Stories from Gettysburg :: June 2-4th, 2016
Jill Ercolino and Kaylin Kirk
Twin sisters Ruth and Rebecca Brown have been sculpting cat soldiers since they were 11. Now they have a museum full of them in Gettysburg, Pa. This is the story of Civil War Tails, their childhood dream come true.
David Young loves pottery, but perhaps more importantly he loves people. The Lion Potter sells a wide variety of art and also has a produce stand accompanied by pottery pieces. Young’s biggest aim is helping people find joy through art.
Patricia and Del Hilbert opened Victorian Photography Studio about 9 years ago in Gettysburg. The Studio dresses customers in Victorian-era costumes and photographs them using either modern digital cameras or traditional wet plate technology from the Civil War era.
Running a husband-wife business isn’t always easy. Trish said they do sometimes get irritated around each other. But they realized that they had to put their emotions to the side when there are customers around them. Trish said they are there for the customers to have a good time.
“I kind of like it sometimes when he does go fishing by himself.” Trish laughed, “ It’s a challenge but I love working with him, too.”
“They want a memory.” Trish said of their customers. “They want to take home a great memory with them and pictures are the best way to get that.”
The Green Drake hatch on Penns Creek in Centre County, where one of the biggest mayflies in North America comes back every year, draws fly fishing anglers from all over the world. The fly shop in tiny Coburn where many of the anglers stop before hitting their destination stream benefits from a world-class destination for anglers.
Kim Hopfer is 44-years-old, but feels reborn. She quit smoking and gained fifty pounds. She started running, but could not stay dedicated. With two children, and one with special needs, Kim was desperate to find something that would make her healthy. CrossFit Gettysburg offered a beginning class for people that were not only beginners, but were severely out of shape. Kim was scared, but decided to give it a try. After a six-week intensive program with head coach Chris Kimple, Kim felt like a new person. Chris spent weeks working with Kim on running, lifting weights and building her strength and endurance. Slowly she made progress, but more importantly she gained confidence in herself and her own inner strength.
On her last day of the program Chris asked her if she would come back for another six-week program. She smiled and told her coach that she would definitely be back.
“I didn’t think I could do it,” she said, “and I did it.”
Land of Little Horses is a performing animal theme park located in Adams County, Pa. The business is in its 45th year and offers visitors a working farm experience
In a world of nonstop communication and digital media, Varsity Barbershop serves as a community gathering spot. The Gettysburg-area establishment thrives as a family business, with owner Steve Lingg serving the community for three-plus decades.
Perhaps an absurd question, but it is a hot topic of debate. Is a roll the same as two pieces of bread? Does the hot dog count as sandwich meat? The world continues to debate these important issues. A local cookout provided people with a range of opinions on the delicate subject.
Sonny Zeigler is a self-taught carpenter who owns Zeigler’s Country Stuff in Littleton, Adams County , PA. He hand makes farm tables, cabinets and other custom furniture for customers who often discover him while driving by on Baltimore Pike. Most days he is found working out in front of his workshop shirtless with his found cat, Buddy, by his side.
Olena Goncharova & Marylynne Pitz
Katie Bigham’s passions are tending chickens and learning new games. She is only 16 and her ambition is to travel the world.
Sara Bauknecht & Natalie Bencivenga
What would you do if you’ve felt the presence of spirits all your life? Meet Pam Barry, the co-owner of the Gettysburg Ghost Exchange. She opened the shop this spring with her husband, Steve, at 1015 Baltimore Pike. It’s a go-to for all things paranormal. If you’re lucky, she might just tell you a story or two about her haunted encounters.
Miss Mustard Seed aka Marian Parsons, is the owner of a business that she started in her home. Marian’s love for restoring old furniture and DIY designs turned into something she had never imagined. Along the way, she created her own milk paint line, wrote a book, and is a freelance photographer and writer for Cottages & Bungalows magazine.
Mechanical time pieces are fading into the past, but Master Watchmaker/Clockmakers like Jim Michaels, of Gettysburg, PA, are doing their best to keep them alive for as long as possible. Michaels loves his job and has enough work to stay busy for the rest of his life.
During the Civil War one Gettysburg barn served as a hospital for Confederate soldiers. Now it’s home to Battlefield Brew Works, started by co-owner and brewmaster Daniel Kulick.