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Would you believe that we weren’t even planning on going to the Sun Studio tour while we were in Memphis? Wacky, huh? But when we saw this gigantic Gibson glowing in the morning sun, we had to investigate. So glad we did, as the tour ended up being a highlight of our entire visit to town.

Sun Studio Tour Memphis TN


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Regular readers will know of our love of The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville PA – this time of year especially, with Blobfest – the kitschy fun homage to that gelatinous mass that put The Colonial on the moviegoing map, all the way back in 1958.

This year we decided to put our money where our mouth is and sponsor a table at Blobfest to add to the festivities with a table full of vintage souvenirs for sale, and Diners of Pennsylvania book signing!


Yes, that’s right – I’m honored to play Retro RoadHostess to Kyle Weaver and Kevin Patrick -two of the 3 gents responsible for the great resource book Diners of Pennsylvania second edition. They will be selling and signing copies of Diners of PA at the Retro Roadmap booth from 12-4pm.

They will also be telling the history of the diner(s) that appeared in The Blob – so stop on by!

While they’re doing their diner thing I will be spreading the good word about Retro Roadmap as well as selling and sharing some of my vintage vacation souvenirs – vacation plates, snow globes, pennants, we’ll see what’s in the collection!

Snow Domes in Storage Retro Roadmap.com Mod Betty

I would be neglecting my duties as a citizen of Phoenixville if I didn’t share our famous Retro Roadmap Blobfest Map – including sites from the movie and local landmarks to check out:

And day wouldn’t be complete without a showing of The Blob at 2pm – this year I’m proud to say that our own Retro Roadmap fave local photographer Laura Keen Photography is sponsoring the movie showing (you may remember she took some fun photos of yours truly a few months back – what fun!) – check The Colonial’s schedule for other showing times and double features.

Who doesn’t love the famous “Running Out” scene from The Blob – with The Colonial Theatre making her glorious screen debut!

(Yes, we know this version is en Espanol, but screams are universal :-))

And finally, here’s some handy Blobfest Street Fair Information:

Hosted by Hot Rod Scott & Professor Ouch of The Roots Rockabilly Roadhouse on  WPRB 103.3FM

Special guests The Violators Motor Club

Live music by The Buzzards

There will be plenty of fun stuff to do and see including:

John’s Old School New Skool Barber Shop

– Fire Extinguisher Parade

– Costume contest

– Facade contest

– Street food

– Vintage vendors

– Classic cars

– And More!

Read all about Blobfest here on the Colonial Theatre page or visit the Blobfest Facebook Page to become a fan. Is this going to be a wicked fun day or what?!

Blobfest Saturday July 9, 2011
Bridge Street
Phoenixville, PA

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I just got a nice note from photographer John Woolf – his exhibit of 20 diner and roadside photos on display at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington MA (which I always mistakenly refer to as the Museum of Our National Heritage) – has been extended!

Now you have until November 2011 to check out these wonderfully detailed and saturated prints, a sample from  his “Night Road Series.”

Coney-Island-Hot-Dogs-Worcester-MA-John Woolf (Like this, George’s Coney Island Hot Dogs in Worcester, MA. Isn’t that neon just gorgeous?!)


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This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Hukilau “- an annual event celebrating Hawaiian and Polynesian Pop culture while honoring a historic Tiki bar and location.” And what better place to celebrate than at the tiki-tastic Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Say Aloha to mid century tiki fun!

hukilau-tiki-mai-kai-festival-june-2011RetroRoadhusband and I are not able to attend this year’s Hukilau, but based on the rave reviews of the event and the Mai Kai (where the Hukilau has been held these last many years) we made a special trip to Florida’s east coast last year specifically to check out the Mai Kai, and we had a fabulous time! You can read all about our visit to The Mai Kai here.

Sneeky TikiThe Hukilau is named for the traditional festive feasts celebrated on the shores of Hawaii and meant to emphasize the spirit of family and community, or ‘ohana.


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20 years in the making – and RetroRoadmap will be there! Regular readers may recall our fun visit to the Old Sledworks Antiques in Duncannon PA (and lunch at The Red Rabbit Drive In up the road) and now we’re heading back there for a day of vintage retro fun on Saturday April 30th.

Saturday, April 30th. 10am-5pm
Outdoor block party including:

Event Co-sponsored by Retro Lovely Magazine. Meet Sleighmate winner Kelly Welsted from Buffalo, NY and watch her photoshoot for Retro Lovely Magazine, the hottest pinup mag on the planet!

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I don’t know about you, but any time I hear music from the 1930’s and 1940’s – Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw – it makes me want to dance!

So when I found out a while ago that Swing Kat Entertainment was offering swing dance lessons and live music dances in a vintage building in Pottstown PA, I packed up my dancing shoes and shuffled off to the ballroom – with a VERY reluctant RetroRoadhusband in tow. He’s a good egg but even he has his limits.

Ballroom On High StreetThe ballroom is on the 2nd floor, so climb the stairway to paradise along with me!

Stairway to ParadiseThe dance lessons with RetroRoadhusband were a disaster, so I had not been back here in a while, but I recently met with Faryl Codispoti – founder of Swing Kat – so I could learn more about what went on in the ballroom so I could share it with you RetroRoadmap Readers.


One thing I remembered from when we took lessons was the story that Faryl told us about his motivation to start Swing Kat.

He had never really danced at all until he was 25, when his sister was diagnosed with a terminal illness. She loved to dance so in the last few months of her life she and Faryl learned to swing dance together, bringing joy to both of them and fond memories to him. He’s been dancing ever since and teaching dance since 2003.

ReneeI’m happy to report Swing Kat will be celebrating their 5th anniversary of dancing at The Ballroom on High this September. Not only do they teach swing lessons but Jitterbug, Charleston, Balboa, along with Ballroom, Country, Salsa and more.

Everyone here is very friendly and welcoming even if you’ve never danced before, and Faryl says that’s what keeps people coming back to the ballroom. While they may be reluctant or shy at first, the comfortable environment and friendships made make the ballroom someplace to look forward to going.

Swing Kat 1st AnniversaryThe ballroom itself is in a grand building on High Street, the main street in Pottstown. Built in 1928, it was originally a Fraternal Order of the Eagles building. You can rent the ballroom for weddings or other events, with room for a live band on the stage and plenty of floorspace.

Ballroom On High(I know, there are no people dancing – do I ever take photos with people in them? :-))

One thing I think is so great about this whole scene is that live band perform at the dances held every third Saturday of the month.

Coming up this Saturday February 19 the The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn are playing and you can check the Swing Kat Live Swing Dance Events page for links to sample tunes and info about the other bands scheduled to play. There are also dance nights hosted by a DJ playing appropriate dance music for swinging and swaying like these folks:

The lessons and dances attract folks of all ages, from high school students (there are light refreshments included in admission price, but no alcohol served) all the way up to folks in their 70’s. I was charmed to hear that there is a 93 year old gentleman who comes to the dances and just sits and watches the band and enjoys the evening. If you’re not sure of your skills there is a lesson offered before each dance, ranging from beginner steps for newbies, to more advanced skills for those who have been around Swing Kat a while.

So while you may not think you can dance, who knows, you could be the next Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers!

Swing Kat Dancing
Ballroom on High
310 East High Street
Pottstown, PA 19464
(610) 348-6727

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I’m tres jealous of all the folks down in Florida – not only b/c of the weather, but because I would so love to go to the Floridiana Festival & Highwaymen Artist Show in St. Petersburg on Saturday 1/29. I’d much rather take a look at the vintage Florida souvenirs, art, kitsch, memorabilia, and historical artifacts, than checking the weather reports to see if snow will put the kibosh on my weekend plans!


The 10th edition of this popular kitschy Florida “antiques & collectibles” event returns to St. Petersburg for its 10th edition on Saturday, January 29, 2011, from 10 am to 5 pm at the historic Garden Club of St. Petersburg.

A celebration of Florida’s cultural and tourism legacies, this annual show features an abundance of old roadside attraction kitsch, as well as vintage Florida art and old tropical decor. It’s an antique show custom made for Floridians or wanna-bes! (That’s ME! Mod Betty, a Florida wanna be!!)


Featuring old Florida souvenirs and memorabilia for sale, spanning the range from alligator ashtrays, flamingo figurines, and citrus-shaped radios, to postcards and other fun ephemera from the Sunshine State’s old parks and hotels, the Floridiana Festival brings together premier exhibitors and collectors of vintage Floridiana, clamoring to be the first ones to discover some unique Florida finds.


Serious collectors will enjoy the selection of alligator memorabilia and souvenir sterling silver spoons and hotel china from Florida’s “golden age of souvenirs,” while more casual collectors of kitsch can find postcards of bathing beauties and old tourist attractions, alligator purses and other Florida fashion.

Kitsch rules at this show, definitely, but for decorators looking for some serious, vintage tropical furnishings, it’s also a hot spot to pick up some old rattan, tropical lamps, and beautiful wall art.


In addition to the abundance of Florida memorabilia for sale, other show highlights include:

-Meet and greet with The Florida Highwaymen artists from the 1950’s & 1960’s

– Lectures, slide presentation and book signings by Florida Authors…PLUS you just might meet some of the original mermaids who will be on hand to discuss their time at Weeki Wachee!

(Retro Roadmap loves Weekee Wacheeclick to read about our visit! )

The Garden Club of St. Petersburg is located at 500 Sunset Drive South, at the intersection of Park Street and 5th Avenue South in St. Petersburg, near the western end of Central Avenue close to the bridge over to Treasure Island.  Show admission is $6.00; children under three years are $3.00.  Free parking.

For info, contact Hula Hula Productions at (727) 421-0441 or visit www.hulahula.biz

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