If you did not read the story about Dance Halls in Lanark County by Arlene Stafford Wilson this week– click here.
This spurred on a heap of conversation as they say and Donovan and Stan Hastie sent me these fabulous pictures of The Coachmen to share with everyone.. Thank you so much!
Norma Ford— Antler Lodge Friday night during the summer, Merrickville in the winter (of course these were country music halls), Rideau Ferry Inn was for rock and roll. Saturday night, Port Elmsley Drive Inn. Those were the days that will never happen again, such good memories. Met all your friends, socialized even though the same people were in school with you, and had a good time. The parking lot was as busy as the halls were. The rest of the time, we all met up at “curb service”. Damn, I am old
I will ask Bordy, I know he remembers the hall in Ferguson’s Falls whenever we drive up that way. I had never heard of one in Tennyson. There was also one on the Richmond Road, I believe Prospect at one time as well.
Doug B. McCarten— Attended Rideau Ferry Inn on many occasions as well as the CP Canoe club! What memories! Thanks for the trip!
Llew Lloyd— Rideau Ferry Inn was a Saturday night must. House band. ” The Continentals”–Dennis Staples ex. Mayor of Smiths Falls guitar and vocals.
Keith Giffin– Canoe club my brother Terry. And Dave Brown , Jack Shail , Stan Hastie played at the club
Keith Giffin– Dale my wife Nancy tells me the Colmans had the cheese factory back then and dances were held there.
Linda Gallipeau-Johnston— Keith – my memory is telling me that Dave Brown had a song called “Peanut Butter” yes? Those guys were always the best – I have a picture of them at a High School reunion somewhere but Wayne Hedderson was in it.
Debbie Roy –They were the Coachmen. My uncle, Jack Shail, was in the group too.
Donovan Hastie- My father Stan Hastie was in the Coachmen as well. My Dad has an audio recording of that reunion
Linda Gallipeau-Johnston— Donovan – I have what could be best called snap-shots as for whatever reason your Dad was not in them. I have Bob Covell Ian Mcgregor Wayne Hedderson Terry Giffin and Jack Shail – all wearing light blue tee-shirts with The Coachmen ’85 on the front. They were wearing burgundy colored ballcaps with a gold bear on the front. I need to get my scanner working!
Donovan Hastie— The original drummer of the Coachmen from 1962-64ish was Lorne Hudson who also played that night of the reunion.