Fans of Cameo Room nightclub plan reunion to remember old times on Virginia Shore

(Delmarvanow.com) -- Four hundred ticketholders will converge on the Exmore Moose Lodge Saturday to celebrate a bygone Eastern Shore institution.

The Cameo Room reunion will bring merrymakers together for food, drink and music —all for a good cause — for the first time since the popular nightclub closed in the 1980s.

“There’s never been a nightclub like that on the Eastern Shore before or after,” said Bob Thomas, a friend of founder Arthur Webb.

Webb opened the Cameo Room in 1976, when he was just 23 years old.

Housed inside Exmore’s old Cameo Theatre on Main Street, the 1930s building boasted a classic black-and-white façade, movie posters from the theater’s heyday and live bands every Wednesday through Saturday night.

It was a hit among locals, Webb said.

“The streets were packed with people,” he said. “We had lunch during the day, we had music at night. It was just a fun time.”

The music bumped into the early 1980s, when Webb moved away and the club shut down, but talk of the Cameo Room never did.

Webb’s daughter moved back to Virginia’s Eastern Shore this year and still hears stories from her father’s former venture, Webb said.

“The Cameo was always the topic of conversation,” he said. “I said, ‘We ought to do a reunion.’ But to do a reunion, we ought to benefit some people.”

Together with friends Thomas and Tim Prettyman, Webb set out to organize that reunion three months ago. Tickets sold out two months in advance.

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Randy Custis Memorial Fund, created  in 1987 as a tribute to 9-year-old Randy Custis, who loved baseball and was killed by a drunken driver.

The fund established the Little League field at Randy Custis Memorial Park and is dedicated to the maintenance and improvement of the recreational complex in Nassawadox.

“We thought long and hard, and all three of us played baseball down in Northampton County,” Thomas said.

The Cameo Room original entertainer DJ Danny Crain will provide music for the reunion, which continues Sunday with a Get-Well Party starting at 11 a.m. at Bayford Oyster Company.

Food and drink will be for sale to benefit the Exmore Moose Lodge.

“We’re going to do a lot of reminiscing Saturday night,” Webb said. 

And if the party goes well, there may be another in the future, he said.

Visit the Friends of the Cameo Room Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pg/cameoroom2017reunion to browse photos from the Cameo Room.

 

 

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