|The dance floor was full all night long|
The Whittier Stake hosted a Valentine's Dance, titled "Heart and Memories" and, judging by how many people attended and how full the dance floor was, it was a complete success.
By the way, a "Stake" is made up of several congregations, or wards. It is similar to a Diocese. Whittier Stake covers the entire city of Whittier, California.
The idea for the dance came from our Stake President, President Powell. He remembered the dances the Stake used to put on years ago. He had fond memories of those dances and asked himself why they didn't do that anymore?
|Amy McKeon put together the lovely decorations|
He succeeded very well.
|The Singles' Ward performed an energetic swing dance number|
They were great!
|The Singles' Ward swing dancers were fun to watch|
Interspersed with the dance numbers throughout the evening were musical numbers of all kinds. It was highly entertaining and a great deal of fun.
The Mar Vista Singles' Ward evidently has many members who go Swing dancing on a regular basis. Their contribution to the evening was a lively Swing dance number. Those kids could really rock!
|Mary Beth and Bishop Dan|
We had so much fun!
|Evangeline and Deonne|
|The Garcias and Mary Beth|
|Randy and Bishop Patrick|
I was told that Amy's crew had set up chairs and tables to seat 220 people. These were all filled. At one point in the evening, Evangeline and I agreed there had to be at least 400 people attending!
|Jerry and Ellen|
As the band played oldies, Jerry played air piano and we sang along doing hand jives. I laughed a lot!
A singing group from from the Santa Gertrudes Ward called the Harmonics performed several numbers, including a few hits by the Temptations. They ended with a heartfelt rendition of "You Are So Beautiful", appropriately dedicated to all the ladies attending. They were really good!
I only wished I'd been able to take better photos of the event. I was severely limited by the low light conditions and my lack of good photographic equipment. I've fixed a few of the photos in Photoshop, but there is a limit!
|Evangeline cuts a rug with her handsome grandson, Christopher|
Another really fun aspect of the evening was that it crossed over all age groups. We had the 18 yr-old kids there from the Singles' Ward - and the gray-haired oldsters - and everyone in between. It really was fun to see.
|The Salsa Performers|
|Doing the Salsa|
There was also a fun Hip-Hop performance by the young people from the Rio Hondo Ward. They lent some humor, and gymnastic ability to the evening with their dance number.
|Rio Hondo Ward performing their Hip-Hop number|
|Rio Hondo strutting their stuff|
Refreshment tables, set up in the patio just off the cultural hall, had all kinds of finger foods - raw veggies, huge bowls of fruit, chips and dips, brownies, cookies and bite-size cheesecakes were some of the things I saw there. I found some cream puffs filled with ice cream that were really yummy. There was also a fruit punch and ice water for those who got dehydrated from all that dancing.
What a fun night! I actually danced - more than once! I mean, who can hear Wooly Bully performed and not get up and shake a leg!
I repeat, I can't remember the last time I had such a good time.
Thanks, President Powell. Ya done good.