A Few Comments Received Via E-Mail And By Telephone
People who were at the Sock Hop last night are asking when the next one is going to be or are assuming that this is now going to be an annual event. After all, they spent $10.00 at Amazon for those poodle skitrts and motorcycle jackets and want to wear them again. Only Delane Blondeau probably went to her closet and retrieved the actual skirt she wore in 1950!
It was a genuine community event. It has been a long time since I had so much fun at a party. Folks well on the other side of high school sock hops can still have the same kind of fun we remember, as long as it ends by 9 PM.
A great time was had by all and they loved all of the dancing. Someone said she had never seen so many men dancing with their wives before. So the whole thing was an unabashed hit!
A riotous, fun event. Extra special with the 50's movies, ads, music, dances, etc., compilations. It was wonderful to have a stroll down memory lane and laugh a lot.
From Delane in her O'Leary green kitty skirt to Bill Cavaliere's 4 yr. old grandson Billy, it was clear that folks were releasing their inner child with abandon!
The Sock Hop was fabulous. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
We danced, sang, put on totally inappropriate clothing, laughed, watched some old films on the music of the era and generally enjoyed the fellowship of our neighbors. A truly large crowd filled the bar/restaurant with smiles and happiness. Thank's to Deb and Rob for running a top notch kitchen during the packed event.
It was a night to remember! About 100 people "poured" into the Rodeo Tavern to celebrate the decade of Rock & Roll. Those who stayed home because they they thought it was too silly missed one of the best shows we have ever staged. The two live singing groups (Portalaires and Shangri La-Las) were simply outstanding.
And what about those outfits. Ladies in poodle skirts, guys who looked like they just stepped out of the movie "Grease." Ridiculous (but hilarious) wigs. And the people. Young people, old people and everyone danced -- slow songs, fast songs. Seeing the dance floor packed with people of all ages was very special. Did you catch Delane Blondeau doing the Twist (she thought it was a jitterbug)? Amazing!
Whatever else is going on in the "big" world, communities like ours are where our hopes for a bright future will be realized.
I was too busy having fun to take pictures….
We attended from out of town and loved the whole night. We saw many of our friends, enjoyed the music and dancing, and the live chorus groups.
It is the most fun and memorable night we have ever had in Portal. We certainly vote for it being the First Annual Sock Hop
A home run!