Celebrate the season with the Chipola Appreciation Club’s “Endless Summer” dinner and dance, Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Marianna National Guard Armory.
Special guest for the evening is Sen. Bill Montford (Chipola Class of 1967). Just as the Beach Boys’ “Endless Summer” album reminds us of a simpler time with hits like “Surfin' USA” and “Be True to Your School,” this event will reunite old Chipola friends and alumni for a relaxing evening to establish an endowed scholarship honoring Sen. Bill Montford.
The Villagers, a popular Chipola band from the 1960’s which is also being honored, will provide the perfect musical backdrop for the occasion. The Villagers are celebrating their 50th anniversary with the release of a new album. Original Villagers -- Cliff Ellis of Chipley, Allen Myers of Malone, George Boyer of Port St. Joe, Walter Dover of Quincy and Andy Murray of Chattahoochee -- will perform their favorite tunes, including their hit song “Laugh It Off.”
Appreciation Club President Robert Trammell says, “Even though music has changed dramatically during Chipola’s 60-plus years, the bonds and friendships built here have remained constant.” Trammell points to the commitment of alumni and supporters as the key to the college’s success. “Without strong support from our people, Chipola would not be what it is today. Our athletic programs would be unable to perform at the national level,” he added.
Chipola College began in 1947 and has enjoyed more than 67 great years, including numerous state and national athletic titles – with hundreds of individual success stories among its graduates.
Tickets are $50 per person, with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner. Tables of eight are available for $400. Summer casual attire is recommended. Jackson County’s famous smoked steaks will be served.
For ticket information, call Lillie Hamil at 850-718-2375.