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The Colton Cafe turns back the clock for '80s dance action - and there's more on the way.

By Cindy Fama

Talk about a 'blast from the past.'

Colton Cafe owner Nora Nofziger brought back the 1980s fun and funk when the Colton Cafe hosted a retro dance party for adults, age 21 and over, on July 22.

A dance area was made available in the middle of the outdoor dining venue. It was just the right place and the right time for everyone to "bust a move" to music provided by DJ Gil KMGC productions.

Many of those who showed up to enjoy the dance party came dressed to impress in '80s fashion, complete with fanny packs, leg warmers and shoulder pads. Some of the fun, vintage outfits were found at the Colton Clothes Closet.

COURTESY PHOTO: RHONDA DURHAM - The Colton Cafe was alive with the sounds of '80s music during a recent dance party. More events and music are coming to the cafe.

"I really appreciate Nora putting on these events for our community," Rhonda Durham said. "It really was great fun. Adults in the community, I think, were ready for some hair-down, hometown fun."

There will be another chance to Dance the Night Away with a second '80s dance party at the cafe from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 26.

The Colton Cafe Summer Fun Days continued with a family night July 31. The event included face painting and six carnival type games. Food and beverages were available as well as a benefit cotton candy stand.

Nofziger said a portion of the proceeds from the night went to the Volunteer Firefighters Association. There might be another family fun night this summer — stay tuned for updates.

The cafe still has two more concerts planned. One on Aug. 6 will feature Ditch Walkers, John Nilsen and Swimfish, and Park Road. The last concert will be Sept. 3 with Dennis Stafford and Fortunate Son, a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band.

Music starts at 3 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Down memory lane

John Archer, who graduated in the 1980s from Colton High School, was in town to help his mother, Virginia Roberts, with a move to a new home. Roberts' mother and father were the first owners of the Colton Cafe. Archer, wife Aimee, and Roberts stopped in the diner for a meal and to say goodbye.

"In 1950, my grandparents built a small cafe with living quarters in Colton, Oregon," Archer wrote in a social media post. "We (John and Aimee) took the time to walk down memory lane with mom and go visit the Colton Cafe. It is absolutely wonderful. The current owners have done an amazing job and serve delicious food. So many good memories were revisited."

Nofziger has kept the history of the cafe intact and has pictures of those early days in Colton displayed on the walls. She still uses the milkshake machine and has stayed as close to the original decor as possible.


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