POINT PLEASANT — This year, prom season includes a new tradition in the area for those who aren’t in high school anymore.
The inaugural Twin Rivers Tower Prom was recently held at the apartment complex on Second Street in Point Pleasant, which is primarily a retirement community. The theme was “Another Time” and was an all-inclusive, free prom experience for anyone who wished to participate.
Amanda Jordan, complex manager, said in all, there were around 60 residents who participated, which was over half the building. Prom goers made dinner reservations on the first floor “restaurant” and were greeted by a hostess who sat them. There were so many residents who signed up, there had to be two dinner services.
“We wanted a total prom feel,” Jordan said, while sitting at the maitre d’s podium at the “restaurant.”
Jordan added, the company who owned the complex donated the food and volunteers helped collect used prom dresses from giveaways in the area. So, if anyone wanted to do a real prom dress, they had access to one.
Vada Nutter, a resident of the towers, has brought many new activities to the building, including the idea to do the prom after seeing it done in larger cities. Nutter, who was the driving force behind the night, helped decorate the “restaurant” and the actual prom area, which included a DJ spinning songs from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. There was even an after prom party on the patio where Coca-Colas in glass bottles were served.
And, what is a prom, without a queen? Anyone who wished to be prom queen put their name in a hat. The lucky lady picked at random to wear the tiara donated by Siders Jewelers was Linda Smith. Chosen as Smith’s prom court were residents Phyllis Coleman, Corky Baker and Gennie Wallis. The court received glasses which said “aged to perfection” and all ladies received roses.
Jordan said what began as an idea to, at the very least, provide an activity for residents quickly grew into more. She added, there was a “value they’ve (the residents) put on it (prom)” that translated into more.
She said the prom became the hot topic of discussion in the building, as did who was going, including sons and grandsons of the residents who were escorts for their prom dates in some cases. In fact there were several family members of residents who participated in the tower’s prom as well.
By the end of the night, those who never got to go to a prom finally had the opportunity and those who already went, got the chance to create a new memory.
Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at email@example.com.