A couple dances during the Sock Hop at the Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center on April 27, 2019 (Photo by Emily Black)
KINGMAN — The Stroll. The Bopp. The Twist.
Those were some of the dances performed by seniors attending the first-ever Sock Hop at the Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center Saturday.
The senior center was bustling with ladies in poodle skirts and men with greased-back hair. The fun started with a hearty meal of hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad and fruit salad. After lunch, the crowd moved to the dance room.
Moonlight Savoy, the band for the afternoon, donated its time to Kingman’s seniors.
“We are here to volunteer our services to the adult center,” said Linda Dorado-Corwin, manager of the band. “We typically play big band music, but they asked us to play music for their Sock Hop. We’re trying to do something nice and get our name out at the same time.”
Seniors danced, hula-hooped and socialized the afternoon away. After the dancing, root beer floats were the order of the day.
TrishaLee Criss has been volunteering at the senior center for about two years now. She stood over the bowls of fruit and potato salad with a smile on her face.
“It’s fun to volunteer here,” said Criss. “All of the volunteers are like family, and the people who come here are great. I really try to give back to the community.”
Members of Kingman’s senior community come to have a good time and socialize. Sometimes the events are the only chance for people to get out of their homes and visit with others.
DeeDee Stockwell wore her very best poodle skirt. She tapped her toe to the beat of the ‘50s music from the audience. “The senior center is my second home,” said Stockwell. “It’s a lifesaver for people who are alone. All my friends are here.”