Five Mile Beat >> Great celebration of the ’50s

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Paul Revere and the Raiders on stage. Paul Revere and the Raiders on stage.

 The Fabulous ’50s weekend was fabulous. There was great music, great weather and great guests visiting the Wildwoods for the best weekend of the year.

The Greater Wildwoods Chamber of Commerce, guided by executive director Tracey DuFault, directed a magnificent annual event.

On Friday night was a record hop in the Convention Center hosted by Jerry Blavat, “the Geator with the Heater,” where several hundred danced for four hours to the music of their generation.

On Saturday the weather was perfect in the high 50s with little wind and Fox Park was packed. We met Patti Callinan and Jim Souder and also tasted some corn crab chowder from the Q-fire Grille in Wildwood. I also saw some people that I had met the night before. They were a group called “The Twisted Sisters and the Twizzle Sticks.” They melted 600 record albums and formed them into bowls which they handed out to anyone who wanted one. These terrific people are a group of mainly senior citizens who enjoy meeting and making new. This group spent its second weekend here this year after they found the 50’s weekend on the Chamber of Commerce website. And they also enjoy dressing up.

On Saturday night, the show began exactly at 7 p.m., and 3,000-plus members of the audience welcomed the Orlons as the first act singing songs such as “Do the Watucci,” “Don’t Hang up,” and “South Street,” which is their signature song. Kenny Vance and the Planotones was next on the bill and they sang “In the Still of the Night,” “It’s Alright,” “Come a little bit Closer,” “Cara Mia Mine” and “My Angel Baby.”

The 5th Dimension was on next and they were great. Florence LaRue, the matriarch of the group has been with them for 47 years old and is 71 years old and looks outstanding. They sang old standards “My Girl,” “Up, Up and Away,” “Bill,” “I heard you’re getting married”, and “Last night I couldn’t get to sleep at all”. They invited members of the audience on stage and Johnny Walker from the Chamber joined La Rue in a little dancing. They finished their set with “Dawning of Aquarius,” “One Less” and “Let the Sunshine In.”

The final act was that of Paul Revere and the Raiders.

This is Revere’s second time in the Wildwoods and the crowd loves him. They laugh at just about everything he says and does. The act is fantastic and seated behind us were his children and grandchildren. This was the first time they saw their grandfather perform.

This group is solidly behind Veterans in America, especially those who served in Vietnam.

The night ended with stopping at a surprise 50th birthday party for Susan Haury, a teacher at Crest Memorial School. Friends, colleagues, and family were there to help her celebrate her big day. Friends that were there included Jackie Gillian, Jeannine and Kevin Yecco, Mary and Joe Malloy,  Carol DeWeese, Mary O’Donnell and Dana and Barry Gehring, just to name a few.


The 5th Dimension The 5th Dimension

Kenny Vance Kenny Vance


The Orlons The Orlons

The children and grandchildren of Paul Revere watched him and the Raiders perform.
The children and grandchildren of Paul Revere watched him and the Raiders perform.

Susan Haury, Donna Harnitchek, Carmen, Casey and Kelly Alameno.
Susan Haury, Donna Harnitchek, Carmen, Casey and Kelly Alameno.

Jackie Gillian, Carol DeWeese, Jeannine Yecco, Joe Malloy and Kevin Yecco.
Jackie Gillian, Carol DeWeese, Jeannine Yecco, Joe Malloy and Kevin Yecco.


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