Ryderwood’s first ever Sock Hop on Saturday afternoon was a wonderful success. DJ Steve Smith did a fine job of “spinning singles” from the ‘50s to a very appreciative dancing audience. While most of the audience was over 50+++, there were some kids and grandkids having a great time, too.
The line-dancing group got to show off their “steps” and there were some fine “bobby-soxer” outfits spotted including the proverbial pack of Camels rolled up in the sleeve of a white T-shirt. (He said it was the most expensive part of his attire!) The afternoon ended promptly at 5 p.m. for an incredible Potluck Dinner put on by the Social Club.
Monthly dances with the Western Ramblers were still “happening” when my husband and I moved here 10 years ago. Sponsored by the then Dance & Social Club, the Potluck preceded the dance. One Sock Hop attendee recalled that those dances always ended with the “Hokey Pokey” – the DJ is on assignment to find the music for the next dance…
The 4th of July is the Town’s next big event! The Fire trucks will lead off the Parade at 10:30 a.m. - participants are invited to gather east of the “Red Barn” (2nd Street & Morse). Ryderwood’s famous Golf Carts will perform “Conga Line” maneuvers at the intersections. Antique and fancy cars, parade horses, bicycles, clowns, etc. The Parade will end at the Park where Burgers, Hot Dogs, etc. will be served by the VFW. Potluck salads and desserts (no hot dishes, please) fill out the meal. There will also be live music and games at the Park.
Our friends at Cowlitz-Lewis Fire District #20 will, of course, lead off the Parade, and they will stay for the Picnic and demonstrate how to use the Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) that are installed in the Café and Community Hall. I expect there will be info about upcoming CPR training. (I omitted one important fact about our Cardiac Arrest event – the husband witnessed his wife’s collapse. Even the delay of being in the other room could have made the difference for her survival.)
It’s official: the first fawns of the season have been spotted. My neighbor saw one in her flowerbed on Wednesday the 18th. Right on schedule; I looked back at my pictures from last year and the first one was taken June 20.
Some of us got a little confused about the music schedule this month. It was because there were 5 Saturdays in May. “Open Mic” (on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 7 p.m.) will be this Saturday and Karaoke (every other Monday at 6:30 p.m.) will be this coming Monday the 30th.
Those out here at the end of SR506 who rely on cell phones have been plagued with spotty outages the last few months. Ryderwood’s cell phone coverage is limited to Sprint, USCellular, and Verizon and is served by the USCellular tower on Allender Road. Contact USCellular at 888-944-9400 to report outages to technical services.
Have a great week and enjoy Vader’s Fireworks on the evening of the 4th!