‘50s – ‘60s Sock Hop and Ice Cream Social

Jane Gromelski

Return with us to those thrilling years, when we were young. Some of us went to the dances and danced, some watched from the sidelines. Bah! To that, we can all get on the floor, and dance with our own moves. Come and have fun to the music of our golden youth! Age has given us confidence, and a glass of wine also helps. People keep telling me that these are the most fun parties!

The Spring Sock Hop will be on Monday, March 12, in the MountainView Ballroom. The same great band, 3 Jacks and a Julie (AKA Wild Ride), will play for our listening and dancing pleasure. They will play the same great music we enjoyed at the sock hops last year. A live band adds extra excitement to a dance, especially when they are good! Sometimes, you just have to get on the dance floor, and move to the music! To make this hop even more fun, instead of a dinner, we will have an ice cream sundae bar!

3 Jacks and A Julie will play many of our favorites from the ‘50s and ‘60s. The Everly Brothers, Elvis, Roy Orbison, the Beach Boys, Patsy Cline and even songs from Grease.

They have a new bass player, Rocky, so they are back to being a foursome. The band is so talented. I don’t have to build them up in this article; their music speaks for them. When they play the Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody, there isn’t a woman listening who doesn’t want to be on the dance floor in her partners arms, swaying to the music. I have seen dancers, heading out the door for a break, turn in mid-stride to get back to the dance floor. I repeat this in every article, but the phenomenon occurs at every dance.

MountainView and Pat Beeks, try to make this a great evening for everyone. We are trying a new treat for this dance, an ice cream sundae bar. It will have lots of choices for toppings, including hot fudge, caramel, crushed cookies and candies, the entire works! Tickets will be $17 per person, they will be on sale at the MountainView office at the end of January. As usual, doors and cash bar will open at 5:00 p.m., the ice cream sundae bar at 5:30 p.m., and the band will start performing at 6:30 p.m. They will play until 9:30 p.m. Wear your poodle skirt and saddle shoes, or your jeans and your “dad’s” white shirt, or dress as we do today, come and listen to the band, or come and dance. This promises to again be a very entertaining evening. Return to those youthful days, let’s have fun at a (shoes on) sock hop!

Come and dance! Come and listen! But, come ready to party!