Beloved Sandpoint event returns for its 36th year May 19 and 20 By Jillian Chandler|Photo by Lisa Turner Photography The 1950s are decades in the past, but one weekend each spring, downtown Sandpoint turns back the clock to simpler times of sock hops and saddle shoes, ice cream shops and rock-n-roll. That's right! It's that time again for Lost in the '50s.
Started by Carolyn Gleason back in 1986, Lost in the '50s is a celebration of music, cars and community; the event the response to Carolyn's love of music and desire to bring the great artists of that era to Sandpoint before it was too late. And what goes better with great music from the 1950s than those classic cars and hot rods from the era?
“This is the most impressive and exciting event that not only draws huge amounts of outside attraction to Sandpoint but also literally opens the gates of summertime enthusiasm in the downtown Sandpoint corridor for all businesses,” share Corey Obenauer, owner of Burl Wood Dreams and member of the Downtown Sandpoint Shopping District. “And at the heart of this event, Carolyn Gleason of Second Avenue Pizza. For the last 35 years, this well-respected and amazing lady, with every ounce of love and energy she can give, organizes, arranges, promotes and facilitates this grand event and assumes the overwhelming responsibility for the same.”
Always held the third weekend in May, Sandpoint's biggest party of the year returns for its 36th year, with the vintage car parade kicking off the event at 6pm on Friday, May 19, as it makes its way from Sandpoint High School down to Cedar, up to Forest, over to Church then down through downtown. Be sure to pick your favorite spot along the parade route to guarantee you great viewing.
There will be a street dance immediately following the parade at Second Avenue and Main Street, where the community, both young and young at heart, are invited to boogie on down.
Come Friday night, the fun moves to the Bonner County Fairgrounds, where the audience will take in the best of that legendary rock ‘n’ roll! Legend Jay Siegel's Tokens of "The Lions Sleep Tonight" fame will take the stage, plus, La La Brooks, the original lead singer of the Crystals, the group responsible for the hit "Da Doo Ron Ron," and lastly, Lost in the ‘50s favorite Rocky and the Rollers.
'50s fun continues into Saturday, May 20, with the impressive car show, where owners will be showing off their pride and joy. The streets (First, Cedar, Main, Second and Third avenues) will be lined with hundreds of hot rods and classics. Everyone's invited to stroll and see these beauties between 9:30am and 3:45pm.
In addition to the cars, there will be great music, food and fun.
After the car show has concluded, it's time to get ready for another great night of music and dancing at the fairgrounds with powerhouse band Jay and the Americans, "Come a Little Bit Closer" and “This Magic Moment,” and Rocky and the Rollers returns. Don’t miss Sandpoint’s biggest party! Be there, or be square.
Dance tickets can be purchased for $55 (per night) by calling 208.265.5678 or 208.263.9321, or pick them up at Second Avenue Pizza (215 Second Avenue in Sandpoint).
To stay up to date with all the fun to expect at this year's Lost in the '50s, be sure to follow Facebook.com/lost50s.