Emily Cook, left, and Danielle Adam, right, hold up the limbo stick for Daisy Jablonowski for some classic ’50s-era fun at the 2018 St. Peter’s Lutheran Church car show and sock hop.

Emily Cook, left, and Danielle Adam, right, hold up the limbo stick for Daisy Jablonowski for some classic ’50s-era fun at the 2018 St. Peter’s Lutheran Church car show and sock hop.

Photo provided by Caitlin Gerds


Eastpointe church to host ’50s-style car show and sock hop

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 7, 2019

 Emily Cook, left, and Diane Urness Jones, right, show off their ’50s attire for the sock hop at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

Emily Cook, left, and Diane Urness Jones, right, show off their ’50s attire for the sock hop at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

Photo provided by Caitlin Gerds

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EASTPOINTE — Get ready to slick back that hair and do “The Twist.” St. Peter’s Lutheran Church’s annual car show and sock hop is returning for its third year.

The church will host the celebration from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the church, located at 23000 Gratiot Ave. in Eastpointe. Heather Nido, the car show and sock hop committee chairwoman, said it should be a great evening for the whole community.

“This is our third year doing it. It gets bigger and bigger every year,” she said. “We do it to bring the community closer. I think our church is trying to reach out to others more. The car show is fun for the whole family. We have raffles, games, prizes, trophies. We are raffling off a 54-inch TV, some baskets and other kids prizes. There also will be a 50/50 raffle.”

The event began in 2016. Members of the congregation wanted to host an event that would bring in the community and show off what the church and its attached school and early learning center were doing for the community.

“It started at an outreach meeting,” Nido explained. “We wanted to reach out to the community. We were thinking about a car show, but we thought that would mostly attract men, so we wanted to add something extra to bring in more women as well. Plus, a classic car show and sock hop seemed to go together.”

Registration costs $20 to bring a car on the day of the event. Otherwise, it is free to attend.

“We’ll have brats, hot dogs and snacks. We’ll have a bubble gum blowing contest and ’50s music. Everyone will be dressed in their ’50s finest, with things like poodle skirts and leather jackets,” said Nido. “We are giving away several trophies for the car show: best new, best classic, most unique and best unrestored original.” 

Although funds raised will benefit the school, the event organizers view the car show and sock hop as a community event first.

“We try to use it more as a community event than as a fundraiser. We thought it was a great way to bring people in from the community and see the church, and the school, and the early childhood center we have here all during a great day of fun,” said Drew Jablonowski, the church’s fellowship committee chairman. 

Thanks to a sponsorship from an auto parts business, the church is able to fund the event and use any money raised to improve its school facilities.

“Any extra we raise will go toward repairs for our school building. Our school only has about 90 students, so any fundraising we can do helps. … We’re a small school and a small congregation. This also helps us get our name out there,” Nido said.

The St. Peter’s community is inviting anyone in the community to attend for a night of wholesome fun.

“It’s a great Saturday evening out. We have great food in a great atmosphere,” Jablonowski said. “You’ll get to see a lot of great classic cars. We have Corvettes from over the last 50 years. I have a 1974 Corvette, which I love, but I always love the ’50s. The whole style of the greased-back hair and the poodle skirts is great. It’s a simpler time before we had all these electronics and other distractions.” 

Those with questions about the event can contact Nido at (586) 610-2920.

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.

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