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First Holiday Historic Church Tour of Greensburg is a hit

Kim Stepinsky | For The Tribune-Review
(from left), Nancy Nemeth, hospitality organizer, Diane Dale and Donna Lee, tour co-chairs, and Debbie Campbell, publicity chair, gather at the reception following the Greensburg Garden Center Historic Holiday Church Tour, held at the First Presbyterian Church in Greensburg on Saturday evening, December 8, 2012.

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Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, 8:54 p.m.

Judging from high praise heard for the inaugural Holiday Historic Church Tour of Greensburg, it might be wise to plan now to attend next year.

Hosted on Saturday by the Greensburg Garden Center, the tour began at Otterbein United Methodist Church and proceeded to First United Methodist Church, First Reformed United Church of Christ and First Evangelical Lutheran Church.

It ended with a cookies-and-punch reception at First Presbyterian Church, and conversation around the cookie table confirmed that a church tour was the needed restorative after the commercial hustle and bustle of holiday preparations.

Each church was decorated for the Christmas season by a local florist. A program at each stop featured information about the church's history and architecture, along with seasonal music.

“The music alone was comparable to what you hear at Heinz Hall,” said Judy Casturo of Pittsburgh's North Side.

“We have some great organs in Greensburg, and people who know how to play them,” seconded local resident Joanne Hershberger.

The tour was the brainchild of Donna Lee, brought to fruition with assistance from Elizabeth Pesci, Diane Dale, Jane Petrovich, Geneva Markle, Nancy Nemeth, Mary Kay Gieselman, Debbie Campbell, Betty Davis, Arlene Kendra, Sandra Truckner and Carla Rusnica.

Seen at First Presby: Barbara Ferrier, Betty Hammer, Sue Pollins, Bob and Dee Wicker, Virgil and Rita Yoder, Cecelia Garbon, Carolyn Adamrovich, Louise Coole, Sue DePalma, Darlen Nagrosky, Tracy Pasek, Nan Pasek, Linda Soles, Larry Osley, organist Ed Highberger and the Rev. Martin Ankrum.

— Shirley McMarlin

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