"He's really gotten good with that fingerstyle guitar stuff," Kessler said.
Andy Ridenour passed around photos. One showed Ridenour, Groce and engineer Francis Fisher -- the creators of the show -- sitting at a table, looking very young. Groce had more hair, and Ridenour and Fisher's hair was dark instead of white.
The show goes on
At just before 6:30 p.m., it was time to start letting people into the theater. Outside on the sidewalk, producer Shirley walked quickly from the lobby toward the parking lot.
"Diego Garcia just called," he said, baffled. "They just got in, and I've got to go pick them up at the hotel."
Not without some delay and a few hitches, the show went on. At the end, Groce spent a few moments reading a prepared statement thanking everyone who had kept the show going these many years.
There were many people to thank, too many to list by name.
Among the things he read, Groce said, "In my 41 years of observation, I'd say West Virginians might value the relationships of friends and family above all else.
"I hope 'Mountain Stage' has reflected this place: the love of friends and family, the live-and-let-live respect for others, the humility of purpose and the appreciation of face-to-face interaction between people."
"Mountain Stage" was grateful to have been allowed to be that reflection.
Mollie O'Brien was glad to hear that her mother's cookie recipe went over so well at "Mountain Stage" and was pleased to share it.
The recipe, she added, came from the "Wheeling Twig Cookbook of 1949," a cookbook women who volunteered for the hospital or other similar beneficiaries would publish every so often.
O'Brien thought all the women who contributed to that cookbook were probably long dead, but, to be on the safe side, she asked it be mentioned.
Makes 100 cookies.
1 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 unbeaten eggs, mixing well.
DISSOLVE 1 teaspoon baking soda (not baking powder) with 1 teaspoon hot water and add to above.
ADD and mix well:
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup peanuts (I never do that)
1 12-ounce package of semisweet chocolate bits
2 cups oatmeal
1 teaspoon vanilla
DROP by small teaspoons (and I mean small -- there's no need for these to be like those giant cookies you see in a coffee shop) onto greased cookie sheets.
BAKE at 375° for 10-12 minutes.
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.