Swing the night away
Dustin Godfrey - Mar 06, 2017 - Get Involved

Photo: S.S. Sicamous Society

The SS Sicamous will be reliving the swinging past in March, with a Great Gatsby Party to be held on the boat.

The Sicamous Stern Wheeler will be hosting a one-night swing dance party with prohibition-themed activities on March 11.

The Great Gatsby Party will get into full-swing at 8 p.m., and will go until late. Tickets are $45 per person and include one drink and snack, with proceeds going to the SS Sicamous Society.

For those feeling nervous about their sing dancing skills, a beginner’s dance session will be held at the ship before the party starts at 7:30 p.m. That will be taught by Louise Quant of the Even Dance Studio. Organizers are warning potential students to book early, with limited space for the class.

Party-goers will get to dance to singer Yanti and electro-swing music from DJ Tenacious T (Tim Tweed).

Prizes will be awarded for best costume, and for the best swing dancer, as chosen by the crowd. Cocktails will be served in vintage tea-cups, along with wine, champagne and beer.

“We are so excited,” event organizer and director Leah Cook said. “We hope the fundraiser will nurture support and awareness for the SS Sicamous Society.”

The society is a charity that advocates for the preservation of the marine heritage of the Okanagan, including the SS Sicamous and the SS Naramata. The SS Sicamous is the largest surviving sternwheeler in B.C., and is open as a museum, heritage site and wedding venue.

“This is going to be a fantastic and memorable event,” said operations manager Don Wright. “The museum is uniquely suited to the theme, as the 1920s were the glory days of the SS Sicamous.”

Tickets can be found on Eventbrite.

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