Big hair, leg warmers, bright colors, pleather pants, fun music and totally awesome parties at the Fort Thomas Canteen is what I remember when I think of the 80's. Last year, I got to relive all of those cool things and will get to do it again in just a few weeks.
The second annual Fort Thomas Canteen 80's Throwback, presented by Katie Walters of Q102 and Fort Thomas Matters, benefiting the Brighton Center will be held on Saturday, February 7 from 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. at the Highland Country Club.
My husband, friends and I had a great time last year. We walked in to find the country club decorated like the old Canteen at the Fort. There were cool 80's band posters and canteen signs on the walls. I walked in the women restroom to discover about 10 cans of Aqua Net on the counter. Any woman, or man for that matter, who has ever had big 80's hair knows what the Aqua Net is for.
I wore my tight rolled jeans, Pink Floyd shirt, Converse shoes and St. Joseph jacket from 1988. The fact that my jacket still fit shows a sign of the times. We wore everything big then. I had on bright colored socks and eye shadow to match. My husband went with a big haired wig and his camo jacket.
Our friends had a good time coming up with 80's outfits as well. Sheila Watson wore her boyfriend's high school football jersey with a Madonna type bow in her hair and Jenny King chose to wear her Notre Dame school uniform, even the jacket. Several people went for the big hair rocker look.
There was a silent auction, appetizers, a photo booth, great music and dancing. I can't wait to go again this year to relive the 80's and the fun times at the Canteen. Tickets cost $25 per person, which includes two drink tickets, light appetizers and parking. Salon 602, located at 1600 Alexandria Pike, has decided to get in on the fun this year by rolling back rolling back prices on February 7 for those going to the dance. "We will do 80's styles for $15 on pre shampooed hair so that the styles last," said Jacquie Meadows, salon manager, adding that hair that hasn't been washed for a day is much better for an 80's do. "And the first five to come in will get a free purse size hairspray."
Saturday appointments fill up fast at Salon 602 so you will want to schedule soon by calling 859-441-4800. Visit Brighton Center's website for more information about the dance or to purchase tickets.