Legendary Rocker To Take Part In Bayonne Appreciation Day
All it took was a text message to get Jay David, the former drummer from Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show, to book a flight from California so that he could come out and spend a night with his favorite drum corps as they express their appreciation to the people of Bayonne on August 16th at Veterans Stadium. Jay has been an avid supporter of the corps for years and us exited to come out and tell a few stories about what Bayonne means to him. Some of the younger people in the audience may recognize Jay from his recent appearance on the TV show “Glee” He may even strike up a few tunes. Perhaps even a little ditty called “On the Cover of the Rollin Stone” might stir up some older memories. Jay has been known to tell a few jokes and he’ll be happy to gang around and sign some autographs and copies of his new CD if anyone would be interested in purchasing it.
In an effort to add more hometown groups, event coordinators also contacted the Bayonne PAL Cheerleaders, inviting them to perform in the event. Although it was short notice, the group graciously accepted. The PAL cheerleaders will join the HCA cheerleaders, Fusion Twirlers, Bayonne Police Emerald Society bag pipe band, the Tri Valley Brass Ensemble and, The Bridgemen in this Free Concert. Organizers of the festival hope that the event will create a sense of civic pride by getting to know these groups and how they proudly represent our city in parades, contests and exhibitions all over the country.
Before the performances on the field begin, there will be plenty of entertainment and activities beginning at 5:00. For the kids, the HCA cheerleaders will be doing face painting, sand art and carnival games. There will also be a balloon twister on hand. The BHS art department have prepared an art Exhibit. Pete “Ziggy” Zervoulis and Madeline Coles will be lending their talents and providing their own unique musical stylings to the evening.
Besides performing, some of the groups will be setting up information and recruiting tables to help to increase awareness on their own organizations. In addition, veterans representing their individual posts will be on hand distributing information to anyone that may be interested in being part of one of these fine organizations. There will even be a booth set up where people can have their picture taken in a Bridgemen Uniform.
If you get hungry or thirsty, the Elks will be preparing and selling food and refreshments.
Bridgemen souvenirs will be available to purchase as well and, of course, there will be a 50/50 drawing at the end of the night.
This is a great chance for anyone that wasn’t able to attend the Tournament of Stars to see the Bridgemen, as well as, these other hometown teams. It’s a free concert, and a great way to support these local organizations that do such a great job representing Bayonne.
The Bridgemen would like to thank their sponsors and biggest supporters; especially Bayonne Community Bank, The Parish Community of St Andrews and St Mary’s, American Legion Post 19, and Archie’s van and cab company.