TARPON SPRINGS — The British are coming — in a groovy kind of way.
Saturday, downtown Tarpon Springs is set to be the site of a "British Invasion," featuring '60s music, meat pies, an Austin Powers look-alike, and a procession of classic cars.
It's a fundraiser, with all proceeds benefiting In the Twinkling of an Eye, a faith-based charity that helps victims of domestic violence find safe housing.
Safford Avenue will be closed from 4:30 to 10 p.m., between Tarpon Avenue and Orange Street, to accommodate the English rock revival.
At 8 p.m., vintage photos of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Moody Blues, Elton John, Phil Collins and other Brits will be auctioned.
"The photos have never been published," said Lori Rinehart, event organizer and president and founder of the charitable foundation established in 2002. She also runs another nonprofit, Treasures from Heaven, a consignment shop at 17 N. Safford Ave.
The photographs, both black and white and color, were shot by Don Aters of California, who Rinehart said "was a young paparazzi artist in the 1960s."
Twenty-six photos will be on display beginning at noon today in downtown shops along Safford and Tarpon avenues. They will be collected Saturday at 7 p.m. for the auction.
"Look for a Beatles exhibit sign in (participating) store windows," Rinehart said.
Her hope is that the event will raise at least $5,000 for those waiting for permanent housing.
"Our goal is to pay the first month's rent and security deposit for five homes for women and their children," she said.
The event begins Saturday at 4:30 p.m. with a procession of classic cars, MINI Coopers and motorcycles.
They will depart from the Kmart on U.S. Highway 19 and proceed down Tarpon Avenue to Safford Avenue.
Austin Powers look-alike Matt Bradley will emcee the event; Ron and the Classics will perform '60s tunes.
Down some Liverpool crab cakes, meat pies and pastry served up by the Proper Pie Company.
Or indulge in barbecue ribs, chicken and pulled pork sandwiches. Lemonade, ice cream and key lime pie will be available, too.
The event is co-sponsored by Ferman MINI of Tampa Bay, the city of Tarpon Springs and the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce.
A little flower power can make a big difference, Rinehart said.
"The more people that come out, have fun and buy from our vendors," she said, "the more we will change the lives of victims of domestic violence."
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