The Long Table returns to Main Street
“Remember When” – 50s/60s Night Club Theme
9/16/2018 ~ by Dennis Santucci
On Saturday evening, September 8th, over 150 patrons showed their support for Prevent Child Abuse Pickens at the 6th annual fundraiser, ‘The Long Table on Main’, which, once again returned to Main Street in Jasper. This year’s theme – Remember When – focused on memories of the good times of the ‘50s and ‘60s.
A 120-foot long table was set up right down the middle of Main Street. Above the sparkling white tablecloths, the décor included white roses and the period staple pink carnations with tiny lights providing a soft ambiance. Music evokes many memories so old 45 rpm records stood up to mark table numbers and vinyl 33 LPs were used as chargers under the dinner plates. Intermixed with the flowers were various items from the period including small toys and pictures from old photo albums. “I would have never known that was you,” amusingly commented Linda Kadechuk and many others, looking at the 50 to 60-year-old pictures. A beautiful painting of a drive-in movie theater, featuring the cars of the time was created on the window of an unoccupied store by Alicia McIntyre.
Following registration, patrons entered the photo area posing before a mint condition, bright red, 1957 Chevy and then proceeded on to photos with the stars with life-size cutouts of Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe, and Elvis Presley. A 1957 Porsche Speedster (red, of course) capped the other end of the table. Professional photographer Bailey Paschal was there to capture the moments.
The cocktail lounge was set up at the far end of the stage with inviting appetizers prepared and served by 61 Main. In addition to the usual libations, a special drink was created for the evening. Named ‘the Twist,’ honoring the dance craze of the ‘60s, “It starts with a cosmo martini, but with a twist” quipped Val Jacobson, the drink’s inventor.
Remembering feelings from when they were teens, the very first song brought dancers to the floor as The Sock Hops of Marietta, Georgia started their show. Their smooth harmonies featured Doo Wop, Rockabilly, ballads and other music from that era. “This evening is wonderful, and the music is just perfect” per Linda Petrigliano when she couldn’t help but sing along to “In the Still of the Night.” The night was full of music as our WXJR radio (102.1 FM) filled in songs and promotional pieces for Long Table, broadcast on-site and throughout the listening area.
On queue, the table servers appeared with a delightfully, tasty kale ambrosia salad as the patrons moved to their seats at the Long Table. ‘That may have been the tenderest beef I have ever had,” stated Bob Anderson of the braised beef pot roast. “The trout in parchment was excellent -tender, juicy and tasty – 61 Main knocked it out of the park. It is not possible for PCAP to express our gratitude enough to Jenna, Tadd, Rob, and all the staff at 61 Main for the excellent food and service and their extreme generosity”, stated Dennis Santucci, President of the Board of Directors for PCAP.
Maria Bain is on the Board of Directors of Prevent Child Abuse Pickens (PCAP) and wanted to share her story of how PCAP changed her life. She embraced the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program and was amazed at the dedication and kindness of the PCAP staff. Maria continued her growth by earning a Master of Science Degree in Accounting. PCAP is very proud to have had Maria in the PAT program and of her courage, determination, and efforts to create a successful life.
Following the story of Maria’s journey, an appeal was made for anyone wishing to make an additional donation to PCAP. The imagery of a large interlocking puzzle was used to illustrate how it requires so many people working together to break the cycle of child abuse. As they always have, PCAP supporters came through with a resoundingly positive response.
The final show began with The Sock Hops inviting the men up on the stage as backup singers for a rowdy version of ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy.’ This was followed by the ladies going on stage to sing ‘Chapel of Love’ sweeter than the Dixie Cups did it in 1964. The evening was scheduled to end at 10 PM, but with the balmy weather, many stayed on, not wanting to give up the good feelings and warm memories of younger days and happy times.