Retro is the Word!


“The Prom” has become an American tradition for high school students. Anyone who attended an American high school has memories etched into their consciousness of their “prom.”

Those memories generally fall into two categories…either fondly remembered or remembered as that awkward night when girls looked as if they were dressed in cupcakes danced with guys who were sweating in rented tuxes.

Regardless of how you felt about your prom, you have the chance to do it all over again, and make it better than it was because you can attend a “Retro” Prom, which means you get to choose your favorite decade…the 1950’s, 60’s or 70’s.

The Retro Prom is being held as a fundraiser for Black River Public Radio at the Old Kinyon School on April 2. Tickets are just $30, but will include food, two drinks, and loads of fun and memories to be shared.

“Everyone has a particular decade with which they identify,” explained Gaelle Freer, one of the planners of the event. “We started with a sock hop idea (via Marilyn Martin), and then it spread to include the 60’s and 70’s. This will make it a lot of fun from a costuming standpoint.”

In other words, you can expect to see everyone there….pink ladies and poodle skirts, greasers and preppies….flower children and hippies…leisure suits and mini skirts. As Freer points out, pretty much anything goes.

A sound system will be on hand to bring all those memories back to technicolor life on the dance floor.

“We really think this is going to be fun,” said Freer. “This is a night people will remember for a long time!”

The funds go to continue improvements for Black River Public Radio, Poplar Bluff’s first public radio station. The station took to the air last summer, and is receiving a lot of favorable reviews from the listening public. The board of directors for the group is currently working on plans to expand programming in many directions to ensure the station does, indeed, bring the public what it wants.

“That’s really the idea of public radio,” explained Dan Jackson of the group. “We want the public to have a lot of say in the type of programming we offer. This event will not only be fun, but it will also be a great time for people to share their ideas with us.”

The event is 7 to 10 p.m., with a dj spinning the best tunes of three decades. Prizes will be given to the best dressed in each of the decades.

Come dressed to impress, whichever era you choose!



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