Archive for 2010

Sock Hop Dance Moves

Thursday, July 15th, 2010
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sock hop

When planning or attending a summer sock hop, it’s the small details that make all the difference. Attire should be consistent with the styles of the time in which those dances were held, as should the dance moves. Figuring out an appropriate outfit is fairly easy, but figuring out the dance moves can be a little tricky.

Many dances were made popular during the 1950’s, when sock hops were in their prime. There was the hand jive, the jitterbug, the cha cha, and the bop. While any of those dances would be great to learn for a sock hop, knowing a basic slow dance and fast dance will get you along just fine.

For the fast dance, men, you step in place with your left foot, keeping your heel up, and then you step again, but this time keeping your heel down. You will do the same with your right foot, after which you will take a step back with your left foot. Then, you simply return to starting position.

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Steps to Starting a Summer Car Show Blog

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Today, anyone can start a blog. It doesn’t matter what your skill level, age, or place of residence. With blogging tools becoming more and more simplified, blogging is now accessible to everyone.

The most important thing to consider in starting a blog is your topic. As we go through this tutorial, we will focus on how you can create a blog about summer car shows or car hops. However, the instructions can be applied to all types of blogs.

Step 1: Assuming you have already decided on the topic of your blog (which we have), the next step is to choose a blogging platform, or the site that will host your blog. The two most popular platforms are Blogger and Wordpress. Either platform would be great for starting a summer car show blog, so choose the one that is easy for you to use and that you feel fits best with what you will use it for.

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What is a sock hop?

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Simply put, a sock hop is a dance. First becoming popular in the 1950’s, these dances were usually held for teenagers. They typically took place in high school gyms and cafeterias.

This is a picture from a recent sock hop party that show how to entertain younger children.

This is a picture from a recent sock hop party that shows how to entertain younger children.

In fact, their location is what earned them their name. In order to protect the varnished gymnasium floor, dancers were required to remove their shoes at the beginning of the dance. This left them in their socks and stockings, which helped them in doing dances such as the Twist, the Mashed Potato, and many more.

Due to their popularity, most dances were sock hops. However, hops were different from other dances in that they were informal. They were very common and didn’t require teens to get too dressed up.

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Sock Hop Costumes

Friday, July 9th, 2010

One of America’s funnest times to look back on was the 50’s.  As we reminisce and look back it is fun to do this with a sock hop.  If you are invited to one of these or are considering attending one there are lots of fun costumes to choose from that can help you rock the night away.

A classic for young ladies is the poodle skirt.  These were longer skirts that were typically adorned by a poodle on the bottom side.  Bobby socks and saddle shoes can adorn one’s feet while a classic ponytail with a matching ribbon adds accent to the hair.

If you are looking for a bit more rebellious side to show at your sock hop, try the “greaser” look.  You do this by wearing a tight pencil skirt along with a button down blouse with the top two buttons left undone.  Make sure that bright red lipstick is worn and that hair is very poufy and tall.  A pink lady jacket is also a nice touch.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Sock Hops at Summer Car Shows

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

When you are hosting a sock hop at a summer car show there are a few things to consider. Planning is very important. Preparation makes things run a little smoother. Here are a few do’s and don’ts of sock hops at car shows.

Do get a good sound system. You want the music to be heard by the audience. Don’t crank the volume too high so people can’t hear each other speak.

Do have the sock hop outside. Having open air will bring in a lot of customers and is perfect for the summer time. Don’t forget to put tents up, however, so people can have a break in the shade during the hotter parts of the day.

Do have a good location in mind. Locations with a lot of shade or in a building with air conditioning is a must. Don’t ever have a show in a buildsock hop car showing that has to air conditioning. This is a recipe for disaster.

Do invite people to the car show. Use a 50s theme invitation that showcases the sock hop fun that the show will have. Don’t send a cheesy invitation, however. Find good ones that include the 50s theme with antique cars.

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Car Show Ideas For The Summer Months

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Car shows during the summer months is the way to go. Not only will you have good weather, but you will be able to draw in a bigger crowd. Summers are the perfect time to host a car show.

When you have a car show, however, it is important to do more than just bring in cars. You should have a theme and general idea of how you want the show to run. For example, what type of cars are you wanting to show off?

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Antique car shows are perfect for bringing in a 1950s theme. Have your employees wear sock hop costumes and bring in decorations that work with the 1950s theme. Sock hop costumes include poodle skirts, jeans, and ponytails. Sock hop costumes can even include roller skates if you want to incorporate a car hop theme to the show.

Try to incorporate the different cars in the show. Ask the manufacturers if they have any material they would like to give away. Some car manufacturers would love to give away pens, Frisbees, or magnets.

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How to Plan Your Own Sock Hop at Your Summer Car Show

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

There are many fun things to see and do at a car show. One fun activity is to participate in a car hop. While it is important that the cars that are being shown are the main priority, a little fun helps things to go a long way.

In order to have a successful car hop you’ll need to do some basic planning first. Once this planning is done and assignments made things won’t seem so overwhelming. The following are some things that ideas to help your activities be a smashing hit.

Publicity is key. Make sure that your event is well know by those who will be attending the event. When people know in advance they are more likely to make sure to set aside time to attend.

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Car Hop Music

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

As stated before, summers are the best time to host a car hop at a car show. If you choose to follow our advice, you will need to plan ahead of time if you want to have a successful car hop. It is important to take time to make sure things run smoothly.

Music is a good place to start. Decide what type of music you would like to use. Since car hops were very popular in the 50s, you will want to look for music from that time period.

Music will reflect how the activity is going. Music creates the mood. This can make an enormous difference in your event.
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Look for music that you like. The 50s held a lot of different styles of music. Choose the style you like best and stick to that style.

For example, softer music started out in the earlier 1950s. Rock and Roll music hit in the middle years. Having a specific year in mind can make your search go smoother.

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Car Hop Safety Precautions

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Car hops are so much better during the summer months. You don’t have to worry about roller skating around snow

car hop costumes

car hop costumes

piles or slipping on wet pavement. If you are thinking of hosting a car hop, the summertime is the best time to do it.

When hosting a car hop be sure to remember safety. Safety is very important when you are hosting any type of event. Do your best to keep your employees and customers safe by planning ahead.

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Car Show Themes

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Car shows are great activities to do during the summertime. The weather is perfect for an outdoor gathering. Draw in hundreds of people during the summer weekends this year.

Successful car hop shows are ones that are well planned out. Making plans ahead of time can go a long way in making your car show look well put together. A good idea is to have a theme with your car show. Here are a few ideas:

1.) Look to the past car shows for ideas. If recent car shows have been done in your area, do not repeat their theme. A theme, such as car hops, may be a good idea – but only if it has not been done for a while.
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2.) Think about specific vehicle-inspired themes. You can hold a car show featuring a specific vehicle or vehicle type. Some popular choices would be mustangs or corvettes.

3.) Classic Cars are a great theme. Restore cars from the 1950’s and bring in a car hop or sock hop theme. Car hops and other activities can bring in more customers and make the car show more fun.

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