Summer got an early start Saturday under a cool northwest cloudy sky and showers. For the balmy raining day the car turn out was tremendous, many people coming out to Boppin’ Bo’s for an afternoon of eats, cars and Rock n Roll.
The day started with decorating and loading a truck graciously supplied by Waste Connections with banners promoting the Clark County Veterans Court, sound equipment and of course, the entertainers to treat spectators lining the route of the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands to a taste of what they would find at Boppin’ Bo’s.
The lovely Petya Grozeva, Champion Fiddler Cynthia Hamm and Elvis Tribute Artist Mark Stevenz manned the float, singing and playing as the float slowly traveled the parade route.
But Boppin’ Bo’s Malt Shop and Grill is where it all came alive as the restaurant quickly filled to capacity, over flowing into the parking lot as people came to see the many cars and to “forget your worries and what life sometimes throws at you, and remember a time when life was easier” as Boppin’ Bo’s offers as well as enjoy some great food and Rock n Roll.
From a limited production Saleen S-7 to a vintage Porsche along with Muscle Cars of the 1960’s and classic Hot Rods, more than two dozen people braved the threat of rain to show off their fabulous cars.
The audience traveled back in time to hear Cynthia Hamm pay tribute to Connie Francis and more.
Mark Stevenz wowed everybody with his Elvis Tribute as he always does and the crowd thoroughly enjoyed seeing him include a ‘Little Elvis’ from the audience in the show
Mark is undoubtedly a dynamo of energy as he engages the audience singing the best of Elvis and makes each and every audience member feel as if they are singled out for attention.
As previously said, these Cruise-ins are for the benefit of our Veterans Court where the few troubled Veterans returning from war that may experience problem readjusting are given a break instead of just being thrown away, considering that as a society, we gave them their problems.
Numerous events as this were held last year to raise funding to keep the Veterans Court running and this summer will undoubtedly see more of these shows.
If you missed this one, you owe it to yourself to come out to one of the next ones.
I can attest that you will forget you are at a fundraiser as you lose yourself in the best shows the Pacific Northwest has to offer.