For all you history buffs out there, the 1960s were indeed turbulent times: the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., the War in Vietnam, student demonstrations, and so on. It was also a memorable decade for other reasons: The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Corvettes, McDonald’s, and the dawning of fast food, color television, tie-dyed shirts, and the Moon Walk, featuring Neil Armstrong’s famous words, “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
They say if you can remember the ’60s, you weren’t there. But I lived them, growing up in a small town in upstate New York, just outside of Syracuse, playing Little League baseball, riding my bike with playing cards attached to the spokes to create what we thought was a cool sound, learning to sidewalk surf on a rickety skateboard, watching the Ed Sullivan Show, Leave it to Beaver, Gilligan’s Island and the Three Stooges, having massive snowball fights in the middle of winter, typing high school term papers on a clunky old manual typewriter, and making calls on a rotary phone, and so on and so forth.
It was a different era, for sure, no microwaves, three TV networks, no cell phones, no email. How did we survive?
The Bainbridge Island History Museum is celebrating the 1960s later this month, with its third annual Turn Back Time Gala set for Saturday October 14, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Wing Point Golf & Country Club. Tickets for the event are $150 each. Deadline for registering for the event (below) is Oct. 11.
Proceeds from tickets, a Paddle Call, and a Dessert Dash will benefit the Museum and its mission to preserve and share the stories of Bainbridge Island. Appetizers, dinner and drinks are included. Dressing for the 60’s is encouraged, but not required.
“The 1960s was the time this sleepy little island introduced the Rotary Auction (1960), One Call For All (1961), the Scotch Broom Festival (1966) and the 4th of July Parade (1968),” recalls long-time BIHM board member Tom Lamping, describing what was happening on our bucolic island home during the 1960s.
The festive gala will be hosted by nationally recognized nonprofit auctioneer, John Curley, who doubles as the Morning Host on KIRO-FM, and along with sidekick Shari Elliker, hosts My Northwest.com, an afternoon news show, also on KIRO-FM. The evening will also feature a 1960s dance presentation, with the dulcet tones of Dick Dearsley, and the Dessert Dash.
Funds raising from Turn Back Time will help “expand our collection, create new exhibits and provide educational programs, all three of which are part of the core of our mission,” adds Dave Williams, another BIHM board member. “But none of these programs are possible without the continued support of our donors.”
A Paddle Call is another highlight of the evening, with a generous, anonymous matching gift of $50,000. Each donation to the Paddle Call will be matched up to $50,000 by an exceptionally compassionate donor.
Please go HERE to register for Turn Back Time.
If you are unable to attend the gala, please consider participating in the Paddle Call online. You may do so HERE.
If you have questions, please call Michele Miller at 206-842-2773 or email her at email@example.com
Turn Back Time
Date: Saturday October 14
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Wing Point Golf & Country Club, 811 Cherry Avenue, BI, WA.
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