1960s cruise in at Sid’s Sandwich Shop relives Varsity days, benefits Nick Malloy

March 15, 2013 

Folks who’ve lived in Macon for a few decades may remember when Sid’s Sandwich Shop on Forsyth Street was the old Varsity diner. Well, get ready to be transported back the to 1960s on Saturday when Sid’s and the Jones County Cruisers team up for the Varsity Cruise In, benefitting Nick Malloy.

Sid’s owner Bob Berg said he’s wanted for some time to help raise money for former employee Malloy, who was paralyzed in a car accident in 2012.

“Nick was just starting to work for us this time last year. He was an up-and-coming musician ... and I’d known him since he played Little League baseball with my son,” Berg said.

One day at the bank, Berg ran into a member of the Jones County Cruisers and found out the group holds car shows to raise money for charitable causes. With Sid’s history as a cruise-in eatery, it all made sense.

The event will feature a classic car show, with awards to the top 20 entries. There will be Sid’s style food for sale, and a silent auction of a large piece of art depicting the old Varsity by Gray artist Val Elliott. Of course, no cruise in would be complete without some music from the 1950s and ’60s to set the mood.

Berg asks that anyone with old photos of the Varsity please bring them along to the event, which is free to attend.

“Come for free, but do eat and enjoy the music,” Berg said. “It’s all about giving.”

Varsity Cruise In

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sid’s Sandwich Shop, 1510 Forsyth St.

Cost: Free to attend; $10 to enter a car in the show

Information: 746-2772

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