A Homecoming Celebration to remember

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Twenty-four hours before hundreds of recent and not-so-recent Grove City High School graduates descended upon the city’s ball diamonds to participate in the oft-billed “world’s largest alumni softball tournament,” they took to the streets of the historic Town Center for the annual Homecoming Celebration to gather, reminisce, and generally have a good time in each other’s company. Helping to keep the lively festivities even more lively was the band Naked Karate Girls, who describe themselves as a “Las Vegas-style dance and rock show band.” From 7 to 9:30 p.m., they charmed the crowd with their multi-generation set list of bops and got quite a few to create their own makeshift dance center near City Hall. Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage said that he was initially scared to have them perform during the celebration because of their band name, but admitted they were the right quartet for the night. “They have done a terrific job,” he said. Shown here pumping up the crowd is lead singer “TeePee” and guitarist “Mustang.” The band, who only use their stage names during performances, hail from Cincinnati.
Children are delighted as Naked Karate Girls drummer “Lt. Jack Woo” uses his toilet paper thrower during a musical number.
The Homecoming Celebration wasn’t just for alumni of GCHS. Here, Ryan Jones of West Virginia dances the night away. Jones said while he has been living in the area for several years, this year was the first time he has attended the annual celebration. “I’m having a great time,” he said during a brief pause in his dancing.
Addison Dye and her step-grandmother Rhonda Shamhart enjoy the festivities.
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