This kind of thing only happens once in a life time. Myself and an amazing photographer friend, Jose Mandojana, took a little road trip a few hours north of Seattle to beautiful Lake Chelan. He had some assignments for Sunset Magazine of which I assisted him.
When all was said and done for the day, it was time for me to venture off with my camera that evening. The annual car show on main street was happening in down town Lake Chelan. As I strolled this building, the words ‘Eagles Club’ caught my eye. Now mind you, I have heard of the Elks Club, even the Shriners, but was unfamiliar with the Eagles. I opened up the door and was warmly welcomed by the sweetest old lady. As she invited me in, I felt as if I was walking back in time, say around 1977. It seemed like nothing had changed in a while….a long while. (Even the beer was still 2.50 a pint!) As I sat down and chatted with some of these laid back country folks, I noticed a little sign on the bar that read ‘The Illusion of Elvis’ featuring Danny Vernon June 4th and 5th. That’s tonight! I have to get up there!
Happy accident. With my camera sitting on the counter, this rather large-and-in-charge woman noticeably intoxicated, came stumbling in. She instantly took note of my camera and insisted I come upstairs to take photos. Bingo!
I’m pretty sure there were some elderly women that actually thought this guy was Elvis Presely even getting his autograph at the end of the show. These people were living out the rest of there days in Lake Chelan, often at the Eagles Club, and I got to catch a small glimpse of the one night when Elvis came to town.
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