Winnwood Community relives ‘Happy Days’ at sock hop
by Sally Litchfield
July 22, 2014 09:43 PM | 1853 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The dining room at Winnwood Retirement Community of Marietta on Whitlock Avenue was recently transformed into an old-fashioned diner to which The Fonz from “Happy Days” would give a thumbs up and an “Ay!” The independent and assisted living facility conducted its Third Annual Sock Hop. Residents enjoyed a lunch of hamburger sliders, chips, popcorn, and root beer and coke floats. DJ Hal Mealor of Halco Services Incorporated entertained with sounds from the past. Elvis even made a guest appearance. Resident Judy Cox won first prize for best dressed in a black and white polka dot dress and matching headband.


On Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. get your caboose over to the 2nd Annual Railroad Rendezvous at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, 2829 Cherokee St. in downtown Kennesaw (exit 273 on Interstate 75).

The family friendly event features a range of indoor and outdoor events, including live railroad music, operating model train layouts and a hobo jungle where re-enactors will offer tales about life on the rails, teach guests the hobo language and help visitors make their own Bindle sack. This year, guests will also have the rare chance to climb aboard the General locomotive.

Museum admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, and $5.50 for children ages 4-12 and free for children three and younger as well as museum members; coupons and discounts will not be accepted on the day of the event.

For more information, contact or call (770) 427-2117, ext. 3058.


Cobb County Master Gardeners is starting a new book club that is free and open to the public. The debut of the “Thyme to Read Book Club” is Aug. 8 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cobb Water Lab, 660 South Cobb Drive, Marietta.

Books selected for the fall are “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh on Aug. 8; “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson on Sept. 12; “The Forgotten Garden” by Kate Morton on Oct. 10; and “The Founding Gardeners” by Andrea Wulf on Nov. 14.

Interested parties are also invited to stay after the book club for the Lunch and Learn, an hour-long presentation on a plant-related subject. (That schedule and directions can be found at It is also free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Beth St. Jean at

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.

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