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Attendants of the "Toes in the Sand" themed Flashback Friday event boogie to the last dance of the night, Friday at Onslow Beach. The free event offered a place to socialize and dance, food and beverages, as well as $1 beverages from 8 to 11 p.m.

Photo by Cpl. Miranda Blackburn

Base patrons get down during Flashback Fridays

16 Jul 2011 | Cpl. Miranda Blackburn

The sounds of the South rang through the air of Onslow Beach, Friday, during the monthly Flashback Friday summer event.

Dubbed as "Toes in the Sand," it was the second Flashback Friday of the summer, and featured country music.

The free event offered a place to socialize and dance, food and beverages, as well as $1 beverages from 8 to 11 p.m.

Patrons of all ages danced to everything from George Strait to Taylor Swift during the beach party located at the gazebo near the basketball courts.

Couples two-stepped to love songs and rowdy friends danced to upbeat line dances like country legend Steve Earle's "Copperhead Road."

Attendants were encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets and coolers with food and beverages.

"It's been a really great event so far," said Laura Whiteside, attendant of the Flashback Friday event. "Most of the older folks are just having a good time relaxing and laughing at us (making) fools of ourselves."

Throughout the night, the crowd became smaller and smaller but the fun didn't dwindle.

"We do these events so the base personnel can get together and have a good time," said Chris Usry, Onslow Beach manager. "They can socialize, meet new people, dance and listen to some good music at the beach on a Friday night."

Until the final song was played, the humor and smiles were never ending.

Three-year-olds taught grown men how to "dougie" and groups of Marines struggled to catch the beat while learning to square dance.

"It's been awesome," said Pfc. Kevin Sholtz, attendant of the Flashback Friday event. "I haven't stopped laughing all night. Normally I would be off base spending a ton of money on a Friday (night), but instead I'm here having just as much fun for free."

Good Vibrations is the theme for the next Flashback Friday, scheduled for Aug. 26, and will feature beach and shag music.

For more information on upcoming beach events, call 440-6546.