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Church Street Station – Press Releases

These are some of the press releases from the 1980s for general media use created to promote Church Street Station entertainers and venues. They are located in the Florida Collection vertical files at the Orlando Public Library. Read them and remember the good old days at Church Street Station!

Rosie O’Grady’s Red Hot Mama – Miss Ruth Crews

Apple Annie’s Courtyard

Church Street Station: Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Emporium, Apple Annie’s Courtyard, Lili Marlene’s Aviators Pub and Phineas Phogg’s Balloon Works

Entertainment Elements

Phineas Phogg’s

Rosie O’Grady’s Flying Circus

Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Emporium

Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Jazz Band

Rosie O’Grady’s Highlanders

Spatz Donovan – The Church Street Dynamo

 

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Church Street Station - Entertainment Elements Press Release

Press releases from the 1980s for general media use created to promote Church Street Station entertainers and venues from the files at the Orlando Public Library.

This one entitled "Entertainment Elements" lists venues and entertainment in each, vehicles, characters, aircraft, etc. that made up the Church Street Station arsenal.


Rosie O'Grady's Flying Circus - Press Release

Press releases from the 1980s for general media use created to promote Church Street Station entertainers and venues from the files at the Orlando Public Library.

This press release entitled" Rosie O'Grady's Flying Circus Fills Central Florida Skies," features information about the aircraft and hot air balloons that make up the Flying Circus.
The Commander of Rosie O'Grady's Hot Air Balloon Corps entitled "The Great American Dream" is Rosie's signature aeroships with the Apple Annie's and Phineas Phogg's balloons to round out the collection. 

The Flying Circus also boasts a four-part tean of 1943 aircraft decked in distinctive crimson and cream checkerboard.


Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Jazz Band - Press Release

Press releases from the 1980s for general media use created to promote Church Street Station entertainers and venues from the files at the Orlando Public Library.

This release entitled "Never a Quiet Moment with Good Time Jazz Band," features Randy Morris, Jim Maihack, Boyd Bergeson, Don Lord, Warren Sauer, Bill Burns.


Rosie O'Grady's Highlanders - Orlando Pipes and Drums - Press Release

Press releases from the 1980s for general media use created to promote Church Street Station entertainers and venues from the files at the Orlando Public Library.

This press release entitled "Highlanders Add Unique Dimension to Church Street Station Entertainment," features the former Orlando Pipes and Drums organized in April of 1977 by Drum Major Jack Bisland. The group joined the entertainment cadre at Church Street Station in 1980 and became  the   Rosie O'Grady's Highlanders. 


Church Street Station - Press Release

Press releases from the 1980s for general media use created to promote Church Street Station entertainers and venues from the files at the Orlando Public Library.

This press release entitled "Church Street Station Lets Good Times Roll," published in the 1980s features "three gracious ladies and a gentleman with questionable traveling habits" namely: Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium, Apple Annie's Courtyard, Lili Marlene's Aviators's Pub, and Phineas Phogg's Balloon Works.


Spatz Donovan - Church Street Dynamo - Press Release

Press releases from the 1980s for general media use created to promote Church Street Station entertainers and venues from the files at the Orlando Public Library.

This press release is about and entitled "Spatz Donovan, The Church Street Dynamo" - Dennis Donovan.
 
 


Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium - Press Release

Press releases from the 1980s for general media use created to promote Church Street Station entertainers and venues from the files at the Orlando Public Library.

Entitled " Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium Recalls Gay 90's to Roaring 20's" this press release declares "Rosie O'Grady's whisks visitors back to the showboat era of strumming banjos, Dixieland bands, bar top can-can girls, Charleston dancers, singing bartenders and waiters and silent movies, the Good Time Jazz Band with the Church Street Minstrel Man, "Last of the Red Hot Mamas," and the flag-waving routines of the Church Street Dynamo..

The release continues drawing attention to the architectural elements that made Rosie O'Grady's not an evening out but a trip back in time.


Apple Annie's Courtyard - Press Release

Press releases from the 1980s for general media use created to promote Church Street Station entertainers and venues from the files at the Orlando Public Library. 

Entitled "Apple Annie's Courtyard "Garden" of Entertainment," this press release describes the process of creating a glorious garden in the grandest Victorian tradition from a vacant lot next door to Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium.


Phineas Phogg's - Press Release

Press releases from the 1980s for general media use created to promote Church Street Station entertainers and venues from the files at the Orlando Public Library. 

Entitled "Phineas Phogg's Provides Entertainment Escapism," this press release describes Phineas Phoggs's  as an "1890 Balloon Museum" with pictures and artifacts of some of the world's most historic balloon flights from the Montogolfier Brothers to the transoceanic flight of the Double Eagle II.
Above, Peter Pan's airship floats gracefully while others boogie below on one of the three dance floors enshrouded in a layer of fog. 


Rosie O'Grady's Red Hot Mama Miss Ruth Crews - Press Release

Press releases from the 1980s for general media use created to promote Church Street Station entertainers and venues from the files at the Orlando Public Library. 

The subject and title of this press release is "Ruth Crews - Red Hot Mama," Sophie Tucker, Kate Smith, Bessie Smith and Ethel Merman rolled into one. The press release traces Ruthie's musical career from her early vocal training under Nancy Ness of the Metropolitan Opera to her days in Hollywood on shows like Rawhide, Wagon Train, Maverick and the Lucy Show.

The owner of the Red Garter chain discovered her in 1965 and she appeared in Chicago, New Orleans, St. Louis and San Francisco. It was while on vacation to New Orleans that Ruth stopped by a Pensacola, Florida "dixieland joint" called Rosie O'Grady's - Seville Quarter. One of the musicians recognized her from a gig in New Orleans and she was invited to sit in for a couple of tunes. Needless to say, Ruthie never took t hat vacation.

 


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