Planning a Barbie night out?

Susan EspirituOur Town Youth, West Knox County

Barbie was introduced by Mattel in 1959 and soon became the iconic doll that captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of little girls. Barbie was envisioned as a teenage fashion model and has undergone numerous transformations and adaptations to reflect changing times and cultural shifts including a multitude of professions, from astronaut to veterinarian.

My mom bought the Barbie and Ken doll and clothes in 1967. I might have just shed a tear or two when I looked up their current value, even in poor condition. I unashamedly sold them to a neighbor friend for a $1, because I wanted to buy some suckers at Hills Grocery Store (across from Pratt’s), and I really didn’t play with dolls. Guess I was the sucker in that story.

Now, we have the Barbie movie showing at local theaters. Mamas who grew up with the Barbie revolution are planning special events for their friends and their daughters. I saw one mama planning a Barbie Movie Night Party inviting everyone to come dressed in Barbie outfits ready to enjoy pink cupcakes with pink lemonade. Guests will head to the movie following refreshments.

If you are curious, Barbie the movie comes out in theaters on Thursday, July 20. Might be an interesting night out to be a people watcher on Barbie night.

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