Rescue Hose Co. will be 'Rockin' the 50s and 60s' at hobo minstrels

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
The Rescue Hose Co.'s hobo minstrels went on the road to Quincy Village Friday evening, when the audience was treated to performers like Ben Thomas, Harry Gsell and Ray Mowen Jr. The show 'Rockin' the 50s and 60s' will be on stage at Greencastle-Antrim High School this weekend. For video, visit

Rescue Hose Co. volunteers will present their 82nd hobo minstrels at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 9 to 11, in the auditorium of Greencastle-Antrim High School on South Ridge Avenue. “Rockin’ the 50s and 60s” will feature classic songs and jokes that are still popular today.

The Rescue Hose Co. minstrels began in 1929, remains active with over 70 volunteers in 2017 and is believed to be the longest running minstrel group in the United States.

Tickets are $6 per person and $3 for children 10 and under.

Proceeds benefit the Rescue Hose Co., which has been providing fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the Greencastle-Antrim community since 1896.

Todd Roland returns with Benny Thomas as the premier end-men. There will be a tribute to late Tom Shook, a long time end-man, featuring some of his favorite songs and narrations.

Highlights of “Rockin’ the 50s and 60s” include:

“I’m Henry the Eighth I Am” by Larry Keener

“Under The Boardwalk” by Harry Gsell

“’All Shook Up ” by Todd Roland

“Barbara Ann” by Ray Mowen Jr.

“The Wanderer” by Phil Oberholzer

“Hey Good Lookin’ ” by Benny Thomas

Chorus favorites include “Blowin’ In The Wind,” “At The Hop,‘“ “Lollipop, Lollipop,” “Rockin’ Robin,” “When The Roll is Called Up Yonder" and "God Bless America."

“The Bones” will be performed by the Wolfes. Solos will be presented by Bill Brown, Carl Fahnestock, Dave Reeder and the HOCO Quartet. The show will also feature piano by Garrett Elliott, banjo and guitar by Carl Fahnestock, drums by Craig Wolfe and bass guitar by Durand Walter.

The show is under the direction of Ben Thomas Jr. with interlocutor Dr. C. Gregory Hoover.

On Saturday, March 12, Shady Grove Scout Troop 95 will host an “all-you-can-eat” spaghetti dinner in the high school cafeteria from 5 to 7 p.m.

Members will take the minstrels on the road and entertain the residents of Quincy Home on Friday, March 3, at 7 p.m. and Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Saturday, March 4, at 2 p.m.