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By A.J. Etherington
The Courier 

Prairie Ridge Village Hosts 1950s Sock Hop


Kathy Johnson / For The Courier

Pictured L-R: Carl Dencausse, Dennis Garsjo, Isabel Montoya and Celia Montoya get into the spirit at Prairie Ridge.

Since July, the Prairie Ridge Village community has been hosting community dances in partnership with Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital. According to Amber Swindler, director of Prairie Ridge, the dances are an effort to bring the residents and the community of Glasgow closer together.

The most recent edition of the village dances was a 1950s "sock hop" on Nov. 18 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Performing was the band Dave Pippen and the Guys, who according to Swindler, "Always just treat us great." Swindler also commented that over 80 people attended with about an equal blend of residents and community members, which Swindler described as being both great for the residents and great fun for the community as well.

"Some of the ladies went out and got costumes just for the sock hop, and the poodle skirts were definitely twirling," said Swindler adding that, "The energy was just fantastic... Its always heart-warming to me to see people, who probably haven't danced in years, get up and dance and have fun."

The events occur monthly and include refreshments such as cupcakes shaped like hamburgers and door prizes for attendees. Swindler emphasized that, "Cathy Johnson, our program coordinator, does an awesome job putting on the events."

The dances are open to all ages and all members of the community, and Swindler emphasized that the residents love hosting the community and incorporating more people into their activities. The next dance will be a masquerade ball on New Years Eve from 6 to 8:30 p.m, and all are invited to attend.


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