North Canton Gone Mad!

North Canton hosted the Mad Men themed event at the Champion Event Center. Check out our gallery for period style dresses, fun and photos.

I recently helped out with the 's event called "," featuring a Mad Men themed evening of music, food, drinks, raffles, dancing, costumes and games. Attendees to the event were encouraged to dress up in period attire and most guests complied with gusto!

Music was provided by , who played two sets. They got the crowd into the music and had a good sized crowd dancing for most of the night. When the crowd was too tired from dancing they lounged on the fantastic chairs and sofas brought in by Main Street Modern.

The back room featured four gambling tables with fake Las Vegas style chips, including Craps, Blackjack and Roulette.

Food for the evening was provided by  Legendary Pizza with items such as salad, pasta, meatballs and, of course, pizza. There was also a dessert table with items baked by members of the Chamber and volunteers and ice cream served up by Almost Heaven.

For the photos, I had decided to attempt a style that would be roughly similar to the style of the times. I did use a digital camera, but I only used two lenses for the entire evening, and no flashes. I used a Nikon 24mm F2 Ai lens from around 1979 and a Nikon 85mm F2 lens from 1977, both manual focus and aperture lenses. These are the oldest lenses that will work properly with my modern digital Nikon SLR and are similar to what a journalist would use in the '60s on a Nikon F or F2 film camera.

I also mainly used a custom black and white setting that I had developed that emulates Kodak Tri X, a common high speed film used by journalists in the '50s and '60s that is known for its grainy appearence and high contrast. It was introduced in 1954 for 35mm cameras. Because of these choices, I felt it gave the pictures an authentic moody, nightclub type feel.

Amanda Johnson was also on hand with a vintage photo booth. She has posted the pictures here.

Check out my pictures and let me know what you think!  If you took some pictures that evening, feel free to add them to the gallery!

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Michelle Simakis April 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Great photos, Rob!
Ashley Villers April 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM
These are fantastic photos, Rob! A little upset I am not in them... but, I'll forgive you... because I love that one of my mom with the cupcake and cigarette... it's like... how a fat Betty Draper Francis came to be. But seriously, Christina & everyone else involved, it was a great event!
Morgan Day (Editor) April 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Hey Ashley: Homework assignment! Post some photos that you took of you and Nick and of anyone else at the event. I'm hoping people will post their own photos to Rob's gallery today.
Megan Rozsa April 16, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Great photos, Rob! And great party Morgan, Christina, Joe, et al.!
Steven Combs April 16, 2012 at 01:43 PM
These photo's are fantastic. Rob you really captured the night perfectly, bravo.
Dave Snyder April 16, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Great work, Rob! Love these!
Amanda Johnson April 16, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I just love the photos Rob, and think you did an amazing job of capturing the style of 60's photography! A few of those photos look like they are straight from fifty years ago! Great job to everyone involved - I was so pleased to see it all come off well. And I agree that the band was AMAZING.
Nikki Ferrell April 16, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Great photos! I especially love the chocolate bundt cake in photo 4. Delicious!
Adam Hoover April 16, 2012 at 04:21 PM
great Photos love the one of the two guys in the chairs
Rob Netro April 16, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Oh heck, I'm sorry, I thought I did! Maybe I was thinking about the shot of your mom. I really liked that picture of your husband you posted on Instagram!
Rob Netro April 16, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Thanks everyone! Glad you guys enjoyed them, and thank you to everyone who put up their own pictures. It was a really neat event, looking forward to more from the NC Chamber!
Laura Z. April 16, 2012 at 07:19 PM
It was a blast! My face shows concern, but what it should be saying is "party of the year!"
Rob Netro April 16, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I'm glad you found your picture! I had decided to go for a more informal candid approach to the pictures, so I didn't have a chance to get everyones names.
Christina Weyrick-Cooper April 17, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Rob! The photos are fantastic! And thanks for the very kind comments everyone. We had a phenomenal committee!
Christina Weyrick-Cooper April 17, 2012 at 12:07 AM
That photo of Joe, Adam, Alex, and Matt behind the bar is so perfect. Love it, Rob!
Joe Rozsa April 17, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Rob, you've got skills man... those pictures are awesome!
Amanda McNair April 17, 2012 at 02:44 AM
This looks like it was a blast!! Wish we could have gone, but the pictures are amazing!!


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