Stockdale firemen show gratitude with oldies dance
The Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department will present a free Appreciation Night Oldies Dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at its recreation and parking complex.
Al Marcy, first assistant chief and entertainment chairman at SVFD, said the event will be held to “emphasize our gratitude to the thousands of people who have supported our dances over the past 57 years” (1957-2014).
The outdoor dance will be a BYOE (Bring Your Own Everything – food, soft drinks and other liquid refreshments) event. The firefighters will sell hamburgers and hot dogs.
“We're encouraging people to bring their lawn chairs or beach blankets and relax and dance under the stars,” Marcy said.
Disc jockey Ralph Trilli, co-host of Cruisin' Sunday on WJPA in Washington, will provide music from the 1950s and early 1960s and also songs for line dancing, free style and shag aficionados.
The original record hops for teenagers began on Saturday, Dec. 21, 1957, at the Stockdale fire hall and ran through 1964.
Attendance at those dances often numbered 1,000 young people. In addition to “recorded hits of the day,” those record hops featured live performances by national recording artists.
A belated 50th anniversary dance on Feb. 16, 2008, drew some 1,100 people from throughout the area as well as Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, California, Nevada, Iowa, New York and other parts of the country.
Attendance at dances that have followed the anniversary celebration has averaged 500.
In the event of inclement weather, the free dance on July 12 will be moved inside at the firemen's social center.
Additional information is available at 724-350-5192.
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