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--- Cruisin' at the DQ is every Friday

Donna Lenz Wright/The Week

(Published June 14, 2007, 2:43 p.m.)

Inside it's stainless steel stools at the counter, black-and-white checkered floors and walls filled with Elvis, Marilyn, license plates and everything '50s.

Outside it's poodle skirts, live music by Sassy Blues, vintage cars and fuzzy dice.

Every Friday evening all summer long the scene is the same. Vintage cars begin singling into Delavan's Dairy Queen for Cruisin' at the DQ at about 5 p.m. After lining up and parking, poodle skirts and saddle shoes emerge.

Sassy Blues starts the music at 6 p.m. while cars continue to arrive. Folks just stopping in for supper or dessert decide to park and enjoy the free event for a while.

"It's gotten bigger every year," said DQ owner Jen Nowak, clad head-to-toe with '50s fashion.

The weekly family event repeats each Friday 6-8 p.m. and is a good way to end the long week.

The informal outside atmosphere adds to the backyard feel of the free event and raffles from local businesses add a bit of fun.

"There are regulars who come every week and there are lots of people who drive by and just stop in," said Sassy Blues' founding member Jamie McDaniel.

The Sassy Blues band has been an area favorite for many years with members McDaniel on drums; Mike Moore, guitar; Turtle, bass guitar; Dick Arenz, guitar, and all contributing to the vocals.

They welcome guest musicians and last Friday Paul Weber, harmonica and flute, and Ben Hanson on guitar joined the action.

"We have a ball here," McDaniel said. "So many good players join us and we have a real good time making good music."

Members of the Kettle Moraine Classic Car Club regularly attend the event bringing their vintage cars restored to mint condition, giving the party its bling.

Duane and Carol Handke of Elkhorn are regulars, arriving in their 1950 black Ford complete with raccoon tail on the antenna and flames shooting down the sides.

"This is what we do for a hobby," Carol said. "The people here are great, we like the music and it's just a fun thing to do."

Al Hoefert drove his wife Mary's 1967 Mustang to the party to have a little supper and connect with fellow car enthusiasts.

Everyone is invited to join the fun every Friday evening to bring their lawn chairs, have an ice cream cone, check out the classic cars and enjoy the music.

For more information on Sassy Blues, call (262) 903-1111 or e-mail sassyblues1234@yahoo.com. For more information about the Cruisin' at the DQ event, call 728-1951 or stop in at 5576 State Road 50 in Delavan.

What: Cruisin' at the DQ
Where: Delavan Dairy Queen
When: Every Friday evening during summer starting at about 5 p.m.
Info: For more information about the Cruisin' at the DQ event, call 728-1951 or stop in at 5576 State Road 50 in Delavan.



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