RHC Hobo Minstrels to perform ‘When Irish Eyes Are Smiling’

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
The cast of this year’s hobo minstrel show, with an Irish theme, closed the program with patriotic songs. The 77th annual show will be performed at Greencastle-Antrim High School at 7:30 p.m. March 1, 2, and 3. Tickets are available at the door. The Greencastle Rotary Club spaghetti dinner will be in the cafeteria from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Rescue Hose Company will present its 77th annual Hobo Minstrels season “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 1, 2 and 3 in the Greencastle-Antrim High School auditorium, South Ridge Avenue.

This tradition, which began in 1929, is believed to be the longest running minstrel group in the United States. The cast is all volunteers.

Admission is $5 and $3 for 10 and under. This is no charge for childen who are not in a seat.

Tickets will be available at the door.

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

Russ Clever (director) and Ben Thomas return as premier end men with C. Gregory Hoover serving as interlocutor. Favorite numbers expected from the end men include Peggy O’Neil  by Larry Keener; Sweet Rosie O’Grady by Harry Gsell; Harrigan by Ben Thomas Jr.; The Unicorn Song by Todd Roland; Who Threw the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder by Tom Shook; and McNamara’s Band by Clever.

A 75-member chorus will blend voices in such Irish melodies as When Irish Eyes are Smiling, I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover, My Wild Irish Rose, A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, 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 Charlene Zarger and Phil Oberholzer; and a quartet comprised of Charlie Freshman, Mel Gsell, Doug Wolfe and Nick Walsnovich. Instrumentalists include Trevor Timmons on piano, Craig Wolfe on drums and Durand Walter on bass guitar.

The Greencastle Rotary Club will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3 in the high school cafeteria to benefit local civic projects. The cost is $6.50 for adults and $4 for ages 6 to 12. Under 6 are free.

Bill Brown and the chorus opened Saturday’s preview of the Rescue Hose Company Minstrel Show with ‘When Irish Eyes are Smiling’. They performed at Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.