The Lewiston Youth Advisory Council met its goals on Saturday, December 3 when it brought generations of Lewiston residents together, added to Lewiston’s arts and cultural scene, and creatively took a trip down memory lane to revisit Lewiston’s musical life from 1920 to the present.
The evening kicked off with a PAL HOP video followed by a slideshow with facts about Lewiston then and now. With displays, memorabilia, posters, dance demonstrations, food, and special guest Lewiston musical icon Carroll Poulin, the Lewiston Memorial Armory came alive as attendees enthusiastically reflected on memories and interacted with members of the youth council. Demonstrations of period dances were presented by Stan Teixeira and the Swing Dancers and Sandy Arthur’s School of Dance. Attendees of all ages also took to the floor for instructions on nostalgic dance moves. A musical finale was presented by local youth band Weatherhead.
Period food on tap consisted of root beer floats, popular in the 1950s; chocolate chip cookies that were invented in 1937; and whoopie pies that were invented in the 1920s. Attendees also participated in the placement of red or blue stars on a Lewiston timeline that indicated the year they were born in Lewiston or their favorite era in Lewiston. LYAC members also shared how much they’ve learned about Lewiston in planning for the event.