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How an old York County community theater became the Mount Wolf Community Church

Linked in/Neat stuff: Brits visit Carolers in Glen Rock/Edwin Greiman remembered
The YDR’s Sonya Paclob was looking for stories in Mount Wolf, Pa., the other day. She saw the always interesting Mount Wolf theater, now the Mount Wolf Community Church. ‘Cool looking community church. Mt. Wolf Gospel Arts Theatre,’ Sonya wrote in on Twitter. The Southern Baptist Church’s website gives this interesting history of the theater – and the church: ‘The Mt. Wolf Movie Theatre (as everyone seems to know it by) opened in 1946. It then reopened in 1993 as The Mt. Wolf Gospel Arts Theatre. Owner Jud Wagner donated the theatre to Oak Grove Baptist Church of Bel Air, Md. Several Oak Grove’s singers and ministries enjoyed friendship with the Wagner’s and Dellosso’s. They knew Reverend Dan Dellosso had aspirations to be a senior pastor one day so they asked him to lead a new church in the theatre. (Dan was serving as an associate Pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Hanover.) ‘I’m living my dream,’ Dellosso said, ‘I always knew the Lord called me to be a pastor. I just didn’t know how it would happen. When they asked me to be the pastor, I just broke down crying.’ Mount Wolf Community Church held its first service 10 years ago today, Jan. 10, 2004. Also of interest:  The Last Picture Show: Future mayors soaked in ‘E.T.’ at Mount Wolf, Pa., theater.

Neat stuff from all over … .

Brett Greiman is a local artist of note. He supervised the  Civil Rights Heroes project, for example.

No surprisingly, artistic talent runs in his family. Edwin Greiman, his great uncle, was a well known artist, author of his illustrated ‘Memoirs’ and topic of this local YorkTownSquare post.

Brett responded with this interesting story:

“I was given a copy of my great uncle’s “Memoirs” years ago by one of his former co-workers when I worked at York Graphic Services. Edwin was my great grandfather’s brother. Memoirs is a fascinating read. I never got to meet him but it seems he left quite a legacy, not only in his accounts of York County history but very much in the printing industry too. It was in Memoirs where I first heard of Sauerkraut Hill.
Your mention of how PA Dutch was widely spoken in this area makes me think how much I wish I would have thought to record conversations with my grandma Greiman. She had a very heavy German accent. Her maiden name was Gunnet and was from Stoverstown and her family immigrated here well after the Greimans. When she’d see my dad and I coming over on Sundays, I remember hearing her yell to my grandpa in PA Dutch that we were there. My father’s name was Edward and she’d yell “Da Kunda Eddie”. Spelling that phonetically, no idea how it’s really spelled in German.

The Farm Show, in different views. Sonya Paclob, above, shows a 360 degree view of butter sculpture. And here, PennLive provides a gallery of Farm Shows past.

January Christmas Carols in Glen Rock: Bob Nicklow posted the following on You’re Probably From Glen Rock … FB page:

This evening as the Carolers gathered to greet the “Brits”, our Director Darryl Engler kept calling his brother, Glenn, Asst. Director, letting him and us know how close the bus was to its final destination, Glen Rock. We all awaited the arrival of our British guests, in one of the ambulance bays to surprise them with our appearance and carols. As the bus passed Water St., on Main St.,(or High St. as it was originally called when the first English settlers came to Heathcote Station / Glen Rock, apx. 1848) then our spotter said they’re turning onto Water St., the bay door was raised and we filed out and as they approached the Water St. bridge, Asst. Dir. Glenn Engler gave us the cue for “Christians, Awake”. As our guests started to descend from the bus, they’re smiles and glistening eyes said it all to us. We sang on with “Hark, Hark!”, “Hosanna in the Highest”, “When Christ was Born”, and “Raise Christians Raise” & “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. Many of the British folk stood there and sang along with us. After which we entered the Ambulance building for welcoming, lite refreshments, meeting of host families, and reuniting old friendships. There were 23 “Brits” and 40 Carolers, Dr. Ian Russell and his wife, plus many more well-wishers. Thanks to the Glen Rock Ambulance Crew for all their prep work and allowing us to use their facilities. “Welcome to Glen Rock, Honored Guests!”

History mystery quiz: Join in the commenting in locating this old farmhouse… .