Hi again! I’m pretty excited about what’s going to be going on in the Municipal Auditorium on this coming Saturday night, and telling you about it is fun for me so here goes!

Hi again! I’m pretty excited about what’s going to be going on in the Municipal Auditorium on this coming Saturday night, and telling you about it is fun for me so here goes!

From 6 until 10 p.m. we’re having a dance party. (Doors will open at 5:30, by the way.) Technically, it’s the annual “50’s Dance” but actually it’s a party.

Tammy Cotton, a Shawnee Senior Center regular visitor and all around fun person has put together a fundraiser dance for the center and a party for all those who are going to be attending. Now I’ll explain that the best way I can.

There is a cost to get into the Municipal Auditorium, and that’s only $5 per person no matter what your age is. That admission money goes right to the senior center to help defray the cost of the services and fun things to do that the center has every day for all of us that are “50 and better.” The party starts as soon as you get into the auditorium itself. There will be music from the 1950s provided by the best DJ in Pott County, James Cotton, and he will be aided and abetted by his wife, Tammy. Since it is a “50’s Dance” the music will feature artists from that era and the songs they loved to sing. Now we’re talking about Elvis songs like “Hound Dog” and “Jail House Rock,” Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill,” the Penguins “Earth Angel,” the Flamingo’s “I only have Eyes for You” and a whole slew of other hits from that era. And all those who were in school during the ’70s will also recognize those same songs because they got revitalized again in the ’70s when TV brought you “Happy Days” and “American Graffiti.”

DJ James is definitely taking requests and there will be paper and writing materials on his table so you can write down your favorite song so he can get it played.

Now when you come in the front door and pay your $5 you will receive a ticket (don’t throw it away) that will put you in the running for one of the door prizes that will be given away throughout the evening. Tammy has quite a few of them in her prize bag from businesses throughout Shawnee, so keep listening.

And, of course, it wouldn’t be a party without “munchies” and Tammy and her fellow party planners, Rita Pate and Frankie Woodley, have gotten places like Fire Lake, Homeland and others to provide the party “refreshments” otherwise known as “munchies” for everyone in the auditorium for no additional charge. (In plain Bobbi words, that means free!) Check it out for yourself – cookies, veggies, and even some barbecue stuff along with iced tea (because it’s summer and too hot for coffee) and water.

And so that DJ James can get a break between 6 and 10 o’clock, our program coordinator Valorie contacted Mike Black and he will be performing during the break. Everyone who was at the last “50’s Dance” should remember Mike because he is an Elvis impersonator who won some pretty awesome titles in Las Vegas, and he was a great hit right here in Shawnee last year. He actually sings the songs Elvis made popular and if you close your eyes, I think you might even join me in thinking he sounds a lot like the Elvis I can remember from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Last year he sang several songs to various members of the crowd. And, if I remember correctly, our very own Assistant to the Director Marian was sitting at one of the tables he stopped and sang to. I believe she was impressed!

Tammy also has some trophies for Best Dancing Couple and also for the Best ’50s Costume by an individual. So ladies get out those old poodle skirts or full circle skirt with all those crinolines add your cardigan Letter sweater with your bobby sox and saddle shoes and come strut your stuff.

Now we can’t forget the guys – gentlemen find those old penny loafers (and put the pennies back in ‘em), pull out those blue jeans and find a clean tight white t-shirt, roll up those sleeves and get your hair all greased up in a D.A. or Duck Tail look. You too can come strut your stuff.

It’s gonna be a fun night but remember it ends at 10 o’clock and if you don’t mind the drive, you can go from the dance out to FireLake and enjoy the Fire Lake Fire Flight Balloon’s “GLOW” display. I believe they will be having somewhere around 25 or more beautifully colored hot air balloons participating in their “GLOW” display and, if you’ve never seen one of these gorgeous sights (and the best time to see them is always in calm weather and after dark), it would be a great time to drive out after the dance and view the “GLOW.”

I want to give a quick shout out to Mike at KGFF for the help with the ’50s music listings (because when it comes to anything musical I’m awful with dates and names and times and he isn’t). I appreciate you, Mike!

There are always new things at the center so drop in and pick up the new August calendar so you can check out what everyone is doing and don’t forget on the reverse side of the calendar is the menu for the month.

And remember that you can always hear Cruise Director Kate Joyce chatting with Mike Askins on “Mike in the Morning” at 8:35 a.m. every Wednesday morning on KGFF Radio (FM 100.9 or AM 1450). I’ve said this before and I will continue to repeat it – I always hear something I didn’t know about the center when I listen to the two of them as they laugh their way through their time together.

And, of course, at the Shawnee Senior Center “age is just a number,” the website is ShawneeSeniors.org, and the Facebook page is “Shawnee Senior Center.”

And, as always, see you at the center!