Local dads and daughters enjoy annual dance
While I’m neither a dad nor daughter (although I am the proud, adoptive father to Miss Eleanor the cat) I figured it wouldn’t hurt to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit this past month and volunteer some of my time and energy at the annual Daddy-Daughter Dance. Besides, it was also a good excuse to trade in my Sorels for some dress shoes and my flannel for a shirt and tie. After all, it’s not that often that I get to dust off the fancy clothes here in the Fraser Valley.
The dance, now in its 13th year, managed to draw in a record number of attendees on Saturday, Feb. 6, when 225 girls – plus their dads – streamed through the doors of the Inn at Silvercreek for a night filled with dancing, food, games and crafts.
With a live DJ on site, daughters and dads could show off their best moves on the dancefloor, or mosey down the hall to test their luck at a game of Bingo or Plinko. For those who weren’t too worn out from dancing, there was even a moon bounce set up to burn off all the cupcakes, candy, and of course, pink lemonade. The entire night proved to be one that neither dads nor daughters would soon forget.
“I think the best part of the dance is the memories that it creates for the young girls,” said Rachel Cook, Youth Program Coordinator for the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District.
“We even had a few volunteers this year that used to come with their own fathers. I think when you are young, events that single out quality time with someone you love is outstanding. “
And aside from the quality family bonding time, the dance also showcased a strong collective effort between various Grand County organizations.
“This is a great example of inter-agency collaboration between FVMRD and the Town of Granby Recreation Department,” said Julie Martin, Recreation Director for the Town of Granby.
“I don’t believe that either agency could pull off such a great event without the other’s help.”
While I don’t foresee myself becoming a father in time for the 14th Annual Daddy-Daughter Dance, I surely still plan on dressing up and pitching in next time around. And who knows, maybe Miss Eleanor the cat will want to tag along. I’m sure the girls wouldn’t mind.
See you next month!
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