Sliding for a record

Published 9:24 pm Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pat Hollowell has a challenge for area residents. She wants them to do the Electric Slide — in record numbers.

The Washington resident is organizing an event to break the world record of 1,100 people doing the popular line dance at once. She considers Friday’s Music in the Streets the perfect opportunity to break the record.

“I know it sounds like a lot, but I went to the Summer Festival last weekend and there was a good eleven hundred people here just sitting around listening to music. It can be done,” Hollowell said.

Registration for the event begins at 6 p.m. at the corner of Market and Main streets. The dancing starts about 7:30 p.m. and will not last more than 10 minutes.

Hollowell said she has had an amazing response from the public — and public figures.

“William Pitt (a Washington City Council member) said he put it out on five county websites,” she said.

Hollowell started planning the event after reading about an Arizona community that set a record with 1,100 people and used the event as a fundraiser.

Hollowell will collect donations for Relay for Life. But the event is not about the fundraising or the breaking record to Hollowell. It is about the fun.

“I don’t want to keep anybody from dancing by charging a fee. I just wanted to make it a fun event,” Hollowell said. “It’s just about having a good time and seeing what we can do.”

For more information about the record attempt, contact Hollowell at 945-5936.

The musical lineup for this month’s Music in the Streets includes The Shakedown (performing on the main stage), the Durham-based Squier Red and the Blues Band, Charlie Duzan, solo act Suns of Vacation, Band of Leftovers, Donnie Harris, BrySch, Michael Lane Band, Dr. DC (David Cox).

Music in the Streets runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the third Friday of each month from April through October. The Washington Harbor District Association organizes Music in the Streets.

Other Music in the Streets events are scheduled for July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 21 and Oct. 19.