There was nothing like those nifty 50s, as the music of the day sent many to the dance floor remembering their past.
“Mack the Knife,” “All Shook Up,” “Tutti Fruitti,” and “Hound Dog” were all hits of the day and reminders to those in attendance at last week’s Senior Prom for today’s seniors of a simpler time.
It all took place at the South Pasadena Senior Center and the place was hoppin’.
Music was performed by a Senior Center regular, Clarich Ulrich, who can croon with the best of them, livening up the multipurpose room with his rock ‘n roll tunes and good humor to match.
“Let the Good Times Roll” was the theme of the night and the seniors didn’t disappoint as they brought back memories of an era gone by when the Fabulous Fifties was a time for roller skates, Hula Hoops, Good Humor Ice Cream Bars, transistor radios, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, juke boxes, six cent stamps, the Mickey Mouse Club, Lucille Ball, Ed Sullivan, Lionel Trains, Potato Heads, TV Dinners, gas station attendants, Dick Clark, Buddy Holly and the King – Elvis!
Members of the South Pasadena Youth Commission, comprised mainly of teens from South Pasadena High School, put much of the program together. HealthCare Partners and Transitions Hospice provided food and drink.
Among the highlights, Edward Reyes and his mom, Carol Reyes, were selected prom king and queen.
“Aside from having a good time,” explained Liliana Torres, who manages the Senior Center, “this event is about bringing the youth together with the elderly and breaking those barriers.”
As part of the event, Youth Commissioners were asked to mingle, serve dinner and dance with the seniors.
And, they did just that, enjoying the toe-tappin’ music throughout the night.
For some of the seniors, it marked their first prom after missing the one during those high school years.
“So, it makes it extra special,” said Torres, inviting others to take advantage of the resource for seniors she oversees. “If someone has an older person in their life, we really encourage them to come to the Senior Center because we really try to focus on quality of life and provide programming that makes a difference.”