SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES
Get ready to twist again! Tickets are now available for legendary singer and performer Chubby Checker’s “Twisting Thru the Decades” concert at the Athens Theater, 124 North Florida Ave., in downtown DeLand. The concert is Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for preferred-reserved seating, which includes orchestra center rows one through five and balcony center rows one and two, are $80. Tickets for general reserved seating are $65. Proceeds will benefit the Florida Hospital DeLand Foundation, which helps raise funds to enhance and expand the facilities and services at the hospital.
Fit at age 70
According to Florida Hospital DeLand President and CEO, Mark LaRose, the concert is a way to say thank you to the community.
“Our organization is, and always has been, about promoting good health and wellness,” LaRose said. “Chubby Checker’s ‘The Twist’ was the No. 1 song in 1962 when Florida Hospital DeLand opened 50 years ago. This event is just another way to say thanks to the residents of Volusia County for putting their trust in Florida Hospital DeLand for the last 50 years.”
Chubby Checker himself is very health conscious and believes that his years of doing the twist have helped him stay fit at age 70.
“I really do credit all my dancing for keeping me healthy,” said Checker. “I hope people get inspired at DeLand’s concert and start to dancing and twisting into better shape.”
‘Twistin’ in the streets’
Along with his Wildcats band, Checker will lead the attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for “the most people twistin’ in the streets at once.” To do that, more than 1,600 people twisting simultaneously are needed. In addition, Encore Catering in DeLand will provide health refreshments for this communitywide celebration and dancers from local studios will perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on an outside stage.
“We’re looking forward to breaking the world record, and branding DeLand once again as the destination for fun,” MainStreet Executive Director Jack Becker said.
Along with putting a healthy twist on the night, Florida Hospital DeLand will feature retro style musical entertainment for partyers to dance in the streets. Event attendees are encouraged to wear their best retro costumes and showcase their dance moves because prizes will be given out for both.
For more information about Florida Hospital DeLand’s 50th anniversary, visit www.fhdeland50.org. The box office is open Thursday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets also can be purchased online at www.athensdeland.com/Blurbs/chubby_checker.htm.