Lutheran Church brings residents back to the 50s

This past Sunday night New England went back in time to the 1950s as Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church hosted a Fabulous 50’s Drive-In and Car Show at the Lions Park.

A couple is served their food in their classic car during a 50s night in New England. (PHOTO BY RACHEL BOCK | The Herald)
A couple is served their food in their classic car during a 50s night in New England.
(PHOTO BY RACHEL BOCK | The Herald)

By RACHEL BOCK | Herald Reporter

This past Sunday night New England went back in time to the 1950s as Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church hosted a Fabulous 50’s Drive-In and Car Show at the Lions Park. Approximately 40 classic cars lined both sides of Main Street, and roughly 300 people came out to enjoy a burger, fries and floats that were served by Car Hops.

A majority of the people chose to have the authentic Car Hop experience by eating their meal in their vehicles, while others chose to sit on the picnic tables inside the pavilion at the Lions Park.

For Herb Kleinwaechter of Dickinson, he and his wife drove their 1950 Ford Pickup to New England to bring back memories of eating at a Drive-In. They decided to eat their burger and fries in their pickup and remember what is was like to go to a drive-in restaurant and be served by Car Hops.

“I wanted to try this Car Hop, it’s been 50 years since I have been in one,” Kleinwaechter said. “This is fun, I hope they do it more often.”

The event started a couple of years ago as a fundraiser to repair the church parking. A committee was formed, and they came up with the idea of having a 50s themed drive-in night. The first time the event was held, it was so popular people were asking them to have another one.

“It was so popular and people enjoyed it, people came down with their old cars and they said lets do this again,” committee member Nancy Belland said.

With new repairs needed for the church, the committee decided to bring back the favored event. It has been two years since they last hosted a drive-in. This year marks the third time that the Lutheran Church has had the Fabulous 50’s fundraiser.

To make the drive-in experience authentic, almost all of the workers were dressed in 1950s themed costumes. Some of the costumes were borrowed from Bowman High School that were used during their production of Grease. However some of the Car Hops didn’t have to borrow any clothing as they were able to wear their original clothing that they had saved from the 1950s.

Jawayne Sahr from Dickinson found out about the Fabulous 50s night from a flyer she received while working as a church secretary in Dickinson. Sahr, her husband Tom, and the couple’s friend Troy drove the Sahr’s 1953 Ford Sunliner Convertible down to New England to enjoy the Car Hop event. The Sahr’s even had an original drive-in tray that hung on their car window that they used years ago when they attended drive-ins in Dickinson.

“Good to bring back the old days, this is the way to do it,” said Troy who drove the Sahr’s Convertible from Dickinson to New England.

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