A New Elvis in Newark?
Elvis fans shouldn't have to travel all the way to Graceland; they should be able to see The King shake his hips right here in town. That's what Newark Days organizers are hoping for, as they continue their search for a professional Elvis impersonator to wow audience members during the city's annual birthday bash.
Organizers of this year's four-day celebration, which will run Sept. 22-25, promise this will be the largest production ever, as it commemorates the city's 50th birthday.
They're planning to transport people back in time, with the unveiling of a revised Newark history book, a video pavilion that will play television shows and commercials from the 1950s and a drive-in area with servers on roller skates, Newark Days President Shirley Sisk said.
They're also hoping to have Elvis gyrate on stage that weekend.
"When you think of the '50s, the first thing that comes to mind is Elvis," Sisk said. "We want to find Elvis. I know he's out there. He's been spotted many, many times."
Elvis impersonators should send a video tape or other recording of themselves to Newark Days, c/o Betty Cole, P.O. Box 608, Newark 94560. For other inquiries, call (510) 793-5683.