The fabulous 50s’ returns

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By The Staff

One of the most intergenerational events happens Saturday with the annual Fabulous 50s’ Family Sock Hop from Los Alamos Family Council.

The rooty toot toot, root beer floating, burger – and fries – benefit will aid the Family Council and the Youth Activity Center programs for the next year and benefit everyone from youth to seniors.

“The Family Council’s mission is extremely important in making and keeping this a safe and pleasant community,” said Barbara Marcille, LAFC Board member and grant writer. “Each of these programs is wonderful and very needed.”

The annual event draws young and old to dance or just watch the fun. “The 50s’ music is really fun, and it’s cute to see young kids dancing to songs like ‘Rock Around the Clock’ and ‘Ain’t Nothing But A Hound Dog,’ Marcille said.

LAFC Executive Director Joy Beery agrees, “There are such a wide range of people that come and they all seem to have such a good time.”

The Los Alamos Family Council staff and board of directors really kick efforts into gear by pitching in for every aspect of the event from recruiting volunteers to selling tickets.

The event includes special activities for those younger than age 10 to keep up the family fun, compliments of the Girl Scouts.

A variety of hands-on arts and crafts projects, board games and dance contests will round out the 4-hour fun that starts at 6 p.m. in Fuller Lodge.

The tickets, which are sold through the Los Alamos Family Council offices and at Brownell’s Hallmark, cost $10 for individuals or $35 for a family and include a variety of raffle items up for grabs.

“We all complain about how there is nothing to do here on a Saturday night. This is a perfect activity for families with young children, because there is plenty to keep the kids occupied. Couples looking for something different to do, folks who actually remember the 50s’ dance moves and anyone who enjoys a lively time will be entertained,” Marcille said.

The  fun always includes lots of chances to win prizes for everything from bubble gum blowing contests, hula-hoop contests, the hand-jive and more. If you don’t feel prepared for a hop, the LAFC family has that covered too, with a fundraising sale of accessories, like poodle skirts and Elvis-style sunglasses.

Yes, Elvis will enter the building as Morrie Pongratz reprises his role of the peanut butter  and banana loving host, surrounded by his favorite Key Club car hops.

“Secunido Sandoval gave us the most beautiful painting that is so representative of our wonderful mountains,” Beery said.

The tickets are $25 each and only 100 will be sold. They can be purchased at the Los Alamos Family Council offices at 1505 15th St. and from board members, while supplies last. If there are tickets still available, they can be purchased at the Sock Hop.

“The opportunity to own a Sec Sandoval original for the price of a $25 raffle ticket does not come along every day,” Marcille said.

The third annual event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Medical Center and Los Alamos National Bank and will feature the chance to win a set of Wilson golf clubs and a weekend stay at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino.

Beery is very proud of her staff and Board of Directors for their efforts to make each Sock Hop the best. “We have a very active, vital and involved board that believes in the mission of the agency,” she said. Additional information is available by calling 662-4160.