Historical Society Stays Alive With Friends of the Gulfport Groove

Historical Society Stays Alive With Friends of the Gulfport Groove

Ross and Joan Brock show off their dance moves to “Stayin’ Alive” at Friday night’s dance benefitting the Gulfport Historical Society.

Friday night’s “Dance Your @$$ Off” party at the Gulfport Casino raised over $1,000 for the Gulfport Historical Society. The Society made $477 from ticket sales and $108 from a 50/50 raffle. In addition, Gulfport Historical Society President Miki Vaughan said one attendee wrote the Gulfport Historical Society a $500 check at the event.

“I think it went really well,” Mrs. Vaughan said, adding the early crowd left but a younger crowd came in after 10 and stayed until the event at midnight. The dance, arranged by an informal group called “Friends of the Gulfport Groove” came about because two women wanted a place to dance in Gulfport. They partnered with the Gulfport Historical Society, turning over every dime collected to the Society. In exchange, the city charged a lower-than-market rental rate reserved only for Gulfport nonprofit organizations.

The Gulfport Historical Society will hold its next event, an Easter Bonnet Tea Party with a special showing of vintage treasures and fashions, presented by Memory Lane Antiques, on Saturday, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on March 23. There will be a vintage fashion show, assorted teas, coffee, and pastries. Admission costs $3 per person or two for $5. Although not required,  the Society encourages people to bring their favorite tea cup and wear their best Easter Bonnet. The event will take place at the Gulfport Historical Museum, on the corner of 53rd Street and 28th Avenue South.

The Society will also co-sponsor Antiques in the Park on Saturday, March 16. For more information, check the Gabber.

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