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Groundhog Day Celebration

January 20, 2015 in Events by brian


While Punxsutawney celebrates Groundhog Day this winter, Shipoke will hold its annual Grounddog Day celebration featuring “Shipoke Sheena,” our own furry prognosticator. The event, open to the public, is set for 10:00 am on Saturday, January 31, 2015, in the Conoy Street Kiddie Park (corner of Race and Conoy Streets). The event will feature a ceremony with Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse, Master of Ceremonies Rev. Hal Fox, and Sheena’s prediction about whether we will have an early Spring or 6 more weeks of Winter. The festivities then will move into a historic carriage house on Showers Street for music, food, and fun for the whole family.

In addition to free donuts, coffee, and other treats, we’ll have a special children’s program with groundhog-themed story time and arts/crafts. Commemorative t-shirts and buttons will be available for sale to support neighbor beautification and other projects and programs. Shipoke friends and local artists and musicians Jonathan Frazier and Terry Crouteau will perform.

Bring your family and friends out on January 31st, chase away the winter blues, and celebrate life in Shipoke!

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Fall Clean-Up Day

September 24, 2014 in Events by brian

Please make plans to join your neighbors in the annual Shipoke fall clean-up day on Saturday, October 4th.  Meet at 8AM in the Conoy Street playground for coffee and donuts, and then pitch in with pruning and weeding in Race Street Park and general cleanup along the riverbank.

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Annual General Meeting

September 24, 2014 in Events by brian

The yearly general meeting of the Shipoke Neighborhood Association will be held on Sunday, September 28th in the Hanna Street park (at the corner of Hanna and Showers Streets).  Agenda items include the election of the SNA board and officers and open discussion of community issues.

Please bring a folding chair.  In the event of rain, the meeting will be held in the adjacent garage at 722 Showers Street.

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Shipoke Flea Market

May 31, 2014 in Events by ellie

SAVE THE DATE!!  Flea_Market-2014 The annual Shipoke Flea Market and Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, July 12th,  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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Neighborhood Mulch Day

May 5, 2014 in Events by ellie

Thanks to all the neighbors who helped make clean-up day a great success.  Now, we need your help to finish the work.  We will be mulching our park areas on Saturday, May 17th.  Come to the playground at 8 AM; enjoy some coffee and donuts befor the work begins.  Bring shovels, rakes, pitchforks, wheelbarrows, carts and buckets.  Don’t forget your gloves.  Remember that many hands make light work.  Hope to see you there.  Lets make our neighborhood shine.

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Spring Cleanup Day

April 18, 2014 in Events by ellie

Our neighborhood cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd.  We will meet at 8 AM in the Conoy Street Playground to, divvy up the work (coffee and donuts will be provided).  Please bring rakes, shovels, clippers, hedge trimmers, brooms and a wheel barrow or cart if you have one (we provide trash bags). Many hands make light work.  We’ll be cleaning Race Street. Park, the playground, and along the River bank — with special attention to the area under the South Bridge.  We want to pick up trash, sweep, weed and cut out dead vegetation.  Don’t forget to bring gloves!!.  Please write your name on any tools you bring. Help us shine up Shipoke to prepare for mulch day.  Rain date is Sunday May 4th at 1PM.

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Easter Egg Hunt

March 25, 2014 in Events by ellie

The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Sunday, April 13th at 4:30 PM.  Come to the Conoy Street Kiddie Park and don’t forget to bring a basket for your eggs.  All children and grandchildren of Shipoke 6 and under are welcome.  Supper to follow (bring a kid friendly pot-luck dish – we’ll provide juice and water…and some food too!).  RSVP to Jen Poppy by Friday, April 11th via email at of how many kids and adults are in your party so we’ll have enough juice, candy and food.  Rain Date is the 27th of April (same time and place).  Happy egg hunting to all!:

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March General Meeting and Social

March 6, 2014 in Events by ellie

The March General Meeting and Social will be held on March 23rd at the Harris-Cameron Mansion, 219 S. Front St., Harrisburg, from 4 PM to 7 PM.  Come join with your neighbors to celebrate the return of Spring!!!.  This is a pot-luck supper event.  The association will provide the main course; we ask our neighbors to provide a side dish of their own choosing.  The business meeting will begin at 4:30 PM.  This is an opportunity to discuss issues facing our community.  There will be a presentation of ” The Ghosts of South Harrisburg” by Shipoke’s own Glen Dunbar.  See you on the 23rd for good food and good talk.





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Groundhog Day Event Recap

February 13, 2014 in Events, Photo Gallery by brian

Thanks to everyone who participated in Shipoke’s first annual Groundhog Day Celebration. Nearly 100 neighbors and friends joined us to hear Shipoke Sheena’s prediction of an early Spring. The event kicked off with Mira Witwer performing the “Star Spangled Banner” on her violin, followed by Rev. Hal Fox leading the group in singing, “Ain’t Nothing But a Groundhog” and announcing Shipoke Sheena’s prediction. Mayor Eric Papenfuse, a former Shipoke resident, shared his fond memories of the neighborhood and reassured residents that he is working hard to protect their flood insurance concerns.


After the formal ceremony, everyone retreated indoors and enjoyed coffee, hot chocolate, donuts, and cookies inside at the former site of Char’s Bella Mundo restaurant. Harrrisburg musician and artist Jonathan Frazier performed “I’m Alright,” the groundhog’s theme from the movie, Caddyshack, and Shipoke resident Mary Lou Dallum led storytelling and games for the children. Kids also received chocolate groundhogs and Shipoke Sheena coloring books illustrated by SNA Board member Amanda Beaudoin with a story by Joanne Kaldy.


The event received press coverage from the Patriot News and local television news shows. Additionally, SNA Board members Kathy Dunbar and Joanne Kaldy, along with Shipoke Sheena (aka, Bubble the chihuahua), appeared as guests on the show, Good Day PA, on ABC 27.


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Groundhog Day Celebration

January 17, 2014 in Events by brian

Join us for Shipoke’s First Annual Groundhog Day Celebration!

Groundhog Day isn’t just for Punxsutawney anymore! Be part of the festivities and witness the prediction about the coming of Spring right here in Harrisburg. Join Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse, other special guests, and your friends, family, and neighbors for the Shipoke Neighborhood Association’s First Annual Groundhog Day Celebration.

WHEN: Saturday, February 1, 2014, 10:00 AM

WHERE: Race Street Park (corner of Race and Conoy Streets), Harrisburg

WHAT: Groundhog Day Ceremony, Coffee and Doughnuts, Special Kids Activities, Music, and More

Bring your family and friends, and join us for this unique and fun event. Let’s show Punxsutawney that they’ve got nothin’ on Harrisburg!

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