NEWINGTON – The German club is going retro next weekend.
Not retro Germany, but America – circa the 1970s and 80s music scene. The Hartford Sängerbund is hosting its first-ever “Rockin’ Retro Night” Saturday, Feb. 17 from 6:30 p.m. through midnight. The party will be open to the public and members hope to attract a large crowd.
“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 colors the winter season, but club members decided to chart new territory after the traditional German dance did not receive their desired amount of interest in 2017.
“Last year we had very few reservations for the Strauss Ball,” explained Herner, who was forced to cancel the event and lose his deposit for the evening’s entertainment.
This new era-themed party was the brainchild of longtime club member Steve Madeia, whose father was the Choral Director of the Hartford Sängerbund, 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 70s and 80s garb, but the person wearing the most hats will actually be Madeia.
Not only will he crank out the tunes as DJ, but he’s also planning to do all the cooking ahead of time. Guests can expect a smorgasbord 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 the 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 Sängerbund include the Maifest May 5 and the Bierfest Aug. 24-26.
For reservations to the Rockin’ Retro Night call Steve Madeia at 860-202-0220.
If you go:
WHAT: Rockin’ Retro Night
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m. to midnight
WHERE: The Hartford Sängerbund, 719 N. Mtn. Rd., Newington
HOW: $25 admission, call 860-202-0220 for tickets