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Friday Find – Time Machine

Yes, that’s right – my Friday Find this week is a time machine. A time machine named Frado’s Dining Lounge. I have passed Frado’s on many of my bike rides along the Welland Canal and always thought that I have to go there some time. Italian food right by the water – what more could you ask for, right?

It was not until this past Tuesday that I put the “should some time” into action, packed up my husband and made my way to Frado’s. It was the third Tuesday of the month and that means that you get live entertainment along with your Italian food, the Jimmy Marando Swing Band, an excellent group of Niagara musicians. I did not realize just how strange it is for somebody who is U30 or as it turns out anybody U60 to get excited for a night of live swing music. The big, charming room with windows overlooking the canal was packed with senior groups and couples – so much so that part of me wanted to back out of the room right then and there.

I did not realize just how strange it is for somebody who is U30 or as it turns out anybody U60 to get excited for a night of live swing music.

What happened next was worth the momentary awkwardness: As soon as the band started playing the first beats of “Straighten Up and Fly Right”, the dance floor was packed with couples dancing swing steps that could only possibly be so smooth and synchronized after years of dancing through life together. I am talking actual dance moves here – no shaking or wiggling, but instead gracious, light-footed dancing, following the sound of the music.

My grandparents always talked about going to “dances” and here I was – back in the 60s? 70s? at a real dance. I ended up having an unexpected, wonderful night of being brought back to a time when all you needed for a fun night out was some good live music and a dance partner.

It will be unlike anything you have ever experienced (unless you are… well, old) but you should definitely check it out! Third Tuesday of the month – I’ll see you in the time machine on August 18th!