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Bugs, oldies and Elvis make concert cruise an event

July 3, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

On June 25, Greenbriar Health Care Center on South Avenue in Boardman was hopping with vintage cars and music. It was all part of a new season and a new venue for Greenbriar.

''Over the years we have held a Wednesday concert series, but it was all polka music,'' said Greenbriar Director of Marketing Kelly Doctor. ''We decided to try to draw other people, not just the polka crowd.''

She said this summer, they plan on mixing it up a bit. There will still be polka nights, but the schedule this year includes other types of music like country, rock and folk.

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Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
A warm summer day and the 'Bugs' are out. This 1965 modified Volkswagen was one of a half dozen that showed up at Greenbriar for last week's concert and car show. The modified Volkswagen is owned by Tony Bazidlo of East Liverpool.

''We also open the event up to the community to come and enjoy the music,'' Doctor said.

She added that it helps Greenbriar as well. The assisted living facility is opened for the community to tour during the events, and last week's concert brought out a huge crowd as well as Greenbriar residents.

''We have 48 residents at the Commons,'' she said. ''I think all of them went outside to enjoy Elvis and the car show.''

Elvis Presley tribute artist Ron Navarra performed for the event as residents, family and community visitors lined the road in front of the main building and gazebo.

The evening also included a car show, and members of the Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club and the Vintage Volkswagens of Northeast Ohio brought their historic cars into the main parking lot.

''This is the first car show we have had in many years,'' Doctor said. ''It goes good with the Elvis music.''

The vehicles included vintage Model A's, 1960s showroom cars and a ''Wild Thing'' Camaro. The Volkswagen club also was well represented with a vintage 1965 Volkswagen owned by Tony Bazidlo of East Liverpool.

''This is the first time I've had it out in four years,'' Bazidlo said.

Other members of the club had vintage Volkswagen camper buses that included a small kitchen and sleeping area, making them popular during the 60s.

Guests and residents alike enjoyed the cars and the Elvis entertainment. As the summer progresses, Doctor said every Wednesday will feature outdoor musical performances, and anyone is welcome to drop by and enjoy.



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