Note from Dan: While I’m on vacation, I’m treating you to some oldie-but-goodie columns from the past. This one originally ran Aug. 2, 2009. And the Elmwood Park amphitheater is now under construction!
Fans of the long-running local soap opera “As the Amphitheater Turns” may be feeling some withdrawal pangs these days.
They shouldn’t fret one bit.
After nine years, two lawsuits, 12 studies, three locations and more flip-flops than a beach on a hot August weekend, the curtain isn’t even close to falling on this Roanoke political drama.
The council’s 4-2 vote on July 20 to drop the project merely put it on hold.
The vampire Barnabas Collins from “Dark Shadows” has retreated to his casket but will be back, you could say. The cast of “General Hospital” has gone on summer break. They will return.
For those who have missed the most recent episodes, here’s a brief synopsis:
• In June 2007, doctor/restaurateur and Councilman David Trinkle forged a political marriage with colleagues Gwen Mason, Alfred Dowe and Mayor Nelson Harris. They won approval for locating the amphitheater near the Roanoke River. But that polygamous union proved very short-lived.
• In February 2008, Dowe cut himself from the cast amid allegations he had two-timed the city and state for travel reimbursements. The council selected former school board member Alvin Nash as an understudy.
• In May 2008, former Mayor David Bowers, an Elmwood Park amphitheater supporter, resurrected himself from the political dead by vanquishing Harris in the city mayoral race. The following September, the council resurrected the Elmwood Park amphitheater idea, too. Read more »