Step back in time to the 1950s at a sock hop that goes all-out.
The Westminster Council of the Knights of Columbus will hold its annual sock hop inside the Portico at St. John Catholic Church in Westminster on April 6, from 7 to 11 p.m.
“This is our eighth sock hop,” said Ralph Peters, event chairman and past grand knight of the Westminster Council. “We started in 2012 with the legendary Johnny Dark as our DJ. Since Johnny's passing, we have been hosted by DJ Bob Mathers. Both have ties to the Westminster community.”
Peters said the dance usually draws 150 to 200 people of different ages, but because there will be alcohol, attendees must be at least 21.
“The music will be primarily 50s pop music — real rock & roll,” he said. “If you were around during that era and listened to the radio, you will recognize them all. The music is not just for war babies or boomers. It’s very danceable.”
Tickets to the sock hop cost $25 or $40 for a couple. Pizza, soda, wine and beer is included in ticket price, and snacks and desserts are allowed.
Peters said this is an opportunity for younger folks to experience the music that their parents and grandparents reminisce about. As an added bonus, the proceeds from the dance will support the council's charitable community programs.
"If you like to dance and have a good time, this is the event for you," Peters said.
For more information or tickets, contact Peters at 443-340-4763 or email@example.com. The Portico at St. John is at 43 Monroe St. in Westminster.
The Carroll County VALOR Foundation will hold an Oldies Rock ’n’ Roll Dance with the Rock & Roll Relics band, on Saturday, April 27, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Westminster Moose Lodge.
This is the only fundraiser that this nonprofit holds, so they need your support.
Formerly known as the Carroll County Heroes Foundation, this group recently had to change their name, but they are the same solid group. The Carroll County Valor Foundation, founded by John Van Brunt in the fall of 2015, provides critical life services to Carroll County’s fallen heroes (those who have suffered a severe injury or death) and their families. This includes members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police, Carroll County firefighters and EMTs, and Carroll County municipal police departments, plus Carroll County members of the Maryland National Guard, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines or Navy.
Look for a full evening of dancing to classic rock ’n’ roll songs. The ticket price includes the dance and cake, with a cash bar. The Moose will have a myriad of yummy food for sale, including their fried shrimp. Door prizes will be awarded at 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.
According to Peggy James, manager of the fund, the Carroll County Valor Foundation has helped multiple heroes in the past, including the purchase of a recumbent exercise bike for a hero in need of therapy, a bathroom remodeling, and providing a therapeutic infrared sauna for pain relief for another hero, among other contributions.
James said their dances are a ton of fun. The Rock & Roll Relics know how to draw the dancers onto the floor.
“It’s a great time with a great band for a great cause,” she said. “We need to build up our financials, because — with the way things are happening in the world today — first-responders have become big targets. We need to be there to help them when needed.”
Westminster Moose Lodge is at 309 Buena Vista Drive in Westminster.
For tickets or info call Peggy at 410-259-4881 or John at 410-635-6720. Tickets are also available at the Dancing Made Easy studio, at 140 Village Road in Westminster. Reserved tables and will-call tickets must be pre-paid. Only those 21 and older may attend.
Westminster Lions Club Bingo
Here’s another bingo that gives back to the community. The Westminster Lions Club will hold its cash bingo March 30 at the Reese fire hall. Doors open at 5:30 pm.
“We will have six raffles,” bingo chairwoman Barb Hayes said. “One is full of kids’ items, one has kitchen items, and one is for women. Another one has picnic items, and the last two have more than $250 worth of gift cards in them.”
Hayes said the kitchen will have lots of great foods available for purchase, including barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, cream of crab soup, chicken corn soup, nachos and cheese, deserts, snacks, and beverages.
“All funds go back into the community,” Hayes said of the reason for the bingo. “Come out and have a fun night. We also have lots of door prizes, so [there are] lots of ways to win!”