Toga party to celebrate the launch of 'Animal House of Blues'

DEXTER, Ore. - Toga! Toga! Toga!

The Dexter Lake Club, made famous in the nightclub scene of the cult-classic Animal House, will host a party Saturday night that would make Bluto proud.

The party honors the release of the documentary film Animal House of Blues, a 60 minute documentary that tells the behind-the-scenes story of how residents of Eugene helped save the National Lampoon's film from being scraped.

Documentary producer Katherine Wilson also worked on the original film in 1978. She says the community helped save the film by donating their time and helping out.

"I just love Oregon and I love this community because people like my grandfather even showed up and helped, just out of the goodness of their heart," Wilson said.

To celebrate the release of the film, the Dexter Lake Club will be hosting a toga party starting at 5 p.m. Saturday night.

Current owners Gregg and Shannon Stewart have spent the last few years remodeling The Dexter Lake Club to make it look like it did in its glory days.

But over the years, the venue changed from a nightclub into other shops, like a bakery and a deli.

"This is one of the only standing buildings that are still left from the movie. A lot of them have been torn down, or names have been changed," Gregg Stewart said. "We actually turned it back into the Dexter Lake Club from 1977. That's when it's Zenith was."

Under the distribution of the Bosko Group, The Animal House of Blues is now available worldwide.

"That's when everyone remembered it, being from the movie, so it seemed like the only appropriate place to be able to have the documentary [launch party]," said Wilson.

Musician Otis Day, who sang memorable songs from the movie like "Shout," will be performing at the event.

Wilson said you can even spot the Deathmobile from the parade scene at the party.

The toga-themed launch party starts at 5 p.m., but Otis Day is scheduled to start around 6 p.m. Saturday.

They will screen the documentary at 8:30, followed by a blues jam session. All ages are welcome.