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Sock hop provides blast from the past


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NEW PORT RICHEY — When you think of the 1950s, poodle skirts and jukeboxes are a couple things that come to mind. Sock hops seem like a thing of the past, but a market in New Port Richey decided to bring back the old-fashioned dance.

The Eatery at the Market off Main threw a sock hop behind its café-market. The event came complete with tiki torches, 1950s and ’60s music, and classic diner food including hamburgers, hot dogs, and fries served in red baskets.

The Dukes provided the music. Craig Sculthorpe and Jim Rich are a duo that sings to ’50s and ’60s doo-wop and rock ’n’ roll tracks. “Like 106.3 says, we keep the music alive,” Sculthorpe said, referring to radio station True Oldies-WJBQ.

Throughout the night, several couples danced along to the music. Grace and Burt Viscido were seen showing off their impressive dance skills cutting the rug.

The owners of The Eatery, Rose Mohr and Jerry Kuss, decided on the theme because of the clientele at the market. “It’s a good fit for the area,” Rose said. “It’s upbeat, it’s fun, and it gives you a good feeling.”

Some of the attendees may have attended a few sock hops in the past, including the owner. “Way back when,” Rose jokes.

Pat Chaffee, a regular customer at The Eatery, liked the friendly environment. “It’s a nice senior outing,” he said.

Sock hops were most popular in the 1950s, primarily as informal school dances. In the present day, sock hops are used as a fun theme for parties, complete with poodle skirts and classic rock ’n’ roll music.

The sock hop had a “neighborhood friendly” type of feel. It seemed like everyone knew one another. The event was on the water, and boaters were even docking their vessels to check out the event.

The Eatery at the Market Off Main is at 6241 Lincoln St., New Port Richey. Its telephone number is (727) 849-4940. The Dukes can be found and booked for parties on www.dukesoldies.com.

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