Announcements August 13, 2012 posted by nportadmin


Free community event on Thursday, August 16th, offers fun for everyone.

A few of the classic cars to be featured at Cruisin’ the 50s in downtown Newburyport on Thursday, August 16, 2012 (raindate August 23) are (left to right): a 1934 Chevrolet Hot Rod, a 1955 Chevrolet Convertible, and a 1951 custom Mercury Coupe. (Photo by Mark Sgro.)

Downtown Newburyport will be transformed to a bygone era on Thursday, August 16, 2012 (rain date August 23), from 5:00pm to 8:00pm for Cruisin’ the 50s, an evening of show-quality classic cars along State, Pleasant and Inn Streets, roaming doo-wop singers, and shops and restaurants open for business. This free community event also features Lee Lewis & the Doo Wop Allstars performing on the Market Square stage. The Legends 1450 WNBP Radio, which will broadcast live from the event, and the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industrial Foundation present Cruisin’ the 50s; the presenting sponsor is St. Jean’s Credit Union.

Newburyport’s charming and historic downtown is an ideal setting to showcase these beautiful automobiles and celebrate a special time in history. Cruisin’ the 50s has been created to draw adults and kids of all ages, both residents and visitors, to the area on a summer evening to enjoy classic cars and live music. The event concludes with a free concert at 7:30pm on the Market Square stage with Lee Lewis & the Doo Wop Allstars, who perform all-time favorites like Our Day Will Come, At The Hop, One Fine Day, Duke of Earl, Blue Moon, The Book of Love, Under The Boardwalk, and many more.

“Coming off the great success of the HMS Bounty visit in July, the Chamber is thrilled to be back on land for this new ‘Cruisin’ the 50s’ event,” says Newburyport Chamber of Commerce President Ann Ormond. “We hope that visitors and residents alike will don their saddle shoes and poodle skirts and join in the fun of classic cars, doo wop music, shopping, dining, and dancing in Market Square.”

Visitors will be able to take a close look at more than 100 pre-selected classic cars from the 1950s, 60s and beyond parked along Newburyport’s State, Pleasant and Inn streets, which will be open for pedestrian traffic only during Cruisin’ the 50s. Some of the most popular cars of the era will be showcased, including late 1950s Cadillacs with their accentuated fins, Ford’s first generation top-down Thunderbirds, and prime examples of Chevrolet Impala convertibles, the best selling cars of its time. In recognition of Newburyport’s hot rod culture and still-active Cam Snappers Club, formed in 1952 and a founding member of the New England Hot Rod Council, 1930s and 40s hot rods will also be featured, including a freshly restored 1932 Ford Roadster and a flamed custom 1951 Mercury Coupe. Late 1960s/early 70s muscle cars also will be featured, including a 1970 Barracuda convertible, as well as a few English sports cars that were popular among servicemen in the U.S. after the war, including a red 1960 Austin Healey 3000 convertible.

“Coming from all over New England, these pristine cars have been specially selected for their quality, workmanship and beauty,” says Wes Pettengill, curator of this and other classic car events in New England, and host of WNBP Radio’s Calling All Cars. “Classic car enthusiasts as well as others will appreciate the color, chrome and fins these impressive machines as well as their nostalgia, unique style and craftsmanship that is unmatched today.”

For more information, please visit or Due to space limitations, Cruisin’ the 50s classic car participation is by pre-registration only (for car registration information, please call 978.465.3140). Non-registered classic cars are welcome to park in Newburyport municipal parking areas. In case of rain, the event will be held Thursday, August 23, 2012.

WNBP AM 1450 ( has been serving the Greater Newburyport area since 1957. In March 2009, locally owned and operated Port Broadcasting, LLC, purchased the station from Westport Communications and implemented a “Legendary Songs by Legendary Singers” format with mission to serve the community and keep radio local. Port Broadcasting also recently acquired local radio station WWSF-AM in Sanford, ME.

St. Jean’s Credit Union is Massachusetts’ first credit union and has been proudly serving more than 14,000 members throughout the North Shore for over 100 years. Located in Newburyport, Salem, Lynn, and Revere, St. Jean’s is a full service financial institution with products and services to fit all of your financial needs, including auto loans, mortgages and home equity loans. To learn more about St. Jean’s Credit Union, call 978-462-2771 or visit them online at

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