Old School: Hood River firefighter Paul Henke in his flashback to the '50s getup, complete with his 1955 Ford pickup. The annual Firefighters ball is Saturday at the Columbia Gorge Hotel, and the theme this year is .. you guessed it ... 1950s Sock Hop. Tickets for the dinner and dance fundraiser are still available but are selling fast. You can buy tickets until Friday evening at the Hood River Fire Department or the Columbia Gorge Hotel. Tickets at the door may or may not be available.