If you arrive at the Village, “Welcome to Kitchen Kettle Village” may be the first words you hear from our Village Host.
Our bus greeters began on April 1st and will be greeting our buses until the end of the year. We are so glad to have them back as they do a wonderful job of welcoming guests to The Village. Village Hosts aren’t just for buses, they offer tons of information to anyone who has a question. We have 6 Village Hosts this year and below is a little information on each one. You may recognize 4 of the 6 as Mary Hausmann and Beth Keretzman are our newest members of the team.
This is Carol Thompson’s 6th year at Kitchen Kettle Village as a Village Host. She is “locally made”, having been born and raised right here in the County. She taught 35 years at Pequea Valley School District (34 years teaching 1st grade and 1 year at 2nd grade) and retired 7 years ago. Carol is married and has a son and a daughter along with 1 cherished grandson. Her favorite thing about working here: “I love all the friendly people!”
Anita Ewing is originally from Roanoke, VA and has lived in Lancaster since 2007. She and her husband moved here to be close to their grandchildren and love driving around the county discovering all the different and unique places. They are also ushers at the Fulton Opera House and at the Hershey Theatre. They are big into sports with their grandkids and have season tickets to Penn State games. Last year Anita and her husband went to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA!
This is Don Ware’s 2nd year as a host and we’re thrilled to have him back. He was born and raised in Southeast Philadelphia. He later moved to Havertown, PA and worked as a software engineer for 30 years. He and his wife decided to retire in Lancaster County at Gardon Spot Village in New Holland, having had friends who recommended it and some friends that lived here already. “My wife and I are very content. We love the fun and caring community where we live. It’s a wonderful culture.”
Marylu Eisner took a bus trip to Lancaster County in 2012 and decided, “We need to move here.” She is a Pennsylvanian, born and raised in Lake Ariel, PA in the Pocono Mountains. She grew up on farms and was a member of 4H where she specialized in cooking & sewing. She was a critical care nurse in Scranton and later at the Reading Hospital from where she took that life changing bus trip. Her son lives in Philadelphia and her daughter is in Manhattan but she loves the farmland, the animals and the peacefulness of Lancaster. So glad you are here!
Beth Keretzman is one of or new members of the Village Host team. She was born & raised in Lancaster County and taught in the public school system at the elementary & middle school levels for 32 1/2 years. She enjoys reading, walking, music, traveling and spending time with family & friends. She enjoyed time at Kitchen Kettle Village as a chaperone with students getting a “behind the scenes” tour, as a step-on guide for tour buses and as a personal shopper. She loves the beauty and culture of the area and looks forward to helping make guests experience enjoyable and fun.
Mary Hausmann is one of our newest member of the Village Host team and Lancaster County, having originally come from Erie, PA. “It was my husband’s dream to live here and we’ve been in Lancaster since August 2016.” They have 3 sons who live all over the USA and can’t wait to visit Lancaster County. Mary says, “I’m in heaven since I love to quilt so here I’m in my element.” Welcome to the team, Mary!
If you see them around the Village make sure you say hello and tell them where you’re from. We love knowing how far our guests have traveled to visit us!