40th Anniversary Celebration For Elephant Walk Set for January 14

by Bobby McGuire

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday December 26, 2014

Elephant Walk Founder Fred Rogers and Harvey's General Manager Steve Porter have announced their plans to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Elephant Walk with a celebration to take place on Wednesday January 14, 2015 in the former Elephant Walk Space, now Harvey's.

Rogers opened the Elephant Walk at 500 Castro Street on November 27, 1974. The anniversary party is taking place in January due to the proximity of November 27 to the Thanksgiving Holiday and also November 27, 1978 is the date that Harvey Milk was assassinated. The event organizers did not want to impose on a day that they feel should be reserved for remembering Harvey.

The anniversary festivities are being incorporated into a special edition of Play With Bebe, the Castro's longest running trivia night, hosted by local celebrity drag star Bebe Sweetbriar. Bebe's trivia program for the night will be 70's and 80's themed with a focus on the Castro during that era. Additionally there will be an electronic visual presentation of photographs and video from the hay days of the Elephant Walk in conjunction with a panel discussion of dignitaries from that bygone era. Already confirmed are Cleve Jones, RINK FOTO, Fred Rogers, and several former Elephant Walk employees. Rogers says "we are going to have as many people as we can from back in the day, so if you are interested in history this is going to be an amazing stroll down memory lane."

One of the reasons why the Elephant Walk is considered historic is because disco sensation Sylvester used to perform there before becoming an international star in the late '70s. The anniversary celebration will include a musical performance by Sylvester cover artist Amoray. Harvey's will also be offering $3 draft beers and $4 appetizers all night long. Things kick off promptly at 8pm and will end around 10 pm. The event is free but there is a 1 item minimum purchase.

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