WATERVILLE — The poet Robert Frost likened the month of April to a time when you think you’re headed into summer and in the next breath, you find yourself back in winter.

Well, the Waterville Main Street program has an antidote to this spring’s unpredictable weather, where there have been 80-degree days one week and frigid ones the next: the Aloha Spring Dance Party.

“There will be palm trees and flamingos,” said Shannon Haines, executive director of Waterville Main Street. “It’s going to be a really great time, I think.”

Revelers may wear beach-themed clothing to the event, proceeds of which will benefit the nonprofit Main Street program.

The dance is organized by Waterville Main Street’s 10-member promotion committee, which dreamed up the idea for the fundraiser and is headed up by chairwoman Lisa Oakes.

The event replaces another Waterville Main Street fundraiser.

“We decided to discontinue Seize the Mic,” Haines said Monday. “Other people started their own karaoke contests, so it seemed like our event had run its course and other people were filling the role. If it (dance) goes well, I could definitely see it being an annual event.”

Haines said the dance will not only help to brighten people’s spirits, but it also will help Waterville Main Street continue with its year-round efforts to revitalize the downtown.

“Everyone is welcome,” she said. “There’s plenty of room. It’s going to be a really fun evening.”

The festivities, to benefit the nonprofit Main Street program, will start at 8 p.m. Saturday at Hathaway Creative Center on Water Street and continue until midnight.

Those who attend will dance to beach-themed music by DJ Josh Hunt, sip summery drinks at Silver Street Tavern’s cash bar, munch on light snacks and vie for a variety of door prizes and giveaways, including tickets to a Red Sox game, a AAA membership and tanning salon privileges.

Area businesses donated prizes and gifts for the dance, which will be on the first floor of Hathaway, according to Haines.

Tickets are $10 a person and may be purchased by calling Waterville Main Street at 680-2055, going online at watervillemainstreet.org or buying them at the door.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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