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F.O.G. Cycles Halloween Party

Written by  November 30, 2004

I’ve got to be honest with you. Halloween has lost much of its glamour for me, as I have grown older. The holiday was much more fun when I was getting candy as a child or soaping windows as a youth. The past few years, Halloween has relegated me to the position of chauffeur, and believe me, there is no fun in that. Fortunately, Frank Hicks of F.O.G. Cycles and Knuckleheads Saloon fame, gave me a reason to brighten up this year.

The F.O.G. Cycles Halloween Party was held the Knuckleheads Saloon on Friday, October 29. We spent several sunny afternoons at Knuckleheads this summer enjoying great music, food and drinks, while also keeping track of the roof being constructed over the concrete patio area. As the school year began and schedules tightened, we had not been able to get down to F.O.G. Cycles for several weeks. We were greeted by an excellent surprise the night of the Halloween party; the patio was now totally enclosed. With cool night temperatures and rain in the forecast, this was a most welcome addition.

Upon arrival we quickly found seats close to the corner stage where Rich Berry was cranking out some excellent blues. As a one-man act, he was excellent. I have listened to a wide variety of blues in the KC area, and Rick definitely stands out. His smooth vocals and flawless musicianship provided an excellent start to the evening. If you enjoy listening to a slide-played resonator, he is your man. The Elsea Smith Band took the stage next, playing the kind of blues that gets feet moving and puts bodies on the dance floor. They played several sets throughout the evening and sounded great.

Spooks and goblins of all shapes and sizes kept arriving all evening. Many of the costumes were some of the most original I have ever seen. It was even rumored that one of Cycle Connections’ photojournalists had her handcuffs out for the evening. Santa Claus, assuming the position, is a sight I won’t soon forget. Costumed partygoers received raffle tickets as they entered, to be used later in the evening. As we enjoyed cocktails and conversation with friends old and new, the Saloon really started coming alive. The between-sets entertainment was quite impressive, with Genita McCollough providing incredible tributes to Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson and Tina Turner. This was no spoof act either. The young lady can truly dance and sing, as evidenced by the applause she garnered.

Ballots were passed out during the evening, allowing all present to vote for their favorite costume. Cash prizes were awarded to the top three vote getters. Frank raffled off a couple of boxes of prizes and the ratio of winners in the crowd was impressive. We had an excellent time, but of course I am not surprised. If the party is at F.O.G. Cycles you can’t go wrong.

Be sure to check the schedule at F.O.G. Cycles and Knuckleheads Saloon for upcoming events.

Story and photos by Loney and
Stephanie Wilcoxson