The Mt. Gretna Newsletter
Mt. Gretna, PA "Not a place, but a spirit."
April 1, 2014
With a view to the next 40 years,
the Art Show fine-tunes its focus.
In a highly competitive world where rewards usually go to the biggest,
there still are places where bigger is not necessarily better, where
this year's revenues don't have to exceed last year's, and where the
mark of success is a triumph of smiles.
flourishes along with family entertainment.
that category, pin a blue ribbon on the Outdoor Art Show in Mt. Gretna.
intended for mostly local artists, as it approaches its 40th year this
August, it has evolved into a juried show that brings out some of the
best artists from across the country.
the flavor it retains is distinctively local. An ever-changing panel of
judges make their selections based both on their professional artistic
judgment and a finely attuned sense of what art buyers here prefer.
part, the emphasis on artistic excellence helps explain the show's
sustained popularity year after year.
Increasingly important, however, are changes now being
instituted to broaden its appeal for families, especially children.
"We want to make this an occasion for the entire family to
enjoy," says art show director Linda Bell.
Although Ms. Bell and her colleagues had wondered for several years
whether to make the Saturday Children's Art Show a two-day event,
At the art show, "wearable
art" takes on a new meaning.
enough volunteers to cover all the assignments needed for two full
days. Could it be done?
"The only way we will know is to do it," said Stacey
Pennington, who runs the imaginatively merchandised Gretna Emporium next to the Jigger
Shop and two years ago volunteered to run the children's show together
with Meghan Winslow of SPLAT Family Art Studio in Annville.
this year the children's show will be held on both Saturday and Sunday.
available will be children's plays at the Playhouse as well as
musicians in the park and surprises still in the planning to give
youngsters a memorable experience.
evolving children's emphasis helps sustain the show's remarkable
durability, credit a league of volunteers for steering the ship.
"I'm not a micro-manager," says Ms. Bell. "The people
who volunteer are passionate about what they do. They know more about
it than I do, and they should be allowed to do their thing."
Running the art show is a volunteer role that takes about 10% of her
time during most of the year, right up to this month when the judges
make their choices and she must
Opening windows on a whole new world
begin doing the one
job she tackles all by herself -- laying out exhibit spaces. From that
point, art show duties take up about 50% of her time.
she ever wish to become an artist herself? "Oh, yes," she
says in a soft voice that hints at lingering disappointment. "My
parents were old school. 'Why would anybody want to go to school for
art?' they asked. 'Just get out and get yourself a job!'"
Although she took every art course she could on her way to an
associates degree at Harrisburg Area Community College, she
nevertheless followed her parents' wishes and soon found a job at
Hershey Entertainment Corp. Later, after she and husband Mike moved
here in 1979, she became the secretary of three different entities, the
Mt. Gretna Borough, the Water Authority and the Pennsylvania
Is there a Grandma Moses impulse lurking in the background? Might she
pursue art as a second career when she retires?
"I've never thought about that. I've usually just assumed there's
no retirement in my future. I can't imagine how I'd survive if I didn't
have an income."
never become an artist, but she surely receives an artist's rewards.
Through the children's art show, the emerging artists' booth and the
opportunity to make and take home with them art they themselves have
created, she helps open a door for youngsters that never quite opened
Mt. Gretna Fire Company flamingo?
A sudden impulse, then stardom.
York City last month, where he stopped by the Morning Joe
program on MSNBC to promote Mt. Gretna as "the best least-known
small town in America."
Co-host Mika Brezinski was backstage and graciously
consented to a publicity shot while the show was in
Later, she had a spur-of-the moment inspiration to put the
flamingo on national TV during the show's closing segment, "What
Have We Learned Today."
Ms. Brezinski, whose husband, WABC TV newsman Jim Hoffer,
once worked at the Channel 15 studios in Mt. Gretna, proudly proclaimed
the flamingo a fund-raising project for the volunteer firefighters of
Mt. Gretna, Pa.
The announcement set phones ringing across the country as amazed
viewers called their friends in Mt. Gretna with an astonished "did
you see that?"
So how does the fire company raise money with flamingos?
They're not for sale exactly, but you can adopt one
(permanently) at La Cigale gallery next to the miniature golf
course. They come in different guises -- artist, musician, pizza
delivery man -- no two are alike. Choose your favorite, make a donation
of $100 or more to the Mt. Gretna Fire Company, and take the flamingo
with you on vacation this year.
We're expecting photos from all over the world as
travelers take their flamingos atop the Eiffel Tower, alongside the
pyramids in Egypt, and introduce them to celebrities around the world.
It's all in the spirit of fun, thanks to an idea hatched by
flamingo creator and Mt. Gretna Heights resident Max Hunsicker, who started
the not-so-shy bird on its quest for stardom more than 20 years
ago. The quest continues, now with a worthy goal in sight.
Under the sun,
a welcome for the snow-weary.
Karl and Linda Gettle, left, are among the Mt. Gretnans to drop in for
a visit with Carol and Tom Mayer who moved to Florida last year.
Tom says seeing old friends, no snow and sunny days are
the top three "bests" about life in the Sunshine State, where
they've also welcomed Jack and Jane Anderson and Ken and Judy Shertzer
during a winter tailor-made for luring snowbirds.
The Mayers expect to be back for the Art Show in August.
Before he left, Tom helped lead the $400,000 fire company fundraising
campaign, now nearing completion. What he misses most: volunteer
firefighters, Saturday breakfasts at the Pizzeria and "the
people of Mt. Gretna."
Outsized results on a miniscule budget
Programs Series prepares for lift-off
can quite figure out how they do it. But the folks who put together the
Chautauqua Summer Programs series manage a gargantuan task on a
York State, where the Chautauqua movement got started 140 years ago,
they stitch together a summertime galaxy of lectures, exhibits, plays,
musicals, crafts and entertainment on a budget of roughly $7 million.
In July, patriotic concerts and the
communitywide Grand Illumination,
Pennsylvania Chautauqua in Mt. Gretna, they stitch together a galaxy of
similar diversity -- over 170 offerings at last count -- on a budget of
$6,500. That's exactly the same amount they spent 10 years ago. The
budget hasn't budged.
Mt. Gretna enterprise is one of about 17 surviving Chautauquas in North
America. All stem from the same source in New York, where the original
aim was to bring scientific and cultural enlightenment to Sunday School
teachers across the country.
Mt. Gretna isn't the largest of the surviving 17, but by any measure it
is one of the most resourceful. What it achieves on its tiny budget
often astonishes the 16 others.
year's Summer Program series is packed with innovative ideas that seem
to "just come" from a group
At the Hall of Philosophy book
reviews, the writers series and University for a Day
led by Kathy
Snavely. It includes Patty Gokey, Bonnie Anderson, Peggy O'Neil, Susan
Hostetter, Jack and Jane Anderson, Barb Kleinfelter, Bill Gifford,
Stacey Pennington, Nina Kemps and ad hoc member Chatauqua president
"We sit down and the ideas come from all of us -- things we'd like
to see in the areas of religion, the arts, education and
recreation," says Ms. Snavely, who was named one of the Top 50
Business Women in Pennsylvania a few years ago. In addition to her
volunteer activities in Mt. Gretna, she's also an adjunct professor at
Harrisburg Area Community College and heads her own marketing and
year, the programs fill up nearly every spot on the calendar from late
May to early September, with a something-for-everyone formula that will
A Flight 73 Air Controller's memories of 9/11 (and a visit to the
How to repair and restore Victorian cottages
PickleBall -- new this year, with teams, leagues and competitions
Writers speaking about their latest books
Lebanon Valley College professors' book reviews
Children's music programs at the Tabernacle
Wellness programs, "Bacteria Within Us" and "Rise
of the Superbugs"
Play readings by their authors
Italian Futurism, a visit to Guggenheim Museum in New York
A new series of historical postcards
Music boxes from a personal collection of Mt. Gretnan Ceylon
Previews of plays and musicals several days before they open at
University for a Day programs with speakers on topics including
"America's Arts and Crafts Movement" and "American
and Middle East Relations"
A High Tea and Fashion Show
The Costumes of Downton Abbey at Winterthur Museum
Pot luck dinner
Flower arrangements (by Mt. Gretna Flower Lady Mary Hernley)
Grill your own pizza (by Chef-on-the-Go Becky Briody)
Previews: Music at Gretna's summer series of Russian music
Mahjong and crafts lessons
"We are a down-to-earth Chautauqua," says
Ms. Snavely, "and we take great pride in the fact that you don't
have to be rich to come here or go to our programs. Yet we are very
serious about our mission to promote arts, education, recreation and
And to think all of this is just the beginning. Still to
come is the Arts Council's Summer Calendar cataloging these and
additional programs throughout the community -- in the Campmeeting and
Mt. Gretna Heights including the Library, Bible Festival, art galleries
More offerings than most of us can pack into our
calendars. A cornucopia of entertainment and enlightenment--all in a
community of 1,500 year 'round residents. Unbelievable some would say.
This season's details were being worked out as this issue went to
press. A preview of the 2014 Summer Programs Series, still subject to
change, is attached.
Even in Mt. Gretna, "the times they are
comfortable old Adirondack chairs out front, picnic tables under the
pavilion and shuffleboard courts near the barbecue pits, not much
appears to have changed at the 80-year-old tennis courts in Mt Gretna,
where as July folds into August, some of the area's best tennis is seen
Beneath that pavilion are remnants of the old Ice House
rigging, which once dragged up huge frozen blocks from a sawdust
blanket below and sent them on their way to the
ice boxes of summertime residents.
But, in the words of Bob Dylan, the times they are a
changin' at the Mt. Gretna Men's Club, where even the name itself may
soon join the 21st Century.
The name change remains an unsettled question -- one that Sandy
Moritz, the club's first woman president, gets more often than any
"Although I may think it
Time for a new
ought to be called The Mt.
Gretna Tennis Club, as president of the Men's Club I have a
responsibility to do what the members want to have done. I just took
this over last year and didn't want to make the name change my
priority. I wanted to work on the grounds and make sure our club was
financially sound. So I focused on that," she says.
The walks and pathways leading down to the grounds must now be
repaired, as well as the rock-lined walls built during the Great
"They're in need of a little TLC," says Ms.
Moritz, a retired school nurse who was named Pennsylvania School Nurse
of the Year in 2010 and now spends about six weeks every year
instructing school nurses from North Dakota to New England.
The TLC is definitely on the way. She doesn't yet
know how much the repairs will cost, but hopes others in the community
will help share the expense since the grounds are used and enjoyed by
" You don't have to be a club member to stop by to watch
the tournament, have an afternoon lunch at the picnic tables, or read a
book in the Adirondack chairs," she says. "They're a part of
what makes Mt. Gretna," says Ms. Moritz, who grew up in Myerstown.
She also expects to rely heavily on the tennis tournament
itself -- a funding source freshly energized last summer by Mike
Rohrbach, the coach at Cedar Crest High School and tennis pro at
Hershey Country Club.
The tournament now ranks as one of the area's best and has
become a critical shot in the arm for the club, which recently saw its
taxes increase 300%. "Mike upped the ante in the level of
play," attracting top-seeded players and greater crowds, says Ms.
Moritz. Entry fees, food stand and tee shirt sales -- together with a
hike in membership fees -- helped cover the increased taxes.
For the six-day tournament, she and vice president Suzanne
Nye planned the menus and prepared the hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken
and barbecue sold to both players and spectators. This year, with a
stepped-up advertising campaign, they expect to add a Chili Night and
an Italian Night.
Isn't that a lot of work? "I actually had a great
time," she says. "We had our meal there, too, every evening.
So, cook at home, cook down there. What's the difference?"
Best of all, she says, "it's a wonderful outing. People
can come, bring their own adult beverage if they like, have dinner for
under $5, try a dessert, socialize and see some of the area's best
The tournament has become the number one fundraiser and
will this year replace the Art Show Pancake Breakfast, which no longer
is a big money-maker and has been canceled as a club project.
(Art Show director Linda Bell nevertheless hopes to find a vendor
willing to take over the breakfast since many people, artists
especially, now expect it.)
Other revenues to help cover the increased taxes and
facilities repairs this year will come from increased dues ($100 a year
for tennis members, $25 for social members). Ms. Moritz regards that as
one of the best bargains around.
Either type of membership qualifies for use of the
barbecue pit, pavilion and shuffleboard courts for private parties.
In addition to a social evening and raffle for
members June 27, she also hopes to get the whole community involved
this summer, with fundraisers that might include participation by local
newsletters of interest:
Updates -- Issued as
warranted to alert local residents to such conditions as temporary road
closings, utility repairs, shelter advisories for adverse weather, lost
pets and other matters affecting residents of the seven neighborhoods
served by the Mt. Gretna post office. Send an e-mail request, with
"LOCAL UPDATES" in subject line, to RogerTGroce@live.com.
This Week in Mt.
Gretna -- Issued during
the summer; a week-by-week listing of local events, sent by e-mail on
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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 here
bulletins -- E-mailed
updates on concert events, schedule changes and other news. See
"Join Our Mailing List" at http://gretnamusic.org/ founder Carl Ellenberger's blog
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Mt. Gretna Area Historical Society Newsletter -- Online
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 17064.
Park Newsletter -- Online and by e-mail. See
Department E-Mail Bulletins -- issued as warranted to update residents on events of
community interest, including crime alerts. To add your name to the
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Londonderry Township Newsletter -- of primary interest to Mt. Gretnans in Timber Hills,
Conewago Hill and Timber Bridge; online at http://southlondonderry.org/
Newsletter -- Available online and mailed to residents of the
Heights Newsletter -- e-mailed to Heights residents. Contact Michelle
An Easter dinner solution right in
your own backyard
and Pat Hershock, who live in the same Mt. Gretna Heights cottage her
great-grandfather bought on a spur-of-the-moment impulse 93 years ago,
have an idea to make your Easter Sunday dinner easier. It's also a way
to benefit Gretna Theatre, one of their favorites.
just happen to be the parents of Lynn Thompson, who moved here from
California last year to set up the HoneyBaked Ham store in Lancaster.
So for Easter, Pat will help prepare the fixings and Bob
will deliver hams and freshly baked turkey to their neighbors.
Meaning, of course, anybody who lives in Mt. Gretna.
bonus, 15% of the revenues will go to Gretna Theatre as a fundraiser.
potato salad? Pat's is the best.
It's also a
way for the energetic Hershocks to keep busy. He's a retired 3M
executive. Pat, at 79, helps out in the kitchen, whipping up her famous
potato salad that delights customers at the store, located on Route 30
East at Mill Creek Square in Lancaster.
customers won't have to drive all the way out there, however.
Bob will have his truck in the Playhouse parking lot from
2 to 4 pm Friday, April 18 with hams, turkey and fixings for all who've
placed orders (either online
or at 717-208-3595).
is Ms. Thompson, fresh from California, adapting to life in
"I've had to adjust to the slower pace," she says.
"People here can't be hurried. They like to take their time, have
a conversation and appreciate the moment. All good things," she
For a California transplant, she weathered her first
winter in good shape. "The cold temperatures and icy roads did get
old after the first several storms," she admits, but when she came
up to visit her folks in Mt. Gretna she spotted something she liked.
"It looks like there were skaters on the lake," she says.
"If I'd had a pair of skates, I'd have joined them."
Customers sparked an idea: Celebrate
Mother's Day on Saturday night
When you're in the restaurant business, it pays to
to pay attention to your customers. That's how Le Sorelle came up with
their popular pre-Mother's Day Italian
dinner -- implementing a rare reservations-only policy that
guarantees a place of honor for Mom.
"When we first tried an Italian Night dinner, it just
happened to fall on the Saturday before Mother's Day," says
manager Amy Wolfe, whose mom and dad, Judy and Ken Shertzer, own the
place. "It was a smashing success."
"But when we tried it the next year in March, it was
a flop. That taught us to wait for the Saturday before the
busiest Sunday of the year."
Her customers also taught her that the "really thin
veal rolls" are the favorite entree, she says, even though she
prefers the seafood dishes.
As the 'best bang for the buck" appetizer, she
favorite: an antipasti platter
antipasti platter (pictured), with roasted peppers, artichoke hearts,
Kalamata olives, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and piave cheese, pepperoni
and chorizo. (Chef Angela Licata, a Batdorf Avenue housewife and mom,
sometimes makes extra helpings for Amy to take home afterward.)
Angela's desserts include Tiramisu, layered mascarpone trifle and
ricotta cheese pie.
Le Sorelle continues its Sunday breakfasts on Mother's
Day. With its first-come, first-served no reservations policy, however,
the restaurant fills up quickly. Many patrons travel from Harrisburg,
Lancaster and beyond to sample the Mt. Gretna ambiance.
So if you're eager to honor mom in advance of the Sunday
crunch on Mother's Day, get your reservations in by May 5: Tel.
717-269-3876 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reader writes: In your March issue, a local realtor said she was
unaware of any full time resident who was forced to sell due to the tax
increase. Unfortunately, that is not the case in the
Campmeeting. I was heartbroken to learn a wonderful friend had to
do just that. Income levels in the Campmeeting vary greatly.
Many from the lower income levels realized how lucky they were to have
both a safe and economical place to raise a family.
It is very hard to find that combination.
Many times, economical housing is not found in safe neighborhoods, and
safe neighborhoods tend to have more expensive housing. This is very
sad. The tax increase already has forced Campmeeting families to
sell and others are weighing their options. So not all is well in the
Campmeeting. The tax increase continues to be the topic of
conversations. Some residents are just embarrassed to admit that taxes
are the real reason for their "For Sale" sign. -- Paula
This year's Grand Illumination throughout all
of Mt. Gretna July 4-6 will feature luminaries with battery-operated
tea lights, Chinese lanterns, and strings of red, white and blue
lights. Karl Gettle and Barb Kleinfelter will have samples and take
orders outside the Post Office Saturday mornings, June 7 and 14. The
lights will be available for pickup at the Hall of Philosophy Mondays
at 1 pm, June 23 and 30. If you miss them at the post office, call
964-5119 and leave a message or questions.
Gluten-free pizza now being served at the Mt.
Gretna Pizzeria (964-1853). "Very good," says Conewago Hill
resident Laura Feather, a gluten-free connoisseur.
If you'd like to meet visitors and answer their questions
at the Information Cottage this summer, contact Patty Gokey or
Barb Kleinfelter. "We're looking for neighbors who love meeting
new people and talking about Mt. Gretna," says Barb. Leave your
name and number at 964-5119. They'll call you back to work out a
schedule that works for you.
Last days for the Winterites? Three top spark plugs
for the 64-year-old organization all retiring next month -- Donna
Kaplan, Peggy O'Neil and Sarah Ellis. Will anyone replace them? Outlook
unlikely at last report. Another reminder that the
"arrangers" in our midst add a value and richness not easily
The 2014 Organ Recital Series at Cedarn Point, the
Hewitt-McAnney residence, is now set. The Thursday-evenings-in-July
series begins July 3. All recitals start at 7 pm. Seating is limited
and reservations (accepted only after May 31) will be required. Click here for full
The Chautauqua Playground needs a Playground Director
and Assistant Director this summer. Interested applicants should call
964-5119 for details.
An Arts Management Internship remains open at
Gretna Music. Offering a stipend of up to $2,000, it starts May 27 and
continues until Aug. 15 with weekends through Sept. 7. Call
717-361-1508 or email email@example.com. Candidates should be interested
in arts management or business administration with skills in writing,
communications, public relations, marketing and an interest in music.
A letter of thanks to all in Mt. Gretna last month
from the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey. Those glossy magazines you
no longer want and placed in the bins postmaster Steve Strickler
provides add up -- helping with an effort that collected 7,900
tons of paper over the past 10 years, which translates into $243,000 to
support families with children who require long-term stays in the
hospital. As a bonus, it also helps the environment.
Mt. Gretna coordinator Evelyn Koppel can use your help in
getting the magazines to McDonald House recycling centers. "Anyone
can take full boxes of magazines from the Post Office to the drop-off
points in Lebanon, Hershey and surrounding areas," she says.
"Please pitch in. The more hands, the easier the work."
Marcia A. Kreiser (1950-2014)
Kreiser, a woman who combined practical and artistic skills with a
strongly felt compassion for animals, died at her home in Union
Deposit, PA last month. When she lived on Fifth Street in the
Campmeeting more than a decade ago, she was both an independent
accountant and artist who enjoyed her associations with crafts and arts
festivals here. She was a passionate advocate for animals and served as
a transporter for Last Resort Rescue. She is survived by a daughter,
Sarah Kreiser-St. Clair, who wrote, "Although she didn't live in
Mt. Gretna when she passed, she would be happy to know that she wasn't
forgotten. It was there that she spent some of the happiest days of her
life." An official obituary appears online .
Marion I. Miller (1929-2014)
often write their autobiographies by the way they walk. Marion Miller,
a long-time summer resident who owned a cottage on Castle Avenue,
walked with a sense of purpose.
"Even in her 80s, she walked up the hill as if a reward awaited at
the top of Bell Avenue," says Ben Wiley, a Campmeeting neighbor
who enjoyed chatting with her about plays and concerts at the
Playhouse, especially those involving classical pianists. "I
recall," he says, smiling, "that she was often opinionated
about some of the artists and programs." She was also a regular
worshiper at the outdoor Sunday services in the Tabernacle and
sometimes paused for casual porch-side chats as she passed by Pat and
Mike Allwein's cottage.
Miller knew about excellence. A retired elementary school principal,
she had been cited in
Who in American Education
in 1988, the year
after she was chosen first alternate for the distinguished principal
was also a leader. She served as president of at least a dozen
organizations, including the Lebanon County Elementary School
Principals, the American Association of University Women, and the
Philanthropic Educational Organization.
enjoyed travel and reading, genealogy and golf, and handicrafts --
especially needlepoint, quilting and quilling (the art of rolling and
shaping strips of paper to create decorative designs).
Although she had spent more than 30 summers here, many in the community
seem not to have known her well. From her cottage overlooking the
Tabernacle and Eisenberg Park, originally four tent sites designated as
a parkland in perpetuity more than a century ago, she cherished the
tranquility of her summer home and often entertained guests there.
woman engaged with many pursuits, "she was a great lady who loved
the Campmeeting," said former president Jeff Hurst, who noted she
had also been a big supporter of programs at the library.
Yet her lasting gift for all of us may be a reminder that in our midst
are neighbors whom we may someday wish we had come to know better as
official obituary appears online.
Jane Mourer took up photography a couple of years ago and has grown
steadily in her ability to capture beauty and contrasts, people and
emotions, and images that crystallize a moment in time. A professional
storyteller who lives in the Campmeeting, she understands the essence
of telling a story through her lens -- in the scene above, a signal at
last that spring has arrived and with it the coming of Artic Swans. She
also knows the value of persistence.
Rather than trekking to the Middlecreek Wildlife
Management Area, where most photographers go at this time of year, she
chose instead the road less taken to Colebrook Furnace quarry where she
stayed for two hours, taking hundreds of pictures. Yet upon returning
to her Campmeeting cottage, she decided to delete every photo and try
once again. As darkness closed in, the thunderous, intoxicating sounds
of hundreds of migrating swans, geese and ducks had subsided, and as
the bird count diminished, she took more pictures. She saved only four,
including this one.
Tuesday, April 1:
Winterites program with mid-afternoon dessert and "A Virtual Tour of
Philhaven." CEO Phil Hess and director of community engagement
Alicia LaFrance review Philhaven's Autism and Developmental
Disabilities Center, at the Mt. Gretna Fire Hall, 1 pm. All welcome.
Friday, April 4:
Artists' reception for photographer Madelaine Gray and two others at Lebanon Picture Frame &
Fine Art Gallery. Ms. Gray says her first trip to the south of France in
1993 "awakened a love of villages and landscapes of Europe."
Man y would say she expresses a similar love of Mt. Gretna, where
she has lived for the past 12 years. 5 to 8 pm.
Saturday, April 5:
Chicken Cordon Bleu night at the Fire Hall. "We wanted to try something
different," says firefighter president Joe Shay: Baked breaded
chicken breast filled with ham and cheese, roasted red potatoes, corn
and green beans, glazed carrots and applesauce, rolls, dessert and
beverages; $10 adults, $5 for children's chicken nuggets. 4 to 7 pm or
until this "first-time ever event" is sold out.
Classical music concert: Shai Wosner performs Schubert's
final two piano sonatas at Gretna Music's winter venue, Leffler Chapel
& Performance Center, Elizabethtown College, 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 6:
Fitness Hike (fast-paced, 4- to 5-miles), Gov. Dick Park. 9 am
Music on the Porch (or by fireside indoors), Bluegrass and Appalachian style, Gov. Dick Nature Center, 1-4 pm
Tuesday, April 8:
"History of the Schaefferstown Water Company." Former
county commissioner Larry Stohler, Freeman Hall, Cornwall Manor. 7 pm.
Wednesday, April 9:
Lenten service at Mt. Gretna United Methodist Church with guest
minister Jim Heath of Cornwall UMC. 7 pm.
attest to a tough
winter that was.
Ah. . . spring!
March 28, 2014
Thursday, April 10:
Easter Egg Dye Night at Mt. Gretna United Methodist Church. Help decorate
eggs for the forthcoming Big Egg Hunt (below). 6:30 pm.
Saturday, April 12:
Webelos Forester Workshop, $5, Gov. Dick Park, 10 am - 1 pm.
Easter Egg Hunt at the Chautauqua Playground. An
event with prizes for five age groups, plotted by "eggstremely
eggsperienced egg-hiders," says pun-loving Pastor Mike Remel.
Starts 11 am (and is usually over at 11:05). Rain date April 19.
Basic'ly Brass ensemble concert to raise funds for a renovation project at Mt. Gretna
United Methodist Church features Al Stokes, a French horn musician who
moved to Otterbein Avenue two years ago and also performs with the
Hershey Symphony and Dave Stahl Sacred Orchestra. At the church, 7 pm.
Sunday, April 13:
Birds and Flowers Walk, bring binoculars and field guide, Gov. Dick Nature
Center., 2 pm.
Friday, April 18:
Toddlers in Tow. Walk, crafts, activities for ages 1 to
5. (No strollers please.) Gov. Dick Park, 10 am
Saturday, April 19:
Junior Naturalist programs for ages 5 and up. Youngsters attending 6 of 8
monthly programs earn a Gov. Dick Park Jr. Naturalist patch. Choose a
10:30 am or 1 pm session.
Sunday, April 20:
Easter Dawn Service at Soldiers Field by Mt. Gretna United Methodist Church
minister Mike Remel, 7 am, followed by regular services at the Boehm
Avenue sanctuary, 8:30 and 10 am.
Saturday, April 26:
EXPLORE! A 50+ Walk About (a kinder pace for mature hikers). Gov. Dick Nature
Center, 3 pm
Sunday April 27:
Society's newly acquired postcards including scenes from the
Campmeeting's forerunner in Stoverdale, near Hummelstown.
At the Mt. Gretna
Fire Hall, 2 pm.
Wildflower Investigations at Gov. Dick Park, 3 pm
Mt. Gretna's year-round calendar appears
online, a service of the Mt. Gretna Arts Council. Email
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