Calling all Baby Boomers! Calling all Baby Boomers! Some serious nostalgia is taking place less than two weeks from now–on Saturday, June 4, from 1-3:30PM–at Port City Music Hall:
Dave Astor and his show, which aired from 1956-1971, was Maine’s answer to Dick Clark and American Bandstand. It drew teens from high schools in the mid-coast and southwestern regions of Maine on down and ran on WCSH-TV (and, briefly, on WGAN).
Maine Historical Society now owns a huge collection of materials from the show–including hundreds of fantastic photographs–which we are busy cataloging and digitizing to make more accessible to the public. A small album of photos were uploaded to our Facebook page last year–many that also appear on the poster that you see above, but with captions.
We are excited to bring Dave and all his great memories together with Portland notables Tony Boffa, Steve Romanoff, and former Maine Broadcasting System head Fred Thompson, to talk about the show. Alums from a number of episodes will also be on hand to recall what it was like to dance, sing (okay, mostly lip synch), and chat with Dave on live TV. If you were on the show, be sure to attend and speak up!
And–icing on the cake–the lively conversation will be followed by a be-boppin’, sock-hoppin’ dance party extravaganza! Port City will have bartenders on hand to take your money if you want to wet your whistle between dance floor antics.
If you happen to be a member of Maine Historical Society, you are also invited to the MHS annual meeting, which takes place that morning from 9:30AM-12:30PM across the street at our offices. Fred Thompson will give a talk on the theme of “Looking Back at Television.” Registration is required. Call 774-1822.