Successful car show cruises in to the Bridge

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As countless guests have said time and again, it’s always special at The Bridge at Cherry Hill.

Friday night’s annual Car Cruise ‘n’ Cuisine event was no exception.

“Our residents love this,” said Jen Burns, the facility’s sales and community relations director. “Our families love it and the community loves it.”

Classic cars filled almost all of the parking area while chef Marvin Carter’s kitchen crew prepared New England clam chowder, clamcakes, tater tots, pasta salad and grilled vegetables. Root beer floats and ice cream sandwiches were also available.

“This is always a great event,” Marie Curtis said as she sat in a shaded area overlooking her 1988 Mercedes Benz 560 SL and enjoyed a burger. “What a special night.”

It was a classic cruise that featured a number of vintage vehicles. Biagio Micheletti brought his 1930 Ford Model A Coupe, while the late Louie Annunziata’s 1959 black beauty – a.k.a. Chevrolet Bel Air – was on display after his daughter, Lori Ann, and wife, Ann Marie, made sure it was included in Friday’s show, as it has been through the years.

Maryann Grace, The Bridge’s executive director, was decked out in 1950s garb and even enjoyed a mini-dance – to the music of disc jockey Rick Lataille – with fellow staffers and families.

“Even little children are enjoying this night,” Johnston District 1 Town Councilwoman Linda Folcarelli said while watching Archie Acceturo drive his black 1959 Corvette into a parking lot spot. “What a great family friendly event.”

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