If you host it, they will come. Cumberland Gap’s second Saturday in the month event for September is expected to have many pulling out their poodle skirts, rolling a pack of cigarettes into a sleeve and donning their oxfords to commemorate a music legend.
Event coordinators appear to be hedging their bets on enough Elvis Presley fans to make the Elvis/50s Cruise-In Night a hit.
Fifties-themed music, dancing, classic automobiles and enough Elvis look-alikes to satisfy any diehard fan are expected to make the event, slated for Sept. 13, a real cat’s meow.
The late internationally-known rock star and actor Elvis Presley passed away during the early morning hours of Aug. 16, 1977. His passing did little, however, to quench the thirst for that early rock beat that became the hallmark for much of Elvis’ extensive musical library.
That beat will combine with the vroom of muscle cars and exhaust to insure plenty of happy memories.
Coordinators ask that attendees dress either as Elvis or in the 1950s style of clothing.
It looks as though the Pineapple Tea Room will now have the option to sell beer by the bottle. Susan Bain, who is also a Cumberland Gap alderwoman, requested an on-premises beer permit during the Beer Board meeting last week.
Bain said, if granted, the permit would be used only for after-hours parties held by request and that beer would not be listed on the regular menu.
Mayor Bill McGaffee said the type of on-premises permits issued by the town is non-specific in nature and, if Bain so wished, could be used during regular business hours, as well.
The board unanimously approved the permit request.
In another matter, alderman Chuck Coffey said during last week’s council meeting the town had experienced a sharp drop in water loss, down to just 19 percent for the month of June.
Daily water usage averaged some 29,000 gallons, he said.
The town is ready to bid a project to patch and repave a section of roadway on North Cumberland, from Town Hall to the top of the hill, leading to Hwy. 58.
Due to the Labor Day holiday, the next meeting of the Cumberland Gap board of Mayor and Aldermen will be Sept. 2.
Jan Runions may be reached at 423-626-3222 or Twitter @scribeCP.