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Church Street Station…One family remembers

LISTEN to Rosie O’Grady’s Waiters’ Welcome

 

Words and music by Bill Allred. Permission granted.

We’d like to welcome everybody to Rosie O’Grady’s, the place where all the good times are!
You can forget about your taxes, the weather, the wars, and leave your other cares and woes outside our swinging doors.
We’d like to welcome everybody to Rosie O’Grady’s, come in and belly up to the bar.
And if you do, it won’t be long before you see why, we’re rated up there with the flag and mom’s apple pie!
We’d like to welcome everybody to Rosie O’Grady’s, the place where all the good times are!

Sung by Rosie O’Grady’s singing waiters, this was the first song performed each night, and every word was true!

July 19, 2004 marked the 30th anniversary of the opening of Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Emporium on Church Street in downtown Orlando. July 19, 1974 marked the beginning of a marvelous adventure the likes of which the people of Orlando had not known before. Bob Snow brought his vision – his dream – to life and it was enjoyed by millions of people who passed through those swinging doors for more than 25 years.

“Church Street Station – One Family Remembers” is a tribute to all the people who made Church Street Station possible, before what it was passes completely from the public consciousness. For those of you who were around during the glory days – the 70’s and 80’s – you remember Church Street Station when Bob Snow was still it’s heart and soul.

For those of you who only experienced Church Street Station in the final years, and for those of you who will never experience the wonder and awe of it all, take a look at the photos, read some of the news clippings, peruse the “memories” here on display, and join us as one family remembers Church Street Station.

Wondered what Bob Snow is doing now? Check out his web site.

Read the rest of the flyer, listen to the AUDIOS, watch the VIDEOS, and look at the IMAGES and DOCUMENTS below.

And be sure to watch the three part Clark Barrios Elvis Tribute that Rock n Soul did in August 1997 under LINKS.

We remember CSS – do you? Add your memories below!

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Clark Barrios - The Orchid Garden
Every night, Tuesday-Saturday, the band Rock n Soul would wow audiences at the Orchid Garden at Church Street Station. The first show...
Clark Barrios - Orchid Garden
Every Tuesday-Saturday night, the band Rock n Soul  wowed audiences at the Orchid Garden at Church Street Station. Lead male singer, Clark...
Rosie O'Grady's Red Hot Mama - Miss Ruth Crews
Ruth Crews belted out songs at Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium at Church Street Station for 25 years, making many friends and...
Rosie O'Grady's Red Hot Mama - Miss Ruth Crews
Ruth Crews belted out songs at Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium at Church Street Station for 25 years, making many friends and...
Swing Nights - The Orchid Garden
During the height of the Swing Dancing craze in the 90s, the Orchid Garden pushed back the tables and chairs, the band...
The Good Time Gang at Rosie O'Grady's
The entire staff at Church Street Station gathered in Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium - from Rosie's, the Cheyenne, Lili Marlene's ...
Halloween - Church Street Station - The Orchid Garden
Halloween at Church Street Station meant costumes, contests, street parties, friends and fun. Clark Barrios, lead singer of the band Rock n...
Halloween - Church Street Station - Orchid Garden
Halloween night at the Orchid Garden Ballroom at Church Street Station. I'm dressed as "Kitty" a character from the Vegas style show...
Rock n Soul - Donna Lamoureaux
Lead female vocalist and only female member of Rock n Soul, the house band at the Orchid Garden at Church Street Station...
Church Street Station - Looking West
My family lives in England. We visited Orlando regularly because we loved Church Street Station! This photo is from November 1995. My...
The Orchid Garden Waiters
My family is from England but we visited Orlando often because we loved Church Street Station and the music of Rock n...
The Orchid Garden - Holidays
My family lives in England but we were frequent visitors to Orlando because we were big fans of Church Street Station and...
Orchid Garden - Holiday Decorations
All of Church Street Station was decorated for the holidays but none as beautifully as the Orchid Garden - the home of...
The Orchid Garden Courtyard
Behind the bandstand at the base of the two staircases that led down from the 2nd floor dance floor at the Orchid...
Orange Blossom Special
The locomotive parked at the Church Station was one of many purhcased and refurbished by Bob Snow when he first created the...
Rock n Soul - Orchid Garden Ballroom
My family and I live in England, but we were frequent visitors to Orlando, in great part due to the houseband at...
Rosie O'Grady's - Church Street Station
Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium featured a Red Hot Mama, a hot Dixieland band, singing waiters and Can Can girls. The waitresses...
OPD Horse Patrol - International Drive
My family is from England and our first visit to Orlando was in 1995. We were staying on I-Drive and met the...
Church Street Market - Fire Engine - Olive Garden Restaurant
In 1996, before Church Street Market was demolished to build the 55 West condos, we caught an Orlando Fire Department fire engine...
Horse Drawn Carriage - Church Street Station
This is a photo of a very posh horse drawn carriage awaiting riders in front of Lili Marlene's Aviators' Pub and Phineas...
Church Street Station - Hot Air Balloon
My family and I live in England but were regular visitors to Orlando when Church Street Station was the place to be...
Church Street Market - Topiaries
Church Street Market was just across the railroad tracks and just east of Church Street Station. It was a shopping, dining and...
Rosie O'Grady's 1982
We moved away from Orlando in 1976, but returned often and visited Rosie's everytime we were in town. In November 1982 we...
Rosie O'Grady's 1982
We moved away from Orlando in 1976, but returned often and visited Rosie's everytime we were in town. In November 1982 we...
Rosie O'Grady's 1982
This photo was taken in November 1982 from the second floor. This was Christopher's first time at Church Street Station and he...
Edward Radzinsky - Halloween 1988
Edvard visited Orlando in October 1988 to speak at UCF and give a talk at the Orlando Public Library. We invited Edvard...
Apple Annie's at Church Street Station - Grand Opening Announcement
This is the table advertisement circulated at Rosie O'Grady's prior to the opening of Apple Annie's Courtyard. Church Street Station downtown Orlando'...
Apple Annie's at Church Street Station
This is a photo of several of the Can Can girls who doubled as waitresses at Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium having...
Mother's Choice - Apple Annie's at Church Street Station
The music group Mother's Choice were the featured band at Apple Annie's Courtyard. Sam and Susan Barnes and Charlie Lesink were very...
Mother's Choice - Apple Annie's at Church Street Station
The music group Mother's Choice were the featured band at Apple Annie's Courtyard. Sam and Susan Barnes and Charlie Lesink were very...
Orchid Garden at Church Street Station
The Orchid Garden Ballroom went through several musical genre's before settling on rock-n-roll. The house band changed several times before what my...
Orchid Garden at Church Street Station - Halloween
Halloween at Church Street Station was something to behold. There was a street party with a huge costume contest. Our favorite band...
Rock-n-Soul - Halloween at the Orchid Garden - Church Street Station
Clark Barrios and Donna Lamoureaux of the Orchid Garden's house band Rock-n-Soul on Halloween.
Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Band
This is one of my favorite T-shirts because of the caricatures of the band members of Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Jazz Band. Dave...
Church Street Station - Rosie O'Grady's Flying Circus
This is the logo for Rosie O'Grady's Flying Circus which at one time included hot air balloon rides, bi-planes, banner planes, and...
Holly and Dolly Harris
Holly and Dolly are two of the most identifiable Can Can Girls to ever dance on the bar at Rosie O'Grady's Good...
Orchid Garden at Church Street Station - Christmas Music Cassette
The Orchid Garden's house band, Rock-n-Soul, recorded a cassette of Christmas music in 1996 titled "Old Fashioned Holidays". Phil May, Donna Lamoureaux,...
Church Street Station - Apple Annie's Postcard
Postcard showing the cobblestone Church Street and scenes from Apple Annie's Courtyard after it was altered to create an entrance to The...
Holly and Dolly - Can Can Girls at Rosie O'Grady's
Black and white photo from a newspaper in 1979 - Holly and Dolly and another Can Can Girl at Rosie O'Grady's Good...
Church Street Station - Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium Bartenders
Black and white photo from 1973 of the bartenders at the East Bar at Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium at Church Street...
Church Street Station - Soda Glasses
Purchased after Church Street Station closed it's doors, these are typical of the glasses found at all of the showrooms for soda.
Church Street Station - Cheyenne Saloon Glasses
Purchased after Church Street Station closed it's doors, these are speciality drink glasses used at the Cheyenne Saloon & Opera House.
Church Street Station - Special Glass
Purchased after Church Street Station closed it's doors, this is a special issue glass with brass emblem attached.
Church Street Station - Shot Glass
Purchased after Church Street Station closed it's doors, this is a shot glass sold at the Bumby Arcade gift store featuring an...
Church Street Station - Flaming Hurricane Glasses
Purchased after Church Street Station closed it's doors, these are two sizes of glasses used for the signature Flaming Hurricane Special. Notice...
Church Street Station - Apple Annie's Glass
Purchased after Church Street Station closed its doors, this is a glass from Apple Annie's Courtyard and was used for fruit drinks...
Apple Annie's at Church Street Station - Original Look - Postcard Front
This is the front of a postcard produced with images of the original configuration of Apple Annie's Courtyard before Phineas Phoggs Balloonery...
Apple Annie's at Church Street Station - Original Look - Postcard Back
This is the back of a postcard produced with images of the original configuration of Apple Annie's Courtyard before Phineas Phoggs Balloonery...
Church Street Station Display at Orlando Public Library
Collection of photos and memorabilia displayed at the Orlando Public Library in July and August 2004. Heartfelt thanks to Ruth Crews, Bill...
Church Street Station Display at Orlando Public Library
Collection of photos and memorabilia displayed at the Orlando Public Library in July and August 2004. One of a series of seven...
Church Street Station Display at Orlando Public Library
Collection of photos and memorabilia displayed at the Orlando Public Library in July and August 2004. One of a series of seven...
Church Street Station Display at Orlando Public Library
Collection of photos and memorabilia displayed at the Orlando Public Library in July and August 2004. One of a series of seven...
Church Street Station Display at Orlando Public Library
Collection of photos and memorabilia displayed at the Orlando Public Library in July and August 2004. One of a series of seven...
Church Street Station Display at Orlando Public Library
Collection of photos and memorabilia displayed at the Orlando Public Library in July and August 2004. One of a series of seven...
Church Street Station Display at Orlando Public Library
Collection of photos and memorabilia displayed at the Orlando Public Library in July and August 2004. One of a series of seven...
Church Street Station Display at Orlando Public Library
Collection of photos and memorabilia displayed at the Orlando Public Library in July and August 2004 Approximately 4 feet x 7 feet banner...
Miss Ruth Crews - Bio Flyer
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Church Street Station One Family Remembers in the Orlando Sentinel
The Orlando Sentinel featured the "Church Street Station One Family Remembers" display at the Orlando Public Library in a full color front...
Church Street Station One Family Remembers in the Orlando Sentinel
The Orlando Sentinel featured the "Church Street Station One Family Remembers" display at the Orlando Public Library in a full color front...
Church Street Station One Family Remembers in the Orlando Sentinel
The Orlando Sentinel featured the "Church Street Station One Family Remembers" display at the Orlando Public Library in a full color front...
Church Street Station Presents.... Marketing Brochure front
Full color fold out promotional brochure featuring images from all the entertainment and dining venues at Church Street Station including Rosie O'Grad...
Church Street Station Presents... Marketing Brochure center section
Full color fold out promotional brochure featuring images from all the entertainment and dining venues at Church Street Station including Rosie O...
Church Street Station Presents... Marketing Brochure back
Full color fold out promotional brochure featuring images from all the entertainment and dining venues at Church Street Station including RosieO'Grady...
Apple Annie's Flaming Fountain
Apple Annie's Courtyard was a Victorian delight with high fan back wicker chairs, ceiling fans, ornate chandeliers, lush plants, a parrot and...
Mother's Choice - Record Album - front cover
Mother's Choice was the house band at Apple Annie's Courtyard at Church Street Station. They played a mix of folk and blue...
Mother's Choice - Record Album - back cover
Mother's Choice was the house band at Apple Annie's Courtyard at Church Street Station. They played a mix of folk and blue...
Apple Annie's Courtyard - 1987
Our family frequented Church Street Station usually arriving early to avoid paying the entrance fee which was waived for persons arriving before...
Apple Annie's Courtyard - 1987
Our family frequented Church Street Station usually arriving early to avoid paying the entrance fee which was waived for persons arriving before...
Holly and Dolly - Rosie O'Grady's East Bar
Photograph of  Holly and Dolly Harris performing the Can Can on the East Bar in Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium circa 1979. At...
Holly and Dolly - Rosie O'Grady's East Bar
Photograph of  Holly and Dolly Harris performing the Can Can on the East Bar in Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium circa 1979. At...
Orlando - The City Beautiful - Church Street Station
This is a wonderful overview of the history of Church Street Station with great color photos taken  from the book "Orlando The...
Neil and Mary Ann Fischer - 24th Wedding Anniversary - September 1975
Neil and Mary Ann Fischer celebrated a belated 24th Wedding Anniversary with their daughter Kim and son in law Oliver Peters at...
Rock n Soul - Orchid Garden - Church Street Station

Mack The Knife

This is an excerpt of Clark Barrios - lead male singer with the group Rock n Soul - performing the Bobby Darin standard "Mack the Knife" live at the Orchid Garden at Church Street Station in 1996. Rock n Soul was Phil May, Tim Campbell, Donna Lamoureaux, Dave Williams, Jeff DeHollander and Clark Barrios.




Rock n Soul - The Orchid Garden - Church Street Station

When A Man Loves A Woman.

This is an excerpt of Clark Barrios - lead male singer with the group Rock n Soul - performing the standard "When a Man Loves a Woman" live at the Orchid Garden at Church Street Station in 1996. Rock n Soul was Phil May, Mike Bunch, Dave Williams, Donna Lamoureau, Jeff DeHollander, Clark Barrios, Tim Campbell. 




Rock n Soul - 50's Medley

Rock-n-Soul - 50's Medley

Recorded live in 1999 at the Orchid Garden Ballroom at Church Street Station, featuring lead vocalist Clark Barrios and Rock n Soul: Donna Lamoureaux, Big Daddy Dave Williams, Mike Bunch, Tim Campbell, and Jeff DeHollander.




Rock n Soul - Chantilly Lace

Recorded live in 1999 at the Orchid Garden Ballroom at Church Street Station, featuring lead vocalist Clark Barrios, Donna Lamoureaux, Dave Williams, Mike Bunch, Tim Campbell, and Jeff Dehollander.




Rock n Soul - Rock Around the Clock

Recorded live at the Orchid Garden Ballroom at Church Street Station in 1999, this cut features lead singer Clark Barrios, Donna Lamoureaux, Dave Williams, Mike Bunch, Jeff DeHollander and Tim Campbell.




Rock n Soul - Pretty Woman

Recorded live at the Orchid Ballroom at Church Street Station in 1999, this cut features lead singer Clark Barrios, Donna Lamoureaux, Dave Williams, Mike Bunch, Jeff Dehollander and Tim Campbell.




Rock n Soul - Motown Medley

Recorded live in 1999 at the Orchid Garden at Church Street Station, this is a medley of Motown favorites and hits from the Blues Brothers, featuring lead singer Clark Barrios, Donna Lamoureaux, Tim Campbell, Mike Bunch, Dave Williams and Jeff DeHollander.




Rock n Soul - Disco Medley

Recorded live in 1999 at the Orchid Garden at Church Street Station, this is a medley of disco favorites, featuring lead singer Clark Barrios, Donna Lamoreaux, Tim Campbell, Mike Bunch, Dave Williams, and Jeff DeHollander.




Rock n Soul - Brown Eyed Girl

Recorded live in the Orchid Garden at Church Street Station in 1999, Brown Eyed Girl was one of the band's songs that bought lead singer Clark Barrios out in the audience to choose a young lady to help him on stage. Clark would always ask the father, spouse, or boyfriend of the young lady if he might borrow her for a moment and escort the young lady back to the stage where he hoped she would dance with him and sing along. Regardless, she would receive a complementary signature drink of Church Street Station - the Flaming Hurricane Special with the souvenir glass. This selection features the entire band, Clark Barrios, Donna Lamoureaux, Tim Campbell, Jeff DeHollander, Dave Williams, and Mike Bunch.




Rock n Soul - Suspicious Minds

Rock n Soul did everything well, but their lead singer's renditions and impersonation of Elvis, was unbelievable. Suspicious Minds was recorded live in the Orchid Garden at Church Street Station in 1999, featuring lead singer Clark Barrios, Donna Lamoureaux, Dave Williams, Jeff DeHollander, Mike Bunch, Tim Campbell.




Rock n Soul - Walking in Memphis

Rock n Soul performed four sets each night beginning at 8 p.m. and ending at 1 around 2 a.m. The first set was the 50's, second the 60's, third and fourth were a mixture of 70's, 80's and 90's. By the last set, the crowds would thin out and the fans who has long ago become their friends usually made up a good part of the remaining audience. The band could have cut corners, played and sang some mediocre tunes to end the night, but they always seemed to have a special musical gift for those of us who closed the place.
Anyone who remembers them singing Seven Bridges Road or Walking in Memphis knows what I mean. I've never heard either of these songs done better and I doubt I ever will. Rock n Soul was Dave Williams, Clark Barrios, Donna Lamoureaux, Tim Campbell, Phil May, Jeff DeHollander, Mike Bunch.




Waiters' Welcome - Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium

This is the famed "Waiters' Welcome" song written by Bill Allred and sung nightly by the male waiters at Rosie  O'Grady's. The song was performed live at Rosie  O'Grady's Good Time Emporium for a live album entitled "Sights and Sounds of Church Street Station" -  following two gentlemen visiting the entertainment complex for the evening.
Rosie  O'Grady's Waiter's Welcome - Words and music by Bill  Allred. Permission granted.
We'd like to welcome everybody to Rosie  O'Grady's, the place where all the good times are!
You can forget about your taxes, the weather, the wars, and leave your other cares and woes outside our swinging doors.
We'd like to  welcome everybody to Rosie  O'Grady's, come in and belly up to the bar.
And if you do, it won't be long before you see why we're rated up there with the flag and mom's apple pie!
We'd  like to  welcome everybody to Rosie  O'Grady's, the place where all the good times are!
Sung by Rosie  O'Grady's  singing  waiters, this was the first song performed each night, and every word was true!
CSS Audio file  waiters welcome




Church Street Dynamo - Spatz Donovan

This small sampling of the musical stylings of the Church Street Dynamo  Spatz Donovan is from a live albums called "Sights and Sounds of Church Street Station."

The album follows two visitors on their evening of fun at Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium and Apple Annie's Courtyard.
 
CSS Audio File - Spatz Donovan




Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium - Patriotic Finale

The  patriotic  grand finale of the show at Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium brought everyone to their feet!  The band leader would pose the question: Are there any folks here from the north? The response would be loud since many of the visitors to Orlando were from the North. The follow up question posed to Southerners would evoke even louder response at which time Ruth Crews and Spatz Donovan would lead the crowd singing Dixie as waiters unfurled the Rebel flag and waved it from the bar.

And then the Rebel flag was put away, Old Glory unfurled and Yankee Doodle sung, followed by
tyu're a Grand Old Flag" and finale "God Bless America" with everyone on their feet, waiters and can can girls in front of the stage, Uncle Sam on stilts and the Statue of Liberty on stage with Ruth and Spatz.
It was a site to behold and an experience to remember.
 




Sights and Sounds of Church Street Station - Bob Snow

Bob Snow, usually remembered as the dreamer and doer who created Church Street Station entertainment complex in Orlando in 1974, was actually quite a musician himself. His rendition of When the Saints Go Marching In performed at Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium and included  on the live album "Sights and Sounds of Church Street Station" proves that point.
Boyd Bergeson on banjo, Randy Morris on piano, Jim Maihack on trombone, Warren Sauers on drums, Bob Snow vocals and trumpet.
 
CSS Audio File




Sights and Sounds of Church Street Station - Rosie's Red Hot Mama Ruth Crews

Rosie O'Grady's Red Hot Mama Miss Ruth Crews belts out her rendition of "Hostess with the Mostess" on the album "Sights and Sounds of Church Street Station" recorded live at Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium.

CSS Audio File




Sights and Sounds of Church Street Station - Mother's Choice

This take off on the once popular Kingston Trio song "Charlie on the M.T.A." is performed by the Apple Annie's Courtyard band "Mother's Choice." The song places Charlie on the monorail at Disney instead. It was record live on the "Sights and Sounds of Church Street Station" album that followed two visitors experiencing the entertainment at Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium and Apple Annie's Courtyard.
 
CSS Audio File  -  Mothers Choice
 




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Apple Annie's Courtyard - Church Street Station

Front and back images of a post card from Apple Annie's Courtyard at Church Street Station after the fire and water fountain were removed and the wall opened for access to the Exchange shopping and entertainment area. You can see the bandstand with Mother's Choice performing in the back on the right and the new sign for THE EXCHANGE in the center where the fountain was formerly located. You can also see some of the architecture - the chandeliers were from old churches in Europe as was the bar.


Church Street Station - Pamphlet

This full-color, two sided, multi-fold advertisement pamphlet has scenes from every showroom and restaurant in the Church Street Station complex that stretched from Garland to the train tracks at the old Church Street train station.


Church Street Station - Matchbook

This matchbook is from the final years of Church Street Station before the decline as it includes the names of all the restaurants and showrooms and shopping emporiums that existed. These include Rosie O'Grady's (Red Hot Dixieland Jazz0, Cheyenne Saloon (Life Country & Western Music), Orchid Garden (Classic Rock & Roll), Phineas Phogg's (High Energy Dance Music), Apple Annie's (Featuring Fresh Fruit Diaquiris), Commander Ragtime's Midway of Fun & Games, Lili Marlene's (Exemplary Food & Fine Wine), Crackers (Fresh Florida Seafood), Cheyenne Saloon Restaurant (Texas Style Barbeque), Exchange Food Pavilion (Convenient International Cuisine), The Exchange (Over 50 Speciality Shops), and The Wine Cellar (Orlando's Only True Wine Cellar).


Church Street Station - Legal Tender

Church Street Station had "just for fun" card games at the Cheyenne Saloon & Opera House. Guests were given "free" legal tender to play in the games.


Church Street Station - Orchid Garden Ballroom & Dessert Cafe

Purchased after Church Street Station closed its doors, this is the souvenir glass used in the Orchid Garden Ballroom & Dessert Cafe.


Church Street Station . . . One Family Remembers

Church Street Station became an Orlando entertainment destination when Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium opened it's doors in July 1974. Central Floridians and people from around the world enjoyed the music, laughter, food and fun that made CSS the stuff of memories. In July 2004, the 30th anniversary of the opening of Rosie's, an exhibit created by a Central Florida resident entitled "Church Street Station ... One Family Remembers," toured the Orange County Library System.
    The exhibit was featured in a two page color story in the Orlando Sentinel entitled: "When the party's over; Back in the day, Church Street Station was the place to be. Memories of its good times are on display at the Orlando Public Library." August 5, 2004, pg. H1. This is the flyer that accompanied the exhibit.
Check out photos, audios, links, documents and images from CSS.


Rosie O'Grady's - Neil and Mary Ann Fischer

 
Neil and Mary Ann Fischer celebrated a belated 24th Wedding Anniversary with their daughter Kim and son in law Oliver Peters at Rosie O'Grady's Goodtime Emporium at Church Street Station in September 1975. The photography staff presented them with this souvenir photo to commemorate the event.
 


Church Street Station Presents... Marketing brochure

Full color fold out promotional brochure featuring images from all the entertainment and dining venues at Church Street Station. 


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