Firehouse to host Sock Hop

T he area’s Baby Boomers, and everyone else for that matter, will be able to step back in time this weekend.
The Granville Hook and Ladder Fire Co. will be transformed into a 1950’s era dance hall for the company’s annual Sock Hop. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13.
“The entire facility will be decorated to depict the 1950s. There will be a soda fountain with all the original condiments and people will be able to sit there and take pictures just as if they were back in the 50s,” Steve “Skeeter” Morse said. “We’re bringing things back in time.”
Morse and his Northern Band will play live music, primarily from the 50s, although they will incorporate some 60’s hits, and there will be at least two music-based skits.
“One is Jailhouse Rock. We’re going have a person dressed in prison attire. And the other is Ain’t Nothing But a Hound Dog; we’ll have a couple of people dressed up as dogs: a hound and a dalmatian,” Morse said.
And while people are encouraged to dance all night, there will be at least two dances where the musicians will encourage everyone to get involved.
“We’re going to do the twist and see how good people are at it,” Morse said, adding they will also encourage everyone to form “the train” during the evening as well.
Saturday’s event will be the second sock hop in as many years and Morse said improvements made to the firehouse will make this year’s event better than last year’s.
“The fire house has been painted; we have built a black box stage and a lighting system. I think people will enjoy the laser lights and special effects,” he said.
The event is just the latest in a series of themed concerts and variety shows that have been held at the firehouse over the past two to three years. Other popular shows include a Christmas Variety Show and a Hee Haw Variety Show.
Both of those events will be held again, with the former scheduled for Dec. 6, but Morse said they are organizing a number of event intended to attract more kids.
A Zombie/Halloween Dance and Light Show is being planned for Saturday, Oct. 18.
“We’re going to utilize our light system and really put on a fabulous light show for these kids,” Morse said. “We really want to bring the kids in here.”
Also, a Caught in a Jam Band Top 40 Classic Rock Hits event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, and the fire department will resume its Friday night dances sometime in the coming months.
Admission to Saturday’s show costs $7, $12 for couples and $5 for students. Food, including Roger Forando’s “famous” hot dog sauce, will be available. All proceeds will benefit the fire company.




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