Vendors, food and bargains are part of Greencastle Sidewalk Days
Downtown Greencastle will delight shoppers during the 55th Annual Sidewalk Days from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday July 8 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday July 9.
There will also be plenty of good things to eat, varied entertainment and a Kids Zone.
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Sidewalk Days is also the start of badge sales for the 41st triennial celebration of Old House Week August 6-13.
Strolling, shopping and socializing will be easy, with Baltimore Street from Jefferson Street to Washington Street and South Carlisle Street from Center Square to Franklin Street closed to traffic.
Shopping and dining options
“The Chamber is pleased that we had a terrific response from the suppliers. We have very little booth space left,” said Debby Cunningham, executive director of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors Sidewalk Days.
“We have a good mix of community groups, businesses, food products and many merchants participating,” she continued. “In addition to street vendors, downtown businesses will be open and there are ‘pop-up’ shops in the Aura building.”
The dozens of vendors run the alphabet from airplanes and adventure travel to woven notions.
In between, a sample of the selection includes artists, jewelry, bees, books, distilled spirits, collectibles, and clothing.
Local churches, other organizations and businesses will be established and provide information.
There will be tables around the central square where people can enjoy dishes from Antietam Dairy, Balkan Traditions, Bubble Eats, Carnival Concessions, CC Funnel Cakes, CUL•TURED Soul Food, Foltz’s, J&M BarBQ, Keep It Smokin’ BBQ, Kona Ice, Mama K’s Buns, Meadow Products, The Ragged Edge Roasting Co., Rollin’ Pretzels, Roy’s Concessions, Sherry’s Crab Cakes, Sweet Rollers and The Carving Board.
Entertainment and activities
Sidewalk days will begin with an opening ceremony featuring Greencastle Mayor Ben Thomas Jr. at 10 a.m. Friday.
“A unique feature this year is the Army National Guard rock climbing wall,” Cunningham said. “It will be in the Greencastle Brethren Church car park for anyone aged 14 to 75.”
There will be face painting, games and other activities in the Greencastle Presbyterian Church Children’s Zone. The Cumberland Valley School of Music will be offering a make-and-go musical craft on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon, followed by a balloon whirlwind from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday entertainment includes performances by Cumberland Valley School of Music students at 3 p.m., Back Creek Valley Boys at 4 p.m. and Runaway Train at 6:15 p.m.
A Barb and Friends puppet show will kick off Saturday’s entertainment at 9 a.m. and Evan Crider will perform at 1 p.m.
Demonstrations of Momentum Martial Arts, Rockstar Cheer and Majestic Cheer will take place periodically throughout the two days.
Old House Week Badges
Badges for the 2022 celebration will be sold in the central square by the Old Home Week association.
A badge costs $6 and provides access to virtually all OHW events. The exception is the Greencastle Loyal Daughters reunion, where the $5 membership fee is payable at the door.
This year marks the 240th anniversary of the founding of Greencastle and Allison’s Tavern, its first structure, is prominently featured on the badge.
No one knows when it was built or what it looked like, but local artist Andy Barbuzanes created a rendition of the tavern as it might have appeared when the town was laid out by Colonel John Allison in 1782.
Badge sales will continue at a number of locations in Greencastle and during the celebration at OHW Headquarters in Center Square.
Blaise Alexander Chevrolet is the title sponsor of Sidewalk Days with additional support from F&M Trust, Orrstown Bank, UPMC and WellSpan Health. The entertainment is sponsored by Manitowoc Cranes, with the stage provided by Lumber Direct.
A full list of providers and entertainment is available at tinyurl.com/gacc-swd55.
For more information contact the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce at 717-597-4610, email [email protected] or visit greencastlepachamber.org
Shawn Hardy is a reporter for Gannett’s Franklin County newspapers in south-central Pennsylvania – Echo Pilot in Greencastle, The Record Herald in Waynesboro, and Public Opinion in Chambersburg. She has over 35 years of journalism experience. Contact her at [email protected].