Cheap Dates: A tropical getaway for only eight bucks

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 2:30pm

Story Location:
335 Limerock Street
Rockland, ME 04841
United States

    ROCKLAND — All the cool kids are wearing grass skirts and coconut bras this weekend. So, if you’ve been following the new underCURRENT column on what there is to do, you know there’s a lot going on. But if you want a way to work out all of your “Crap, it’s tax time again! I’m sick of my thighs! There’s no spring in sight!” blahs, the Pope Memorial Humane Society’s fifth annual Tropical Getaway Dance is the best place to dance away your issues.

    Cheaper than therapy; better than self-medication — that should be this Cheap Dates motto.

    What you can expect: Steelin' Thunder Steel Drum Band, a 50/50 raffle, baked refreshments and a cash bar. (Note: Good news for the cash-strapped. You won’t be paying some hipster $10 a cocktail here: mixed drinks are priced like it’s still the 1980s.)

    “It’s such a fun night and after such a long winter, it really is nice to let loose a little bit,” said Tracy Sala, Pope Memorial Humane Society’s executive director. She said the crowd always ranges in age and some go all out and put on their spray tan and Hawaiian shirts and some don’t, but that it’s pretty casual.

    Expect some corny fun, like limbos and the bunny hops breaking out all around the room.

    “You might think steel drums are limited in what they can sound like, but it’s not like that at all,” said Sala.“The Steelin’ Thunder Steel Drum band is absolutely wonderful. They donate their services for this evening every year. It’s amazing what they can do with those instruments. They play all these old songs that you know and contemporary ones too.”

    The dance will be held at Rockland American Legion Post One, 335 Limerock St., Saturday, March 22, from 5 to 9 p.m. General admission tickets are $8, and will be available for sale at the door the evening of the event.

    A cool thing is that all proceeds from each ticket will benefit the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County.

    The kittehs and the puppehs thank you.

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