Friggatriskaidekaphobia is the fear of the 13th day of a month falling on a Friday — a day when the superstitious tend to avoid black cats. Well, if black cats were being avoided, Black Cows were being embraced as members, friends and supporters of the Burbank Elks gathered at their Hollywood Way lodge for a 1950s-themed dinner dance on Friday the 13th.
As bobby-soxed, poodle-skirted and bowling-shirted folks arrived at the lodge, they were greeted by Kelly Loporchio and Brittney Peale who were delving out the Black Cows — a concoction of soda, ice cream, chocolate syrup and whipped cream that became a staple of 1950s malt shops. Charlene Peale, who serves as the exalted ruler of the Burbank Elks, then welcomed club members and their guests who enjoyed a dinner of typical '50s diner fare including burgers, hot dogs, chili fries and onion rings.
Following dinner, singer K.C. Phillips took to the stage and got couples swingin' on the dance floor to his renditions of the songs from the decade that gave birth to rock 'n' roll. Among those who twisted, bopped, strutted and strolled were Jeri and Richard Darling, Dean and Lynn Shelby, Jim VanNiekerk and Ronnie Roth, and Lois Ohrenstein and Don Bodeau.