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January 19, 2009 - Diane Speer
Where else but in Alpena in the dead of winter can you go to a sock hop and see people dancing freely in their mucklucks?
That observation came this past Saturday from a close friend of mine who tagged along with me to the first installment of True North Radio Network’s 2009 Winter Concert Series held at the Alpena Civic Center. The Oldies but Goodies concert was heavily attended despite bad weather and bad roads outdoors - which just goes to show that people really are looking for enjoyable activities to do this time of year to offset cabin fever.
The concert certainly qualified as an enjoyable activity. Personally, I’m not particularly enamored of music from the 1950s and ‘60s, but even I had to admit how cheery and contagiously fun the music was - so much so that many folks just had to get up and dance even if they were wearing their practical mucklucks as a hedge against the deep snow outside. The sock hop-style evening proved to be a rousing success, and it was great to be in a large room full of happy people who were letting the tunes take them down memory lane.
There are still three more concerts in the series yet to come, including the next one on Feb. 7, which features the Back Beats, a Beatles tribute band. This next concert is from 6-9 p.m. at the same location. A second winter series called Concerts 4 a Cause begins Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Thunder Bay Recreation Center with Chateau, a Detroit- area band that plays 1960s and ‘70s music. So grab your mucklucks and head out for a mid-winter pick-me-up experience.
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