Old Home Café: The Next Generation

By Edward Floden, based on characters and situations created by William D. Fries, Jr.

Episode XXV: Dancing Beneath The Stars

(Originally published in The Legend-News of 2003 October 6.)

From the October 6, 2003 edition of the Pisgah Occasional:


By Kathy Hopkins

The 74th annual Pisgah Firemen's Ball was held this past Saturday. It had the largest attendance since the 1978 Ball, when local resident and trucker C.W. McCall was honored for his contributions to Pisgah history and tourism.

The new owner and operator of the famous Old Home Café, Jonathan Bach, was in attendance. He escorted Ms. Avis Granelli, the daughter of the aforementioned Mr. McCall, to the event. Mr. Bach was also responsible for the catering of the Ball, providing a variety of barbecue and fast foods to the happy crowd.

The most amazing site at the sight at the Ball was the "Auto-Dog", an automatic hot-dog preparation machine which Mr. Bach is evaluating for future use in the Old Home Café. Except for one minor mishap, which resulted in Mrs. Jane Carinsky being splashed with mustard, the Auto-Dog and its inventor, Mr. Harry Parsons, were the technological highlight of the evening.

Music was provided by the local "garage band", DMV, who, despite their seeming rock-n-roll leanings, played the best big band swing that has been heard in Pisgah since Tommy Dorsey's appearance at the Firemen's Ball of 1954.

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