By Denise Bacon and Kathryn Stocks

The CCRA’s ’70s dance at the West Rouge Community Centre on March 30 was DY-NO-MITE! Music from Stevie Wonder, Donna Summers, The Tramps and ABBA were just some of the bands that had the dance floor rockin’. “The Boot Scootin’ Boogie” and “The Slosh” competed for floor space during one song that had the dancers and onlookers completely entertained!


We had an awesome turnout with 151 people. Most dressed up in vintage outfits for the event in costumes that ran the gamut from groovy hippie looks to far out disco duds and everything in between. Some looked deep into their closets and managed to find stuff they had actually worn in the ’70s. For those who had given it away long ago or were too young for that era, Value Village did a booming business. And YouTube provided valuable videos on how to make your skinny-leg jeans into bell bottoms.

The CCRA dance committee, Heather Lemieux, Kathy McGrath, Denise Bacon, Leeanne Larabie, Lori Gagnon, Jessica Dodd and Jake Forsyth, did an excellent job pulling it all together. Instead of numbers on the tables, they used phrases from the decade, like Keep on Truckin’,  Dream On, Keepin’ it Real and Funky. Participants at the Far Out table won the trivia contest, and prizes for best costume went to Leone Foxwell for her hippie style and Ross Macdonald for his disco dude.

The evening had a champagne reception with hors d’oeuvres and a buffet dinner from Pilar’s Catering and a delicious anniversary cake from Four Sweets Cookies.

We would like to thank everyone who came out to the event and all those who donated prizes for the raffle table: The Heather Lemieux Group – Royal LePage; Debbie Ryan; Heather Courneya – Jelco Financial Planning; Made for You Designs; Medieval Times Toronto; Four Sweets Cookies; This is My Jam; Toronto Zoo; Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre; Lori Gagnon; Wanda Wierzbicki; Lynne Liberty; Judy Black; and  Laurie Catlender MacIsaac.

Heather said, “It was a fabulous evening – wonderful to see so many neighbours and new faces. Everyone was groovin’.”