Seniors twist and shout at the End of Summer Dinner Dance

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Glastonbury - posted Wed., Sep. 18, 2013
Mary Gill, Carmen Vernali and Sharron Best enjoyed dinner and dancing. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Mary Gill, Carmen Vernali and Sharron Best enjoyed dinner and dancing. Photos by Lisa Stone.

Seniors kicked up their heels at the Glastonbury Senior Center’s End of Summer Dinner Dance on Sept. 12 at the Riverfront Community Center.

Seniors partied the night away to oldies but goodies, as well as current top musical hits.  By the end of the night, the dancers formed a chorus line and kicked away to Frank Sinatra’s hit, “New York, New York.” One dancer in the chorus line was Joe Milch. “Once I get going, I can’t stop,” said Milch.

Performer Dave Mindell goes by the stage name “Rockin Robin.” “The people really love him,” said Norma Carey, the senior center’s project coordinator. “We are all having such a great time. This was a fantastic way to kick off Senior Month. It is so great to see so many people here tonight. We made enough dinners for 80 people and there were 75. That includes the staff. That is awesome.”

The idea behind events such as this is to have seniors get out and meet other people, share some laughs and have something to look forward to as well as smile about when it’s done.

“When I came here tonight, I didn’t know anyone,” said Carmen Vernali. “This is wonderful. I now know many of these people and I am having fun dancing the night away. I got to have dinner with my two new friends, Sharron Best and Mary Gill. They should do this more often. I know I would enjoy it.”

A group of women were taking a moment to relax and enjoy watching the other dancers.  “The food was wonderful,” said Rhea Ward. “We had spare ribs, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, salad and brownies with ice cream. What an excellent meal.”

Doris and George Larson go to the senior center every day. “It gives seniors a reason to get out of the house,” said Doris. “We love coming to see our friends and making new ones.”

George added, “We come here for our meals. They are always very good.”

When asked about any future plans for dinner dances, the assistant programmer of the senior center, Barbara Evans, said, “We will have to do something really soon. We are thinking of having a dinner dance for the holidays. Maybe we will do a dance for the new year. We will be working on something real soon. It is so heartwarming to see the seniors having such a great time.”

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