Dust off your Hats and Boots: These Boots are Made for Country Dancin’ at the Sacramento Elks Lodge


By Bia Riaz

If you missed a chance to dress up and celebrate any of the Halloween festivities around the city, you will have another chance right here, just steps from the Sacramento River, in the heart of Pocket. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge #6 (Sac 6) is hosting a country western dance and all are invited. On Nov. 18 from 5 to 11 p.m., grab your cowboy hats and boots and head to the Throw down at the Hoedown.

Dr. Kelly Byam, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and owner of Abel Pet Clinic, and Chairman of the event reported, “This is a fundraiser to benefit the lodge itself, so we can worry less about the bills and more about providing funds and volunteers for our charitable activities, anti-drug campaigns, veterans services, and scholarships. It’s our first. If it is successful, we will definitely do it again.”

The idea was born as a “result of brainstorming new and innovative events for the lodge to attract a young and active crowd, and came out of our enjoyment of country music. We have lots of dance events at the lodge, but nothing for younger folks-until now. We hope lots of people will show up for the Hoedown!” said Byam. They are expecting around 300 people to join the festivities.

Attendees of the event are sure to enjoy the variety of food and drinks being presented to appease dancing appetites. “The food will be provided by members of the lodge cooking crew, and our pit master will be Gina D’Arcangelo, our resident barbecue superstar. She has won many statewide barbecue championships, including the coveted first place Best in Show prize at the California State Fair. We will have DJ Patrick Contreras, who normally plays for the two-stepping crowd at Stoney’s Rockin Rodeo,” said Byam.

If you are worried about your line-dancing skills, Sac 6 has made arrangements to ensure everyone has a good time. “Before DJ Patrick starts, we will have an hour of line dance lessons by dance instructor Gerri Shapiro, a Pocket resident who has been teaching Line Dancing in her native Hawaii for many years. She has recently moved to the Pocket and we are very excited to have her teaching dances at our event. We will also have prize drawings, and photo ops with our cutout Cowboy and Cowgirl to memorialize your evening. We’ve even invented our own drink specials; the “Cowboy” (our spin on a Lynchburg Lemonade), and the “Cowsmo” (our spin on the Cosmo). VIP tickets are for 35$ each, or a table of 10 for $300. VIPs will get early admission, a swag bag with awesome goodies, including a certificate for one of our free gourmet Sunday Breakfast, and a complimentary drink, as well as a free ticket to one of our drawings,” added Byam.
General Admission tickets for $20 are available at the Lodge by calling 422-6666. Individual VIP tickets for $35 or reserved table of 10 tickets for $300 are available on on Eventbrite.(https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sac-six-hoedown-vip-admission-tickets-37568532492)

For more information about the event or Sac 6, please contact The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks by phone at 422-6666, by email at lodge@elks6.com or visit elks6.com. The Sacramento Elks Lodge #6, is located at 6446 Riverside Blvd.

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