RHC kicks off three nights of shows with ‘An Al Jolson Minstrel’

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Residents at Quincy Home got a sneak preview last Friday of the 78th annual Rescue Hose Co. Hobo Minstrels Show, ”An Al Jolson Minstrel”, to be presented Feb. 28 and March 1 and 2 in the Greencastle-Antrim High School auditorium. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children taking a seat. Tickets are available at the door.

The Rescue Hose Company will present its 78th annual Hobo Minstrels season with ”An Al Jolson Minstrel” Feb. 28 and March 1 and 2 in the Greencastle-Antrim High School auditorium on South Ridge Avenue. A tradition that began in 1929, the local show is believed to be the longest running minstrel group in the United States.

The all volunteer cast will present performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2.  Ticket prices are $5, with children 10 and under admitted for $3. There is no charge for any child who is not taking a seat.  Tickets are available at the door each evening.

Proceeds will benefit the Rescue Hose Company, Inc. providing fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the citizens and visitors of the Greencastle-Antrim community since 1896.

Greencastle's own Russ Clever and Ben Thomas return as Premier End Men, with C. Gregory Hoover serving as interlocutor. Some favorites from the “end men” will include: “Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye” by Larry Keener; “My Blushing Rosie” by Harry Gsell; “Sittin' On Top Of the  World” by Ben Thomas; “About A Quarter To Nine” by Todd Roland; “Ragged Old Flag” by Tom Shook; and “Swanee” by Russ Clever.

A 70-member chorus will blend their voices in such familiar Jolson melodies as “Mammy”, “Hello, My Baby”, “Rock-A-Bye” and “California, Here I Come”. These will be coupled with such traditional favorites as “This Is My Country”, “God Bless America” and “Smile Awhile”.  “The Bones” will be performed by the Wolfes. Special musical numbers include: solos by Bill Brown and Dave Reeder; duet by Charlotte Zarger and Phil Oberholzer; and a quartet comprised of Charlie Freshman, Mel Gsell, Doug Walter and Nick Walsnovich. Instrumentalists include: Trevor Timmons on piano, Craig Wolfe on drums; and Durand Walter on bass guitar. Clever is the director.

The Saturday, March 2, performance will be preceded by an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner hosted by the Greencastle Rotary Club from 5 to 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 6 to 12. Under 6 eat for free. Proceeds will benefit the Lillian S. Besore Memorial Library.