Oysterville’s Friday Night Organ Recital

Apr 18, 2015 | 4 comments

 

Greg at Work

Greg at Work

Oysterville’s younger generation (well, most of it) blew into our Friday Night gathering last night a little after six – Greg Rogers of village store fame. Among the ‘regulars,’ he’s the only non-retired member and is always a breath of fresh air by virtue of both age and personality.

Typically Greg drops in an hour or so into our 5:00 to 7:00 weekly get-together, after he’s had a chance to close out his day and lock up the premises. He regales us with the latest happenings along Oysterville Road including, but not limited to, the zany questions of tourists and the peculiar demands of clam diggers who stop by the store. (I feel I would be telling tales if I gave examples, but sometimes there are hints on the Oysterville Store FaceBook page – not through Greg’s remarks — he is ever circumspect — but in the comments…)

Friday Night, May 2014

Friday Night, May 2014

Last night he updated us concerning his facelift process (the building not himself, personally) and talked about his plans for new merchandise – coffee beans, a specially roasted Vashon Island brand I think. And he gave us a healthy ration of grief about our penchant for organ recitals – the talk-talk about our various ailments, not those of the musical variety.

We gave it back in kind, pointing out that it was he who had brought up the subject last night by asking about Madeline Moore. The rest of us (grayheads all) connected the dots for him – Pink Poppy Bakery, running for Hospital Commissioner, etc. Which, in turn, led to a rather lively discussion of hospitals in the area, availability of doctors and first-hand experiences with all the above – i.e. the organ recital. And, as always, we laughed a lot.

Friday Night, April 2015

Friday Night, April 10, 2015

I was sorry that he had missed the first half of the evening when subjects ranged from timber taxes and lack thereof in Pacific County to West Coast commercial fishing woes to plans for next fall’s Oysterville Schoolhouse Lecture Series. Maybe we should instigate a Friday Night Agenda and put any necessary organ recitals at the top of the evening, clearing the way for subjects more germane to our younger participants who tend to come halfway through the evening?

Lest it be thought that Greg is always the youngest among us, let me hasten to say, “Not so!” Just last week our group included six lovely high school girls who could qualify as great-granddaughters to some of us! I can’t remember now what we talked about but I don’t think the topics had to do with our old-people ailments… I hope not. I’m pretty sure most teenagers aren’t into organ recitals – not of the medical variety or, probably, otherwise.  Greg would probably know better than I about that.  Or,  is that bit of white I see in his hair really not paint after all?

4 Comments

  1. Larry Murante

    I enjoyed my recent visit of not one, but two of the Friday night gatherings at the old parsonage. Somehow it didn’t feel like I was in the room with a bunch of retired people. Most of you are more youthful and vibrant than many of the “younger” people I know. At least you don’t spend most of the conversation looking at your phones! Can’t wait to hear the pump organ next month when Mr Spies returns with the new parts!

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    • sydney

      Wow, Larry! High praise! And I hope Mr. Spies finishes up before you get here next month. We haven’t heard a peep (or a note?) since he left.

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  2. Greg

    To tell the truth I was feeling self-consciously older with all those teen-aged girls (too many hyphens?) and we were talking about burial plot prices and knee replacements. I’ll try to arrive earlier next time!

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    • sydney

      LOL When you get realllly old like some of us, you won’t be concerned about the subject at hand or who’s in the ‘audience.’ I’m sure my grandparents and their friends weren’t and listening to them was always a pleasure for this little pitcher with big ears!

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