Thursday, April 2, 2009
This gorgeous tree, on Route 198 near our lane, produces quite the show each spring. The lighting was less than ideal here, but even so its beauty shines through. Speaking of quite the show in less than ideal lighting, I'd like to talk about a place called the Spectrum.
Once upon a time under the bridge at Yorktown there lived a night club called the Spectrum.
The Spectrum was a diminutive establishment by today's standards, but it was the closest dancing spot to Mathews County if you exclude your Ruritan Club, your American Legion Hall or your back yard pig roast. And really, you should exclude those.
As a silly, under-age teenager with not a single logical thought, I was allowed in the Spectrum on the few occasions when either (a) one of my friends knew a member of the band or (b) the fake IDs we purchased from the back of Glamour magazine didn't work, yet we were waved in by the bouncer anyway because really, who cared?
The band known as Slapwater (which is still in existence albeit with a few shifts in personnel) often played at the Spectrum. Anyone of my age bracket (based on the color my hair wants to turn that age is AARP-Eligible) who grew up around these parts might be able to understand why Chesapeake Bay Silly Under-age Teenager risked getting in trouble to see Slapwater play at the Spectrum--on a school night no less. She was in love with the band and one of her friends knew the right people to get her in.
This particular night the silly teenagers were called up on stage to sing Double Dutch Bus, which is the perfect song for silly teenagers who don't get out much (excluding your Ruritan Club, your American Legion Hall and your back yard pig roast, and please do exclude these). Mercifully, that song has very few notes; regrettably, the band played an extended version.
The Spectrum was torn down a long time ago, well before Nicks Seafood Pavilion--another legendary establishment also located "under the bridge at Yorktown." (Those words were from a radio ad, as I recall.)
If you're from around here and have any memories of the Spectrum, I'd love to hear them. If you're not from here, tell me about a place you went as a silly, under-age teenager. Or tell me about a place you go as a silly, over-age adult.
Or, just tell me if a song exists that is sillier than Double Dutch Bus.