If you were a Christian Reformed teen in the 1950s, dancing The Twist or the Bunny Hop was probably forbidden. But dancing and singing 1950s favorites such as “Jailhouse Rock” were part of the annual Fall Fest at Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Edina, Minn.
Approximately 175 people, from infants to 80-year-olds, came dressed in poodle skirts or white T-shirts with jeans to celebrate the kickoff of the ministry year with a 1950s theme. Kim Attema, a member of Calvary CRC and event organizer, said, “We enjoyed picking out this year’s theme and the activities that went with the theme. Loved picking out the music to go with the event.”
Volunteers dressed in soda jerk hats served hot dogs, fruit, and ice cream sodas. Tables were draped with black-and-white checkered tablecloths inspired by a 1950s diner.
Each ministry group within the church hosted a table with a game of their choice. “This is a chance for people to find out the different ministries we have available. It also is a great way for our community to find out what we have to offer,” said Attema.
Children and adults tousled their way through an obstacle course dodging little children armed with squirt guns. Kids challenged one another in a shoe scramble. From a bouncy house for small children to 1950s trivia to a water balloon toss, there was something for every age.
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Amy Toornstra is a freelance news correspondent for The Banner. She lives in Salem, Oregon.