Dempsey Smith and Cecil Inman, the cruise-in guys, say they have a 1953 Corvette, one of only 200 in the world, committed to coming, and they might have two of them! The for sure Corvettte is mounted on a new chassis and is a rarity in the car collecting game. The owner has a friend from Camden, SC who also owns one so he might cruise in as well.
The car cruise-in is the backbone of every Night Out, and Cecil and Dempsey promise that the upcoming event will be even better than last month’s, which was a great cruise-in.
The cruise-in is only part of the mobile family fun scheduled for this Saturday night. For the younger set, there will also be pony rides from M & M Horsin’ Around at the War Memorial and the Dream Train puttering along Broad Street. Might be a bouncer, too.
For those who like to eat as they leisurely stroll Broad Street, there will be many choices in addition to the great downtown restaurants.
There will be the famous homemade ice cream by Glenn Hunt and family from Pembroke, Swank the Bistro, Calvary Cornerstone Youth Group’s delicious hot dogs, maybe some funnel cakes, maybe some Italian Ice. The San Andreas Catholic Church will be represented by Angelica Garcia who will be selling her rightly famous and authentic Mexican food.
The United Methodist Church Youth will be participating with an information booth detailing its blood drive and free movie schedule.
Long time Night Out supporter, Saw Mill Bee Farm returns, offering its fresh local honey for sale.
The SPHS FFA Chapter has been invited to bring and sell its flowering plants (half price!) and some of the fresh produce that members have grown and are currently picking daily.
There will be plenty of good, danceable, music, too. Rachel Crenshaw, along with her parents, Jerry and Suzanne, will be spinning classic Summertime dance hits from the 1950’s and ‘60’s. Rachel will also sing. Jason Bullock, a very talented performer, will also be singing during a couple of sets.
All in all, this Night Out should have plenty of good reasons to come downtown and visit, eat, and enjoy some old fashioned family fun while helping keep interest in the downtown high and growing, said Rebekah Allen, Night Out chair.
“The Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor the monthly Night Out series, and we really encourage everyone able to come out, either as visitors or as participants. There is never a charge to set up a booth or table and there is always the chance that local non-profits can make a little money for their cause.
“Participation also encourages more car owners to cruise-in, which causes more people to come on out, which causes the event to get bigger and better and become a regular second-Saturday-of-the-month destination.
“By participating, we all help St. Pauls and its downtown to stay vibrant, colorful and exciting. We need and we welcome local churches, groups, clubs, fire departments, and schools to get involved in the Night Out series
“Working together, we can make St. Pauls and its downtown a lively, exciting destination, and that is the purpose,” Mrs. Allen said.
“We must show off what we have to offer and we do this through a real community spirit made visible by bonding every second Saturday night.”