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Published: Friday, 10/18/2002

Main library will rock to '50s beat tonight

A 1950s-style adult sock hop is set for tonight in downtown Toledo to celebrate the era of the suburban nuclear family, Marilyn Monroe, motorcycle jackets, carports, chrome-decorated cars, rock and roll - and a visionary local builder of the era, Donald Scholz.

The Main Branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library will host a “Chrome, Carports, and Cocktails” party tonight.

The bash, featuring grazing stations of '50s-style foods, from White Castle hamburgers to chili mac and a root beer float bar, was inspired by the library's current exhibit, Designing the 50s: The Scholz Influence, on view now through Nov. 26 at the downtown branch, said Chris Kozak, a library media relations specialist.

The display includes photographs, blueprints, and models of homes by Scholz, along with 1950s furniture and other memorabilia.

The hop will kick off with music by the Storms in the library's Center Court. The Bonkers band will perform at 9 p.m. in the Winter Garden. Participants are urged to dress in garb from the 1950s era.

Chrome, Carports, and Cocktails is scheduled for 7:30 to 11 tonight in the Main Branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, 325 Michigan St. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased at the door. Information: 419-259-5266.

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