Bust out your poodle skirts, skin-tight pants and T-Bird leather jackets this weekend because it’s time to travel back to Rydell High in the 1950s. “Grease” is the word as Articipate presents Grease Prom! Saturday, April 8, at 6 p.m. at the former Junque Drawer, 243 F St. in Salida. (Please note that the venue has changed. Originally slated to take place at Salida Sanctuary, the event was moved because city officials claim it would violate city zoning regulations if held at the Sanctuary.)
Admission to the adult prom and drinks at the event are free, but donations are encouraged as this is a fundraising event for Articipate. The evening also includes ticketed voting for dance and costume contests and a giant unisex cruiser bike will be given away. Prizes will be awarded to the best Pink Lady, sweet (and not so sweet) Sandra Dee, Danny, Zuko and T-Bird. Couples and individuals may pay an entrance fee to participate in dance contests for “Greased Lightening,” “Hand Jive” and other songs spun by DJ Deano Maes.
A food truck and photo booth will be on site for the prom. Articipate board member Trevor “Bones” Davis said Kurt and Sheree Beddingfield donated the Sanctuary space for the evening, and many other local businesses have rallied behind the art education organization with donations to support the event.
“Our idea was, first, to hold a ‘Dirty Dancing’ event, but then we realized there wasn’t a prom in the movie. Overall, we just wanted to have an adult-themed prom shortly before the spring prom at Salida High School,” Davis said.
Articipate serves community members of all ages through art education in five core areas: student scholarships for creative pursuits; ongoing music programs such as the marimba ensembles Wooden Rain and Woden Raindrops; performances in local schools and Riverside Park; workshops, including Colorado Symphony drum clinics, photography classes and Salida Recreation Friday enrichment programs; and sponsorship of local art endeavors like Shakespeare in the Park and Sunfest.
For more information about Articipate, to donate financially or volunteer to serve on the board of directors, visit articipate.net.