Debby Cunningham isn’t new to the Greencastle Sidewalk Days, but she’s new to the planning side.
âThere is a lot more going on than you might think,â said Cunningham, the new executive director of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.
âIt all comes together through a real team effort,â Cunningham said, citing the chamber, the Borough of Greencastle and the sponsors.
She has spent the last two months working alongside ValÃ©rie Meyers, outgoing CEO, to prepare for the 54th annual event to be held on Friday and Saturday July 9 and 10.
Longtime Greencastle residents Lanny and Mary Jane Carbaugh were among those walking the vendor-lined streets on Friday.
âWe saw a lot of people that we know and haven’t seen in a while,â she said.
“Things look normal … people are walking around smiling,” he added.
The Sidewalk Days returned to downtown Greencastle after a year-long hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic. With parts of the streets of Baltimore and South Carlisle closed to traffic, people could browse at their leisure, eat a little at tables shaded by umbrellas placed around Center Square, enjoy the music and demonstrations and have a good time. good time.
The younger set
Jace Myers, 8, of Greencastle was a thoughtful shopper as he chose to shop at Awesome Minis. He was interested in the Marvel War Machine superhero, as well as characters from “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “Star Wars”, including Baby Yoda.
Jen Grioli from St. Thomas, who also does mail order, has sold the small Lego-compatible figures on a few previous Sidewalk Days and was happy with the Friday breeze. Thousands of miniatures from film, television, cartoons and pop culture lined up in rows on its tables.
Greencastle’s brothers Colby Lewis, 7, and Eli Lewis, 5, were fierce-looking tigers after visiting the makeup booth.
Three-year-old Caleb Beckman and his Pap, Matthew Bigham, both from Greencastle, visited the Baby Barnyard animals set up by the Franklin County Junior Fair Board as a sample of what they are offering this week at the fair .
A group of siblings were on the vendor side of the table outside their house on South Carlisle Street. Mother Anya Monn said the children wanted to earn some special money, had been planning for about a month, and each had found something to sell.
Bryce Wilson, 12, picked up golf balls from the backyard of a friend who lives near a golf course, cleaned them up, and put them up for sale in bins. Ace Monn, 10, and Cash Monn, 15, took a baking lesson the night before and offered cookies, Rice Krispie treats and brownies.
Anya Monn used to sell “sky socks”, white tie-dye socks in light blue to look like the sky and the clouds.
Heidi Monn, 13, made bracelets and Morgan Wilson, 15, sewed scrunchies. Colton Wilson, 9, rounded off the lineup with football cards and crystals.
Morgan’s money is for the family’s next vacation to the Outer Banks, Colton has stuff he wants to buy on Amazon and the others thought they’d spend what they earned on Sidewalk Days or the would save.
A family event
Young entrepreneurs were not the only family in the neighborhood.
My Heart’s Desire freelance artist Mary Bock of Greencastle exhibited her jewelry and artwork and her son Ian Bock handled the commercial side of her sales. His friend Austin Lord, a freelance illustrator, has brought stickers, t-shirts, postcards, key chains, and pins which he also sells on Etsy.
Mary Bock said she returned to art during the pandemic time at home. She called it good therapy which, along with the gardening work, helped her stay sane.
Marty Zimmerman was joined by his mother Marcie as he sold his photos of flowers, local scenes and Gettysburg as stand-alone pieces as well as on mugs, notes and postcards.
Give a hand
Across South Carlisle Street, Pastor Fred Keener was on hand to represent the Greencastle Brethren Church. Keener, who grew up in the Hagerstown area and was a radio presenter on WKSL from Greencastle in the latter half of the 1970s, returned to the area this year after 34 years at Bristolville Church of the Brethren in Ohio.
He was joined by Don and Anna Heckman, leaders of the church’s Celebrate Recovery ministry. Celebrate Recovery meets every Thursday evening to help people “injured, having habits or blockages”.
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The Heckmans explained that Celebration Place for kids and The Landing for teens are taking place at the same time.
Keener and the Heckmans distributed free water and ice cubes as “our little gift to you” while offering “the great gift of God … forgiveness and eternal life through His Son, Jesus Christ.”
While the Brethren Church has been in Greencastle for many years, representatives from the newer church in the community were also in town during Sidewalk Days with their #BUILDTHECASTLE message.
The Greencastle campus of Grand Point Church in Chambersburg will be inaugurated on September 12 in the Banquet Hall on B 104 Street.
âWe are the people-loving church,â said Pastor Mike Carey. “We haven’t opened yet, but we want people to know we’re here for the community. We’re here, we love you.”
He said the church aims to build relationships within neighborhoods, businesses and other churches.
Visiting angels also means building relationships with clients and their families. The home care agency has been participating in Sidewalk Days for the past five or six years and “these are always great days for us,” said Michelle Gilfus, director of the office.
âWe need to release the name to let people know that we are here to help keep their family members home,â Gilfus said. She noted that especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, people want to keep loved ones out of nursing homes and rehabilitation centers.
The COVID-19 pandemic has also affected ELM Shoes, where shoppers have sought bargains, true to the name of the event, on the sidewalk.
They found a smaller selection than usual this year, according to owner Loren Martin.
The Sidewalk Days did not take place last year, but ELM Shoes and the nearby ELM department store still have sales tables outside their businesses in Center Square on the second weekend of July 2020. ELM Shoes was closed for a month and a half during the pandemic so there were a lot of shoes for sale there.
This year, there is less inventory on hand as shoe sellers are running out of merchandise, Martin said.
He also explained that he may have overreacted, ordering fewer dress shoes this year, predicting that people would opt for casual shoes while working from home.
“It’s good to be careful,” said Martin, who added that he also hadn’t forecast the number of people who would buy dress shoes for all weddings that have been postponed for the year. last.