CHARLESTON -- Eastern Illinois University campus and Coles County community members are invited to take a step back in time and experience the fashion and music of the 1960s during "Extravaganza of 1960s Fashion, Music and Dance."

The free event will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Grand Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

“We want this to be a fun night for all generations, whether you lived through the ‘60s yourself, or your parents or grandparents did,” said Allen Lanham, dean of library services at Booth Library. “We’ll have demonstrations featuring dances such as the ‘mashed potato’ and the ‘twist,’ fashion representing everything from Jackie O. to flower children – and all of it will be set to the iconic tunes of the 1960s.”

Attendees are invited to participate by dressing up as their favorite 1960s personalities -- whether that be Jimi Hendrix, JFK, the Beatles or the Brady Bunch. A costume show is planned, and prizes will be awarded. All ages are invited to participate.

Those who would like to participate in the costume contest must sign up in advance by emailing the entrant’s name and costume idea to library@eiu.edu or call 217-581-6061. Both individuals and groups are encouraged to participate.

Members of Couture Models, an EIU registered student organization, will provide a special fashion and dance presentation. WEIU Radio will provide the music for the evening, and the EIU departments of theater arts and kinesiology and sports studies will help coordinate the activities.

This program is part of Booth Library’s fall exhibit and program series, “Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s.” For a complete schedule of events, visit www.library.eiu.edu/exhibits/1960s/. All events are free and open to the public.

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