Recs and Reads
By Anne McKay Garris
On March 14, there will be something for everyone at the Clearwater Beach Recreation Center. It's called a "Sock Hop!" For today's young parents, it's a chance to see what their parents did for fun, back in the days when people actually wore socks with something besides gym shoes. For today's youngsters, it's a chance to find out their grandparents actually had fun in a non-electronics world.
And for the rest of us -- you can't beat nostalgia.
This particular Sock Hop is the first activity offered by the newly formed Friends of Clearwater Beach Recreation Center and Library. There will be two disc jockeys. (For those of you under fifty, the "disc" refers to those old-fashioned things that made music by going round and round under a needle.) They will play the music from the fifties and sixties, even playing your requests as they did in the "old days."
For the benefit of nostalgia, Root Beer Floats, that foamy sweet concoction of yesteryear, will be on sale. Contests will be held, so come in your best Sock Hop costume, brush up on your twist and get ready to remember trivia.
The Hop will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $5 with children under 12 allowed in free.
And, for those of you who would like a newer, more lively way to rev up your heart beat, try Zumba on Monday nights from 7 to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday mornings from 11 a.m. until noon. Zumba is high impact cardio benefit movements to truly lively music which includes Latin, Zamba, Salsa and Calypso. Just show up. The music will set your feet to doing the rest.
That's at the Clearwater Beach Recreation Center on Bay Esplanade, down the street from the Mandalay Avenue tennis courts.
And if you're not up to all that moving and dancing, you might want to check out the new editions which will be at the Clearwater Beach Branch Library the first of the month. That's located in the trailer in the Recreation Center parking lot. You'll find an astonishing assortment of books and DVDs for so small a space.
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