Friday Night At The Old Mill

It was Friday night and that meant the Green’s and everyone else in town would be going to The Old Mill in Marriottsville Maryland. The Mill was a wonderful old building made of stone. It was no longer used as a Mill but was transformed each day of the week into something different and wonderful.

On Saturday and Sunday afternoon everyone came to The Old Mill for ice cream, candy, cake and pies.

On Monday the Old Mill became a place for anyone who wanted to be an artist for the evening. Pottery wheels spun and art canvases were splattered with paint. People spun glass and spinning wheels.

Tuesday night was movie night. The Old Mill showed old movies on a giant screen. Little ones, teenagers and grandparents all sat together and laughed and cried in black and white.

By Wednesday no one felt like cooking dinner so, The Old Mill became Sample Something New Night. Restaurants came in and served up samples of everything from Chinese food to tacos.

Thursday was roller skate night. Young and old spun around The Old Mill work in the basement and drank root beer brought in by a shop called the Rootbrewery, in Ellicott City.

Friday night was the best night of all. It was Mrs. Green’s favorite night of the week. Friday night was always dance night. The stage was set and bands came in. Sometimes they had One Song Night, where there were so many bands that wanted to play they each got to play just one song. Other nights the bands played big band or country or popular radio tunes. There was music for everyone.

Mrs. Green felt as excited as a child as they drove down the street in her old yet new Rolls Royce. Mr. Green had reworked the old Rolls Royce for Mrs. Green years ago and many times over. She loved it and called it Rosy.  The car suited her perfectly. The outside had classic style and the inside was fresh and new. Mrs. Green drove it everywhere and everyone in town waved when she drove by.

Tonight Mr. Green drove the shiny car up to the parking lot of the Old Mill and went around to the passenger side and opened the door for his date.

“You look lovely as ever, Mrs. Green.” Mr. Green loved Mrs. Green and everyone knew it.

They stepped into the Old Mill hand in hand and began dancing right away. Tonight it was One Song Night. The Green’s could dance to anything and they did. Mr. Green held Mrs. Green tight as they swayed to a teenage duet version of Unforgettable, by Nate King Cole. They swirled around and around to the high school jazz bands version of Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman. They danced with all of their might with the teenagers and sang along at the top of their lungs to If I Had a Million Dollars. They two stepped over to the lemonade stand to The Wagon Wheel Song by a local country band. Then they slow danced out the door and back into Mrs. Green’s shiny Rolls Royce  named Rosy to the Hallelujah song.

Friday night was definitely the best night of all at The Old Mill.

Copyright Terri Neagle Donaldson 2015

Terri Neagle Donaldson and Stressfreestories, 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Terri Neagle Donaldson and Stressfreestories with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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