2017 New Year's Eve Dance
Nearly a year ago the entertainment was secured for Tanglewood’s 2017 New Year’s Eve Dance. Party Dog Rick was on the books. This was normally the biggest dance of the year. In the past, tickets were sold out within a couple weeks. This year there were over 300 tickets sold.
Committee meetings were a must for those involved in displaying or decorating for this annual event. A wider area between tables was arranged to allow for easier access to the dance floor and for visiting friends nearby. Once the white table clothes and Reserved Seating signs were strategically placed, the volunteers went home for a quick nap. After all, they would be staying up way past the usual 9:00 pm bedtime! This left little time for manicures, pedicures, hair dos and don’ts.
Around 6:30 pm the residents began to arrive in an array of assorted attire. There were suits, and shorts, T-shirts that appeared as tuxedos. Dresses and slacks, fun and fancy, it was all good as they walked past the ‘great wall’ of flowing sheers of silver and gray from floor to ceiling. Centered at the top was a 2018 banner. Anyone and everyone with a camera could take photos of themselves and friends to post on their Facebook Page.
When asked what they enjoyed most about this evening, many answered ‘everything is great, and glad we’re not so crowded together.’ The round tables were a hit, allowing for a more intimate gathering of friends. The DJ music ranged from an eclectic mix of decades from the 70’s to 80’s, intertwined with songs from the 50’s and 60’s. Favorites were ‘Shut Up and Dance’, ‘Celebrate Good Times’, We are Family’, of course some line dancing to ‘The Cupid Shuffle’. Slowing down to ‘Unchained Melody’, ‘Remember When’, and the classic ‘Sweet Caroline’. Around 11:50 pm, the technical crew managed to bring up the big screen for everyone to watch the Ball Drop From Times Square in New York. The Tanglewood crowd sang Auld Lang Syne”, along with the freezing New Yorkers. The song is commonly associated with New Year’s Eve, played at the stroke of midnight. Avid party fans were still on the dance floor when the cleanup began. Party Dog Rick played until nearly 1:00 am with one of the last songs from the King himself…Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’.
As the tired but happy guests began to leave the building, they smiled and wished everyone a Happy New Year of hope and health to all. Kudos to the Dance Committee and the Decorating Committees. You did a great job. Thank you for all the hard work that went into making the 2017 New Year’s Eve Dance a success.