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Celebrate Halloween at the PAC!

And Dance to the Music of the 60’!

Celebrate Halloween at the Plymouth Arts Center, Saturday, October 28th and dance to the music of the II Cool Band as they play your favorite songs of the 60’s. II Cool, a 50’s-60’s tribute band featuring musicians, John, Joe, and Gerry, will provide live music from 7:00pm to 10pm in the Arts Center greatroom. Everyone is welcome! Only 150 tickets will be sold, so please order your tickets early. Costumes are optional; although prizes will be awarded for the best homemade costumes. Tickets are: $9 in advance Adults; $11 at the door–children under 12 are free. The ticket box office will open at 6pm.  Doors to the greatroom will open at 6:30pm. There will be a cash bar and sweet treats will be available. Call 920-892-8409; Email: info@plymoutharts.org , Website: www.plymoutharts.org, Mastercard & Visa accepted.

 

About the Music of the 60’s: The 60s decade produced some of the best music of all time. Countless songs from the 60s generation have been remade by others and television commercials used the recordings to sell their products.  Movies such as Dirty Dancing and American Graffiti immortalized this period of our history.  In the sixties rock music dominated the popular music charts. Elvis Presley continued to score hits in the early part of the decade, but the music continued to diversify with the folk revival, girl groups, and surf music, all impacting the early part of the decade. The Motown Record label brought more African American artists back to the forefront of the pop charts. By 1964 American artists are sharing the top of the charts with U.K. bands led by the Beatles and The Rolling Stones. In the U.S. garage bands emerge, inspired by the British Invasion sound. Sixties songwriting moves beyond pop love songs and begins to include social consciousness and political statements. In the latter half of the decade psychedelic music reflects the growing hippie culture. Bubblegum music is created to generate radio friendly pop singles. Album sales begin to gain importance, as a harder rock sound emerges and sows the seeds for heavy metal. 

About the Tradition of Halloween: The American Halloween tradition of “trick-or-treating” probably dates back to the early All Souls’ Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives. The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as “going a-souling” was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food, and money.

 

The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry. On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.


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