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By Karen Hendricks, PR/Marketing Director

In 1963, the all-girl band The Angels charted a number one hit that you probably recognize–“My Boyfriend’s Back.”  One of their follow-up 45s included the B-side “Thank You and Goodnight” which turned out to be a surprise hit.  Classic American 50s and 60s music is full of colorful and fascinating trivia!

But “Thank You and Goodnight” is exactly what we said to about 150 guests who attended the Festival’s recent Sock Hop at the Wyndham Gettysburg.  Chef Claude Rodier knocked the socks off our Sock Hop attendees with a fabulous menu, in cooperation with our beloved former White House Chef Walter Scheib, Artistic Director for the Festival’s Culinary Arts Events.

An All-American Classic: Cheeseburger Sliders by Chef Claude Rodier

The doo-wop group Chromed Classics also charmed guests and set the musical tone for the evening:

We also thank Battlefield Harley-Davidson for their generous gift of a shiny 2012 Harley-Davidson Dyna Bob, as many guests purchased raffle tickets to try their luck at winning this fabulous motorcycle.  Stay tuned, as the winner will be pulled during the June 9 Blues, Beer & BBQ event.

But perhaps the real star of the evening was the fabulous Hagerstown-based dance group, the Hub City Lindy Hop.  Entertaining DJ Bob Mathers was spinning toe-tapping tunes, and they did not miss a beat.

Thanks also go out to:  Mr. Ed of Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium for his generous gift of nostalgic candy, including Mary Jane’s, and Mari Killian and friends from Just Shoot Us Now for bringing their unique photo booth.

We are especially thankful to guests who took time to write or call expressing their appreciation for the themed evening.  The following message is just one example:

“…a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed the Sock Hop last Saturday night. From beginning to end, this was the best dance of its type that we have attended. The venue, the dance floor, the music, the food and the entertainment as a whole made for a perfect night of fun and dance. We hope that this event was a successful fund raiser for your organization and we look forward to your future events this summer.”

Again, “Thank You and Goodnight”—but only until our next Festival event, around the corner!  Save the date of May 18 for our next themed fundraiser event, a Sunset Garden Party, and of course save the dates of June 8-17 with plenty of fun programming made possible by generous contributions from Friends of the Festival and fundraising events, with the emphasis on FUN, such as the Sock Hop!

To enjoy a photo album from the Sock Hop click here.