Dancers, cars highlight Rockin’ River Road event in Fair Lawn

Chris Bernardo
By Chris Bernardo July 2, 2015 18:43 Updated

Dancers, cars highlight Rockin’ River Road event in Fair Lawn

The Powertones at Rockin' River Road Third Thursday

The Powertones at Rockin’ River Road Third Thursday

The Late Night Third Thursday event, Rockin’ River Road, was held in the Chase Bank parking lot at the corner of Fair Lawn Avenue and River Road on June 18.

When asked about the success of the event, River Road Improvement Corporation Board Member John Melissas said, “Despite the weather (threat of rain), it was a nice event. There was a good turnout and we saw more people walking up and down River Road, which was great.”

The second in a series of three themed events, Rockin’ River Road featured live entertainment by The Powertones, who played an eclectic mix of rock n’ roll classics by the likes of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash and other popular artists of the era.

In addition to the band, Dance A Lot Ballroom Studio had students perform three numbers for the crowd. They were then followed by their instructors, who treated everyone to an exhibition of their talents.

For a more fitness-oriented dance number, the team at DANCetc. showed the crowd just some of the things they can do with a couple of Zumba routines.

The car show for Rockin' River Road Third Thursday EventThere was also a classic car show. Among the vehicles being shown were a 1965 Marlin Rambler, a 1951 Ford and a 1938 P-4 Plymouth. Bob Acker of Maywood was presented with the Best Hot Rod award for his 2003 Ford Mustang. A homemade trophy was bestowed upon Acker by Tribal Iron Choppers.

“I was shocked that I won,” said Acker. “I was totally shocked by the homemade trophy! It totally blew me away.”

Also present for the competition was Gary DeStefano and his wife, Lisa, of Fair Lawn. DeStefano was presented with the award for A Cool Ride by Dance A Lot Ballroom Studio.

“It was an honor and a privilege to have won the Cool Ride trophy,” he said. “My wife, Lisa, and I live in Fair Lawn, and I can honestly say it was one of the best shows we’ve been to in a long time. We can’t wait to go to the next car show in July.”

The next and final event in this series, Rendezvous on River Road, will take place on July 16.

Chris Bernardo
By Chris Bernardo July 2, 2015 18:43 Updated

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