Dance the Night Away in Falmouth
By: Christopher Kazarian
Fans of the jitterbug, soft shoe, and robot are invited to waltz on down to Kaleidoscope Toys tomorrow evening to dance for a good cause.
For one night only, starting at 6 PM and ending at 9 AM the next morning, the Main Street store is transforming itself into a discotheque—not in an effort to compete with the likes of The Beach House in North Falmouth, but as a way to raise money for those who may not be able to dance.
Kaleidoscope Toys Dance Marathon
When: 6 PM Saturday - 9 AM Sunday
Where: 208 Main Street, Falmouth
Participants are asked to bring a minimum donation of $10 per person to participate in an evening of dancing, food, drinks and prizes.
All money will go to support the Children’s Miracle Network for the Children’s Hospital in Boston.
For questions or to sign up, contact Michelle Deutschmann, owner of Kaleidoscope Toys, at (508) 548-5635.
This is the third year that college’s national honors society and fraternity has organized the event, but the first year that Robert, a junior at Wentworth, has been involved.
The idea is the brainchild of store owner Michelle P. Deutschmann to support a fundraiser, Phi Sigma Pi’s Dance Marathon, which her son, Robert Deutschmann, is taking part in at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.
Funds raised from marathon go directly to the Children’s Miracle Network at Children’s Hospital in Boston, to which the Deutschmann family has a close connection.
A family connection
When he was 17 months old, Robert was diagnosed with Type I diabetes mellitus, nearly losing his life as his blood sugar reached abnormal levels and his body adjusted by breaking down its own proteins to provide enough energy to survive.
In asking people to support his efforts, Robert wrote that “paramedics rushed me to Children’s Hospital, where doctors and nurses monitored and stabilized my blood sugar levels.”
“Now I am nearly 23 years old, and I’m grateful to be alive and well,” he continues. As a token of appreciation for the efforts of Children’s Hospital, he is participating in the dance marathon, noting that “we dance for those who can’t.”
After reading his entry, Ms. Deutschmann said she was compelled to help and get others in Falmouth involved as well, but she knew that simply asking for money would be difficult.
“We are all in a tough position. It has been a quiet winter on Main Street, so cash is not readily available,” she said.
She first elected to donate light-up Hawaiian leis to her son’s dance marathon, but wanted to do more.
Marathon reduced to 15 hours
That is when she decided to hold a “sister” event in Falmouth, pared down from the one in Boston. While Wentworth students will be dancing for 24 hours and have been asked to adhere to the continuous “marathon” nature of the event, Ms. Deutschmann is being more realistic.
Falmouth’s version will be more bearable, lasting only 15 hours, and giving participants the chance to dance as much, or as little, as they want to.
There will be a minimum suggested donation of $10 per person, as well as another as-yet undetermined fee for families, which will pay for food, the opportunity to play games and the potential to win prizes.
For an extra donation, Ms. Deutschmann said attendees can purchase time to dance in the big picture window, where she estimated up to six people could fit.
The scene could definitely invite stares of curiosity from those walking by along Main Street.
Music will be provided by DJ Sister Spin, whom some may also know as Falmouth Police Officer Cheryl A. Atherton.
As far as what genres will be played, Ms. Deutschmann said all types, from oldies to hip-hop and everything in-between.
She plans on clearing out the middle of the toy store, pushing back all displays to create a makeshift dance floor that will be replete with strobe lights and disco balls.
As for her dancing skills, Ms. Deutschmann admitted, “I’m not fabulous,” although she does have a preference for ballroom dancing after a class she took this fall from Ellen Brodsky through the Falmouth Night School.
“I like ballroom dancing, swing and the fox trot,” she said.
No plans for Kaleidescope Disco
She may have competition from her daughter, Alison Deutschmann, 17, a senior at Bishop Stang High School in Dartmouth.
“She will try to rule the music,” she said. “She’s into hip-hop and the current music and they do all their crazy dances.”
Children under the age of 14 can come until 9 PM, she said, and they must be accompanied by a parent.
There is no set time for participants to stay, Ms. Deutschmann said, although she recommended that those who want to remain the entire 15 hours should bring a lawn chair.
If all goes well, would Ms. Deutschmann consider turning Kaleidoscope Toys into the next hot dance club in town?
“No,” she laughed without hesitation. “Toys are more fun.”
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