Honoring “Smoky” Joe Wood

| 29 Sep 2011 | 09:39

    MILFORD - Join the Pike County Historical Society and local blues band, Scott Weis Band, on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. at the legendary Rohman’s Inn to celebrate “Smoky” Joe Wood Day. Tickets are $ 20 each. Proceeds benefit the Pike County Historical Society and are available at The Columns Museum in Milford, Rohman’s Inn in Shohola, or call 570-296-8126 to reserve your tickets. This Rohman Rendezvous is part of a two-day celebration that will be set in action on the Oct. 25 birthday of the legendary baseball pitcher and Shohola native, “Smoky” Joe Wood. The night of celebration is at the historic Rohman’s Inn of Shohola, which was once a favorite haunt of Smoky Joe’s, along with many other famous celebrities like Gloria Swanson, Zane Grey, Babe Ruth, and Paul Newman; to drop a few names. Rohman’s Inn is also deeply entrenched in the area’s history, since its opening in 1849. The legendary restaurant and bar was converted into a hospital on July 15, 1864, when a troop train transporting prisoners of war wrecked. The infamous bar served “a few cold ones” during prohibition, survived a fire, and boasts itself as having the area’s “largest veteran patch collection.” The celebration evening will be filled with live music by the Scott Weis Band, who recently opened for Blues Traveler at the Mountain Laurel Center, old fashioned bowling with Pin Boys, prizes for the best three frames of bowling, and light hors’ d’oeuvres. In addition to these festivities, there will also be a raffle for a Red Sox jersey (in honor of “Smoky” Joe) and a Cleveland Indians jersey. Day Two of the “Smoky” Joe Wood celebration will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Pike County Historical Society’s The Columns Museum. Launching the day’s celebration will be an old fashioned softball game, in which The Columns Museum will challenge Milford Borough! Stay tuned for more details of day two of the “Smoky” Joe Wood Celebration, where there will be pop fly’s, strikeout’s, and stolen bases at The Columns. For more information go to www.pikehistory.org or call 570-296-8126.