Team Bristol invites public to dance and ‘Bristol Stomp’

By LISA CAPOBIANCO

STAFF WRITER

Team Bristol has invited folks to show off their moves during its 7th Annual Bristol Stomp Dance.

The annual dance will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Bristol Polish Club where guests can dance to a variety of tunes from the 1950s to the 1970’s. Hosted by DJ Joann Stacey, the dance will feature an open bar, which is included in the event’s $18 ticket price. Guests are invited to bring their own snacks and goodies.

The open bar is a new highlight of the event this year.

“This is something that we’re trying for the first time,” said Tom LaPorte, a member of Team Bristol.

During the event, guests will have a chance to win raffles and free door prizes as well as other prizes for different contests. Guests are invited to dress in 50’s-style clothing.

“It’s going to be a fun time,” said LaPorte. “We’re hoping for a good turnout.”

Proceeds of Bristol Stomp will support the events and activities that Team Bristol organizes for the community.

“Bristol is obviously our focus, but we also are…engaged in participating in other civic activities,” said LaPorte, adding that the group’s car show in June was a “resounding success” with over 200 cars participating and thousands of spectators.

What began in 2010 as a committee to celebrate Bristol’s 225th anniversary turned into a core group of volunteers that organizes affordable events that bring the community together, including the annual Car Show & Craft Fair. The first event sponsored by the committee was a car show on North Main Street, led by businessman Bill Englert, who passed away in 2014.

Team Bristol recently brought a new member on board, former Bristol mayor Art Ward, said LaPorte.

“We call ourselves Team Bristol, but it’s truly a team effort. Everyone contributes to all of the things we’re involved in,” said LaPorte, adding that the group has an excellent relationship with the community.

The Bristol Stomp Dance will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m. at the Bristol Polish Club, located at 541 North Main St., Bristol. Tickets are available for $18 each at City True Value Hardware, located at 750 Farmington Ave. Tickets also are available at the door.