If you love Santa – or at least like him – then you can meet the old chap at Gettysburg Hotel on November 29. The hotel will host Santa for the fifth straight year starting at 7:30 a.m. and going to 11:30 on November 29 of this year. For a small donation parents can have their children take a photo with Santa and get some goodies. The donations will go to support the United Way of Adams County.
Of course, we all like it when Santa comes to town, but my fear is he’ll leave on November 29 and forget to come back on December 24. I’m preparing my chimney just in case.
Eight-year-old Daniel Kyle arrived in Gettysburg Pennsylvania yesterday. He lives with his parents in Edinburgh, Indiana and was invited to Gettsyburg by Gettysburg Hotel General Manager Phil Murray when balloons that Daniel let go of in Edinburgh landed in Gettysburg. Murray paid for gas and gave a free room to the Kyles for their stay in Gettysburg this weekend.
The drive to Gettysburg from Edinburgh is 552 miles and takes a little over 9 hours.
As the story goes, Gettysburg resident Bill Anders was headed to work one day in August when he saw a blue blob at the end of his driveway. The blob turned out to be a collection of balloons. There was a note attached from Daniel and the rest just makes a good human interest story. Daniel is deaf and has been from birth.
Daniel’s parents had orchestrated the balloon experiment as a teaching lesson. They wanted to know where the balloons landed. So the note asked that whoever found the balloons to contact them and let them know where they fell. That’s what prompted Murray’s invitation to the Kyles to visit Gettysburg. Before Daniel goes home, Murray said he’s going to let Daniel release another 20 balloons with a note. Who knows, maybe they’ll land in Brunswick, Maine, which is 553 miles northeast of Gettysburg and Daniel and his parents can take their next trip there.
If you’ve been driving the area in and around Gettysburg and you’ve noticed certain detour signs with colors on them you’ve likely wondered just what the colors stand for. They are designations for specific detour routes.
The signs are a response to a major storm crisis that occurred last year. Several motorists were trapped no Interstate 78 after being detoured from their original destinations and they didn’t know where to go. The signs were meant to point motorists in the right direction should that occur again. Colors that represent specific routes include red, blue, green, orange, and brown. The routes so designated are:
- Red = South
- Blue = North
- Green = East
- Orange = West
- Brown = Two routes moving in the same direction
So if you get stuck in Gettysburg and you’re not sure which way to go, just follow the right color to get you to your destination based on the direction you know you should be traveling in.
Nestled in Western Adams County is a tree farm that once belonged to paper manufacturer Glatfelter, a staple industry in South Central Pennsylvania. The tree farm, called Glatfelter Tree Farm No. 1, was purchased by The Conservation Fund in March of this year and has since received $4 million from the state of Pennylvania for conservation efforts. We’re talking about nearly 2,600 acres.
While the Glatfelter Tree Farm No. 1 is not currently open to the public, we’re hopeful that it will become an area attraction at some point in the future. That will just give one more reason for Gettysburg tourists to visit the area and one more reason to stick around one day longer.
Every now and then I read a heartwarming story of courage and commitment. Recently, it was in the Gettysburg Times.
Daniel Kyle is 8 years old. He released 30 balloons on his grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary with a note attached for whoever finds them to let him know where they landed. A man¬†in Gettysburg, Bill Anders, found the balloons in his driveway one morning, two days after Daniel released them.
After the story ran in the Gettysburg Times, Phil Murray, general manager of the Gettysburg Hotel on the square, decided to pay for Daniel and his parents to visit Gettysburg. So he’s putting up a hotel room for them and paying for their gas to get here.
Murray also plans to arrange for a bevy of activities for Daniel and parents while they are here, including participating in some of the tours and local attractions. Now isn’t that a nice story?
The East Berlin Community Center in conjunction with Grammies Dolls and the Capital Area Pregnancy Center are hosting a free quilting class beginning Tuesday June 10, 2008. The class will run for two hours a night each Tuesday night for two weeks. The instructor will be Theresa Taylor, owner of Grammies Dolls. Taylor teaches quilting at EBACC and at the Gettysburg campus of HACC. The free class will go to benefit CAPC and all quilts made will be donated to CAPC. EBACC is donating the room.
For more information about the quilting class you may call EBACC or Theresa Taylor at 717-528-4005.