Salem 'senior' prom an event for the ages
Joseph DiPrima shares a lively dance with Mary, his wife of 58 years, during the Ingram Senior Center's “Senior Prom” on Friday. (APRIL GUILMET PHOTO)
And as disk jockey Jason McCollin turned up the volume of “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” and couples flooded the floor, the years began to melt away –and the Ingram Senior Center’s 2014 “Senior Prom” was officially underway.
School staffer Janine Parent, who oversees the 100-member club with Diana Jeans, said the prom, where local seniors dress up in formal attire and hobnob with high school students, has become a popular annual tradition in recent years.
Jeans said the prom is now in its fourth year and the event gets a little bigger each time, with plenty of area businesses stepping up to lend a hand.
Door prizes of gift cards from local shops and restaurants, and an ice cream sundae bar rounded out the night’s festivities.
Senior Connor Sheehy said he enjoys hearing the stories some of the older guests often share: memories of their original prom days long gone by.
Fellow senior Brittney Fleming said last year’s event was an eye opening one, as she hadn’t realized so many of the guests would be so eager to get on the dance floor. “It’s so fun to see how much they love dancing,” Fleming said. “They really feel like they’re at a real prom.”
Local couple Alice and Leo Moisan, who have lived in Salem for over 50 years, said they haven’t missed a “senior prom” yet.
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