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PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSH Grace Dries, left, and Elda Acker, both of Emmaus, are on hand to enjoy baked beans and hot dogs at the 63rd annual Vera Cruz Homecoming celebration Aug. 17 at Mystic Chain Park, Vera Cruz. PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSH Grace Dries, left, and Elda Acker, both of Emmaus, are on hand to enjoy baked beans and hot dogs at the 63rd annual Vera Cruz Homecoming celebration Aug. 17 at Mystic Chain Park, Vera Cruz.
LEFT: Laura Danner and Chris Hamscher, both of Macungie, along with Dalmatian, Tiller, enjoy a visit to Mystic Chain Park for the 63rd annual Vera Cruz Homecoming celebration. LEFT: Laura Danner and Chris Hamscher, both of Macungie, along with Dalmatian, Tiller, enjoy a visit to Mystic Chain Park for the 63rd annual Vera Cruz Homecoming celebration.
Vera Cruz Community Association refreshment stand volunteers Bob Thomas and Deb Fritz, both of Vera Cruz, chat with Vera Cruz native Neal Benner, of Bethlehem, at the annual Vera Cruz homecoming event held at Mystic Chain Park Aug. 17. Vera Cruz Community Association refreshment stand volunteers Bob Thomas and Deb Fritz, both of Vera Cruz, chat with Vera Cruz native Neal Benner, of Bethlehem, at the annual Vera Cruz homecoming event held at Mystic Chain Park Aug. 17.
ABOVE: Dave Lindstrom, a Vera Cruz Community Association volunteer, cooks hamburgers at the group's 63rd annual homecoming celebration held Aug. 17 at Mystic Chain Park, Vera Cruz. ABOVE: Dave Lindstrom, a Vera Cruz Community Association volunteer, cooks hamburgers at the group's 63rd annual homecoming celebration held Aug. 17 at Mystic Chain Park, Vera Cruz.

Vera Cruz welcomes one and all to its 63rd annual homecoming

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by JIM MARSH Special to The Press in Local News

Seated in lawn chairs throughout Mystic Chain Park in Vera Cruz, hundreds of native and non-native residents of the tiny village in Upper Milford Township, south of Emmaus, enjoyed good weather, musical entertainment, festival food and lots and lots of reminiscing at the 63rd annual Vera Cruz Homecoming community celebration Aug. 17.

Volunteers from the Vera Cruz Community Association, many of whom have been working the community day for decades, cooked hot dogs and hamburgers and doled out soft drinks and ice cream for the patrons. Many talked about the "good old days" in Vera Cruz.

Some from out of the area came for the entertainment and the chance to sit in a wholesome environment and relax.

The Rehrig Brothers trio, from Walnutport, sang country tunes and some Conway Twitty arrangements popular with the crowd.

School's Out Band entertained in the evening with the group's distinctive brand of doo-wop, rock 'n' roll, Motown and R&B music. Smokin' Smitty's Catering, of Salisbury Township, supplied smoked pork and chicken picnic food and there seemed to be an abundance of baked bean plates on picnic tables scattered around the grounds.

American Legion Post 191, Emmaus, had an information table, but there was more reminiscing among military service veterans than information dissemination.

Jeffrey "Uncle Jeffrey" Tapler, popular Internet and cable television personality from local station WTAP, was emcee for the event and he hosted a live broadcast of his "Health and Happiness" show from the park.