Sock hop this weekend

B y Jaime Thomas

The Hook and Ladder firehouse will be transformed into a 1950s sock hop this Saturday evening beginning at 7 p.m.

It is the first year organizers Steve “Skeeter” Morse and Dan Roberts are putting on the event, which should offer something for everyone.

Black and white checkered motif and a mock soda fountain will set the 1950s mood, as Morse and his Northern Band provide tunes for dancing.

“Anything that depicts a sock hop; the firemen will have old-time refreshments like root beer floats, milkshakes, burgers and fries,” Morse said. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a camera for photo shoots by the props.

The band, featuring Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley, will play from a long list of classics from the late 50s and early 60s. Among other hits will be “At the Hop,” “Runaround Sue,” “Return to Sender” and more.

And to channel Chubby Checker, there will be a twist contest to go with his famous tunes as well as a hula-hoop contest.

Morse and the fire department have been collaborating for a while on music-oriented events; they want to offer the community something to do in a slow, winter month. Roberts pointed out that many people enjoy dancing and socializing but don’t want to partake in the bar scene.

Morse said the event is a win-win situation, as the fire department benefits from an activity he loves planning and producing.

Everyone is encouraged to dress to the times at the sock hop.

There will be various prizes for outfits and a 50/50 raffle as well. All proceeds from the dance will benefit the fire department.

The cost is $7 for individuals, $12 for couples, $5 for children ages eight to 15 and free for those under eight. For more information call Morse at 518-932-3620.

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