ENON — The Enon Community Historical Society is taking a step back in time when rock ‘n’ roll became synonymous with dance crazes, teens sported poodle skirts and leather jackets and families tuned in to “I Love Lucy.”
The local historical society is hosting its 13th annual St. Valentine’s Day 50s Dinner and Dance fundraiser that will take place at the Enon VFW Post 8437, 5075 Enon-Xenia Rd., on Feb. 11. This year, the doors will open at 6 p.m., and young and old alike can shake, rattle and roll the night away until 11 p.m.
Dance couples will have the opportunity to showcase their moves on the dance floor as Corky’s Old-Time Rock and Roll Band performs countless favorites of the 50s. The popular Dayton-based band has performed many places in the area, including The Greene, Flyin’ to the Hoop High School Basketball Invitational, Fairborn Fraternal Order of Eagles, Stubbs Park Amphitheater in Centerville, Fairborn Moose Lodge 1068 and Young’s Golden Jersey Inn.
“This year the dance is just for fun, and you don’t have to dressed in 50s-sytle clothing,” ECHS Media Representative Ann Armstrong-Ingoldsby said.
Armstrong-Ingoldsby said a number of raffles and a silent auction with unique and exciting items will also add to the entertainment of the night. A 50s diner-style dinner will boast many favorites, such as old-fashion hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chilidogs, root beer and cream soda floats.
According to Armstrong-Ingoldsby, proceeds of the fundraiser will be used to construct and erect two historical information signs at the Adena Indian Burial Mound and Settler’s Park in the center of the village. The sign that will be displayed on the mound will provide visitors with information about the second-largest conical mound in Ohio. The sign that will be placed in Settler’s Park will include information about former Enon Mayor Lydia Shellabarger, the first woman mayor east of the Mississippi River; Enon residents Stephen and Elizabeth Reeder, relatives of Wilbur and Orville Wright; Honor Flight Founder Earl Morse; and former Enon resident NASA Astronaut Virgil Ivan ‘Gus’ Grisson.
“The signs will be of durable construction and will contain graphics and information regarding the mound and facts on the history of Enon,” said Armstrong-Ingoldsby.
Armstrong-Ingoldsby also expressed her appreciation to Digital Fringe and Laser Graphics as well as all the businesses and individuals who are supporting the fundraiser.
“We greatly appreciate the generous support from the businesses and members of this wonderful community,” Armstrong-Ingoldsby said. “When we ask, they are always there supporting our efforts.”
Tickets are now on sale at the Enon VFW Post 8437 and the Carriage Inn Restaurant, located at 25 Green Valley Dr. in Enon. Tickets, which include the diner-style dinner, are $19.50 for one ticket, $39 for two, and $58 for three tickets. For more ticket information, call 937-864-2675.
Linda Collins is a freelance reporter for Greene County News.