And if that wasn't enough free fun for you, a few feet beyond the dance floor was an assortment of cars. Not just any cars: big, old, gas guzzling American classics. Heavenly. A red 1968 Ford Mustang nearly put my son into a trance while I had a brief, albeit meaningful, romance with a 1968 Chevy Camaro.
Fickle by nature, my attentions and affections were soon focused on a white 1953 Ford Sunliner, whose gold upholstery flirted shamelessly with me. The owner of this white and gold vixen, Fernald Leach of Blue Hill, was kind enough to speak with me and show me pictures of the restoration process. When Leach obtained this replica pace car, it had been living upside down in a junk yard and was rusted out and roofless. Leach and his wife Rachel have been coming to Jordan's Cruise-In for nearly 10 years. When asked of the appeal of this venue, he said "the food" while his wife, Rachel, simultaneously replied "the music." Classic!
I also had the pleasure of speaking with Wayne Murch of Franklin, who is one of the original participants of the weekly event. He proudly showed me his 1951 Lincoln and spoke of dearly departed fellow car showers and Cruise-Ins gone by. There was also a replica 1965 Ford Cobra owned by Brad Carter of Hancock, a 1973 Rolls Royce and wooden framed 1923 Ford. I was giddy.
To top it all off, Jordan's has a full game room, arcade and playground for the kids. Even better than that, they have cherry dip. That's right, cherry dip for my chocolate soft serve. With fried seafood, banana splits and quick take out window service, it is no wonder that this family owned and operated business just celebrated their 30th anniversary and has become a cultural landmark.
For more info, visit www.jordanssnackbar.com, the Facebook or give them a call at (207)667-2174.