Rogersville cruise-in scheduled for Friday; Fourth of July fireworks pending

Jeff Bobo • May 17, 2020 at 4:15 PM

ROGERSVILLE — As the region slowly returns to normalcy after two months of quarantine, Rogersville is offering a few events in coming weeks that will allow folks to get out and have some fun, including the first of six scheduled downtown cruise-ins set for Friday.

Also on the calendar is a June 1 Monday Music in the Park at Crockett Creek Park and a June 27 Vintage Market Day downtown.

And on Tuesday the Rogersville Board of Mayor and Aldermen heard a request to allow the Fourth of July Celebration Committee, which had canceled this year’s event, to hold a fireworks demonstration the night of July 4 at the Rogersville City Park. That request will have to go through the Park Board before it is approved by the city.

May 22 Rogersville cruise-in

Rogersville Chamber of Commerce Director Nancy Barker told the Times News the decision was made last week not to cancel Friday’s cruise-in, which is the first of six scheduled for 2020.

Main Street will be closed Friday beginning at 4 p.m. and the cruise-in will take place from 6-9 p.m.

Organizers encourage owners of classic vehicles from 1989 and earlier years to participate. Live music will be provided by Ivy Road, and downtown stores and restaurants will stay open longer to accommodate cruise-in traffic.

Barker asked that folks follow social distancing guidelines and stay home if they’re sick.

Vintage Market Day

The Rogersville Heritage Association’s inaugural Vintage Market Day was originally scheduled for April 18 but was postponed due to the pandemic.

RHA Director Melissa Nelson describes the event as a mini Heritage Days and “a unique, vintage-inspired outdoor market featuring original mixed media art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, home decor, outdoor furnishings, seasonal plantings, and consumable yummies (food).”

Monday Music in the Park

The RHA will also be hosting the June 1 Monday Music at the Park concert beginning at 5 p.m. at Crockett Creek Park.

Nelson suggests everyone bring a lawn chair, blanket, takeout food, and enjoy the music.

“After being indoors for weeks, even months, enjoy a breath of fresh air while enjoying the concert,” Nelson said. “Music is therapy.”

String Break will open the concert, followed by Neon Remedy.

The latter will perform classic songs from the artists of the 1950s up to the 2000s from Elvis Presley to Eric Church; from Johnny Cash to Jason Aldean.

“Although this is an outdoor event, social distancing must be used,” Nelson said. “The event is free to the public. RHA as well as the bands would appreciate any donations.”

Fourth of July fireworks

Although the Fourth of July Celebration has been canceled, organizers approached the BMA seeking permission to use the park for a fireworks demonstration that night.

Alderman Brian Hartness, who is also a member of the Park Board, said they will call a Park Board meeting before the end of the month and add that request to the agenda.

“What the Park Board is probably going to do is say we have to wait and see what the governor is going to allow,” Hartness said. “It may be one of those last minute decisions to be able to do it.”

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