Take a step back to the rock & roll legends, songs and movies of the '50s and early '60s Friday and Saturday nights at Hawthorne Park, presented free by U.S. Cellular in partnership with the City of Medford Parks & Recreation Department.
On Friday, June 19, the fun starts with Party in the Park at 7 p.m. Jamie's Rock 'n Roll Legends perform until 9 p.m., featuring Buddy Holly, Connie Francis, Patsy Cline, and Justin Shandor's award-winning impersonation of Elvis. Shandor portrays all eras of the King, including 1950s Elvis, 1968 "comeback" Elvis, and "Las Vegas Elvis."
Following the live music is the drive-in movie experience of the quintessential cruising movie, American Graffiti, set in 1962 and starring a young Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams and Harrison Ford.
The party continues Saturday night after the downtown Cruise with Movie in the Park, featuring Grease. The original "high school musical" set in 1959 stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John on the campus of Rydell High.
Both movies begin at dusk (around 9:15 p.m.) and are projected on a huge, inflatable screen with music piped throughout Hawthorne Park and also available on FM radio frequency.