Drive-Thru Expo a hit in Viera, more to come


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Cars lined up at the The Avenue Viera's parking lot as early as 7 a.m.

Caleb Nyberg

The excitement started building long before the exhibitors were ready to start the inaugural Senior Life Drive-Thru Senior Expo held at The Avenue Viera.

At 8 a.m. Sept. 4, the vehicles started rolling and several hundred patrons received COVID-19 supply kits and lots of other senior-related giveaways and information. All the giveaways were dropped into a big red bag that each motorist received at the inaugural Senior Life Drive-Thru Senior Expo.

Vehicles began lining the area near the AMC Movie Theater complex just after 7 a.m. and a steady stream drove through from 8 to 10 a.m. The vehicles stopped at each of the 18 tent stations, where the occupants were greeted and given senior resource information and lots of giveaways from participating vendors and organizations.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibitors wore masks and practiced CDC-recommended social distancing guidelines. Attendees were asked to remain in their vehicles. Some asked that the giveaways and information brochures and flyers be placed in the trunk of their cars or on the back seat.

Even with all the precautions, the mood was festive and upbeat.

Rockledge saxophonist Fred Cavese provided the live entertainment, performing jazz and show tunes for patrons as they drove past his tent. 

There are other opportunities for those who missed the first Drive-Thru Senior Expo. 

Three more Drive-Thru Senior Expo events are slated to take place on the following dates and locations:

From 8:30  to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 2 at the American Police Hall of Fame at 6350 Horizon Drive, which is off State Road 405, in Titusville.

From 8 to 10 a.m. Oct. 16 at Hammock Landing at 205 Palm Bay Road NE, which is on the west side of I-95, in Palm Bay.

From 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 6 at Melbourne Square Mall. 

“We were amazed at the turnout,” said Jill Blue, the owner of Bluewater Creative Group, which includes Senior Life and the Viera Voice. “We’re expecting another great show in Titusville to reach north Brevard seniors.”

Patrons will be serenaded by live music  Oct. 2 and music will be provided by the One Man Band on Oct. 16 and Nov. 6. 

“It was a blast. It was a lot of fun and the next one is at a great location,” Blue said. “It is at a destination location and they can go through the museum afterward.”