through all areas of Governor Dick Park. A 10-mile hike, but with stops to cut your hike short. 9:00 am. Register by calling 964-3898.