Hosted by the Atomic Angels, this is their big event of the year and held at the charming Stoney’s Rockin Rodeo. The entire week, I was in a panic trying to find a Western Swing vintage themed outfit, and speaking with fellow contestants at the event, they all were in similar straights upon receipt of the Angels’ Tuesday night instructional email. Hundreds of dollars and overnight shipping for three different pieces of western wear, I was well dressed and nervous. During the drive I felt as nervous as a girl about to be in labor! Almost told Shane to turn around a few times. Three different bands graced the stage not playing any expected country or western songs which normally fill the high ceilings over the dance floor. We attempted a few dances to help blow off some steam, but we simply are not accustomed to Rockabilly music. We dance to many types of music, but the more I learn about Rockabilly, the more I learn how much I don’t have a clue about the music despite our Lindy Hop and Country music history. The highlight of the evening for me was a conversation with Luscious Lady and hair accessories purveyor, Kim Walter. I finally got some insight into The Luscious Ladies pinup group which before seemed such a mystery. The more I learn, the more I can see us joining their events, activities already on our calendar!
The contest was last for the evening. Seven contestants and I did not make the judges’ top three. The crowd was not consulted, and in an apparent shortage of time the winners were announced, all three very deserving gals. Third place is a strong, admirable woman, second place a domestic violence survivor and long time Angels supporter, and first place a wonderful woman and mother of five plus grandmother of seven who adores the pinup style and the Angels. All the contestants lovely, I am sure the Angels will never be short of gals eager to join their FUNdraising efforts. WEAVE received at the end of the day just short of $1000. What a thrilling way to donate money.