NEWINGTON - The German club is going retro next weekend.
Not retro Germany, but retro America - as in the music scene of the 1970s and 1980s.
The Hartford Saengerbund is hosting its first Rockin’ Retro Night on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. The party will be open to the public.
“It’s a chance to go out with your friends and have a fun night,” First Vice President Dennis Herner said.
The Strauss Ball usually highlights the winter season, but club members decided to chart new territory after the traditional German dance did not attract much interest in 2017.
“Last year we had very few reservations for the Strauss Ball,” said Herner, who was forced to cancel the event and lose his deposit for the evening’s entertainment.
This new themed party was the brainchild of longtime member Steve Madeia, whose father was the choral director of the Hartford Saengerbund, which formed as a German singing society in 1858.
“I thought, ‘I like rock ‘n’ roll music. Who doesn’t?’ ” Madeia said.
Attendees are encouraged to dress in their favorite decade-appropriate gear, but the person wearing the most hats will actually be Madeia.
Not only will he crank out the tunes as disc jockey, but he’s also planning to do all the cooking ahead of time.
Guests can expect a plethora of food options.
“This is not like one of our typical German events,” Madeia pointed out. “We’re going to do sausage and peppers, maybe chicken cacciatore, kielbasa and German schnitzel. A little bit of everything. We’re going to try to keep everybody happy.”
The $25 admission price includes buffet dinner, coffee and dessert, along with beer and wine. Mixed drinks will be available for $5 each.
“The winter months are long and a little tougher,” Madeia said. “We’re trying to make a few bucks for the club and have fun.”
“We’ve never had anything like this before,” Herner added. “I think it’s going to be a really great evening.”
Other upcoming events at the Hartford Saengerbund include the Maifest May 5 and the Bierfest Aug. 24-26.
People wanting to make reservations for the Rockin’ Retro Night can call Madeia at 860-202-0220.
If you go:
WHAT: Rockin’ Retro Night
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m. to midnight
WHERE: Hartford Saengerbund, 719 N. Mtn. Rd., Newington
ADMISSION: $25, call 860-202-0220 for tickets