These actors were on stage rehearsing for “The Great Hartselle Train Robbery” Thursday night. Pictured, from left, are Steve Sandlin, David Amos, Dewayne Tapscott, Richard Nagel, Jeff McMinemon, Tony Davis, John Mark Waynick, John Ballew, Corey Dasher and Lou Woods. The play, directed by Dena Nagel, will be performed at Hartselle Fine Arts Center Tues., Sept. 16, as a Depot Days special event. | Enquirer Photo: Clif Knight
These actors were on stage rehearsing for “The Great Hartselle Bank Robbery” Thursday night. Pictured, from left, are Steve Sandlin, David Amos, Dewayne Tapscott, Richard Nagel, Jeff McMinemon, Tony Davis, John Mark Waynick, John Ballew, Corey Dasher and Lou Woods. The play, directed by Dena Nagel, will be performed at Hartselle Fine Arts Center Tues., Sept. 16, and Sat., Sept. 21, as a Depot Days special event. | Enquirer Photo: Clif Knight

Archived Story

Bank robbery reenactment highlights Depot Days

Published 3:51pm Thursday, September 12, 2013

The dark side of Hartselle’s long and storied history will be relived Tues., Sept. 17, when College Street Players reenact the city’s fabled 1926 bank robbery.

Yet unsolved, the brazen crime will be depicted on stage at Hartselle Fine Arts Center for the first time. Local actors will portray the roles of townspeople who were caught up in the spectacle—bank president, custodian, train station telegrapher, gunshot victim, night policeman and several curious townspeople who ventured downtown to see what was going on.

Dena Nagel is directing the play.

Curtain call is 7 p.m. Tuesday and 6 p.m. Sept. 21.

Three days earlier, Sat., Sept. 14, the 33rd Annual Depot Days will get underway with a Petite, Teen and Miss Depot Days beauty pageant. It will be held at Sparkman Civic Center, beginning at 10 a.m. The gala event will feature competition in eight age categories. 0-12 months, 2-3 years, 4-5 years, 6-8 years, 9-11 years, 12-13 years, 14-15 years and 16-18 years. A queen and first and second alternate winners will be chosen in all age categories.

A community worship service, sponsored by Hartselle Ministerial Association, will follow on Sun., Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at West Hartselle Baptist Church. The Rev. Charlie Brown, pastor of Salem United Methodist Church, will be the speaker. A love offering will be taken to help support a fuel and food ministry for transients.

Hartselle Historical Society will host a Down Memory Lane salute to Hartselle’s police officers and fire fighters Mon., Sept. 15, at Hartselle Fine Arts Center.

Displays of vintage photos and other memorabilia representing both departments, will be on display for public viewing from 5:30 to 7 p.m. A program highlighting the honorees will follow at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

A concert featuring choral students at Hartselle High School will be featured on Thurs., Sept. 19, at Daystar Church Hartselle Campus. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

An all-day festival on Sat., Sept. 21, will bring the Depots Days celebration to a dramatic climax. The fun-filled lineup of activities promises something for everyone.

A half-marathon and 5K run will get started at 7 and 8 a.m., respectively, at Quail Creek Golf Resort. Activities that will follow include an antique and classic car show, antique tractor and gasoline engine show, art show, live entertainment, merchandise and food vendors and much more.

Editor's Picks