The response to the Town of Cape Charles’ lastest edict restricting street parties has met with fiery responses. Strawberry Street had been the scene of awesome, fun, and safe street parties for some time now. However, the town feels differently and has banned this type of event. Sources tell the Mirror the effort stems from the extreme concentration of visitors in the town, as well as very high rates of IOGC (Idiots On Golf Carts).
Led by former Town Council member Frank Wendell, a growing grassroots movement is afoot, “Resist the town of Cape Charles Va. Dance in the Street Downtown every Friday night”.
These angry citizens are encouraging folks to channel their inner Kevin Bacon and defy the Town’s Footloose mandate.
Wendell told the Mirror, “Nobody ever confused the Cape Charles governing body with rocket scientists, but some things you just can’t fix”.
Mirror: Mr. Wendell, due to this event, are you reconsidering a run for Mayor?”
Wendell: No comment.
Not a Pharisee says
Had a great time in Onancock two Fridays ago. North Street was closed off. Excellent band. Safe family fun. Smiles and good cheer everywhere. A reason to stop into town. We should all work to squash this as well.
Sally Sunshine says
I have it on good authority that the whole truth is not being presented to the public by Lemontree. Lemontree and Lemontree alone are responsible for their blatant disregard of the ABC and TOCC permitting processes. They were given ample opportunity to get this right and decided they were above the law.
Lemon Tree says
Sally Sunshine does not have her facts correct.
LemonTree has complied with VDOT, Town and ABC requirements and has been working with all agencies cooperatively to produce the Friday Night parties for the past two years. The LemonTree has never been above the law nor would they try to be. The Town restricted the closing of Strawberry Street this past Friday night because of the holiday and that over-ruled any of the approved applications. The message was delivered at the last minute which resulted in the confusion.
Lemon Tree expects to continue with the popular Friday night street parties and will sit down with Town officials this week to confirm all details going forward.
Virginia Gentleman says
Most cities and towns have prohibited these types of ‘bandit’ signs. Why, because they blow away in the wind and are considered trash. They are also a form of advertising, so do they bay sign license fees? Don;t stumble into one either, or get your dog caught in one. No one shall have a good time, but you may drive like a fool. New Town Motto.
Scotiagirl is confused. First of all, who is Smokey Wendell and what does he have to do with dancing on Strawberry Street (is there a better place she should dance? Or is he looking for a partner? ). Next, why wouldn’t Lemontree get a license to sell their wine? Or, NOT…just sell water, coffee, juice, green tea, carrot juice or soda pop. Those who want to drink alcohol outdoors in Cape Charles can sit out at Kelly’s, Ambrosia’s, The Cape Charles Distillery, the porch at the Northampton Inn, the Shanty OR, most anywhere else, out of a solo cup\can they have discreetly placed in a lawn chair cup holder. Next, what’s the problem with those wire sign holders? Scotiagirl has never been entangled in one, but then she generally confines her alcohol consumption to indoors and the Border Collies that she has walked through town are too smart. Now, if it is the music on Strawberry Street that the Town Council wishes to protect us from, well… lets include the Saturday night concerts in the Park. Let’s ban ALL fun, especially entertainment that attracts families and (gasp!) Out of Towners to Cape Charles. We need to work harder to prohibit such people from supporting our restaurants, merchants and, especially that Artsy crowd at the Lemontree.
Now, about those pesky golf carts. Scotiagirl would like to see these small electric vehicles replaced with diesel trucks, the really BIG ones!
A Friend says
Small town minds at work… Those who get power over others for the first time tend to use it to it’s maximum; just because they can. A-Holes know they are A-Holes, but they just can’t help it!
Chief Two Dog says
I worked with Frank 30 years ago to fix an obvious town council problem and we were successful. I have a lot of confidence that Frank can get this fixed, not sure about the “Smokey” though.
I moved from a town outside of Austin to ESVA and we love the Eastern Shore. That said, Austin promotes live music and general merriment. The keep Austin weird attitude has a served TX hill country well. As a musician, hats off to the Lemon Tree for promoting music and art. We need to do all we can to support live music. On this 4th of July it seems we have at least one DJ and maybe both are DJ’s at the pavilion tonight.
Live music not one person playing a recording. It’s a collaborative effort between a group of musicians and the audience. Live music is an extremely important and dying art form. It’s a bit of a cannary in a cage to the health of a town. We enjoy the town of Cape Charles but Love living in Cheriton. There is just more freedom, Low taxes, bigger lots and less small minded people running things. So, let’s dance. This may be a great opportunity to support the Arts on the Eastern Shore.
Scotiagirl says “Right On!!!!!!
Had the Tidewater band from Norfolk in the morning and they were great and Rudeboy Riddum a local band played 2 hours in the evening. Only one DJ at midday.
Thanks for clearing that up, that a positive sign. I listened to Rudeboy, online and liked his music and his general vibe. My bad. My point remains. Support local live music. A vibrant music scene doesn’t happen by accident. It has to be cultivated and tended to. It’s worth the effort