Giveaway: Rock of Ages tickets and Dinner at Bordinos!

Mamas, are you ready to ROCK?

Because we’ve got two tickets to the opening night performance of the off-Broadway hit musical Rock of Ages on Tuesday, November 15th at 7 p.m.! And we’re pairing this incredible show with an equally incredible dinner at Bordinos, just steps away from the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. One of our rockin’ Motherlode mamas is going to win both the tickets and the $50 dinner gift card at the end of this week! Value on this giveaway package is more than $150. Woo-hoo!

This is an AWESOME date night or girls’ night out, especially if you love the 80s or 80s music. Remember these trends?

  • You loved your Cabbage Patch doll.
  • You really, really wanted a Swatch Watch.
  • You once wore frosted blue eyeshadow.
  • You had a drawer full of neon socks.
  • You remember when ATARI was SO cool.
  • The phrase “Wax on, Wax off,” makes sense.
  • You owned cassette tapes.
  • You know who shot J.R.
  • Your bangs used to defy gravity.

ABOUT THIS SHOW: This 80s-inspired musical (which is now becoming a movie starring Tom Cruise) was a huge hit on Broadway and was nominated for five Tony awards. It’s a feel-good love story set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip. A small town girl meets a big city rocker and they fall in love in L.A.’s most famous rock club. Their story plays out to some of the greatest songs of the 80s by bands including Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and lots more. (Note that this show has some mature content, so be sure to leave the kids with a sitter!)

The New York Times called this show “Impossible to resist” and the magazine Time Out says it’s “rock and comedy in perfect proportion.”

ABOUT THE FOOD: Speaking of perfect proportions and things that are impossible to resist, have you been to Bordinos lately? It’s our go-to restaurant for those times when we want the perfect metropolitan atmosphere combined with flavorful Italian food that’s sophisticated but never stuffy or pretentious. Plus, you just can’t beat the service there. The servers seem to know that a mama’s night out on the town is something to be savored and treasured, so they treat a mama right! Be sure to save room for Bordinos legendary desserts. Click here to see the menu.

HOW TO ENTER: To throw your name in the online “raspberry beret” (made famous by Prince in 1985), just click the big orange comment button below and tell us what your favorite fad from the 80s was. (Trapper Keepers, shoulder pads, acid-washed jeans, banana clips, parachute pants, etc. And does anybody besides us remember trading “friendship beads” with your BFFs in elementary school?)

Or if you’ve blocked the 80s fads from memory or are too young to remember, tell us your favorite hit song from the 80s. (“We Built This City,” by Starship; “Wanted Dead or Alive,” by Bon Jovi…. both of those are in the musical, by the way!)

Remember, winners are ALWAYS chosen at random, so don’t stress out about your answer. Just have fun with it. You can also enter via email by sending your answer to

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS: As always, you can increase your odds of winning just by helping us spread the word about the giveaway to your fellow mamas. Send your friends an email letting them know about the giveaway and be sure to put on the CC line so we can give you an extra chance to win for each person you tell.

If you’d like to take luck out of the equation, you can still order tickets for this show. Just click HERE to check on ticket availability or call the Walton Arts Center box office at 479-443-5600. We’ll see you at the show!!


  1. There were SO many fads in the 80s… it seems like there aren’t as many now, but I could just be out of touch. I collected pins/buttons. I was too cheap to buy t-shirts at every concert I went to, so I bought those instead. And decorated my thrift-store jacket lapels, my Boy-George-Style hats and scarves… And gloves. Loved me some fingerless gloves. 🙂

  2. So many to choose from…
    Debbie Gibson, Tiffany and WHAM were my favorites. BIG boom boxes. Ear “wings”. Tee Slides, Colored writing paper (remember sending your bff a pink note!?), Girl Talk, Pebbles, Esprit, and Andrew McCarthy (sigh…).

  3. LOVED the 80’s. Of course I had trapper keepers, friendship beads w/my friends and EVERY shirt had shoulder pads. The music was GREAT–still listen to some of it now 🙂

  4. Can’t wait! This is going to be awesome. Thank you NWAMOTHERLOAD!! You ROCK

  5. Interlocked gummy bracelets, John Hughes movies, ripped off-the-shoulder sweatshirts inspired by Flashdance, and the one-hit wonder song “When I’m with You” by Sheriff.

  6. OK after reading the remember lines yes I do remember them all. The tall bangs especially who would have the tallest get the RULER girls.
    This would be so much fun and the memories so good.
    WOW what a night.I will get my swatch watch out today.

  7. I must admit that I was more a child of the 90’s than the 80’s however I did love my leg warmers, and the best part are they are coming back and I can put them on my little girl!

  8. There is so much about the 80’s that I loved! The Bee Gees, Journey, White Snake. I loved the hair, shoulder pads…..who can forget them on Dynasty?!
    The 80’s were such fun to grow up in….but not dangerous like things are today!
    I would LOVE to win this prize and go back into the 80’s for an evening!!!
    Thank you!
    Karen Tanner

  9. I loved Acid wash jeans and feathering my hair. sigh, the good ole days!

  10. I think I really enjoyed wearing leggins and large t-shirts. Putting my hair to the side of my head and using those rings you can put your shirt in to make it look more girly.

  11. I miss sweat suits….matching pants and tops/jackets. Took all the guess work out of picking out clothes. Whether parachute material or velour…..My kids have warned me if I ever don one of these “suits” they will disown me! 🙂
    Love that my 12 year old has leg warmers!!!

  12. Leg warmers and jellies were my absolute faves. And anything Bon Jovi or Poison. I still love Bret Michaels.

  13. “I wanna Rock & Roll all night, and party everyday”…I wanna go go go and take my son we love to rock out together…yeah!!!

  14. Oh my! It would be like totally awesome and rad if I could win!!!! I want to go so bad but can’t afford
    The tickets.

    Fave fad would be tight rolling jeans 🙂

  15. Driving my red Firebird with T tops around Murphy Park in Springdale, listening to RUSH or REO Speedwagon.

  16. Trapper Keepers were a must have back to school item. Also loved my jelly shoes!

  17. I LOVED the Big Hair of the 80’s…….still do ! Can’t forget Guess Jeans and jelly shoes either….those were the good old days !

  18. Of course the 80s hair bands were the best thing out of the 80s!! 😉 Motley Crue, Poison, Guns N Roses, Whitesnake, KISS, etc….

  19. I probably remembered this because of your mention of cabbage patch kids, but anyone remember us guys had an alternative to that maddness. Trading cards of garbage pail kids. Loved MJ, my mullet (don’t judge me now…) & nintendo with Mike Tysons Punch Out game.

  20. I LOVE JOURNEY!!!!! Wanna win tickets really bad- I need a girls’ night with my BFF.

  21. I loved my floral romper, my crimp iron and layered my socks in multiple colors too.

  22. Hypercolor shirts and Aqua Net hairspray! MTV played music videos ALL day long.

  23. Jack and Diane might be my favorite song from the 80’s. I rocked the Madonna look, had shoulder pads, big hair, neon colored shirts, acid washed jeans and thought guys with mullets were hot!

  24. I was very proud of my feathered bangs! Loved (and still do) anything by Journey, and must agree with the Andrew McCarthy comment 😉

  25. The big hair, the clothes, I loved the shoulder pads in jackets/blazers. Your entire wardrobe was with a blazer, jeans, skirts, everything!

  26. I remember how much the teachers Hated Trapper Keepers. And how my older sister & friends would make the bathroom unusable b/c of their hairspray sessions! One of my earliest memories is the 84 Olympics on TV. And of course Van Halen, Prince, journey & Michael Jackson on the radio!

  27. I wore lots of neon in the 80’s…and slouch socks over stirrup pants! 🙂 This show is one that my husband would actually like!! We need a date night…Thanks!

  28. I loved the Madonna look. I wore a lace ribbon in my hair every day! I still have tons of 80’s music on my iPod!

  29. I am such an 80s music fan and this would be a great date night for me and my hubby. Count me in (name in the hat)

  30. I loved all of the bright colors and big hair! I hope all of the bright colors come back soon!!

  31. Friendship beads were the best! And… I still have mine. Trapper Keepers were also great – had to have a new one every year! 🙂

  32. I loved the 80’s! Liked big hair–can’t go wrong with some ratting and hair spray, and shoulder pads made waist lines look smaller, and the scrunchies and banana clips. Oh, and the music was GREAT!

  33. Because my hair is naturally big, I would have to say Big Hair is my favorite fad. My hair is so 80s even today.

  34. I was so in love with big hair, but those days it needed tamed a little, I had an abundance of banana clips!!!!

  35. Big hair was in and one of my favorite songs was “You Give Love a Bad Name” by Bon Jovi.

  36. I’m going to have to go with my Keds shoes:) I loved them! I especially liked the leather ones:)

  37. Slap Bracelets were my favorite thing from the 80’s!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  38. The awesome teen romantic comedies. Adventures in Babysitting, Can’t buy me love, and soooo many more!

  39. I loved the 80’s. I would say the big hair bags and wings with Aqua net hair spray. I also loved the tight bottom rolled up jeans with the socks pulled up over them. 80’s Rocked!

  40. PERMS! Look at the yearbooks, there was simply no other option. I had straight, fine hair and a perm wouldn’t last more than a few weeks in my hair….it was devastating!

  41. The 80’s Rocked! I was infatuated with the music and the hairstyles, especially Madonna! The fashion was colorful, big and bold and so was the HAIR! Still some of my favorite music – Bon Jovi, Madonna, MJ, George Michael…I love the 80’s!!

    Let’s have an 80’s party!!

  42. IT’S so hard to choose one!! The music is still the best ever- movies too. I loved my parachute pants & fur coat (lol in Houston TX, lol!) and named my CPK after my boyfriend. I’ve already got my 10 m/o 3 CPK’s…. 🙂

  43. My favorite fad (at the time) was the spiral perm with the frizzed out bangs. I thought I looked so good with my hair like that! Crazy!

  44. Getting together with my friends and being so excited to see the premiere of Michael Jackson’s “THRILLER” video! ha I wasn’t really a fan, but that video was great! Also, leg warmers, high top Reeboks, feeling so cool wearing my sister’s IZOD and ESPIRIT clothes, Roller Skating & that wonderful Spandex. What were we thinking? :/

  45. Ok, so I was really young in the 80’s…I’ll admit it, but what I remember most was putting on 3 pairs of socks, all different colors, slap bracelets & the shirt ties! Also, Hypercolor shirts were the best! I loved the 80’s and everything about that time. When I was older during most of it!

  46. Favorite Fad from the 80’s was curling my hair, wearing leggins. Listening to “The Cars” cranked in my Plymouth Scamp. I would sneak in some Disco Music with Donna Summers Casettes when my “Punk/RockNRoll” boyfriend wasn’t around. He wore tight black jeans with a tweed blazer, sleeves rolled up and smoked clove cigarettes. He died his hair and looked a bit like Billy Idol.

  47. Favorite Song: Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield! My daughter is now hooked on it, too! 80’s Music was the BEST!!!!

  48. I love the big hair and big bows and bright colors and tennis shoes with skirts from the 80. Would love to take my teen and show her what great music was all about. 🙂

  49. I loved my Cabbage Patch babies! I still have them and my daughters play with them.

  50. My favorite 80’s fad had to be the perms and big bangs. I had them for years and now my kids laugh at my pictures. It took lots of Aqua Net to achieve that look.

  51. I am such an 80’s Child! It’s my favorite decade!! I would love to go see Rock of Ages!!!

  52. Oh yeah! I know who shot JR! The 80s were awesome and the hairbands were even better!

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