Picture this: orange, pink and yellow lights fill the sky at sunset, while you paint a blank canvas with the same colors (and more!) to create your own masterpiece. Of course, if artwork isn’t your thing, you can enjoy this beautiful summer evening your own way – through dancing, eating or lying on a picnic blanket and watching an outdoor movie! It’s a warm night in Addison, and the community is gathered together to mingle, enjoy themselves and have fun as the sun sinks below the horizon! This entertaining experience is all part of Addison After Dark’s Retro Night Out from 7-11 p.m. June 15 in Addison Circle Park.
“Addison is known for bringing quality entertainment to the area,” said Monica Marsh, special event coordinator for the Town of Addison. “An evening of art, music, dancing and a classic movie under the stars offers a unique escape from daily life!”
According to its website, Retro Night Out is a chance to “put your dancing shoes on and get ready to jitterbug, jive, boogie-woogie and swing dance the night away.” It’s all a throwback to a simpler time in America, when dancing was as standard date night activity as happy hour is today!
The festivities begin at 7 p.m., as the Singapore Slingers take the stage. This fun ensemble, under the direction of Matt Tolentino, is known for their energetic pre-swing American dance music. The Slingers are made up of 18 members, including a four-piece string section, five-piece woodwind section, three-piece brass section and a five-piece rhythm section featuring tuba and upright bass. In addition, drums, xylophones, vibes, bells and a banjo are used to authentically create music from that period. They play everything from fox trots, waltzes, tangos, rhumbas and more tunes that were popular between 1895 and 1935. Get excited about their performance by listening to clips from their past shows and learning more about them here.
When you’re ready for a break, rest on the lawn with a bite to eat from one of the food trucks onsite. The Easy Slider is hamburger heaven! This is the first and only gourmet slider truck in Dallas/Fort Worth, which serves up fresh, unique mini-burgers using Certified Angus beef, the freshest farmer’s market produce and handmade bread and sauce. Some of the delicious options include the Sweet & Lowdown, topped with bacon, goat cheese and strawberry jam; the Baby Bella, complete with Texas baby Portobello mushroom, mozzarella, Roma tomato and pesto; and the Nutty Pig, which includes bacon, creamy peanut butter, green leaf lettuce, Roma tomato and red onions.
Drinks will be served by America’s Finest Beverage Catering, a veteran-owned company that donates a portion of their proceeds to the Adaptive Training Foundation.
After dinner, treat yourself to something sweet from Tikiz Shaved Ice and Ice Cream. Mix and match your favorite flavors of shaved ice, with options including watermelon, wild cherry, Tiger’s Blood and more.
At 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., Pinot’s Palette is offering free, step-by-step painting sessions, where you will create a work of art to bring home. Sip on your drink of choice to help the creativity flow, then follow the instructor’s guide to create your one-of-a-kind picture. Space is limited. If you can’t make it to this event, you can sign up for one of the upcoming in-studio classes, which includes painting canvases, making banners, knitting a chunky throw blanket and more.
Finally, the party ends at 9 p.m. with a showing of Meet Me in St. Louis starring Judy Garland. The 1944 film is about the four Smith daughters, who learn about life in the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Garland sang famous tunes “The Trolley Song,” “The Boy Next Door” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” during this movie, which is now preserved in the United States National Film Registry. Watch a trailer here.
Can’t make it to this event? Don’t worry – there are still many more Addison After Dark events this year! Come to Luau on the Lawn July 20, a Hawaiian-themed celebration; Pints and Pups August 17, featuring beer from local breweries, adorable dogs and burgers; Let’s Do the Time Warp October 19, a Rocky Horror Picture Show-themed party; and Harvest Hootenanny November 16, an autumn celebration with outdoor games, folk music and a petting zoo.
All of the Addison After Dark events have special hotel packages available – much easier than trying to hire an Uber to take you home. Guests can stay at the Radisson North Dallas – Addison for 15 percent off standard rate and the Renaissance Dallas Addison, which includes a buffet breakfast.
Your regularly scheduled Saturday night dinner-and-a-movie can wait. At Addison After Dark, you will get to try new things, enjoy a warm evening picnic, listen to great music and still get to see a movie on the big screen. There is no reason not to attend this free community event – we can’t wait to swing the night away with you!