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Super ‘60s’ show ends with explosion of hits by Tommy James & the Shondells
Wednesday, 31 March 2021 21:34

From Staff Reports 


EDNEYVILLE — The Super ‘60s band finished its three-hour outdoor concert with a bang — delighting the crowd of several hundred as it performed a string of 1960s’ hits by Tommy James and the Shondells — on a balmy March 14 at Point Lookout Vineyards.

There was lots happening at the vineyards, as an oyster roast was held on one side of the main building, and the free concert on the other side, with each drawing hundreds of attendees. An hour or so into the oyster roast, that crowd wandered over to the concert to join in an afternoon of music, drinks and fun.

Dozens danced throughout the concert, kicking it up a notch at the end for the Tommy James and the Shondells’ hits, including “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “Hanky Panky,” “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Mony Mony.”

The band bills itself as having “a deep respect for music from the musically rich decade of the 1960s. Employing state of the art sound and lights, they strive to not only reproduce the music, but also the atmosphere from this most influential decade.”

First set songs included the Swingin’ Medallions’ “Double Shot of My Baby’s Love,” the American Breed’s “Bend Me, Shape Me ” and a medley of Beatles hits. 

The set ended with Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” with many in the crowd singing along — merrily — to the chorus.

Among second (and final) set features were the Rolling Stones’ “Last Time,” the Zombies’ “She’s Not There,” the BeeGees’ “To Love Somebody” and two songs by the Temptations — “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” and “My Girl.”

Tweetsie Railroad reopens on April 2 with... restrictions
Wednesday, 31 March 2021 21:33

From Staff Reports

BLOWING ROCK  — After what it termed the “most challenging'” year in its 64-year history, Tweetsie Railroad is gearing up to open to the public beginning April 2.

For its first opening weekend since closing for the pandemic last year, the park will feature a special guest, the Easter Bunny, to welcome returning guests — and for photo opportunities.

“This has been the most challenging year in our history, for many reasons, so we can hardly wait for April 2 to welcome back our Tweetsie Railroad family and celebrate in typical Wild West fashion,” Cathy Robbins, director of marketing for Tweetsie Railroad, told Asheville television station WLOS (News 13) on March 20.

“The park will look a little different this year, but that is to keep both our guests and our staff safe and healthy," Robbins continued. "We hope our family-friendly tradition in the mountains will bring much needed joy in a safe and clean environment.”

In addition, Tweetsie Railroad will launch its themed weekend events this season. Tickets are on sale for “Day Out With Thomas” – the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas, the No. 1 blue engine.

“With safety as the top priority, and fun a close second, Tweetsie Railroad has made many changes to the park,” News 13 noted.

All visitors (including season-pass holders) must obtain advance tickets for a specific day and train ride time. General admission tickets are on sale now.

Tickets and Golden Rail Season Passes may be purchased online or by phone at 893-3874. Golden Rail Season Pass-holders also may call the aforementioned phone number to reserve a date and train ride time.

Also, the park and train ride will operate at 50 percent capacity pending further guidance from local, state and/or federal health officials.Face coverings must be worn at all times.




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