Lucy and Ethel, Elvis, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly were among the performers at Central Church of Christ’s annual 50-plus banquet held in the church’s fellowship hall Saturday night. Members of Central who are over 50 were invited for a night of food and entertainment.
“This used to be called the Sweetheart Banquet, but we do not call it that anymore,” said Central Church of Christ minister Ben Bailey. “This is to honor our more mature members, whether they have a significant other or not. We had a very fun night with lots of ’50s entertainment.”
The room was decorated to resemble a 1950s cafe complete with jukebox. The menu for the evening included cheeseburgers, chili dogs, french fries, onion rings, root beer floats, banana splits and sundaes reminiscent of many cafés or greasy spoons back in the day.
Central Youth Group girls donned poodle skirts and ponytails while the boys greased their hair and rolled up their jeans and the sleeves of their white T-shirts doing their best James Dean impressions.
Entertainment was provided by youth and adults who sang ’50s songs or did skits. Ed Sullivan, aka Chip Cantrell, was emcee.
Fran Duvall and Trina Fariss dressed as Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance’s characters Lucy and Ethel from the “I Love Lucy” TV show. The pair acted out the famous scene where Lucy and Ethel took jobs in a candy factory and realized the speedy conveyor belt sending chocolates down the line was much too fast for them to keep up with, leading the women to stuff their mouths and blouses with candy.
Baylor Brewer dressed as Buddy Holly and wowed the crowd by playing guitar and singing two songs himself rather than lip-syncing.
Other entertainment included Roy Orbison, Neil Sedaka, The Chordettes, The Tokens and Sergeant Joe Friday from the “Dragnet” TV show.
A vintage Indian motorcycle was strategically placed to provide the perfect photo opportunity.
Central youth minister Josh Pierce said 106 people attended the event. “I think it went really well. Everyone enjoyed it. We look forward to it every year.”