Mt. Gretna Newsletter
Mt. Gretna, Pa. "Not a place, but a spirit."
Oh, what a grand party this is!
In Mt. Gretna, where having a good time just seems
to come naturally, somewhere it must have been written that no one ever
really needs an excuse to throw a party.
Undoubtedly, that helped launch the
annual Summer Premiere 23 years ago.
for fun Mt. Gretna style as season begins.
2013 edition comes up Saturday, May 25 with an auction that includes a
painting selected as this year's cover illustration for the Mt. Gretna
Calendar of Events, the most-used, best-read and most-essential
reference work in all of Mt. Gretna each summer.
Begun as a gathering for the local press, the first gala in 1990
disappointed organizers because so few media types turned out.
"No, not much of a press conference but lots of local people came
and had a good time," says founder and co-organizer Debbie
That gave her an idea. "Why not forget about press conferences and
throw a party so everybody can get together with people they haven't
seen in a while?" she thought.
one of Mt. Gretna's signature social events, the premiere starts at 4
pm on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. With wine and hors
d'oeuvres, silent and live auctions, music and animated chatter, the
gathering attracts flocks of returning snowbirds and year
Just about everybody who enjoys Mt. Gretna gives high priority to this
once-a-year chance to gather at the Hall of Philosophy, talk, eat and
take something home -- usually something created by a local artist or
an exhibitor from the previous year's Mt. Gretna art show.
most sought-after item likely to prompt spirited bidding this
Snow" this year's highlight at the Premiere auction, displayed
by artist Lou Schellenberg and Jessica Kosoff, co-chair of the gala
season opener. Tom Mayer photo
original oil painting by Mt. Gretna artist Lou Schellenberg, probably one of the area's best-known exhibitors whose
works appear in galleries across the country.
Her "Gretna Snow," chosen as this year's
Calendar cover, will likely command the rapt attention of bidders not
only because of its exquisite textures, shapes, colors and contrasts
but perhaps also because this year's summer calendar becomes the first
to display a winter scene.
"We chose it because Mt. Gretna is delightful in all
seasons," says Kerry Royer, a member of the Mt. Gretna Arts
Council which sponsors the Summer Premiere and underwrites the annual
calendar of events.
Auction proceeds cover the $12,000 expense of printing the calendar's
10,000 copies, distributed without charge (and usually found at local
stores and restaurants including Le Sorelle, the Jigger Shop, Timbers,
Hideaway and Tony's Mining Company as well as at Collins Grocery in
Colebrook and the Mt. Gretna Emporium gift shop).
Schellenberg, who has been teaching and creating art for most of her
life, did the painting in her Mt. Gretna studio, looking out from a
window. "The snow simplifies the shapes and contrast of the
cottages against the texture and patterns of the trees," she says.
"I hope it captures the peacefulness."
Mt. Gretna, where nearly half the population manages to get away for at
least part of the winter, Ms. Schellenberg remains unique. She stays at
home during the coldest months and escapes during the summer, when the
crowds come to Mt. Gretna and she goes north to paint landscapes, often
in Nova Scotia. She currently displays her works at Lynden Gallery, Pennsylvania Arts
Experience, Harbor Square
Gallery and opens
another exhibit this month at the
Pennsylvania Arts Experience Orientation
Center and Gallery in York.
attracting the attention of bidders will be the plein aire oil
on linen (inset, left) by Annie Strickler, whose works
appear in local galleries and have twice been chosen for the highly
competitive Pennsylvania Art of the State juried show.
Featuring a Princeton Avenue cottage once owned by Joyce Ebright and
her late husband Tom, the Mt. Gretna philanthropist and community
leader, the painting appears in this year's advertising for the Aug.
17-18 Art Show.
"Plein aire paintings must be done quickly, maybe in three
or four hours," says Ms. Strickler, a Lancaster County artist
who's never missed a Mt. Gretna art show, but so far has come only as a
visitor. "I usually keep the paintings I like and have never
really had enough paintings to do a show," she says. A former
graphic designer and now a grandmother, she hopes to have more time to
build her portfolio once she retires. "Then maybe I'll apply to
the Mt. Gretna Art Show," she says.
This painting, she said, required extra effort, about 20 hours, because
of its intended use in print advertisements, billboards and on post
cards, not to mention the prominent position it will occupy in this
year's auction lineup.
Time: 4 pm, May 25. Place: Hall of Philosophy. Cost: $20.
The Mt. Gretna
Annual Listing of
Opportunities for Volunteers
and other ways to invest your time,
talent and resources that will make a difference:
Here's our list of some of the things you can do
to help this summer. Yet many potential helpers, perhaps, never were
asked to volunteer.
Have a talent, a service or crackerjack idea that others will
appreciate. . . a role where your unique skills might help?
THIS is your invitation. Jump right in. Lend a hand. Make
It'll make you'll feel good.
Although nobody has the statistics to prove that, people
who give their time and talents do tend to smile more,
Mt. Gretna needs the help of everyone... and we mean
EVERYONE... from Timber Bridge to Mt. Gretna Heights. All 1,507 of us
(unofficial pop. estimate, 2013).
This annual listing, by no means official and perhaps
incomplete, should serve to remind us all that like communities
everywhere, Mt. Gretna needs people willing to roll up their
If you have a need for volunteers, send a note to include
in next year's listings. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
director: 964-3270 or MtGretnaArt@comcast.net; Art Show coordinators of
volunteers: Saturday admission gates: Sam Bonacci 964-3111. Sunday
admission gates: Joe Shay, 964-2209; Office staff: Doug
Leiby, 272-8871. Kids' Art Show: Stacey Pennington,
email@example.com. Exhibitor traffic: Barney Myer,
964-2384. Soldier's Field and Philhaven area parking: Bob Dowd,
964-1106. Booth sitters: Stacey Margut, 964-3366. "As
always, booth sitters are needed more than any other area," says
964-2301 (office@MtGretnaTabernacle.org). Or Bruce Gettle 813-5319
and Evelyn Koppel, 964-3412 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The group
meets Fridays at 9:00 a.m., at the Chautauqua parking lot, weather
permitting. Two-hour walk to observe flora and fauna, often followed by
a late breakfast. Not a volunteer opportunity, but an interesting and
enjoyable way to spend Friday mornings and meet
"Bring binoculars if you have them," adds Ms. Koppel.
Buzzard Busters: (Active November -March)
email@example.com, leads a band of stalwarts ("the few,
the proud, the Buzzard Busters"). He needs volunteers to safely
encourage the migrating turkey vultures to choose roosts other than the
trees of Mt. Gretna. Volunteers try to minimize noise, using aerial
explosives only when necessary and at dusk (before vultures settle for
Rachel Schmalhofer, 606-9845. Volunteers needed to help with projects
including the annual carnival Saturday, June 15, from 12 pm to 2 pm.
"We can use volunteers at any time, whenever they can help,"
Chautauqua Summer Programs:
964-2191 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
says, "We're happy to welcome volunteers who'll serve as hosts and
hostesses for our programs, welcoming guests and serving refreshments
(which are provided).
highlights are included in the Summer Calendar, compiled by the Arts
Council and funded by the Summer Premiere (see article above).
Rhoda Long coordinates usher assignments, 304-0248 or
Concession Stand at Playhouse:
Gary Shrawder, 272-2284 or email@example.com, needs added help this
year for all performances of Gretna Theatre, Gretna Music and Cicada
It takes a small army to make the grounds dazzle with color throughout
the Campmeeting, Chautauqua and Mt. Gretna Heights. Who are they? Lots
of folks, all with a passion for gardening, their communities and
sharing that love with others.
In the Campmeeting,
Deborah Hurst (firstname.lastname@example.org) coordinates volunteer gardening
Deb Barnhart and
Jane Zellers tend the Butterfly Garden at First Street and
Markwood Avenue. "We're always looking for people to help us plant
the garden in Heritage Park," says Ms. Zellers. "Call me at
717-507-4607 to coordinate the time."
The Garden at Bell Avenue, at one of the entrances to the
Campmeeting, warrants "something attractive to
greet people as they enter our haven," says Madelaine Gray, a
professional photographer who exhibits throughout the U.S. She would
appreciate suggestions to help keep cars
from driving over the garden's corners where day lilies planted last
year were crushed. "I'd like for this to be a garden that says
'welcome' and 'welcome home,'" she says. If you can help with
designing, planting and caring for the garden, email her
at email@example.com or call 964-3118.
Around the Playhouse,
Betty Miller faithfully attends to the gardens. As her long-time friend
and neighbor Peg Smith notes, "Betty has been doing this for
years. John and I are sorry we aren't able to be helping her. Working
around the playhouse grounds is both a pleasure and very
rewarding," says Ms. Smith. Tending to plants around the post
office are Borough staffers Bill Care and Linda Bell. Shirley
Miller nurtures flower boxes at the Information Center. Carol
Morgan maintains the Fairy Garden between the Jigger Shop
In Mt. Gretna Heights, volunteers interested in gardening
projects may contact the Heights Community Association or newsletter
editor Michelle Shay, firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Illumination Nights: (July 3-4 and Aug. 17)
Karl Gettle, 964-2292, email@example.com, and Barb Kleinfelter,
576-8096, firstname.lastname@example.org, organize this community-wide
celebration of the nation's birthday. Over two nights this year lights
and specially-crafted decorations will illuminate Mt. Gretna from
Timber Hills, Timber Bridge, and Conewago
Hill to Mt. Gretna Heights, Stoberdale, the Chautauqua and the
Grand illuminations date back more than a century in Chautauquas and
Campmeeting associations throughout America. Some of the largest take
place in Martha's Vineyard and Williamsburg, Va.
The Mt. Gretna celebration, begun several years ago, is
one of the few in America that replace Fourth of July fireworks with a
quiet but meaningful Independence Day Grand Illumination.
Another celebration takes place in the Campmeeting Saturday, Aug.
17 when The Illumination of the Grove will recreate a tradition begun
in the 1950s. Youngsters finishing their summers at church camp
strolled through the Campmeeting under the glow of porch lights,
singing newly learned hymns. This quiet and respectful observance
always takes place on Art Show Saturday, starting at 9 pm.
Would you like
to host an actor or actress in your home this summer? The next
Bernadette Peters or Charlton Heston may come to your home. You don't
have to feed, transport or entertain them, says coordinator Renee
Krizan. She simply needs homes with private bedrooms and access to the
kitchen for two to ten weeks.
the gift of our Cornwall Manor apartments, which in prior years housed
24 guests," she says. "Without them, we now need help
from the community more than ever."
The Playhouse also needs ushers this season. They could also use a hand
from volunteers with talents in carpentry, painting and sewing to work
Pinch Road resident Chic Rhoads heads the effort to find new housing
together with Dr. David Bronstein and Col. George Resh.
Ms. Krizan invites inquiries at 964-3322 or
Governor Dick Environmental Center:
Audrey Wells, 964-3808 or email@example.com, says opportunities
are available throughout the year, including duties such as light
cleaning, office sitting, leading a program in your area of expertise,
plus trail, garden and lawn care.
Pat and Mike
Allwein, 964-2352. Concerts that include patriotic music, bluegrass and
swing, country and hits from the '40s through the '80s. Admission is by
Mt. Gretna 10th Annual Got The Nerve? Triathlon: (May 18)
this year's 10th annual race. Volunteers needed Friday, May 17 from 9
am - 4 pm to help with pre-race set-ups and Saturday from 6:30 am -12
pm for the race itself. Visit http://gotthenerve.org/volunteer/ to sign
Mt. Gretna Area Historical Society:
964-3858 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
volunteer activities and welcomes people who can assist with museum
maintenance, work in the library/research room Saturdays 10 am to noon
and help with other work including service as museum docents on
Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
The Society also operates a book store, where you'll find copies of
Jack Bitner's Mt. Gretna: A Coleman Legacy, the Mt. Gretna
Postcard Book, pamphlets on the Mt. Gretna Prison and Narrow Gauge
Railroad and copies of the Military at Mt. Gretna DVD by Jim Seltzer
and Jack Bitner. (Open May 25 from 8 am to noon.)
Fred Buch is
chairman of the Society: 717-466-6433, email: email@example.com.
Mt. Gretna Fire Company:
964-1106 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and Karen Lynch, 964-3505 or
email@example.com, say there's a special need this year for fire
police volunteers. Also needed are "one or two people can
help maintain our garden during the growing season. Watering, weeding,
filling bird feeders. All it takes is an hour or two a week except when
it's really hot and dry when it'll need extra watering." Of
course, volunteer firefighters are always welcome to join.
Mt. Gretna Tour of Homes:
Suzanne Stewart, 361-1510, needs
volunteers to help greet visitors, distribute maps and answer questions
in morning or afternoon shifts on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10 am to 5 pm.
The tour, on The New York Times recommended list, is coordinated by Emi Snavely, firstname.lastname@example.org, and
ranks as a signature fundraising event for Music at Gretna, one of the
nation's premiere music festivals.
Homes chosen for the tour now receive a plaque honoring their selection
and participation in the tour.
Rhoda Long, 304-0248 or RhodaJLong@Gmail.com, coordinates refreshments
at these recitals, held at the Hewitt-McAnney residence on Princeton
Avenue. Contributions appreciated.
Summer Premiere: (May 25)
Jessica Kosoff, email@example.com and Debbie Clemens, 304-3915
Mike Dissinger, 949-2367, schedules trail clean-up days; John Wengert
(firstname.lastname@example.org) posts e-mail bulletins for other volunteer tasks
-- including public relations, fundraising, trail development, and
helping maintain the LVRT Website. Also needed are volunteers to staff
the Root Beer Barrel in Cornwall on weekends May through October.
Lebanon Valley Rails-to-Trails meets first Wednesdays of the month,
Cornwall Borough Hall, 7 p.m.
Visitors' Information Center:
Kathy Snavely, 964-2191 or email@example.com, announces new Visitor
Center hours this year: Wednesday-Sunday, 12 to 8 pm (staffed by summer
intern). Volunteers are needed Mondays and Tuesdays for two- to
three-hour shifts. Busiest hours (when most questions are asked) are
from 12 to 2:30 pm, says Kathy. Prospective volunteers may also check
with the intern for opportunities to serve.
Winterites: (October -
Donna Kaplan, 964-2174, coordinates this group which meets at the Mt.
Gretna fire hall on the first Tuesday of each
month.* The Winterites season begins with a catered luncheon at noon in
October and continues into April, usually with guest speakers. The only
other noon meeting is a potluck holiday luncheon in December. All other
sessions begin at 1 pm and include desserts but no luncheon. Annual
dues are $10; both men and women are invited.
also sponsor Duplicate Bridge games at 10 am ("promptly,"
emphasize coordinators) in the fire hall on alternate Mondays and
Thursdays. Volunteers provide snacks, set up tables and make coffee at
9 am (and help with the 2 pm cleanups). Bridge players pay $3 each for
the game that day; proceeds go to the fire company.
typically the snowiest month.
Spanning three centuries, a family's ties to
the Mt. Gretna Campmeeting pay off
More than a hundred years elapsed since the Rev. Joseph R. Meredith,
born in 1840, stood with eight of his colleagues in the early days of
the 20th Century near a site that would become the Tabernacle to
establish a Campmeeting grove in Mt. Gretna.
This month, 14 years after the 21st Century began, his
great-grandson Tom Meredith, age 92, will see his progenitor's dream
recognized in ceremonies to commemorate the Campmeeting's official
listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
Although neither Meredith nor his great-grandfather would
Tom Meredith, 92, credits his team
likely want to
claim credit for their accomplishments, the combined efforts of those
associated with their work will receive recognition at an assembly
under the conical roof of the 114-year-old Tabernacle Sunday, May 26 at
Gathered will be hundreds of Mt. Gretna residents,
federal, state and local officials and others drawn by a six-year
odyssey to catalog all of the 255 cottages, buildings, hand-operated
water pumps and other structures cited in the historic district
Although the Campmeeting was first in Mt. Gretna to
achieve such status, volunteers including Meredith himself are now
working on a similar nomination for the Pennsylvania Chautauqua, which,
like the Campmeeting, was founded in 1892.
Meredith, who lived 28 years in Mt. Gretna and recently
moved to Honey Brook in Chester County to be closer to a daughter,
credits a team that helped him complete the lengthy application.
They include photographer Madelaine Gray, Timber Hills residents Ted
and Esther Mefferd as well as Campmeeting property owners Jim and Linda
Campbell, Chris and George Resh, and friends of the project Nancy
Brooks and Aniko Gayhart.
Co-founder J. R. Meredith
Together they drew maps, wrote narratives, assembled
inventories, took pictures and worked to gain approvals of the
Pennsylvania Museum and Historical Commission in Harrisburg and the
National Park Service in Washington, DC. The final application included
26 pages and original photos, descriptions of 255 buildings, six maps
and eight National Park Service forms.
Expected to attend the May 26th ceremony are Pennsylvania
Congressman Jim Gerlach, state representative Mauree Gingrich, Lebanon
County Commissioner JoEllen Litz, Lebanon Chamber of Commerce president
and Campmeeting resident Larry Bowman, Fred Buch of the Mt. Gretna Area
Historical Society and April Frantz, a preservation specialist with the
Pennsylvania Museum and Historical Commission who will present the
registration certificate to Campmeeting president Bruce Gettle.
In an interview last month Ms. Frantz noted that the Mt.
Gretna Campmeeting evolved along a different path than other
Pennsylvania campmeetings. Rather than simply a place for outdoor
worship services in the summer, Mt. Gretna became a year-round
residential community, with more winterized buildings and improvements
Ms. Frantz says that while the application was underway,
her site visits to Mt. Gretna were "always good days on my
calender." A Berks County native, "I just love coming
to Mt. Gretna," she says. She remembers times as a child at the
Jigger Shop with her parents.
Ms. Frantz says the National Historic Register listing is
an honorary designation, "intended to be something of a planning
tool. It does not restrict private property owners from doing what they
want to with private money or local ordinances." It does, however,
bring attention to nearby projects, such as highway construction
projects funded by federal or state agencies. She recommends a National
Park Service website www.cr.nps.gov/nr as a definitive reference for answers to questions about
SURROUNDED by six of her 35 students, Campmeeting resident Nan McKay
has been working with them since February to get ready for the 6th annual open
house at the
Horticultural Center which she heads at Milton Hershey School.
This opportunity to visit and tour the center also
includes a plant sale of annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetable
starts, succulents and even houseplants.
The open house runs from 8 am to noon Saturday, May 11 and
after school from 3 to 5 pm the following week. "Take advantage of
this chance to visit and bring your family and friends," says Ms.
McKay, a native of Canada who moved to Mt. Gretna in 2009.
At the school's "Pot a Plant" stations, students
will teach visitors how to plant seeds and perhaps give them a cutting
to carry home, says Ms. McKay, a photographer whose photos sometimes
appear in this newsletter. She's a familiar sight here, often walking
in Mt. Gretna with the 13-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback she named Autumn
that died unexpectedly right after this photograph was taken. She had
faithfully accompanied Ms. McKay to school every day and was beloved by
This year's open house will also include soap and lotion
recipes from the MHS Goat Club and student-guided tours of the Teaching
House, where students studying floral design can create arrangements
while you wait. (They're the same students, by the way, who make floral
arrangements that decorate the tables at Mt. Gretna's Le Sorelle porch
and pantry cafe.) Their website explains how to order plants and floral designs at other
times during the year.
WHEN it came time to whip up enthusiasm for their third
annual yard sale last month, folks in Timber Hills turned to 1-1/2 year
old Max, who is "some kind of terrier mix," says Evelyn
She and husband Sid Hostetter discovered Max last year at
the Humane Society. Police found him wandering the streets of Lebanon,
living on sticks and leaves.
That turned out to be Max's lucky day. Nobody's kinder to
animals than the caring couple who moved here five years ago and
quickly founded the Mt. Gretna Bird Club.
Koppel wouldn't say whether the idea to wrap Max in a hot dog
costume was hers
or Sid's, but the eye-catching attire boosted sales for a fire company
fundraiser they combined with their yard sale on Valley Road.
"The hot dogs were gone by 10 am," she says.
Max, meanwhile, has reportedly signed an agent to negotiate his future
ABOUT 600 bargain hunters are expected again this month
when the Chautauqua-Campmeeting porch sales begin at 8 am Saturday, May
25. With heavenly hot dogs, devilish drinks and divine desserts on sale
at the Mt. Gretna United Methodist Church parking lot, the porch sales
on both sides of Pinch Road will continue until 2 pm.
Campmeeting residents can list porch locations on maps by
contacting Dave Hartman. Chautauqua residents
call a recording line, 964-1830. Map listing deadlines for both are May
Chautauqua residents with unwanted items still on hand? Remember, Big
Junk Day comes up Monday, June 17. It's not a sale and Mt. Gretna
Borough chief Bill Care calls it "THE GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD
Among the unwanted stoves, refrigerators and outdoor
grills will be Thatcher Bornman's hot dog jamboree on Lancaster
He fires up his grill every year to roast fr_e hot dogs
for all who drop by Sunday night around 6. Maybe Max will make it, too.
You won't find it listed on the calendar, but if you've
never had the experience, it's one not to miss.
Inset, left: Thatcher
CORNWALL POLICE Department will soon switch to a new system for local
crime alerts, missing person notices, traffic advisories and bulletins
including Santa visits, National Night Out, trick-or-treat nights and
other community programs.
The new service, Nixle, allows local police departments to
send emergency notices to residents via phone, email and the
Nixle allows residents to specify how they wish to be notified.
The current email notification service, iContact, will be
phased out over the next few months. Existing iContact subscribers must
register on the Nixle website (www.nixle.com) to continue receiving Cornwall Police Department
notices. Information cannot be transferred from iContact. Questions?
Call 274-2071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOLLOWING a meeting with South Londonderry Township manager Tom
Ernharth and community development consultant Harry Roth who explained
details of conservation district zoning to Eastern Enterprises
president Dr. Gene Otto last month, the company dropped a request to change
the zoning of lands surrounding Mt. Gretna Lake and Beach from
conservation to residential.
Ernharth says conservation zoning is an attempt to work cooperatively
with land owners willing to preserve environmentally sensitive areas.
In exchange for protecting valuable natural resources, landowners may
develop other areas of their properties.
Under current zoning, Eastern Enterprises is permitted to develop
approximately half of the 55 acres it owns within South Londonderry
Township. That would mean, says Earnharth, a maximum of 16 possible
homes provided all restrictions, including those for flood plains and
wetlands, were met. Such limits often reduce the number of lots that
will be ultimately available, say builders, land planners and municipal
Ernharth says Dr. Otto felt a responsibility to request rezoning after
discovering what he thought was a mistake made a decade ago. "He
told us the lake itself is generating enough revenues to allow the next
two generations of his family-owned business to continue running it and
he would drop the residential zoning request," Ernharth said.
Preserve Mt. Gretna, a conservation group, applauded that decision.
Meanwhile, West Cornwall Township supervisors last month approved
Eastern Enterprises' scaled-down plan to divide 90 acres along Route
117 and Butler and Old Mine roads into ten lots under the existing
Residential Forest zoning. That could mean 10 single-family dwellings
might be built on the tract, the Lebanon Daily News reported. In
2011, the newspaper said, up to 220 homes had been proposed.
90-acre tract includes the site of Mt. Gretna's oldest structure, the Farmers
Encampment Building, erected in
1890. The building later became a dance hall and movie theater,
according to Jack Bitner's Mt. Gretna: A Coleman Legacy and for
perhaps the past 70 years has housed a popular roller rink. Eastern
Enterprises plans to sell the land. According to a quote the newspaper
attributed to Lancaster attorney Gene Otto, "If there are people
in the community who really feel they would like to preserve it as it
is, we will sell it to them."
Get ready, here they come. . . hungry bikers headed for
breakfast buffet at tiny Lawn, Pa.,
many of us could handle 2,000 guests for breakfast with the aplomb of a
Martha Stewart baking a dozen turkeys for her usual Thanksgiving Day
dinners. But count on folks in the village of Lawn (pop. 200 and Mt.
Gretna's close neighbor) to pull off their supersized Sunday buffets
five times each summer, calmly and with Martha-like poise, even though
all are volunteers in this fundraiser that's become the focal point of
an entire community.
secluded Rte. 117 is a favorite byway for cyclists headed to Lawn's
ready for motorcycles streaming through Mt. Gretna on Route 117 every
third Sunday from May to September. And if the sounds of rumbling
Harleys bother you, consider that hundreds of dollar bills drop into a
huge coffer that over the last five of a nine-year run has averaged
more than $30,000 annually for Lawn ambulance and firefighting
crews who often respond to life-saving calls from Mt. Gretna. There's
also a crew standing by for people to donate to the Central PA Blood
Bank before they eat breakfast.
addition to motorcycles, the hearty buffet lures hikers from along the
rail-trail, recreational bicyclists and even people on horseback from
Maryland and Delaware says Ladies Auxiliary president Carol Stoffel, a
former elementary school teacher who's lived in Lawn for over 25 years.
Her husband, also a retired teacher, was last year named minister of
the village's only church, located just a hundred yards from the fire
company parking lot.
"Yes, the motorcycles are noisy but we must keep our church doors
and windows open in the summer," says Ms. Stoffel. It's all for a
good cause. As attendance started to decline at the fire company's
annual carnivals about 10 years ago, somebody had to come up with
another fundraising idea. Former fire chief Matt Beare, with a
full-time job in commercial construction, came up with breakfast
buffets. He arrives at 3 am on "breakfast Sundays" to be sure
everything's ready when the doors open at 7.
About 45 volunteers run the four-hour buffet: line servers,
dishwashers, tray cleaners, cooks, parking lot attendants for both cars
and motorcycles, and people to run cash registers at three serving
Juvenile offenders in community service programs arrive on Saturdays to
set up chairs and tables under a tent and in the pavilion.
"They're wonderful," says Ms. Stoffel. "They do
everything we ask. In working with them for two years, we've never had
Work begins fully a week before every Sunday buffet. First, Charlie
Koons comes in to cook 450 pounds of bacon from Monday through
Wednesday. On Thursday morning the Ladies Auxiliary shows up to crack
2,160 eggs (that's 180 dozen). Several others arrive that evening to
cook 640 pounds of potatoes that will wind up on Sunday as home fries.
There are plenty of choices, says Ms. Stoffel, but the only eggs they
serve are scrambled. "We once tried made-to-order omelets,"
she says, "but that slowed down the pancake line."
At the Lawn Fire Co. parking lot, a testament to the
lure of breakfast on a Sunday morning.
Fridays others prepare 30 pounds of sausage gravy in huge kettles and
slice 200 pounds of ham. Next come 16 cantaloupes, 10 watermelons, and
16 honeydew melons to cut up and add to the canned fruit. There's also
baked oatmeal and pastries to make along with muffins that Koons's wife
Debbie, who's also in charge of advertising, bakes on Saturday
first breakfast in 2004 attracted only a few hundred patrons. As
popularity grew, the fire company took out a $75,000 loan to upgrade
the kitchen in 2007. The next year, thanks to what must have been a
hugely successful advertising campaign, attendance soared over 50% to
peak levels that since 2008 have averaged 6,200 customers a year.
"We haven't yet paid off the kitchen loan, but we're down to about
$10,000," says Ms. Stoffel. About half of what they take in is
profit, which helps pay the loan and cover facility bills.
Yes, they like the fully equipped kitchen with walk-in freezer and
refrigerator, four grills, warming and convection ovens, an exhaust
system and new sink, and they know how to use them. But the appliance
they're proudest of is an automated dishwasher that cleans and dries
dishes in 90 seconds. That helps them keep up with customers who
sometimes enter at the rate of 400 to 500 per hour. "We just love
that," says Ms. Stoffel.
When the talk is about books. . .
You'll find lively discussions this summer on Tuesday mornings at 10 in
the Hall of Philosophy when the Lebanon Valley College book reviews
resume, Monday nights (mostly) at the library (where there's even a
wine and chocolate tasting on one occasion), and again at the Hall of
Philosophy Friday mornings at 10 when the popular Writers Series
resumes in July.
All of these sessions are fr_e. But that doesn't mean they and other
summer programs don't cost a lot to make them available to Mt. Gretna
summer audiences. Contributions are encouraged at all such gatherings.
Meanwhile, here's the lineup for people interested in books, writers
At the Mt.
Gretna Library: The 2013 lineup,
all at 7 pm:
June 3: The Presidents Series: The Killing of Kennedy by
June 10: The Phantom of the Forest by Ann Hark (one of Mt.
Gretna's most celebrated writers).
June 12: Selected Writings of Max Hark, a Chautauqua founder and
father of Ann Hark
June 17: Chocolate as Medicine, a new book by Phil Wilson
and Mt. Gretna resident Jeff Hurst, a senior staff scientist at The
June 19: Wine & Chocolate Tasting; by reservation, please:
June 24: Island of Vice by Richard Zacks
July 1: From D. H. Lawrence to E. L. James, "Fifty Shades
of Grey: Is there anything new?"
At the Writers
Series: (Hall of
Philosophy) Fridays at 10 am
July 12: Bill Ecenbarger, former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter
(and onetime Mt. Gretna resident), author of Cash For Kids,
about a notorious PA judicial scandal, and Walkin' the Line,
about his travels along the Mason-Dixon Line.
July 19: Jon Schuppe, Pulitzer-winning journalist and author of A
Chance To Win, the inspiring story of a paralyzed former drug
dealer turned Little League coach in the poor neighborhoods of Newark,
July 26: David Howard, author of Lost Rights, about the
bizarre journey of one of the 14 original copies of the Bill of Rights,
stolen during the Civil War and recovered 138 years later in an FBI
August 2: Brendan I. Koerner, author of The Skies Belong to Us,
the tale of two lovers whose airliner-hijacking exploits mesmerized the
nation during the 1970s.
At the Tuesday
Morning Book Reviews: Hall of
Philosophy. Coffee and cookies at 9:45 am. Reviews begin at 10.
June 11: The Fish Can Sing by Halldor Laxness (Mark
Mecham, Professor of Music)
June 18: Who Stole the American Dream? by Hedrick
Smith (Paul Heise, Professor Emeritus of Economics, newspaper
columnist and Mt. Gretna resident)
June 25: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by
Max Brooks,(Christopher Dolan, Associate Professor of Political
July 2: To be announced. (a review by Kevin Pry,
Associate Professor of English)
July 9: The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has
Declined by Steven Pinker (Philip Benesch, Associate Professor of
July 16: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham
Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Jim Broussard, Professor of
July 23:The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of
Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of
the Elements by Sam Kean. (Stacy Goodman, Professor of
July 30:The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the
Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert Edsel. (Barbara
McNulty, director of the Suzanne Arnold Gallery)
August 6: Why Does the World Exist? An Existential
Detective Story by Jim Holt. (Jeffrey Robbins, Professor of
Religion and Philosophy)
August 13: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for
Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn (Diane
Johnson, Associate Professor of Political Science)
Did you know that Mt. Gretna now has a bookstore?
It's open for business around the Christmas holidays and
opens again May 25, 8 am to noon, at the Mt. Gretna Area Historical
Society next to the Playhouse on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Jack Bitner's Mt. Gretna: A Coleman Legacy, freshly
reprinted, joins the Mt. Gretna Postcard Book, historical
pamphlets on the Mt. Gretna Prison (that was never built), and the Military
at Mt. Gretna, a DVD by Jim Seltzer and Jack Bitner.
If you thought the cicadas' deafening roar wouldn't
return for another 17 years. . .
Yes, they were loud and memorable when they came to Mt. Gretna nine
But if you thought the deafening roar of
cicadas that arrived en masse back in 2004 wouldn't be heard
here for another 17 years, don't be too sure.
Gretna resident Jim Seltzer, who lives along Mine Road, sends us interesting
things from time to time. Recently he cited reports that suggest the
noisy little bugs could return this year.
Not the ones with that fearsome name "Brood X,"
but maybe a species nearly as loud.
Cicadas (Brood II)
could emerge in certain areas of the Northeast this spring, including
Pennsylvania and possibly even Mt. Gretna.
They usually don't
bite, but they're
noisy. At least the males are. Their synchronized buzzing
attracts females and wards off predators, which are mainly birds. Their
masses are sufficiently large to ensure that even if most are eaten,
enough survive long enough to mate and perpetuate the species.
Seltzer sent us a number of references. If you're curious
about cicadas, they're worth a look: First, a Brood II Magicicada map for 2013; University of Rhode Island Greenshare factsheets; a video with sound recording "M. septendecim calling;"
Do they cause damage? Finally, are cicadas a snack food? Thanks to Dr. Seltzer, everything you need to know is
With lots of faith but little money, the
Tabernacle again recreates its annual miracle
enduring Mt. Gretna Bible Festival, one of Mt. Gretna's sturdiest
traditions, marks its 121st year in 2013. Hundreds, perhaps thousands,
of devoted followers will from time to time this summer make the
pilgrimage to Mt. Gretna, usually on Sundays, from communities
throughout Central Pennsylvania and neighboring states.
With typically 20 diverse programs offered for all ages in the 12 weeks
from June to August, the organizers have assured that there will be
something to appeal to almost everyone. As for those who make it happen
with no income other than contributions from friends and a free will
offering at each program, chalk it up to an annual miracle, regularly
occurring and benefiting all.
Our Top 10 Picks for 2013
Sunday, June 23 - Silver, Wood & Ivory: Cindy Wittenberg and
Sunday, June 30 - New Holland Band in its annual patriotic and
spiritual performance in Mt. Gretna.
Sunday, July 14 - Hymn Sing With Darrell Woomer and the story of a
hymn; Rod Shearer embroiders the tune "with more notes than it
should be possible to play," we're told.
Sunday, July 21 - Leonard Sweet, prolific writer, historian and
futurist finally here after years of waiting for a spot to open on his
Sunday, July 28 - Massed Choir Concert: visiting composer Lloyd
Larson conducts music written for Mt. Gretna including a new work
commissioned for this occasion.
3 - Handbell Festival
Sunday, August 4 - "Campmeeting Sunday" with Rev. Joe
August 14 Tony Campolo,
one of the Tabernacle's most inspiring speakers.
18 - Susquehanna Chorale, directed
by Linda Tedford.
25 - QuintEssentially Brass brings
the season to a close.
Others to put on
your list of "musts:" Andy Roberts June 16; Dave
Stahl July 21; Brothers in Grace July 24; Mennonite
Children's Choir Aug. 11; and Men in Harmony July 7. See website for details.
John Hambright's middle name, Wolf, came from his mother's side of the
family and it sometimes came in handy. "It gave me a lot of
collateral in the elementary school pecking order," he once told a
Pulling rank or boasting, however, was never his style. He
was a graduate of Yale but most of his friends in Mt. Gretna may never
have know that. Interested in others, he
about himself. An Army veteran of the Korean War, he advanced to the
rank of First Sergeant. "Rare for a two-year hitch," says his
friend and Mt. Gretna Borough Council president Chuck Allwein.
He was a Lancaster businessman in the 60s and 70s,
when Groff and Wolf's, his family's men's store on West King Street,
figured among familiar retailer names of that era such as Hager's,
Garvins and Watt & Shand.
He was married 55 years to Betsy Eckert, a Lebanon
girl he had met at the lake in Mt. Gretna and to whom he devoted his
entire life, including her final ten years as an Alzheimers patient in
a Lebanon nursing home. They had two children, Stu, who died in
2002 at age 47 and Lynn, his daughter with whom he organized an annual
corn roast in Mt. Gretna for their family and friends.
Friends included those he had met at Yale and others he
came to know in business and as neighbors. He attended the weddings of
their children and many of their funerals. After Lynn learned that her
father was going on hospice, she called his last living friend from
Yale, who decided to fly with his wife from Texas and surprise him.
Lynn's second call, to tell him her father died, came as they were
about to board the plane for Philadelphia.
He spent his final 20 years in Mt. Gretna, in a cottage on
Lafayette Avenue which he cheerfully called "the ghetto."
Shirley and Terry Miller were close neighbors. Ms. Miller called him
every Sunday during the winter when they were in Florida, as much to be
cheered up as to hear the news Hambright-style, which always left her
with a smile.
As a councilman, he was diligent in his review of budgets and
monthly financial reports, says Allwein. Never loquacious, he was a man
whose gentle voice conveyed quiet thoughts worthy of careful
consideration. A smile usually accompanied them.
"He stayed interested in my children forever,"
says Barb Acker, who once ran the Porch and Pantry cafe in the days
when it was called "Barb's Buns." Her favorite
photograph is one of him seated in the center of a canoe on the lake,
in a beach chair, with Lynn paddling in back and a friend up front.
Favorite memories include mornings when he came to her caf? for sticky
buns. "He loved to have fun and see others having fun, too,"
With a rare,
indefinable and inexhaustible gift, he always managed to leave people
he encountered feeling happy.
Stephanie Bost, Ms. Acker's successor at the cafe
now known as Le Sorelle, also delighted in his visits. "He'd greet
us every morning when he came in. He was like everyone's grandfather. .
. gentle, kind, and he genuinely cared."
In later years, Dale Grundon came to be perhaps his
closest friend in Mt. Gretna. They often shared breakfasts of coffee,
sticky buns and the comics page of the Harrisburg Patriot.
Sometimes likened to "the Odd Couple," they were familiar
sights at fire company dinners, church breakfasts and pot-pie suppers.
They awarded their coveted Five-Fork Ratings to the best ones. Grundon,
a Mt. Gretna legend in his own right, was satisfied with eggs any way,
scrambled or sunny side up. "Not John," Grundon complained.
"He orders Eggs Benedict."
"You need to pick up some class," counseled
Allwein, their mutual friend.
Grundon's unexpected death in the summer of 2011 came
while Hambright was away. Confronted with the sad news when he
returned, Hambright said, "Now isn't that just like Dale, to up
and die on me while I was on vacation."
Several months before he died in his home on April 3 at
age 82, Hambright had scheduled an appointment with his barber, Diana
Lynn Orley. "It was always a good day when I knew John was
coming in," she says. He had become dependent on a portable oxygen
tank and while cutting his hair she accidentally knocked the hose from
its tank. Making the most of an opportunity, Hambright screamed,
"Help, help, I can't breathe." Ms. Orley, so distraught she
missed altogether the irrepressible twinkle in his eye, said "All
I could think is, he came in for a haircut and he's going to leave in
an ambulance." The story quickly became one of Hambright's
"Every memory of John Hambright coming into Le
Sorelle brings a smile to my face," says Ms. Bost. "I'd
like to know what made him always so cheerful, what was his
secret?" adds Ms. Orley.
The best that can be said of a man, perhaps, is that
he was always fair. John Hambright, businessman, councilman, father,
husband and friend, merits an even higher accolade: Eminently fair, he
cared about others and he left them feeling happier than they were
before he came. An official obituary appears online.
Julie Ann Shearer (1967 - 2013)
Friends say she had the rare gift of lighting up a room when she
entered. "She had more brightness than a million light
bulbs," wrote the author of her obituary following her death April
9 at age 46 in Lebanon Good Samaritan Hospital.
Beloved by her only child, Jennifer Paige Shearer, and husband Timothy
Wolshire, Julie Shearer was also held in high regard by her many
friends. They included her Timber Hills neighbors, particularly those
in the area of Village Lane where she and CW4 Wolshire, a Blackhawk
helicopter pilot at Fort Indiantown Gap, made their home, as well as
colleagues at Johnson & Johnson, where she was an executive
Lancaster, she was the daughter of Lewis and Bobbi (Vecero) Kauffman of
Mountville. She had three sisters and a brother, all of whom now live
in Columbia, Lancaster County.
Memorial contributions in her name are being received by Water Street
Ministries in Lancaster. Her official obituary appears online.
John E. Loehr,
Jr. (1940 - 2013)
John Loehr Jr., 72, who had lived on Brown Avenue since the early 1980s
and once served as
chairman of the Mt. Gretna Authority, died April 28 at the Good
Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon. He and his wife Susan, who organized and
energized the Mt. Gretna Garden Club to transform the Chautauqua
grounds into a veritable flower garden each spring, had two daughters
and five grandchildren. Another daughter, Debbie, preceded her father
Loehrs, who also helped make the Mt. Gretna Art Show fun for children
by organizing a sprightly and imaginative Kid's Art Show, moved from
Mt. Gretna to Lebanon several years ago. A native of Yonkers, NY and a
graduate of St. Lawrence University, he was also a member of St. Mary's
Catholic Church in Lebanon.
Services will be held May 1 at Thompson Funeral Home in Lebanon. An
official obituary appears online.
& Stuff to
Lou Schellenberg exhibit May 3-June 4
Pat Hottenstein wall hangings exhibit
FRIDAY, MAY 3:
Lou Schellenberg exhibit opens at Marketview Arts
Center in York, Pa.,
5:30-9pm, continuing thru June 4. Sponsored by Pennsylvania
Arts Trial Experience. She'll speak
at the center May 18 at 11 am.
Pat and Dan Hottenstein open a new month-long exhibit at Lebanon Picture
Frame & Fine Art with a
reception from 5 to 8 pm. Pat specializes in textiles, Dan in
paintings. Pursuing artistic endeavors in retirement, both credit
the "endless inspiration of Mt. Gretna."
SATURDAY, MAY 4:
and More" plant sale by the Cornwall Manor Society with pastries,
coffee, hot dogs and apple dumplings, 8 am - 1 pm.
Block Shoot at
Mt. Gretna Fire Company. You don't have to pull a trigger to win: Door
prize drawings every half hour, plus ham & bean soup, hot dogs, and
unusual prizes including a rock waterfall with fire and char-broil
multi-purpose cooker. Noon to 4 pm.
SUNDAY, MAY 5:
Preserve Mt. Gretna, a group formed "to preserve the land,
integrity and historic character of Mt. Gretna," holds a public
meeting to update residents on activities in the community and
surrounding townships in a public meeting at the fire hall, 2 pm.
SATURDAY, MAY 11:
Student Open House and
Plant Sale at Milton
Hershey Horticultural Center, 8 am to noon. See "Sightings"
SUNDAY, May 12 :
dinner Italian style at Le Sorell. Reservations required with your pre-order of entrees: Scaloppine
Di Vitello pan fried veal scallopine with white wine mushroom
sauce. Petti Di Pollo alla Bolognese baked chicken breast with
prosciutto and cheese. Cozze alla Marinara mussels with
homemade marinara and crusty bread, plus appetizers, soup or pasta and
dessert. Call 717-269-3876 or email Amy@porchandpantry.com.
MONDAY, MAY 13:
West Cornwall Twp. supervisors meet, 73 S. Zinns Mill Rd. 7 pm
TUESDAY, MAY 14:
South Londonderry Twp.supervisors meet, Lawn Fire Hall,
Cornwall Iron Furnace lecture "A Soldier's Life." Uniformed re-enactor
Irwin Snavely tells what it was like to be a soldier in the American
Revolution. Cornwall Manor Freeman Hall, 7:30 pm.
Mt. Gretna Got the Nerve Triathlon, 1,000 athletes compete to benefit people with
disabilities. 8am - noon.
SATURDAY, MAY 25:
Porch sales, Campmeeting and Chautauqua, 8 am - 2 pm
Bookstore open, Mt. Gretna Area Historical Society, 8 am - noon.
23d Annual Summer Premiere (see "Oh, what a party," this
issue). Wine, hors d'oeuvres and art auction. Hall of Philosophy, at 4
SUNDAY, MAY 26:
A special Campmeeting program to celebrate National
Register of Historic Places listing with presentation ceremony, music
and remarks. See story above.
7 pm at the Tabernacle.
Plaques (inset) available for Campmeeting property owners.
Contact Debby Erb, email@example.com.
Here's a question:
Who among Mt. Gretna's favorite "celebrities"
will be the greatest attraction for a "Dignitary Dump" at the
fire department's upcoming fundraiser?
Planners casting about for candidates for the
Saturday, July 20 event want to hear from you. Who would you
most like to dunk?
Volunteer Karen Lynch says
this affair will revive the Rotary Club's Mt. Gretna Days of old, when
kids' games, a dunking booth, hamburgers, hotdogs, French fries and
drinks carried the day.
"We want to make it a
true community event," says Ms. Lynch. Groups and organizations
throughout the community can sponsor a booth, a game, or events such as
bake sales to raise funds and have fun. They can also keep revenues
they earn, she says. "We just ask them to promote the day so
everyone benefits from a larger crowd."
Sign up for a
booth by June 1. This spectacular, which the firefighters hope will
grow in the years ahead, replaces July's breakfast buffet. If the right
dunkees show up, nobody will miss the breakfast.
Mt. Gretna's new year-round
calendar appears online, a service of the Mt. Gretna Arts Council. Email
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The Mt. Gre
LIFE AT A ROCKING CHAIR PACE
There's something about living in Mt. Gretna
that year 'rounders probably never notice.
If you're a snowbird, however, the difference
jumps right out at you.
People in other places always seem in a hurry.
Even while they're on vacation, people from
big cities hurry to relax. They hurtle south
down the Interstates, often like race drivers
at Indianapolis. Once they get to where
they're going, they rush to the beach, to
the early bird dinner specials or to the
shopping malls which, no one seems to notice,
are almost indistinguishable from the ones
they left behind in New Jersey.
Here in Mt. Gretna, life unfolds at a slower
pace. People live to the metronome beat
of a reliable grandfather's clock. Not too
fast, not too slow.
Mt. Gretna people are usually
patient, too. If you hear someone blow an
automobile horn, you know they're not from
around here. Honking a horn just isn't our
Before she retired to live closer to her young
grandson, Cathy Dugdale, the former postmistress,
noticed that when she temporarily filled
in at another post office somewhere in Lebanon
County, people seemed annoyed if she casually
asked about their grandchildren or how their
day was going.
Impatient people don't have
to really say anything. You can spot
them ten feet away. They give off an aura.
Mt. Gretna, on the other hand, has a calming
effect on people.
The workmen who repaved Route
117 a few years ago noticed that while traffic
was stopped as they laid down the asphalt,
people relaxed. Under a canopy of trees,
they enjoyed those unexpected moments of
As the crews finished their
job and packed up to leave four or five
months later, one of them said, "Nobody
flipped us the bird."
They'd never seen anything
Something about a slower pace
of living instinctively appeals to most
of us. Reenie Macsisak says T-shirts embroidered
with rocking chair designs always sold
Ann's cottage on a hill.
best in her gift shop.
I wonder what would happen
if the whole world slowed down to a rocking
chair pace. Would we really be any worse
Maybe as they mull those regional development
plans, they ought to think about these things.
A good preface might be a few lines from Just
a Cottage of a Hill by Ann Hark, who
lived in Philadelphia in the '20s and '30s
and wrote for the Ladies Home Journal.
When she wasn't in the city,
she retreated to her cottage (inset) overlooking
the lake, at the westernmost edge of the
She was said to have been a
woman ahead of her time, yet her poem seems
Not for me the hiving city
Not for me the pulsing shore
But a little woodland corner
This I ask and nothing
People need a place like Mt. Gretna to
P.S. I'll be away for a few weeks so there won't be an issue
of this newsletter in June and July. Please
use this opportunity to discover Kathy Snavely's
This Week in Mt. Gretna, which tells
what's going on at the Playhouse, the Hall
of Philosophy, the Tabernacle and elsewhere,
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