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Kick in the holiday season at old-fashioned Sock Hop

Nov 16, 2017
When’s the last time you kicked up your heels? Let it fly this Friday when the city of Mukilteo and the Mukilteo Seniors Association team up to host a ‘50s Rock’n’Roll Sock Hop from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo.

Dig out the poodle skirt, and polish up those saddle shoes. Roll up your T-shirt sleeves, and slick back your hair (or what’s left of it).

The Mukilteo Seniors Association, in cooperation with the city of Mukilteo, is hosting the rescheduled ‘50s Rock‘n’Roll Sock Hop from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo.

The cool crowd may remember that organizers had to cancel last year’s when an uninvited snowstorm showed up. But all systems are go for this year’s dance.

Remember when the decorating committee spiffed up the gymnasium for the Friday night dance? The Sock Hop committee will bring those memories back to life with the room decorated like those gyms of yesteryear.

Worried you’ll be a little rusty on the dance floor? They’ve got you covered – with dance lessons!

There also will be a photo booth, and they’ll play the songs we all remember from those days when our lives moved with a strong, finger-snappin’ beat. Refreshments, of course, including hamburgers, sodas, chips, desserts, and beer and wine, too.

Cost is $15 at the door. For more information, call Kristen Costello at Rosehill at 425-263-8180. Anyone age 21 and over is welcome.

Costello said the committee has been working hard on the Sock Hop, including lining up sponsors to make it happen. Besides the City and MSA, sponsors include Sully’s Pizza & Calzones, Blu Burger restaurant, Diamond Knot Craft Brewing, Lady Bugs Event Services, Northwest Biscotti, Whidbey Coffee, Wendy Grace Photography, The Sydney bakery and café, Mukilteo Smiles, and the Bank of Washington.

Members of the Mukilteo Seniors Association (MSA) plan this to be the first of an annual affair, with an eye toward the day when they’ll be able to build their own “grange hall” that the seniors can call home.

MSA Vice President Dode Carlson said the group has outgrown the Christiansen room they’re using at Rosehill. In less than two years, MSA has grown from about 50 to 130 members. More often than not, they have to meet in the Pointe Elliott room, the community center’s largest space.

Part of the reason the group is taking off, President Barbara Williams said, is they don’t fit the vision of senior citizens sitting around knitting scarves and chewing the fat. Instead, Williams said, “We’re very active seniors. We like to get up and move.”

In fact, they don’t even like to be called “seniors.”

Carlson said they’ve been investigating senior centers in other communities, many of which are transforming into operations more like community centers.

In Edmonds, for example, plans are underway to build at new facility that will serve seniors during daylight hours on weekdays and other groups during evenings and weekends.

MSA officers have had conversations about joining up with other local groups, such as the Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club, which plans to build a new facility in central Mukilteo in 2017.

Or, should the MSA eventually be able to fund its own “grange hall,” members see an opportunity to team up with service clubs and others to share the facility.

But it starts with a single step. Or, in this case, the Bop.

“We’re gonna have a bitchin’ good time,” Williams said.

“We hope everyone will come and support the seniors,” Costello said. No poodle skirt required.


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