For seven years, seniors, residents of the Wesley Community in Saratoga Springs and even the public have welcomed spring with a good old dance, complete with food, music and fun. This year's event, on Friday, March 26, from 6 to 9 p.m., is centered around the theme Swing into Spring to reflect both the vitality of seniors and Wesley's continued commitment to promoting the quality of life of all ages, according to Lorri Shilling, director of marketing.
"It's just an event that we are able to do for the residents for their enjoyment and also to invite the outside community to an event here to get to know the community a little bit. A lot of people look forward to it," said Shilling. "It's always nice for seniors to have something to look forward to, get dressed up for, get out and lift their spirits."
Getting dressed up and spending a few hours with friends doing something out of the ordinary is exactly why Dottie Henry, 89, has gone for the two years she's lived there.
"It's a neat fundraiser for the Wesley foundation and I enjoyed it, had a good time. It's very easy to get to; you walk out one door and two steps to another one so it's right here on campus. They had some entertainment and the food is very good. It's just a nice social evening," said Henry.
Henry went to the dance with a friend last year, who is no longer around, so she's still looking for someone to accompany her. And while she said she liked dancing when she was younger, she didn't dance herself at previous snowballs; although it was fun to watch the handful of people who do.
"I haven't danced in a long time because I have a crooked leg, so I can't. Some people danced but most seemed to be in the upper age category so I can't say I saw many of them dancing," said Henry.