Route 66, once known as the Main Street of America since it was one of our early roads cutting through the heart of America. Its fame spawned songs, a hit TV show of the same name and epitomized the American love affair with our cars as many envisioned cruising down the highway, with the top down, listening to the cool songs of the era by the Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Jan & Dean and of course, Elvis Presley.
The once famous highway has been bypassed by modern Interstate Highways today and is but a historical memory, but our visions of cruising in a cool car, like a vintage Corvette remain imbedded in our souls as does the songs like ‘409,’ ‘Little Deuce Coupe,’ ‘Maybellene’ and so many more.
We saw this last summer here in Clark County as a series of events, Cruise-in’s and Concerts, were held around town to benefit the Clark County Veterans Court where those few returning Veterans who experience trouble readjusting from their tours in harm’s way receive help dealing with their problems instead of just being thrown away.
This summer will see another recapturing of that American Spirit, celebrating our long love affair with the coolest of cars, great entertainment and of course, really good food as May 18, 2013 will see an early summer kick-off at Boppin’ Bo’s Malt Shop and Grill, 7809 NE Vancouver Plaza Dr Suite 110, Vancouver, WA 98662.
From 1 to 5 PM, you are invited to come on out, “forget your worries and what life sometimes throws at you, and remember a time when life was easier” and enjoy a California Dreamin’ Burger, a Lucy Grilled Cheese or even a Graceland Special, a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich.
You will also be entertained, free of charge, by some of the most talented entertainment the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Entertainers such as National Fiddle Champion Cynthia Hamm, the golden voice of Petya Grozeva, Jesse Wade Holyk, Ricky Lee Jackson and of course, Mark Stevenz, the Nationally Renowned Elvis Tribute Artist
May 18 is also the day of the 2013 Hazel Dell Parade of Bands and this year, will see ‘Elvis’ and Cynthia Hamm performing live on a float in the parade. It is hoped there will also be tribute artists for George Jones and Louis Armstrong.
After the parade, ‘bop’ on out to Boppin’ Bo’s to continue your fun filled day, all while helping our Veterans in need by supporting the Clark County Veterans Court.
As was shown in this post, Veterans Therapeutic Courts are achieving remarkable results helping those few in need of assistance reentering society. The successes have been immeasurable as we owe these young men & women so much more than we can repay for their sacrifices.
The Clark County Veterans Court came into being by the efforts of Clark County District Judge Darvin Zimmerman, awarded the Local Hero Award by the Washington State Bar Association. His tireless efforts at organizing these concerts, lining up world class talent and spreading the word keeps the Veterans Court functioning, along with your generous donations that help offset costs for peer mentors and other projects approved by the Board.
Laura L. Mancuso, secretary of the Veterans Therapeutic Court Advisory Board said,
“Without Judge Zimmerman, the current Veterans Court would not be what it is today, nor as successful. He has shown a determined commitment and tireless efforts into supporting the advisory board by organizing and promoting fundraising events throughout 2011 and 2012 as well as… 2013.”
What better way to kick-off the summer than to reclaim memories of a much simpler time when gas was cheap, taxes low and we could cruise carefree with the wind in our hair and radio turned into an AM station, playing the latest hits of those great artists of yesteryear?
And you will be doing something positive by helping our Veterans.
Come on out and “forget your worries and what life sometimes throws at you, and remember a time when life was easier.”