Steamboat Springs The 1950s and early '60s was a time when American Bandstand was on every TV set, people snuck into drive-in movies and cornfields and sock hops occurred every afternoon at home.
"I remember dancing to American Bandstand with my grandma," said Diane Moore, executive director of Advocates Against Battering and Abuse. "And watching Frankie Avalon, Tommy Sands and Annette Funicello."
The music of that time period will spark memories for everyone who attends Advocates' benefit dance at 7:30 p.m. today at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.
"We want to thank the community by putting on great music from Elvis Presley to Little Richard," said Alice Klauzer, president of Advocates' board of directors. "The music makes people smile, reminisce and get melancholy."
The dance, which is sponsored by Alpine Bank and Crime Stoppers, will help amalgamate the Baby Boomers, and has created a new partnership between two organizations.
"Crimes Stoppers and Advocates have begun to talk about how we can more frequently collaborate," Moore said. "And how we can continue to look at ways to keep our community safer."
Moore and Klauzer hope the benefit will be carefree, despite the seriousness of the cause.
A deejay from the Eclectic Edge in Denver will kick off tonight's dance with "At the Hop."
"It will get everybody rockin' and rollin'," Klauzer said. "The dance floor will be packed because it's one of the only chances for the Baby Boomers to dance.
"In the mid- to late '50s - when I was a little girl - the big thing was to have sock hops every day after school," she said. "We'd go to each other's houses and the older girls would dance on the patio outside to this music. And we would watch in awe."
Moore remembers dancing around the living room with her father when she was 3.
"It was an innocent time," she said. "Mom would turn on the music - like the song 'Goodnight Irene' - and Dad would dance with me in his arms and twirl me around, and all I can remember is just giggling."