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

No. 149                                                                                                            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.

Where art flourishes along with family entertainment.

   In that category, pin a blue ribbon on the Outdoor Art Show in Mt. Gretna.

  Originally 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.

   Yet 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.

   In 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.

there weren't 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.

   So this year the children's show will be held on both Saturday and Sunday.

   Also 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.

   If an 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.

   Did 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 Chautauqua.

    Is there a Grandma Moses impulse lurking in the background? Might she pursue art as a second career when she retires?

  She laughs. "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."

  She may 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 for her.




  Where's the Mt. Gretna Fire Company flamingo?

A sudden impulse, then stardom.

   In New 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 progress.  
  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

Summer Programs Series prepares for lift-off

   Nobody 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 shoestring budget. 

   In New 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,


   At the 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. 

   The 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. 

   This 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 John Feather. 

   "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 communications ventures.  

   This 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 include: 

  •     A Flight 73 Air Controller's memories of 9/11 (and a visit to the memorial site)
  •     How to repair and restore Victorian cottages
  •     PickleBall -- new this year, with teams, leagues and competitions
  •     Organ recitals
  •     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 City 
  •     A new series of historical postcards
  •     Music boxes from a personal collection of Mt. Gretnan Ceylon Leitzel
  •     Previews of plays and musicals several days before they open at the Playhouse
  •     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 
  •     Community picnic
  •     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
  •     Yoga instruction

  "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 religion."
   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 and elsewhere.
   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. Unbelievable. 

    Editor's Note: 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 a changin'".

   With its 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 each year.
   Beneath that pavilion are remnants of the old Ice House rigging, which once dragged up huge frozen blocks from a sawdust blanket below and se 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 other.
   "Although I may think it

Time for a new name?

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 Depression.
   "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 everyone.
  " 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 players."
   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 wineries.



Other newsletters of interest:

Mt. Gretna 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

This Week in Mt. Gretna -- Issued during the summer; a week-by-week listing of local events, sent by e-mail on request. To add your name to the mailing list, e-mail 

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 

Gretna Music bulletins -- E-mailed updates on concert events, schedule changes and other news. See "Join Our Mailing List" at founder Carl Ellenberger's blog (highly recommended): Check for updates online at
Mt. Gretna Area Historical Society Newsletter -- Online at 

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.

Governor Dick Park Newsletter -- Online and by e-mail. See 

Cornwall Police Department E-Mail Bulletins -- issued as warranted to update residents on events of community interest, including crime alerts. To add your name to the mailing list, register at    

South Londonderry Township Newsletter -- of primary interest to Mt. Gretnans in Timber Hills, Conewago Hill and Timber Bridge; online at 

Campmeeting Newsletter -- Available online and mailed to residents of the Campmeeting.

Mt. Gretna Heights Newsletter -- e-mailed to Heights residents. Contact Michelle Shay,   


An Easter dinner solution right in your own backyard

   Bob 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.

   They 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.

   As a bonus, 15% of the revenues will go to Gretna Theatre as a fundraiser.

Somebody say 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.

  Mt. Gretna 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).

   So how is Ms. Thompson, fresh from California, adapting to life in Pennsylvania?

   "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 says.
   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

Amy's personal favorite: an antipasti platter 

recommends the 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 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 Deppen

    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 replaced. 

   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 details.

   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 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)

   Marcia 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)

   People 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.

   Ms. Miller knew about excellence. A retired elementary school principal, she had been cited in

Who's Who in American Education

in 1988, the year after she was chosen first alternate for the distinguished principal award.

   She 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.

   She 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.

  An energetic 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 friends.

   An 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.

Combat-weary crocuses

attest to a tough
winter that was.

Ah. . . spring!

March 28, 2014  

photo by

Madelaine Gray

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:

Mt. Gretna Area Historical Society's 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

Don't forget:

Mt. Gretna's year-round calendar appears online, a service of the Mt. Gretna Arts Council. Email listings and updates to Jennifer Veser Besse,   




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