Poodle skirts and ducktail haircuts, saddle shoes and cigarettes rolled into T-shirt sleeves — it’s the Fabulous 50s all over again at Girls Night Out in downtown Placerville on Friday, April 11. Merchants, restaurants and artists welcome the ladies and their gentlemen friends, to Main Street for a night of music, bargains, scavenger hunts, dancing and fun.
Start at the Belltower to buy scavenger hunt cards and sip a rum and Coke as tunes from golden oldies set your saddleshoes twitching.
Some ladies pick a side of the street and cover all the activities along it before crossing the street and doing the same for the other side. Others prefer to cross back and forth, setting their course according to the events happening.
There are a lot of ways to play on Girls Night Out.
For those who love costumes, wear your best 50s ensemble and show up at Placerville Antiques, 448 Main ST., to strut your stuff for in the 50s Costume Contest.
“The contest will be at 7:30 p.m.,” said owner Bev Fraga, “and we’ll give prizes for the most original and for the most authentic.” Placerville Antiques will also offer refreshments.
Before you go to the costume contest, make sure that you stop at Placerville Flowers on Main, 318 Main St., to create a pink carnation corsage to complete your look.
“We’ll show you how to make a pink carnation corsage with a bow,” said owner Judie Stewart. “Stop in anytime; we’ll be doing this throughout the evening.”
There is no cost to make a corsage and Images of Hope from Marshall Medical’s Cancer Resource Center and the El Dorado Women’s Fund will also be at Flowers on Main with plenty of useful information.
All up and down Main Street there will be drawings for amazing prizes, dance and painting demonstrations, book signings and food tastings — and the scavenger hunt. Visit participating merchants and collect your scavenger hunt stamps for wonderful prize baskets.
Participants can win an ice chest of bling from Redneck Bling, 492 Main St.; a free hair cut, style, brow wax and skin analysis from Studio B, 470 Main St.; a prize from TreeHouse, 327 Main St., where Collin and the Invisibles will be performing or a free night at the historic Cary House Hotel, 300 Main St., in the room where Elvis is rumored to have stayed. Fashion shows galore at Ambiance, Renfros, Combellack’s and Sierra Western Wear will give a peek at current styles.
Have a tarot card reading at Gothic Rose, 484 Main St., paint your own wine glass at the Wine Smith, 346 Main St, or create your own decorative zipper charm at The Gallery at the End of the Hall, 419 Main St., Suite C.
At 7 p.m. Tika Hoops and Dizzy Hips (Kartikasari Klaresta and Paul Blair) will present a wild hula hoop performance that will make you think about hula hoops in a whole new way.
Performing together and individually, with square hooping, tractor tire hooping, Indonesian hooping, hilarious comedy and audience participation, this duo is going to make Girls Night Out swing.
After Tika Hoops and Dizzy Hips get your motor running, join the Jitterbug/Swing Dance Contest at the Belltower at 7:30 p.m. Judges are Dan and Sheryl Trainor who teach Placerville swing classes at Jammin Dance Studio and have taught many dance classes through Placerville Parks and Recreation.
Dance the night away
“We’ve never done Girls Night Out before,” said Dan, “but this will be fun. We want to encourage people to come out and have a lot of fun just expressing themselves and enjoying being part of the dancing.”
You can shake that poodle skirt to the beat at the Belltower or drop in at Window Box Antiques, 460 Main St., for another dance contest.
After all that dancing, you are sure to be thirsty and Bricks Restaurant will be serving up $5 “Greased Lightning” martinis.
“They have peach moonshine in them,” said restaurant manager Laura Hartwick, “and we’ll all be dressed in ’50s costume.”
Several merchants will be offering free refreshments to keep up your strength, including cupcakes at Ambience, 262 Main St.; “Two Hot Chicks” jam and jelly sampling at the Bookery, 326 Main St.; snacks at Fruition Studio upstairs at 451 Main St.; and harvest oil and specialty food tastings at Winterhill Olive Oil, 321 Main St.
Jello shots will be available for $1 at Tortilla Flats, 584 Main St., while Powell’s Steamer Co., 425 Main St., will have crab cakes, turkey wraps and drink specials. The Fountain Grill, 441 Main St., will have a special on dessert crepes.
The Man Cave will be at It’s Personal Wines, 250 Main St., this year — a great place to kick back with a glass of wine and watch the parade of fun go by.
Girls’ Night Out is 6-9 p.m. on Friday, April 11. Come take a walk around the block with the girls.