Sunday Hangovers, Parades, And A Sad Passing

If it still feels like you’re swaying like a palm tree caught in a stiff breeze this morning, or you’ve looked in the bathroom mirror only to discover that a ring of salt is still adhered to your upper lip, chances are high that you spent last night partying with your neighbors over in Harrisburg Park.

And if it is past noon and you’re only now just reading this, there’s an even greater possibility that you did, in fact, attend some sort of A1A Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band post-concert party, possibly at a neighbor’s house, or maybe in your own backyard. Our advice is to try to find your blender. If it strewn about your lawn next to an empty bottle of tequila, you were the host.

Jeff Pike and his bandmates put on a spectacular show last night, performing all of Buffett’s most popular songs, including “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Why Don’t We Get Drunk,” and “Margaritaville,” while mixing in a few less popular, but equally fun tunes. There was plenty of impromptu dancing, the singing of correct – and incorrect – lyrics, and happy vibes. Click here to check out some photos from last night’s festivities. 

Mark your calendars now for Saturday, September 14. That’s when Kids of America, the Totally 80’s Tribute Band, takes the stage at Harrisburg Park in the next installment of the Harrisburg Town’s popular Rockin’ the Burg concert series. As always, there’s no charge, and plenty of seating is available. (Shameless Plug Alert: You can learn more about the band and their upcoming show when we publish our concert preview story later this month, so be sure to check back!)

Speaking of fun events, race on over to the Charlotte Motor Speedway this coming Wednesday, August 14, for the 11thannual Parade of Power. This year’s event starts at noon and will feature more than two dozen vehicles, a mix of race, pace and Legends cars, along with a monster truck AND the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.

That last one alone is worth the price of admission! (There’s no charge to attend, of course.)

Fans of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman and NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Chase Briscoe should swing by the front of the speedway starting at 8 a.m. this Wednesday to pick up a special wristband. The first 100 fans to do so will receive an autograph from Mr. Newman and Mr. Briscoe, both of whom will also take part in a question-and-answer session in Victory Lane.

The parade starts at noon at the main entrance of the zMAX Dragway, travels east on Bruton Smith Boulevard and ends at the speedway. Vehicles will move to the infield from Gate 25 before parking along pit road. Fans should park in the Xfinity garage and enter through Gate 26.

Switching gears for a moment, Just Outside The Loop would like to officially congratulate Inshah Bhatti on her fourth-place finish in last Sunday’s Miss Pakistan USA Pageant! Though she hails from Mooresville, Inshah tends bar at East Coast Wings + Grill right here in Harrisburg, and she did a wonderful job representing her adopted hometown at the pageant.

Though she did not come home with the crown, her respectable finish comes with various duties and responsibilities. More details will follow once we’re able to sit down with her again.

Please join us in wishing 11-year-old Lily Anne Carriker the best of fortunes as she embarks on the next chapter of her life as an entrepreneur! Her new farm stand, where she will be selling flowers, eggs, vegetables and other items under the Lily Anne’s Farm Goods banner, sits directly across from her home on Hickory Ridge Road, just south of Rocky River Road.

If you’re in the area, don’t forget to swing by and check out her inventory! It’s well worth the trip.

Please keep the family of Mark P. D’Amore Jr. in your thoughts and prayers. The U.S. Army veteran, and proud member of American Legion Post 523 in Harrisburg, died peacefully at his Concord home on Thursday, August 8. He was 77.

In addition to his loving wife, Mary, Mr. D’Amore is survived by his son, Dennis, of Concord, his daughter, Paula Ann Genardi of New Jersey, and five grandchildren: Sabrina, Aimee and Nicholas D’Amore, and Thomas and Michael Genardi. Our condolences to the entire D’Amore family.

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