Poster of the past, hop of the future

Jan 14, 2019
A classic poster from the past has been reworked by the founder of the Museum of Rock Art in Hollywood, Calif., for a February dance in Thomaston.

Thomaston — Watts Hall Community Players is planning an old-fashioned sock hop for Friday night, Feb. 8 — and thanks to an intriguing set of circumstances, has a back-to-the-future poster for it.

The poster was created by a man in the small town of Phillips who makes his living selling pre-owned printing presses — big, professional presses. Paul Caruso sells and services professional digital printing machines to printing companies all around the world, but in his free time, he likes to design posters. Prior to settling in Phillips, he was the founder and owner of the Museum of Rock Art in Hollywood, Calif.

WHCP’s Daryl Hahn and Ben Griffin had been tossing around the idea of the group sponsoring a sock hop when Hahn happened to spend a night at Mt. Blue State Park. Needing marshmallows for the campfire, she pulled in to a small convenience store in Carthage and there spotted a wonderful retro poster for a sock hop. Two days and four phone calls later, she found Caruso at his computer.

So … Watts Hall Community Players now has its own personalized version of the original. Midcoast dance fans are encouraged to keep their eyes out for the poster and to plan on attending the free sock hop at Watts Hall.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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