2018-02-02 / Front Page

Dads, daughters invited to Sock Hop

Laura Levering
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office

Fathers and daughters of all ages and dance abilities are invited to kick of their shoes and enjoy an evening of fun next month.

Fort Gordon Morale, Welfare and Recreation will host its first Sock Hop March 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Nelson Fitness Center.

A sock hop is a dance event that was first held as early as 1944 and gained popularity in the 1950s.

They were commonly held in high school gymnasiums or cafeterias. The term “sock hop” came about because dancers were required to remove their shoes to protect the floors.

Danielle Hayes, special event coordinator with Recreation Division, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, said there will be music, dancing, and games, and everyone will be given a chance to win a door prize.

“We wanted to bring something new to the Fort Gordon community and thought presenting a more relaxed dance for fathers and daughters to attend would be fun,” Hayes said.

The Georgia/South Carolina Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America will also be present with several classic cars including a 1952 Chevrolet, 1957 Chevrolet hardtop, and 1965 Mustang convertible.

Although not required, guests are encouraged to wear 50’s-style attire such as poodle skirts or capris pants with bobby socks and shoes. Men may want to wear jeans with cardigan sweaters, letterman jackets, or leather motorcycle jackets.

“Ponytails with a scarf were a must for girls, unless you wore your hair short, then you’d tie a scarf around your neck, while guys were mostly clean-cut or wore the rebel-look greased back hair – hence the nickname ‘greasers,’” Hayes said.

Do not feel like you have to go out and spend money on a new outfit.

Hayes advised to get creative and peruse thrift shops if you can. Look online for tutorials on how to turn an inexpensive pair of white canvas tennis shoes into “saddle shoes.” And above all, do not stress.

“This is a more relaxed event, and we want everyone to be comfortable,” Hayes said.

Although the emphasis is on fathers and daughters, Hayes said that grandfathers, uncles, etc. may attend if the father cannot be present.

The main purpose is to give them “a time away from mom and other siblings to spend a few hours together having fun and creating memories,” Hayes said.

Tickets are on sale for $10 per person (cash only) and can be purchased at the Recreation Division Office or Gordon Fitness Center.

Ticket price includes a hot dog, chips, and a drink. There will also be complimentary popcorn and snow cones.

Additional hot dogs and drinks will be available for purchase. Space is limited.

For information about other upcoming events, call the MWR Special Events line at (706) 791- 8878.

Swapping

The Sock Hop is taking place of last year’s Butterfly Social. Danielle Hayes, special event coordinator with Recreation Division, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, said DFMWR wanted to offer the same type of event in a more relaxed atmosphere.

“The Butterfly Balls were also gaining such popularity that we needed more space, and we decided that if we are hosting it in a gymnasium, let’s take the event back retro and use the location backdrop to our advantage,” Hayes said. “The nostalgia if dances held in school gyms appeal to many generations, so it really made sense.”

Moms of boys may be pleased to know the Mother-Son Super Hero Bash will return later this spring. More details to follow at a later date.

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