Moonlight at the Ranch VII: ‘Disco Fever!’ theme for Sept. 21 celebration
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: February 06, 2013
You’ll want to mark you calendar with a fluorescent pen, polish your mirrored ball, break out those glittery platform shoes and get ready to shake your groove thing at Moonlight at the Ranch VII: “Disco Fever!”
The seventh annual Moonlight at the Ranch, benefiting the Santa Paula Police & Fire Foundation and Chamber of Commerce, will “Burn, Baby, Burn!” on Saturday, September 21 at Limoneira Ranch.
The celebration will start with snacks and no host beverages at 5:30 p.m., where you’ll get your groove on at Limoneira Park. At 7 p.m. you’ll boogie to the Courtyard in front of company headquarters, AKA Studio 54 where all the movers and shake-shake-shakers of the Disco Era partied down.
Tastings from dozens of fine regional eateries will be available and live entertainment will again be offered by Men on the Moon, who promise plenty of fabulous disco tunes as well as a skit to get the dance action going. No host bars, Silent Auctions and Raffles will round out the evening of living it up Disco style!
You’ll love the nightlife, you’ll want to boogie with a disco high at this annual party, Ventura County’s signature celebration.
Said Moonlight Chairman Rick Araiza, “We’re excited about our seventh year” and its salute to the music, characters and culture of the 70s. “Everyone loves disco music,” that Araiza, the city’s fire chief, said “burned up” the airwaves with its strong danceable beat.
So celebrated was disco that John Travolta striking a pose in a white bellbottomed suit as Tony Manero in front of a gigantic mirrored ball for the smash 1977 film “Saturday Night Fever” remains one of the iconic images of the 70s. The film’s soundtrack was dominated by the Bee Gees and propelled the English singing group to worldwide fame. That same year another cultural icon came into being: “Star Wars” was released and “May the Force be with you” became a popular catchphrase.
“We’re still looking for our Honorary Chairperson or persons,” said Araiza who noted that each year Moonlight offers wonderful guests. “For ‘Creatures of the Night!’ we had Bela Lugosi Jr. and Sara Karloff as our special guests” for the tribute to their late fathers, horror icons Bela Lugosi (Count Dracula) and Boris Karloff (Frankenstein’s Monster, the Mummy), and “We were so happy that they had a wonderful time.”
Then “In 2011 Frankie Avalon came and sang and partied with our guests” at the “Cruisin’ thru the 50s!” celebration, “and he said he would love to attend again.... Frankie was great.... The year before we had Kevin Costner for the ‘Roaring 20s’, another wonderful evening that a celebrity was so generous with their time to help our causes of public safety and economic vitality.... Moonlight,” said Araiza, “is like no other event... no matter what our theme, people have a great time they will never ever forget!”
Guests are encouraged to wear costumes or accessories that reflect the Disco theme or cultural and/or real characters of the 1970s, or just come as they are most comfortable, funky or not.
More information will be released in the future, but be sure to visit the Moonlight at the Ranch Facebook page (and Like us!) for updates and fun trivia related to the 1970s. The website www.moonlightattheranch.com is now being updated for our 7th annual celebration, and you’ll be able to enjoy photos and videos from past Moonlight events.