Senior Cabaret

Back in the day there was a big senior boys and girls themed dance each summer called the Cabaret.  It was reason for the guys to clean up, dab on the English Leather cologne, and be on their best behavior for some camp courtin’.  For the girls it was time to act disinterested in that interesting way.

Saginaw had a frugal tradition when it came to hiring talent for entertainment.  In the 1957 Island Cabaret iteration the counselor band in straw hats and floral shirts rang out “Dayo” and other Caribbean selections to set the tropical mood.

Bass-Marty "Muttle" Weinberg, Bongos-Hank Aberman, Big Bongo-Eddie Abrams, Drums-Connie Chalick. Singers struggling with the lyrics-Marty Miller, Jay Barry Janney, and Joel Levin
Bass-Marty “Muttle” Weinberg, Bongos-Hank Aberman, Big Bongo-Eddie Abrams, Drums-Connie Chalick. Singers struggling with the lyrics-Marty Miller, Jay Barry Janney, and Joel Levin

In 1960 the cabaret theme was Guys and Dolls and you can see the version of cool that pervades these images.  I am thinking a whole lot of long term and not so long term relationships started at these parties.

Hill 6: Ron Friedland, Louis Silverstein, Calvin Reichelle, Barry Hurowitz, David Lavine, Max Balotin, Jerry Phillips, Jerry Blumenthal, Harold Cohen, and Wayne Selncik
Hill 6: Ron Friedland, Louis Silverstein, Calvin Reichelle, Barry Hurowitz, David Lavine, Max Balotin, Jerry Phillips, Jerry Blumenthal, Harold Cohen,  Wayne Selncik, and Joey Long

I am thinking a whole lot of long term and not so long term relationships started at these parties.

The ladies flashing street fashion of the era include Sara Lukinson, Joan Mashbit, and Elaine Bagan
The ladies flashing street fashion of the era include Sara Lukinson, Joan Mashbit, and Elaine Bagan

In 1961 it looks like the theme might have been South Beach Miami about 50 years ahead of it’s time.

1961: Dickie Globman, Not Sure, Dave Katz, and Stan Bagan
1961: Dickie Globman, Not Sure, Dave Katz, and Stan Bagan
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