This year marked the third year that families from the Funky Minds joined to celebrate the holiday with residents of the local senior citizen center. It started during one of the monthly baking days together as some of the ladies were sharing memories of the Riverside Ballroom. The ballroom, lost during a 1985 fire, had been the local gathering place since WW1 hosting many weekend dances and wedding receptions. That discussion led to “recreating” the ballroom for one night at the center.

This year the woman behind the Funky Minds, Anna, gathered her hostess volunteers to serve treats to the residents. The treats included: cookies, punch and a chocolate fountain. Note the beautiful gowns displayed as part of the decorating.

A local swing dance club was there showing off their moves and dancing with the guests.

Ellie was one of the first ones out on the dance floor with our friend, Katy. Katy is an Americorps Volunteer in our area. Americorps volunteers serve in local communities much like the Peacecorps does overseas. It you’d like to learn more about Americorps see HERE (for Americorps)

It was heartwarming to see my two girls together having fun just being sisters. Ellie wore her new outfit and showed off her skirt in all of it’s spinning perfection.

Anna got a dance lesson. It was serious dancing, the heels came off!

It was a sweet night.