In fact, I plan to be among a slew of Betties that night — all of us hair-flipped, hair-sprayed and high-heeled, reliving (or for those like me, living for the first time) the early '60s.
That's sort of the magic of it, isn't it? Taking yourself back to a time we're so far removed from now? Getting to wear your winged eyeliner and fire engine-red lipstick without curious stares?
And men, for you it's a chance to slick your hair back, slap on a tie and maybe dust off that fedora you haven't worn since someone called you a hipster. If you're really courageous, you could track down a pair of horn-rimmed glasses like Mad Men's Harry Crane.
The event is, after all, based off Mad Men, the multi-Emmy and Golden Globe award winning TV series, and a show I watched on Netflix in a span of about a month. The gist? Basically it's about a high-profile advertising agency filled with charismatic and often conniving men who drink hard liquor all day long and mistreat their secretaries, all the while creating loads of drama that makes you both love and hate the characters simultaneously.
It. Is. Awesome.
I need to explain quickly my involvement in the event, too. I'm chairing the experience committee, which sets the theme, menu, music and decor for the night. I'm working with a great team of people to put on a really unique and fun event for you guys.
Now back to the event. In addition to getting to dress like you're from the '60s (or just dress up, period), you get treated to dinner from Ermanno's catering service and '60s-inspired desserts, like bundt cakes. Not to mention those truffles I've been drooling over since North Canton Patch blogger Chellsea Mastroine posted about them. (She's turning them into cake pops for us.)
And of course there will be drinks, alcoholic and otherwise. North Canton Gone Mad! features beers that made an appearance on the show (remember Betty pulling that Heineken out of the fridge?), champagne, pop and Starbucks coffee.
And music. Let's talk about music.
I'm so excited to have Wesley Bright and the Hi-Lites of Akron perform for us that night. I've seen them live twice, and they had the crowd up and dancing (or as they say, boogaloo-ing) each time. Check them out on their Facebook page for more info on the "northern soul" band.
When the band's not on the stage we'll have '60s music playing throughout the building. I'm planning a story here in the next few days that'll ask for your music recommendations so that I can put together a playlist, much like we did for Valentine's Day.
The event also features a reverse raffle, live auction with tons of awesome stuff to bid on and a casino area, which gives you a chance to turn your play-money into prizes.
Here's something else I'm really excited about: a photo booth run by Amanda Johnson, a local blogger and aficionado of all things retro. It's your chance to get your photo taken with friends on a lavish '60s couch, provided by Adam Hoover of Main Street Modern. Adam is providing other furniture for the event to really make it seem like you strolled through the Champion Event Center doors and into the 1960s.
So, why are we planning this fundraiser, you ask?
I think the Chamber says it best in its sponsorship announcement on our site: "To help the Chamber to continue to provide the North Canton community with exceptional events and programs that foster a strong sense of community and make our city a fantastic place to live and work."
The Mad Men theme really helps this fundraiser stand out from other events in the area, said Christina Weyrick-Cooper, outreach manager for the Chamber of Commerce and Mad Men fan. Plus, it appeals to not only those who've lived through the '60s, but those young'uns who didn't.
"I was hired here to reach out to younger people, to kind of bring in the younger crowd to the Chamber, because you typically don't think of the younger demographic supporting the Chamber," she said. "So we came up with this idea to do a Mad Men theme."
And I'm glad she did, because it's seriously going to be a blast. Even for those who don't know a lick about Mad Men, it's going to be an event full of good food, good music and good company. And who wouldn't enjoy that?
North Canton Gone Mad! at a glance:
What: '60s-inspired fundraiser through the North Canton Area Chamber of Commerce
When: 6 p.m.-10 p.m. April 14
Where: Champion Event Center, 340 Mississippi St. SE, North Canton
Tickets: Purchase your tickets here. If you come to the March 25 season five premiere party at the Barrel Room (7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.), you can get your tickets for $25.
Event site: http://northcantonevents.com/?cat=7