Honorary mayor promises ‘show of the year’
By Maureen Robertson
Elvis and Beatles’ look-alike contests, twist and rock ‘n’ roll dance contests, a costume contest, car hops, Town Hall cops, a 1950s and ‘60s car show, and “awards straight from Graceland.” They’re all part of Honorary Mayor Sharon Davis’ plans for her second annual Ramona’s Got Talent benefit for Ramona Town Hall.
On a serious note, the Ramona Town Hall Brass Band will mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States with a 9/11 tribute that will include music and what Davis says will be an emotional Twin Towers slide show.
The event will be held in the Ramona Outdoor Community Center Pavilion, 421 Aqua Lane, and will start with a “diner-style car-hop” dinner and dance contest at 6 p.m. and the Ramona’s Got Talent show featuring “15 fabulous acts” at 7:30.
Ramona wineries will pour red wines, and Town Hall volunteers will pour white wine and beer, said Davis.
“We will have cotton candy and old style ‘50s hamburgers by 3rd Street Grill served by car hops,” she continued.
Hollywood-type spotlighting will showcase stage and pavilion decorations and festivities, and Nick Swifty & Nifty ‘50s band will play ‘50s music.
Almost every time one talks with Davis, she has another idea for the evening.
“We will have the first ever Town Hall Mirror Ball Trophy for the first place winners in two different categories,” she said. “The local queens, better known as the ‘Town Hall cops,’ will give citations for everything.”
Those citations come with a “donation” to Ramona Town Hall, the 1894 adobe building being restored to its original purpose as a community building.
“This show is going to rock,” said an enthusiastic Davis.
In a ceremony at Ramona Rotary Club’s July 4th Family Picnic and Fireworks, Davis started her second two-year term as the town’s honorary mayor. At $1 a vote — with all “votes” going to Ramona Town Hall — Davis won the title two years ago by garnering 17,012 “votes” for Town Hall, more than any of her eight competitors — combined.
When nominations opened for Ramona’s 2011-13 honorary mayor, Davis was the lone candidate, but that doesn’t mean she won’t continue raising money to restore Town Hall. Her first Ramona’s Got Talent benefit last September raised $13,000, and she plans to do “the same or more” this year.
Advance tickets are $30 each, and tickets at the door will be $35 — but Davis encourages those planning to attend to purchase tickets in advance.
“This will be a sell-out like last year,” she said.
Advance tickets are available at The Original Old Town Ramona Antique Fair at 734 Main St., Charlotte’s Antiques at 939 Main St., and Ramona Chamber of Commerce at 960 Main St., or by calling Davis at 760-788-2509.
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