Knox Museum of Education’s Sock Hop benefit coming back

By Mike Steely

Senior Writer

Saddle shoes and penny loafers, poodle skirts, short shorts, stovepipe jeans, greased back hair on boys and teased hair for girls, early rock and roll, golden oldies, The Stroll, Doo-wop, the Mashed Potato, harmony and sideburns.

If these words mean anything to you then you are a child of the 1950s and there are two other words you probably remember fondly: Sock Hop.

“We’re thrilled to announce the return of a beloved tradition, our annual Sock Hop Fundraiser,” Knox County Museum of Education Executive Director Danielle Sherrell said recently. “This year, on Friday, June 7, starting at 6 p.m. the Sarah Simpson Professional Development Technology Center will be transformed into a nostalgic haven straight from the 1950s.”

The 8th Annual Sock Hop will also have a silent auction of local goods and experiences. It’s more than just music and dancing, it’s a celebration to support the Museum of Education. The museum features school memorabilia from all Knox County schools, everything from yearbooks to letter sweaters, school logos to news clippings of events.

Admission is $25 per person and food will be available to purchase. The Sock Hop runs from 6 to 9 p.m. The museum is operated by volunteers and is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The Sarah Simpson Building Museum of Education is located at 801 Tipton Avenue in South Knoxville, just off East Moody Avenue, and you can find it on the internet or get more information by calling (865) 579-8264.