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Greer Oldies deliver a night full of laughable memories

Published on Sunday, January 20, 2013

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Buddy Bowman shared some of his stories with the alumns at Greer High School, affectionately called the Greer Oldies.

Buddy Bowman shared some of his stories with the alumns at Greer High School, affectionately called the Greer Oldies.



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Laughs were coming from all corners of the Stomping Grounds during the storytelling.

Laughs were coming from all corners of the Stomping Grounds during the storytelling.



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Laughter was virtually non-stop as the stories rekindled memories of yesteryear.

Laughter was virtually non-stop as the stories rekindled memories of yesteryear.



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The Stomping Grounds was the site of Saturday's storytelling from the Greer Oldies.

The Stomping Grounds was the site of Saturday's storytelling from the Greer Oldies.



The Greer Oldies know how to tell a story.

A handful of Greer High School alumni from the mill days forward entertained a packed Stomping Grounds Saturday night with stories that touched the hearts and minds of those in attendance.

Tears of joy were plentiful. Ribs hurt from sustained laughing. Hands held heads that ached from memories that at their past may not have been so humorous at the time.  

It was three hours of breathless, non-stop comedic storytelling.

Buddy Bowman and Eddie Harvey, who have authored stories of past adventures in Greer, were joined by Gundy Stewart, Steve Campbell and Don Brown as the core storytellers. Audience participation was frequent with some challenging the factual authenticity of a story or wanting to refute portions of their involvement.

Harvey remembered, “Everybody wanted to live on the mill hill, that’s where the action was.” The evening was virtually a roll call of what mill village they lived.

The woman moaned when the basketball uniforms of their era was brought up. The men enjoyed talk of their cars taking on parts that established them as hotrods.

Gone but not forgotten were fond memories of:

Hitchhiking

Hotrod cars

Living on the mill hill

Grocery deliveries

Dry cleaning pickup service

Milk man

Coffee man

Charlie’s Chips

TV with 3 channels and a makeshift antenna

The backyard was remembered as the center of activity. Washing clothes in a tub, cleaning chickens, burning a week of garbage collected in a brown bag and raising animals were among activities.

The evening ended with many suggesting more storytelling opportunities.

Lisa Lynn, the organizer of the storytelling evening, and host Lisa Suber, of Stomping Grounds agreed.

 

 

 

 

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