Back to the 50s, 60s at community sock hop Saturday

Favorite 1950s and 1960s attire is encouraged for those attending the community sock hop dance in the gymnasium at Epiphany Catholic School, Coon Rapids, Saturday, Jan. 26.

Miss Coon Rapids 2013 Emily Kallis (right) and 2013 Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen Kathryn Kueppers will be at the Coon Rapids Snowflake Days sock hop at Epiphany School gymnasium Saturday, Jan. 26.

Miss Coon Rapids 2013 Emily Kallis (right) and 2013 Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen Kathryn Kueppers will be at the Coon Rapids Snowflake Days sock hop at Epiphany School gymnasium Saturday, Jan. 26.

The Coon Rapids Snowflake Days event is from 6 to 9 p.m.

“Pull out your poodle skirt and saddle shoes and join us for the community sock hop dance,” said Diane Buszta, president of the Coon Rapids Snowflake Association, which is hosting the event with the Coon Rapids Junior Royalty.

Miss Coon Rapids 2013 Emily Kallis and Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen Kathryn Kuepper, who were both crowned at the Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant, which took place in November 2012, will be present.

So will the 2012 Coon Rapids Junior Royalty – Petite Queen Jennifer Carlson, Petite Princess Natalie Berg, Petite Princess Julia Waite, Junior Queen Megan Hettwer, Junior Princess Rory Ruotosinja, Teen Queen Savanna Ross and Teen Princess Leah Mau.

In addition, the 2013 Coon Rapids Junior Royalty candidates will be introduced.

The 2013 pageant takes place Saturday, Feb. 2 in the auditorium of Coon Rapids High School at 1 p.m.

“We have a professional DJ volunteering his time this year for the event and we hope to get lots of people to attend,” Buszta said.

The disc jockey is Eric Christensen from Eclectic Entertainment with DJ E.

Christensen is a graduate of Brown College (formerly Brown Institute) with an AA degree in radio/TV broadcasting. He worked at WCMP radio in Pine City and then WMNN in Minneapolis.

“I have always loved listening to and playing music and seeing the effect of a good song to the masses makes my job as wedding and event DJ all the more worth it,” Christensen said in an email.

“I was more than happy to provide my services for the sock hop. During the year I do offer my services for a select few charity or public functions.

“I’ve never done a sock hop, per se, so I was very intrigued by the idea of DJing in one.”

According to Christensen, his general playlist extends from 50s and 60s to today’s pop music.

“But being that this is a sock hop-themed dance, I’ll be playing oldies music,” Christensen wrote in the email.

“But I have been given the OK to play other types of music as requested, although I will try to stay away from the harder, more questionable songs.

“Remember, this is a dance and not necessarily just an interactive jukebox. Some songs you just can’t dance to.”

At the dance, there will be concessions, glow necklaces and much more for the entire family, according to Buszta.

The event is free, but non-perishable food items will be accepted for donation to the Epiphany Food Shelf.

The school is located at 11001 Hanson Blvd.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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