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2017 Shipoke Flea Market

May 5, 2017 in Events by brian

The annual Shipoke Flea Market and Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, July 8th, 2017  7 AM –  2 PM.  This yearly gathering on the Riverbank from Conoy Street to Hanna Street in South Shipoke is a rain or shine event.  It is a great opportunity to buy and/or sell.  Gather all your “fine family heirlooms” and join us in Harrisburg’s Riverfront Park for one of the area’s best Flea Markets.  Everyone is welcome to come and buy or sell.

If you wish to exhibit contact shipokeneighborhood@gmail.com.

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Countdown to Grounddog Day!

January 27, 2017 in Events by brian


See Shipoke Sheena with actor William Sanderson (our special guest for Grounddog Day 2017) and musician Jonathan Frazier (who will perform at the festivities) on Good Day PA–Friday, Jan. 27th at 12:30 pm.

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And see you on Feb. 4th (11 am in the Conoy Street Park) for our 4th Annual Grounddog Day!

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2016 Shipoke Flea Market

April 26, 2016 in Events by brian

The_Shipoke_Flea_Market_2016The annual Shipoke Flea Market and Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, July 9th, 2016  7 AM –  2 PM.  This yearly gathering on the Riverbank from Conoy Street to Hanna Street in South Shipoke is a rain or shine event.  It is a great opportunity to buy and/or sell.  Gather all your “fine family heirlooms” and join us in Harrisburg’s Riverfront Park for one of the area’s best Flea Markets.  Everyone is welcome to come and buy or sell.

If you wish to exhibit contact Ellie Martindale at 717-238-7987.  We charge $5.00 for residents and $20.00 for non-residents when reserved in advance.  Price on day of sale is $7.00 for residents and $25.00 for non-residents.  Check or money order should be payable to the Shipoke Neighborhood Association.  Exhibit spaces are assigned on a first come first served basis.

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It’s Time for Grounddog Day!

January 28, 2016 in Events by brian

More Winter or Early Spring? It’s Time for Grounddog Day!

Shipoke SheenaPunxsutawney may have Phil, but we have Shipoke Sheena

And on February 6th, she’ll tell us whether we will have an early Spring or six more weeks of Winter.

Come out for Shipoke’s 3rd Annual Grounddog Day—February 6th, 10 AM.

We’ll start with a ceremony with Harrisburg mayor Eric Papenfuse and Shipokers Hal Fox and Jose Manjon in the Conoy Street Kiddie Park, then move across the street to Los Tres Cubanos for food, drink, music, and fun.

  • Free coffee, donuts, and cake!
  • Kids’ Crafts, Stories, and Fun!
  • Music by Jonathan Frazier!
  • Special Grounddog-themed drink!

Los Tres Cubanos is open for lunch after the celebration (make your reservations—seating is limited!)

Come out for this fun neighborhood tradition. It’s free—bring your family and invite your friends. All are welcome!

See you on the 6th!

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Walking Tour of Shipoke – part 2

June 16, 2015 in Events by brian

Walking Tour of the History, Architecture and Folklore of Shipoke

When: Saturday, June 20, 9:30 a.m.

Where: This walk starts and ends at the John Harris grave (in the park across from the Harris Mansion at Front and Washington)

Enrollment Limit:  15

This walk will explore the history of what is now known as the Shipoke neighborhood of Harrisburg.  The walking tour will feature discussion about the history of the neighborhood; people who have lived in the neighborhood and its architecture. The guide will trace its evolution from the intersection of two major Indian trails; to the site of the Harris trading post and ferry; to a thriving post-civil war industrial neighborhood; its decline to one of the roughest sections of the city; and then its subsequent gentrification. In many ways the story of Shipoke is the story of America–at least industrial America with its economic highs and lows and waves of changing cultural groups trying to build a good life for themselves.

The total length of the walk is a little less than two miles and will be completed in about seventy minutes. Although it will be done at a leisurely pace, all walkers should wear sturdy walking shoes. The walk begins and ends at the John Harris grave in Riverfront Park in Harrisburg. 

There is no charge, but a donation of $5 per-person is suggested. All donations will go to the Shipoke Neighborhood Association for neighborhood beautification projects.

The guide is Glen Dunbar, a longtime resident of Shipoke and local history enthusiast. For more information and to make a reservation contact: glendunbar@verizon.net . (Walks at other dates and times can be scheduled for groups of 7 or more).

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Walking Tour of Shipoke – part 1

June 16, 2015 in Events by brian

Walking Tour of Shipoke Haunted History and Macabre Events

When: Friday, June 19, 7:30 p.m.

Where: This walk starts and ends at the John Harris grave (in the park across from the Harris Mansion at Front and Washington)

Enrollment Limit:  15

 This walk will explore the sites of historical events in the quiet, scenic Shipoke Neighborhood that involve largely forgotten murders, mayhem and untimely deaths. When the conditions are right, these locations are alleged to still evoke the spirits of the deceased; including the murder of a naïve woman in a love gone wrong; the unmarked grave of Half-King Tanacharison who played a pivotal role in the start of the French and Indian War; the mysterious appearance of a body that almost unhinged Penn’s treaty; the river baptism that lead to the founding of the Church of God; and the midnight train wreck involving George Westinghouse that claimed the lives of 12 people and scattered the bodies of dozens more across the banks of the Susquehanna. The stories the guide tells along the way mingle historical facts and the lore of the afterlife in such a way as to interest believers and non-believers alike.

 The total length of the walk is a little less than two miles and will be completed in about an hour and 15 minutes. Although it will be done at a leisurely pace, there are some steep grades and the sidewalks are a bit rough. All walkers should wear sturdy walking shoes. The walk begins and ends at the John Harris grave in Riverfront Park in Harrisburg. 

There is no charge, but a donation of $ 5 per-person is suggested. All donations will go to the Shipoke Neighborhood Association for neighborhood beautification projects.

The guide is Glen Dunbar, a longtime resident of Shipoke and local history enthusiast. For more information and to make a reservation contact: glendunbar@verizon.net . (Walks at other dates and times can be scheduled for groups of 7 or more).

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2015 Shipoke Flea Market

June 2, 2015 in Events by brian

SAVE THE DATE!!

The annual Shipoke Flea Market and Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, July 11th, 2015  7 AM –  2 PM.  This yearly gathering on the Riverbank from Conoy Street to Hanna Street in South Shipoke is a rain or shine event.  It is a great opportunity to buy and/or sell.  Gather all your “fine family heirlooms” and join us in Harrisburg’s Riverfront Park for one of the area’s best Flea Markets.  Everyone is welcome to come and buy.  If you wish to exhibit contact Ellie Martindale at 238-7987.  We charge $5.00 for residents and $20.00 for non residents.  Check or money order should be payable to the Shipoke Neighborhood Association.  Exhibit spaces are assigned on a first come first served basis.

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Shipoke Neighborhood Spring Cleanup

April 10, 2015 in Events by brian

DO YOU DIG SHIPOKE?

COME OUT FOR OUR COMMUNITY CLEAN UP!

Help make Shipoke ready for Spring and Summer. We’re having a clean-up evening this year, so you’ll still have your Saturday free for fun in the sun. Join us on Friday, April 17th at 6:15 pm for a quick cleanup event.  We will meet in the Conoy St. Kiddie Park; and hope to finish in 90 minutes or less.
Following the clean up, join Gene and Carol Gangwish for a BYOB gathering at their home at 571 S. Front St.
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Shipoke Easter Egg Hunt

March 24, 2015 in Events by brian

April 4, 2015 – 11AM

Shipoke Playground at Conoy St.

Come out to the Conoy Street Kiddie Park for fun and goodies at our annual Shipoke Egg Hunt—11 am on Saturday, April 4. Bring the kids and grandchildren to search for Easter treats. This annual event has grown in popularity over the years.  Join us for this festive holiday tradition.

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Shipoke General Meeting And Social

March 19, 2015 in Events by brian

Food, Fun, Music!!

MARCH 29, 2015 – 4:00 PM

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Join with us at our Annual  Spring Social at 4:00 pm on Sunday, March 29th, in the John Harris Mansion at 219 South Front Street. Bring your friends and family, and a potluck dish, to help us celebrate life in Shipoke and the coming of Spring. Popular local R&B singer Charles Lee will perform. Come out and enjoy the historic ambiance and the company of your neighbors and friends.  All  are welcome.

The Harris Mansion is a historic treasure filled with beautiful antiques and art. If you’ve never visited, you’re in for a treat. The mansion’s story began in the early 18th  century with the arrival of John Harris, who built a house and a trading post along the Susquehanna River.  Following his father’s death, John Harris, Jr., chose the current site for his family home. The original part of the house was built with locally quarried limestone. In the early 19th century, the rear wing was added. The house was a home to the Harrises and other families over the years. The house and various family items were donated to the Historical Society of Dauphin County in 1941 by then-owner Elizabeth Wright.

For the first time ever, the social will feature a live performance by Charles Lee, a popular performer whose performances include a bit of trivia to help audiences understand the origin of urban blues and the influence of Motown on America’s musical history. Charles grew up in Detroit in the ’60s on a steady diet of Motown music. He soon was performing in various venues. Over the years, he has opened for such acts as Earth, Wind & Fire; the Temptations; the Neville Brothers, and many others.

Please note that the social is a BYOB event. Only soft drinks and coffee will be provided. If you would like wine or beer, please bring your own.

No RSVP is necessary for this event.