The Mt. Gretna Newsletter
Mt. Gretna, PA "Not a
place, but a spirit." - Marlin Seiders (1927-2008)
a sickle moon and in the far distant sky a glimpse of Venus: symbols
all of winter's lessons. Jane Mourer photo
What winter can teach.
Lessons worth pondering are often a legacy of winter's passage into
spring. In small towns like Mt. Gretna, they sometimes stand out in
sharp relief, like the sickle moon caught last month by Campmeeting
photographer Jane Mourer as a faint, almost undetectable hint of
Venus dissolved in the dimming sky.
Some of us rush toward warmer climates in winter,
but those who remain are rewarded. A harvest of values emerges,
familiarity and friendships mainly -- investments of time returned
with compound interest.
Nothing beats the warmth of friends' greetings in a
place like Mt. Gretna, where people call you by name and wonder about
your latest joys or travails. They may know them all but are rarely
too busy to stop and listen. Listening is one of the best gifts we
give to one another.
Sometimes we're lucky enough to stumble upon grand occasions
like the gathering with friends in their living room on the first
snowy night of January. Someone pulls from the refrigerator a frozen
chocolate-and-marshmallow-draped Jigger, sprinkled with secret Jigger
Nuts, stowed on the last day of Mt. Gretna's boisterous summer
Mary Jane and Kent Fox did that for years, unlocking
memories we look back upon wistfully. Good times and good friends
linger long. Nothing yet invented can replace them. Though
technologies come and go, enduring memories -- impervious to
technological change -- become magnified under a small town's
Living in Mt. Gretna year 'round brings rewards that
escape many snowbirds. No matter what others may tell you, sunning
oneself under a palm tree -- as amicable strangers race to their
early bird specials -- is no substitute for friends you have known
for maybe 30 years, or the solitary warmth of a fireside with good
The Wall Street Journal last month devoted an
article to one reporter's discovery that small towns often have the
That should come as no surprise. People who live in a
place know precisely where good times, good food and good friends
are. Although newcomers are welcome, in towns like Mt. Gretna those
havens take on the easy comfort of friendly and unpretentious private
clubs. The people who run them already know what you want and how you
like it prepared. Poached eggs over biscuits with creamed chipped beef
or quiche stacked four inches high? Damien, who prepares pizzas in
the afternoons and evenings, also has a magic touch in the mornings
-- at perhaps the only pizzeria in America where you can get
All are spots where regulars are embraced and everybody
knows your name. "Cheers," the invention of
television writers, got that one straight on.
In Mt. Gretna in midwinter, the silence of solitude
gently slips into place. After nearly half of us go away comes the
quiet, the thoughtful appreciation. Those who remain suddenly are
immersed in the most precious gift that a busy world can offer.
We who are attracted here are birds of a feather.
Something enormously comforting emerges from that fact.
Many of us are gifted in ways that give rise to artistic
expression. Almost all, we discover, have talents to offer, a
stimulant in the daily mix that's essential.
A friend who enjoyed a successful career once
described how he looked to find places he might want to retire to
someday. After years of darting in and out of countries around the
world, he hit upon his own personal test.
If you want to take the measure of a town where you
might want to live, he said, buy yourself a newspaper and sit down
with a cup of coffee where the locals hang out.
Don't get lost in the headlines. Instead pay attention
to those who come in and out. Notice how they interact with their
neighbors, and especially how they treat the waiters and waitresses
who serve them.
That was his yardstick, a trusted and reliable gauge. When it
came time to retire, he turned to his list of "possibles,"
picked out those that ranked at the top and made his final decisions.
There's a good chance you've met him.
Yes, there's much to learn here in winter. Like a sickle
moon, many of the lessons stand out in sharp relief. Others, like
Venus, are subtle. Yet all will tell you that you've finally come to
the right place.
--- Roger Groce
last Sunday in March, a solitary robin and red winged blackbirds.
They, too, know when they're in the right place.
Jane Mourer photo
picks in a Summer Series par excellence
Spotting the favorites in more than 100 all-stars
Although many don't seem to know it, the best
part of a summer day at Mt. Gretna isn't the ice cream, concerts and
plays or even an afternoon at the lake. It's under the trees of Mt.
Gretna, where a lively Summer Programs series unfolds.
With more than 100 different events to choose from, we
asked those who created the series to pass along insider tips about
their favorites. It's a list readers may wish to keep handy.
Practically everybody cited Mt. Gretna journalist
Bill Gifford's talk on his New York Times bestseller,
"Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying)," which
he'll discuss Friday, July 31 at 7:30 pm
Other top picks of the Summer Programs Committee
Chautauqua For a Day Saturday, July 11.
The Writers' Series Saturdays in July, 10 am
One Community's Effort to Control Genetic Disease, Aug.
Jane and Jack Anderson
"The Horseshoe Trail: A Look Back," June 13.
"Our Planets and Theirs" Solar system discoveries of
planets around other stars. June 26.
"Audrey Hepburn Retrospective," Wednesdays in
"Tuesday Book Reviews" by Lebanon Valley College
"Flying Hunters: Hawks and Owls" with
soon-to-be-Mt. Gretnan Jack Hubley, June 13 .
Family Movie Night: "Paddington" (with popcorn and all!)
"Flower Arranging with Mary Hernley." Who doesn't love the
"Mystics at Ephrata" Religious views of the Ephrata
Fairy Tale Morning including a parade and (maybe) live fairies
in the garden, July 4.
"Origins of Impressionism," linked to a Philadelphia Art
Museum exhibit, July 29 and Aug. 5.
"The Evolution of Lionel Toy Trains," July 14.
"Ladies Night Out" with fashions on sale, Chef on the Go
Becky Briody, Waltz Vineyards and Festoon. $25, Aug. 31.
All this in addition to perennial favorites, including
the July Organ Recital Series with a performance by Mt. Gretna
prodigy Ryan Brunkhurst, yoga with Mt. Gretnan Stephanie Bost,
and Pilates with another Mt. Gretna favorite, Annie Roach.
Music at Gretna founder Carl Ellenberger will be
featured June 19, speaking on the distinguished series' "First
40 Years." Campmeeting denizen Ron Hontz presents "Abe
Kauffman's Grand Dream for Mt. Gretna," the music of Billy Joel
and Elton John with perennial summer visitor Larry McKenna, and a
Disney Musical Game with Nicole Roberts, just back from studies at
Berklee College of Music in Boston.
There's also the popular lineup of art lectures (open to
the public) by the faculty of the Mt. Gretna School of Art, now in
its third year. (The series runs Wednesdays at 10 am, usually
in the Hall of Philosophy).
All in all a stimulating lineup, created with a budget
of less than $10,000 that holds up remarkably well against other
summer series sustained by multimillion dollar platforms. Mostly
supported without admission fees, the programs and those who sponsor
them will appreciate free-will donations. It's a cap-topping feather
sustained in a community of only about 1,500 energized year-round
Big plans at tiny
church in Mt. Gretna
A campaign, catered concert, and Easter rites
For an innovative community and
its congregation: an imaginative twist for a multipurpose new room
Big time doin's at the Mt. Gretna United
Methodist Church this spring. A breathtaking swirl of activities from
a tiny church.
First comes a Sunrise service just around
the corner at the Tabernacle, followed by two regular services inside
the sanctuary Easter Sunday.
All three are open to everyone --- including those
who've never before stepped inside.
7 am Easter Sunrise at the
Then comes a super concert
April 18, followed by a catered reception (see CALENDAR) with music
by the famed Basic'ly Brass quintet.
Never heard them before? Click
"It's a bargain," says organizer Bobby Mac
McCullough. a key fundraiser for the tiny church's ambitious capital
campaign. The goal is an awesome $70,000, needed to repair, replace
and refurbish a formerly abandoned area of the church. "Restore
a Room in Crisis" says the campaign brochure.
Once it's completed, the once empty room will be
put to use in a myriad of imaginative ways: As a focal point for
Bible studies and committee meetings, a multimedia
bargain: concert, catered reception
room, a church parlor and a haven where parents
accompanied by children can still view the service via closed circuit
TV. The link permits them to simultaneously keep watch over their
youngsters while the religious proceedings are in progress.
Getting a big bang for the buck? There's
even more, say fundraising organizers. The newly upgraded room will
also be available for rental to community groups and wedding parties.
Those church folk really know how to capitalize on
opportunities in their midst.
Here comes the
fire department's new tanker
New 3,000-gallon unit will replace a 22-year-old 1,800
gallon tanker. Designed to fit on the narrow streets of Mt.
Gretna, it's now being custom-assembled by a family-owned company in
Northeastern Pennsylvania that's a chief supplier of fire engines to
the New York City Fire Department.
Nesquehoning, Pa., a town about twice the size of Mt Gretna in
northeastern Pennsylvania where the principal business is fire
engines, is now at work on a 3,000-gallon tanker for us.
KME Kovatch, which makes most New York City fire
engines, will soon deliver a new tanker for Mt. Gretna, one capable
of providing water when and where it's needed, even if there are no
hydrants close by.
One of three bidders, the company was chosen because it
offered "the best value for our money," says mayor and Fire
Company president Joe Shay. "It is custom-designed for our
unique needs, which is why it is a bit more expensive than an 'off
the shelf' tanker."
He estimates that about 50% of the homes in the Mt.
Gretna area are without hydrants. About 12% of the fire company's
calls from those locations. He says the tanker will also supplement
hydrants where they exist in other neighborhoods.
The new tanker that carries
At 22, no longer economical to
3,000 gallons of water replaces a 22-year-old
unit that holds only 1,800 gallons and is now beyond its normally
20-year useful lifespan.
The new unit will pump 1,000 gallons per
minute and will cost $315,000.
After 22 years of service the old unit was
prohibitively expensive to repair. The new unit is being built on a
footprint not much larger than the older unit it will replace --
essential to getting around on Mt. Gretna's narrow streets.
BY THE BOOK: A PRIMER ON HOW TO GET THOSE ELUSIVE
Because of price and popular appeal,
every year in mid-August it's usually the hottest ticket in town. At
$14 apiece, the Cicada Festival's 728 tickets for each of its
six-performances generally get scoffed up soon after they go on sale.
This year's acts are not yet announced, but the genre will be
no surprise. Nostalgia rock groups, national acts, and cruise
ship favorites like Phil Dirt and the Dozers, Grass Roots, and Bronx
Wanderers get top billing, wowing audiences from The Villages in
Florida to county fairs and speedways in Ohio. The festival's
performances will be held at the Playhouse this year Aug. 3rd, 4th,
5th, 6th, 10th and 11th.
Although the Dozers already have Mt. Gretna on their
website for August 11, most other choices are known only to Cicada
impresarios like Ceylon Leitzel and a handful of other volunteers
sworn to secrecy.
The big date for each season's grand announcement is planned
with the painstaking precision of a military invasion. Envelopes sent
to prospects on the mailing list get deposited in outlying post
offices strategically --timed to arrive on Wednesday, April 15.
That's also the date when the Cicada website goes
"live," says Mr. Leitzel -- a Mt. Gretnan who ranks among
the state's top jewelers -- the only one twice selected "Jeweler
of the Year" by the Pennsylvania Jewelers Association. He's also
an expert in the art of creating allure, like the mystique that
annually envelops the Cicada Festival's highly sought-after tickets.
Release of the 2015 schedule, however, won't set off a
flurry of phone calls. That's because officials have in recent years
established a rigid structure for ticket sales.
All initial ticket orders must be mailed, not
hand-carried, to the box office. Applications must be from those
received in the mail or printed out from the Cicada Festival website.
Although orders for season and individual tickets may be
mailed together starting April 15, only season ticket orders will be
processed first, according to postmarked dates. Individual ticket
orders will be processed starting May 1, with priority again going to
mailed applications having the earliest postmarks.
No phone call orders will be accepted until June 1.
Officials say the first wave of season ticket orders
usually scoops up about 65% of the festival's roughly 4,300 tickets.
Although strictly adhered to, it's a formula they've
found audiences consider efficient, practical and fair.
CENSUS ALERT: BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR SPRING CHICKENS
Readers may already have noticed: Mt.
Gretnan Bill Gifford's new book "Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever or Die Trying" zoomed to No. 8 on The New York
Times best-seller list last month.
We'd like to do our own story and survey as a
followup. Bill suggests that some of his neighbors served as
inspiration for the book's basic themes, namely senior citizens
approaching 100 with youthful energy and a point of view to match.
Bill says that normally only about one person in 10,000
lives to be a hundred. Yet the percentage in Mt. Gretna seems much
higher. Is it the water, the surroundings or the sticky buns?
Who are Mt. Gretna's spring chickens? We'd like to
hear from you. Tell us about friends and neighbors who are
rounding the bend toward the century mark.
That's all we need to get started on a sprightly series
of articles later this year.
Send your nominees to email@example.com.
NEIGHBORS SEARCH COMMUNITY-WIDE FOR SOLUTIONS
Gatherings of Mt Gretna neighbors, drawn from each of
the community's seven distinctive neighborhoods, continued last month
to explore topics that included a string of amateur break-ins, parking
woes, and traffic as well as the continued annoyance occasioned by
the buzzards' perennial returns. All but the break-ins were
familiar subjects that so far have eluded permanent solutions.
Yet the idea of sharing ideas among people in different
sections of the community, while not entirely new, nevertheless adds
new emphasis which could lead to incremental improvements. That, at
least, is the hope of people like former Art Show coordinator Karl Gettle, who organized
the group this winter. It has held two meetings so far and
intends to continue meeting throughout 2015. Volunteers chosen
from each of the communities (except Stoberdale, pop. 51, with 24
homes near the Hideaway restaurant) include Dave Lloyd in the
Campmeeting, Chuck Allwein and Allan Feldman in the
Chautauqua, Greg Pappariella
in Conewago Hill, Evelyn Koppel in Timber
Hills, Rhoda Long in Timber
Bridge and Max Hunsicker in Mt. Gretna
Heights. (Email addresses where available are embedded beneath
They invite neighbors to contact them with concerns,
ideas and perhaps a long-awaited solution.
A report that the Easter Bunny had hidden about 360 eggs
at the Chautauqu
I know a bunny's here somewhere
a Playground sent Hunter Koppel (right) and at least
50 others on a search on the final Saturday of a bone-chilling
month, the 6th coldest March on record.
Even a cold, dreary day, however, couldn't stop
the 4-1/2-year-old son of David and Jennifer Koppel of
Elizabethtown, accompanied by Valley Road grandparents Evelyn
Koppel and Sid Hostetter. Along with the others, Hunter lived up to
his name and collected a bucket
A few hints, Mr. Rabbit, would
of eggs (some real, some plastic filled with candy and
tickets for prizes).
All on a day when the weather was freezing and more snow
was yet on the way. But led by parishioners Ron Jones and Sarah Ellis
and pastor Michael Remel, the folks at Mt. Gretna United Methodist
Church made sure that not only were the eggs in place, but so was a
nattily attired full-sized rabbit. The hare's sprightly gait (er,
hop?) seemed familiar, reminding some of Greg Pappariella, the
recently retired sales executive for Peeps (makers of marshmallow
candy chicks, pumpkins and rabbits) who lives on Conewago Hill,
overlooking the lake.
ANTIQUES APPRAISALS NEXT MONTH
The Mt. Gretna Historical Society plans an Antiques
Appraisal Day in the fire hall nest month.
Terry Breidenstine, owner of All County Jewelry, Coins
and Antiques in Lebanon, will offer appraisals from 9 am to noon
Saturday, May 30. For a fee of $5 per item (large or small), the
Society invites residents to bring up to five items for appraisal.
"Now is the time to bring in those tchotchkes
you've been wondering about," says organizer Susan Hostetter,
who hopes the event will also support the Society's efforts to
preserve Mt. Gretna history.
Questions? Call 964-1956 or contact her by email: Susan.firstname.lastname@example.org.
ORGAN RECITAL SERIES TAPS RISING STARS
It took three years for Mt. Gretna organ recital
impresario Peter Hewitt to secure a commitment from organist Gregory
Zelek, who recently performed with the New World Symphony under the
direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Zelek and Thomas are pictured together
in this month's The American Organist magazine.
A Kovner Fellow at the Julliard School, Zelek performed
with the Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall last year and was organist
for the Metropolitan Opera's production of Faust.
He'll be at the Mt. Gretna Series July
23, one of five programs in this Thursdays-in-July series.
Another guest artist (July 16) will be
Ryan Brunkhurst, who grew up in Mt. Gretna and following his
graduation this spring from the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana,
will enter graduate studies there in the fall.
All performances in the Mt. Gretna recital series begin
at 7 pm. Reservations may be made after May 28 by calling 964-1830.
KEEPING BUSY ON THE COURTS AND ON CANVASS
Artist Barb Fishman, who probably has more friends per
square meter in Mt. Gretna than in any other spot on Earth, is back
painting pictures, giving lessons and exhibiting in multiple
locations. Her works are currently on display at the Le Sorelle
Gallery and also this month and next at Trattoria Fratelli, one of
Lebanon's most popular restaurants. She paused briefly in her
whirlwind schedule last month to share a heartfelt message with our
reporter: "I'd like everyone to know that I so much appreciate
their cards and caring thoughts on the passing of my husband."
Alvin Fishman, a veterinarian and accomplished musician, passed away
last January at age 82. They had moved from Mt. Gretna to Cornwall a
few years ago. But Barb remains a fixture on the tennis court and
also in art circles here.
WHERE WERE YOU ON Pi DAY?
Dick Brown, a retired science
teacher and naturalist on Mine Road, will never forget. While he was
watching a spring training game in Florida last month, the Boston Red
Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates battled through seven innings to a 2-2 tie.
In the eighth, the Pirates rallied to score three runs
Deibinson Romero slammed a foul into the ball park's mesh fence. The
ball bounced and struck Dick on the shoulder but fortunately left him
uninjured and smiling.
A fan who caught the ricocheting ball then decided to
make it a gracious gift to Dick, a Manheim Twp. Middle School teacher
who retired 17 years ago.
He returned home with both a ball and a lasting memory,
one that came on March 14, 2015, a date that translates to 3.1415
(the first five digits of Pi -- the ratio of a circle's circumference
to its diameter).
MEET PROFESSOR HAROLD HILL
Baird Erb, grandson of the late Mt. Gretna mayor and
fire chief Dave Long, makes his second theatrical appearance this
month. He'll be starring in a home school
production of The Music Man at Trinity High School in Camp
Hill. Baird, 18 and a senior, has grown up in Mt. Gretna, where his
parents have lived for the past 26 years.
The fourth of Kenton and Debby Erb's six children, Baird
played the Lion in The Wizard of Oz last year. His mom,
who grew up in the Chautauqua and now serves as the Campmeeting
Association's office manager, says she's thrilled. Tickets for the
April 10-12 production are available online.
What are the chances a bird that no one could
identify would land smack in the backyard of folks who six years ago
founded the Mt. Gretna Bird Club?
Sid Hostetter and Evelyn Koppel were stumped by this
late arrival last month, which at first glance appears to be a
canary. "We decided to consult others who are better birders
than we are," says Evelyn.
Better birders? That's saying something, since Sid and
Evelyn have been leading groups on bird hunts with fascinating
narratives week after week.
Upon further examination, they confirmed it as a
Leucistic pine sisking, which is the technical name of a color morph.
At any rate, a mystery that lingered into late March is
now solved. A Leucistic pine sisking it is.
Mt. Gretna's Bird Club leaves for two-hour adventures
every Friday at 9 am from the Chautauqua parking lot. Afterwards
there's often a breakfast at Le Sorelle. All are welcome.
Robert (Bob) W. Aungst, Jr. (1937 - 2015)
Robert (Bob) W. Aungst, Jr., 77, of
Lancaster, passed away Feb. 8 at Lancaster General Hospital. He was
the loving husband of Christina (Wentzel) Aungst, with whom he
celebrated 55 years of marriage in January.
Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Robert W. and Ruth M.
(Martin) Aungst, Sr. Bob was a graduate of New Holland High School
and attended Franklin & Marshall College. He worked in the custom
cabinet industry for over 35 years enjoying the business and the
great people with whom he worked. He finished his career as owner of
Rich Maid Kabinetry, Myerstown. He served on the Lancaster Bible
College Corporation, the board of Calvary Fellowship Homes and was a
Deacon and Elder at Calvary Church. Bob loved serving the Lord
through teaching the Bible to both young people and adults. Each
winter, Bob and Tina enjoyed Florida. In the summer, Mt. Gretna was
the place he loved playing tennis, birding, bike riding, and spending
time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Surviving in addition to his wife is a daughter, Cynthia
L. Baker, wife of William G., of Fairfax, VA; two sons, Robert W.
Aungst III, husband of Ann L., of Lancaster, and J. David Aungst,
husband of Mindy, of Lancaster; seven granddaughters and two
A private interment followed funeral services held Feb. 13.
Memorial contributions may be made to Global Ministries Fund at
Calvary Church of Lancaster or the Lancaster Bible College
Stanley Howard Templin (1928 - 2015)
Stanley Templin, who ran the Mt. Gretna
Tennis Tournaments for over 30 years, died at age 87 in Peoria,
Az. A graduate of Lebanon High School Class of 1945, he served
in the U.S. Navy during World War II and again during the Korean
During his life, he worked as a machinist at Kercher's
Machine Works, sold insurance for Met Life and retired from Weaber,
Inc. at age 79. He was preceded in death by a brother, Willard, and
wife Helen M. Feather.
He is survived by a son, Keith, married to Peggy Emerich, and
two grandchildren, Matthew A. and Kelly A. Templin. He is also
survived by current wife, Irene and four step children, Deb Bowman,
Lea Shope, Charles Comins and Robin Unger.
In 2013, Stan and Irene moved to Arizona. He was a 32nd
degree Mason and had served as president and as treasurer of the
Friendship Fire Company. He was a volunteer for five years at Hospice
in the Lebanon VA Medical Center.
His free-time love was tennis, which he continued to play well
into his 80s. He began playing at age 14, and could usually be found
practicing on the courts in Coleman's Park. He played in local hard
court and clay court tournaments for over 30 years. "Temp,"
as he was known, was a member of the Green Hills Racquet Club and the
former Mt. Gretna Men's Club.
Interment will be at 9 a.m. April 3rd at the Fort
Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Refreshments and Remembrance at the
Annville American Legion afterwards.
Memorial donations in his name can be made to the
Parkinson's Disease Foundation online (www.pdf.org) or by mail to
1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018
Jane Fickes (1921 - 2015)
Jane Fickes, 93, who had come to Mt. Gretna every
summer since she was born, passed away peacefully last month at
Cornwall Manor where she and her husband Charles Fickes had lived for
the past several years. Their home on Locust Street in Mt. Gretna Heights
had been a family haven ever since it was built by her father. The
Fickeses, who first met and fell in love in Mt. Gretna, made it their
summer retreat for many years. They had also once owned a home on
Village Lane in Timber Hills.
Born in Harrisburg in 1921, she graduated with valedictory
honors from John Harris High School in 1938, and received her
bachelors degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Gettysburg College. She
earned a doctorate in biochemical bacteriology from the University of
Pennsylvania in 1945 and was employed by the US Chemical Warfare
division at Ft. Detrick, MD.
Her other interests included working for Hospice
of Central Pa during its formative years. A resident of Camp Hill,
she was an active member at Market Square Presbyterian Church in
Harrisburg where she served as a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School
superintendent and church elder; she was also a member of the Mt.
Gretna Heights Association.
A Girl Scout leader, active member of the
New Cumberland Junior Civic Club, and a member of the Harrisburg
Symphony Association and West Shore Country Club, she also served on
the board of directors at Homeland in Harrisburg. Known for her
outstanding cooking skills and tasty gourmet dishes, she was an avid
reader and loved animals, canoeing, swimming, golf, tennis, and
She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard, and is survived
by her husband, a son John of Mifflinburg, Pa., daughter Carolyn
Hartman of Mt. Gretna, three granddaughters and six great
grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Child
Fund International, 2821
Emerywood Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294.
This month's Calendar of Events
bargain: a brass concert and catered reception
in the Sanctuary April 18, with guys who've spent the past 26
years honing their talents. The quintet includes performers who've
appeared with The New York Voices, The Four Freshmen and in top
European concert venues. Mt. Gretnan Al Stokes (center) is joined
by Mike Jordan, Ken Kemmerer, Paul Breidenstine and Chris Campbell
-- musicians and music educators all, some as leaders of school
marching bands and symphony orchestras. They'll be at Mt.
Gretna United Methodist Church Saturday, April 18 at 7 pm for a
concert and reception catered by "Chef on the Go" Becky
With both concert and reception included in the price of
admission, "It's a bargain," says Bobby "Mac"
McCullough, the church's choir enterprising director and the spark
plug behind this spring's key fundraiser.
Tickets for the concert are $15 in advance or $20 at
the door. To reserve tickets, call the church at (717) 964-3241 and
leave your name, address, phone number and the number of tickets
desired; or choose the appropriate voice mail box to leave that information.
Gretna Music's 40th anniversary season tickets available online or by phone:
Saturday, April 4:
Bird Watch Basics For anyone
interested in birds. Bring binoculars. Gov. Dick. 9 am.
Backpacking 101 Ultralight backpacker gives tips on lightening
the load. Gov. Dick. 1 pm.
Sunday, April 5:
Easter Buffet at the Timbers:
Oven roasted turkey, country
First Day of Spring. Really?
Lois Herr photo
baked ham and roast beef, sweet potatoes, filling and
gravy, veal cutlet, three hot vegetables, garden vegetable soup,
rolls and butter, salad bar, fruits, dessert bar and coffee. $18.95
Seatings 11:30 and 2 pm.
April 9, 14, 16 and 23:
RADS Womens Defense Classes at Cornwall Elementary School; no fee but you must
attend all four nights. Send email to register: email@example.com.
5:50 - 9:30 pm.
Friday, April 10:
Toddlers: Tracks in the Woods Ages 2 to 5. A craft follows the walk. Gov. Dick. 10 am.
The Music Man Baird Erb of Mt.
Gretna stars as Prof. Harold Hill (see story above).
Second Friday at The
Timbers. Art by Mt. Gretnans Fred Swaar, jeweler Kate Dolan 6-9
What's in your Pack?
Create a "10 Essentials" kit for your hikes.
At least it was cheery indoors
Lois Herr photo
Gov. Dick, 10 am.
Volunteer Work Day
at Gov. Dick. Noon to 3 pm.
rock-climbing on some of America's best boulders. Gov. Dick,
Sunday, April 12:
Fitness Hike Fast-paced 5 to
6 miles. Gov. Dick, 9 am.
Honeybees Beekeeper Matt
Libhart describes their fascinating lifestyle. Gov. Dick, 2 pm.
The Colemans and Mt. Gretna Jim Polczynski tracks the founder and his history here,
at the Mt. Gretna Fire Hall, 2 pm.
Auction Benefit: Mt Gretna School
of Art at Lancaster Galleries (click here for details).
"Take home some fantastic fine art and benefit the MGSOA,"
says founder Jay Noble. Includes works by Lou Schellenberg and about
30 other top artists. Proxy and telephone bidding (starting at 4 pm)
adds to the excitement. 3 - 5:30 pm.
Hands on Nature A program for
ages 2 to 6. $5 per child. Gov. Dick 10 am - noon.
Cicada Website Opens
Download ticket applications here and mail yours
Board Meeting Gov. Dick
Park board of directors, 7 pm.
Boating Safety Class
Children 10 and up may attend with an adult. Gov. Dick. 10 am to
Tennis Courts Cleanup Bring a rake and work gloves in this "more-the-merrier"
event. 9 am.
Bird Watching Tips for finding and identifying birds. Gov.
Dick. 9 am.
UNPLUG! Turn off
your gadgets, bring snacks and take a walk around Gov. Dick Park. 9
Jr. Naturalists Register and
earn a patch, ages 5 to 10. Gov. Dick. 2 pm.
Basic'ly Brass at the Church
for 7 pm concert followed by a catered reception. (See above.)
Inner Harbor Bus Trip
Fire Company fundraiser; leaves 8 am for all-day visit. Tickets $40.
Sunday, April 19:
Wildflower Walk Enjoy the beauty
of forest wildflowers at a casual pace. Gov. Dick. 2 pm.
Chautauqua Homeowners Meeting The National Register process -- what it means and
doesn't mean, full details and opportunity to ask questions. Fire
Hall 2 pm.
Wednesday, April 22:
The Gathering Place Everyone's invited to this community
event, with the fellowship of friends, neighbors, and new and former
residents. Lunch is provided for a free-will offering, and the food
is said to be tops. Mt. Gretna United Methodist Church. Noon.
Saturday, April 25:
Breakfast with the Birds Enjoy coffee and donuts on the porch and birds'
serenade, Gov. Dick 5:30 am. Yes, 5:30.
Bluegrass Jamming Class Gov. Dick. 1-4 pm.
Fire Company Chicken Dinner A scrumptious fundraiser: Chicken cordon bleu or
stuffed chicken breast, with potato, steamed vegetables, applesauce,
rolls, beverage and dessert. $10 for adults, $5 children.
Starts 4 pm and continues until 7 (or until it's sold out).
Sunday, April 26:
Bluegrass Jam Gov Dick, 1-4
Gov. Dick, 10 am.
Gala Lite! at the Timbers.
An afternoon cabaret with silent auction, heavy hors d'oeuvres,
and Tiffan Borelli (Lady Guinevere in last summer's Camelot)
stepping in for Cabaret star Caleb Damschroder, just called
for yet another Broadway role TBA. 2:00 - 5 pm.
Thursday, April 30:
Interacting with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Three Cornwall PD training sessions at Cornwall
United Methodist Church. Click here for
Antique Appraisals (a Mt. Gretna Historical Society fundraiser at the fire
hall) May 30.
Summer Programs at Mt. Gretna
Library Mondays at 7 pm (June 1 - Aug. 31).
Friday Night Ecumenical Series at the Tabernacle (June 5-26).
Mt. Gretna Bible Festival at the Tabernacle (mid-June to late August).
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