Minstrel show features 'The 70s Greatest Hits!'

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Todd Roland sang 'Rose Colored Glasses' during an on-stage rehearsal over the weekend for the Rescue Hose Co.'s 84th hobo minstrels, 'The 70s Greatest Hits!' The show is set for Thursday through Saturday, March 7 to 9, in the Greencastle-Antrim High School auditorium.

Rescue Hose Co. volunteers will present their 84th hobo minstrels “The 70s Greatest Hits!” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 7, 8 and 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Greencastle-Antrim High School auditorium on South Ridge Avenue.

Believed to be the longest running all-volunteer fire company variety entertainment group in the United States, the cast will present classic songs from the 1970s and jokes that are still popular today. The first Rescue Hose Co. volunteer entertainment program began in 1929 as a fundraiser and remains active with over 70 volunteers.

Todd Roland returns with Benny Thomas as premier end-men.

The chorus and band will blend the tones of many popular songs of the 1970s with a hometown flavor. Some of the favorites to be performed include:

“It’s Hard To Be Humble” by Larry Keener

“If I Had A Hammer ” by Harry Gsell

“Cats’ In The Cradle" by Ray Mowen Jr.

“Rose Colored Glasses" by Todd Roland

“Let It Be” by Phil Oberholzer

“Joy To The World” by Daryl Freshman

“Top Of The World" by Benny Thomas

Chorus selections include “Rain Drops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing,” “Put Your Hand In The Hand,” “The Loco-motion,” “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” "God Bless America" and more.

“The Bones” will be performed by the Wolfes.

Other singers include Bill Brown, Carl and Lily Fahnestock, Dave Reeder and the HOCO Quartet.

Piano by Trevor Timmons, banjo and guitar by Carl Fahnestock, drums by Craig Wolfe, bass guitar by Durand Walter and harmonica and mandolin by Lily Fahnestock complete the evening.

“The 70s Greatest Hits!” is under the direction of Ben Thomas Jr., with Dr. C. Gregory Hoover as interlocutor.

Tickets, available at the door, are $6 per person. Children 10 and under will be admitted for $3. Doors will be open to the front and rear of the high school to assure ample parking all three nights. Proceeds benefit the Rescue Hose Co. Inc., providing fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the citizens and visitors of the Greencastle-Antrim community since 1896.

On Saturday, March 9, Shady Grove Troop 95 Scouting units (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venture Crew) will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner in the high school cafeteria from 5 to 7 p.m.  Proceeds benefit Troop 95 Scouting units.