New songs picked for unofficial OHW opening

Shawn Hardy news@echo-pilot.com

The votes are tallied and five songs have been added to the traditional numbers for the unofficial opening of the Greencastle's 40th triennial Old Home Week.

"The Old Grey Mare" will still be the first song sung by the crowd on Center Square after the clock strikes midnight on Sunday, Aug. 4, and Vernon McCauley says, "Happy Old Home Week, everybody."

All the old favorites like "Camptown Races," "Down By the Old Mill Stream," "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" and "A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet" remain on the songlist.

However, organizers wanted to add tunes from the 1960s and 1970s to the celebration this year, according to Mike Bock, a member of the unofficial opening committee.

Ten songs were nominated, with voting at the end of June via the Facebook pages of WRGG, Old Home Week and the Echo Pilot, as well as by mail to the radio station.

These top five picks will be part of the unofficial opening:

"Sweet Caroline"

"Country Roads"

"Friends In Low Places"

"American Pie"

"Brown Eyed Girl"

Not making the cut were "Proud Mary," "Under the Boardwalk," "Buttercup," "Magaritaville" and "Folsom Prison Blues."

Music on the Square beginning at 9 p.m. by the Florida Keys, featuring Wendy and Jeff Key, Greencastle-Antrim High School Class of 1979, will lead into the unofficial opening ceremony which will be held from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The Old Home Week celebration will run from Saturday, Aug. 3, to Saturday, Aug. 10. For more information, visit: