Second take on Second Friday

By on August 23, 2017

The Bulls Head patio was full for this month’s Second Friday event.

The thermometer was stuck in the high 70s, humidity was at a soggy 88 percent, and the sky promised rain any second, but this month’s Second Friday in downtown Lititz was dry, if a bit sweaty.

The streets were crowded as usual, but not nearly as crowded as they would be the next morning for the annual Lititz Rotary Craft Show with its 700 vendors and an anticipated crowd of 50,000 visitors and buyers.

We strolled around town to see what was happening, detoured to Lititz Church of the Brethren to see if their planned campout was still on — it wasn’t — stopped hopefully for a bite at a couple of way-crowded places, and ended up at the busy, but not too crowded, Roma Pizza. We ordered a sub with provolone, capicola, hard salami, Genoa salami and the usual greens, plus oil and vinegar because that’s the way we make them at home. Embarrassed to say, it was better than our homemade.

Dick Wanner is a staff writer and photographer, and former editor-in-chief (1972-75), for the Record Express. He welcomes reader feedback at


(Photos by Dick Wanner)


Every year around their 29th birthday, Kenny Martin invites these Lititz lovelies to to take a Second Friday ride around downtown Lititz in his 1952 Chrysler Special concept car. Kenny honked his horn as his parade of one traveled slowly along Main and Broad streets. The birthday ladies — (left to right) Debby Pegg, Celine Clouse, Sandy Roland, and Anne Brockley — smiled and waved. Everybody had a good time. The group plans a repeat performance next year…on their 29th birthday.


Teddy, a one-year-old standard poodle, tried something new, for him anyway, during Second Friday. He drank for the first time from a cup like a pro outside Greco’s Italian Ices and Homemade Ice Cream on North Broad Street. His human, Stacie Gantz, Lititz, held the cup. Good boy, Teddy. Good boy


Mark DeRose put on his kids’ show at Second Friday event, under the shelter of the porch at the Wilbur Chocolate Store. He and his band, The Dreadnought Brigade, also play grownup venues, and DeRose will be teaching at Tone Tailors when it opens at Rock Lititz. The group is online at

This redtail was camped out for a half hour or so on a light post in the parking lot of the Lititz Church of the Brethren on Orange Street. The congregation planned to have a campout on their back lawn Aug. 11, but threatening weather forced a cancellation. The hawk apparently didn’t get the text. He was hoping the campers would bring gerbils.


If pigs could smile, they’d look a lot like this friendly little fellow sitting on an outside shelf during Second Friday at Kirsch’s Antiques on North Broad Street.



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