I fondly remember my prom just a few -- or, um, 18 -- years back. I know my dad remembers it, too. But perhaps not as fondly. When he discovered how much my gown cost, he was stunned. When he added up the cost of new shoes, a clutch purse and a wrap, I was afraid I was going to be grounded until college!
Fortunately, on prom night when I finally emerged from my bedroom after hours of hair and makeup preparation, my dad was smiling.
He kept right on smiling until my date arrived at which time dad’s smile turned into a menacing stare, solely reserved for the boys who dared to date his daughters.
I felt like a princess in my floor-length purple gown. It was my first real adult dress with its one-shoulder strap and a slit up the leg that Angelina Jolie would appreciate. (I managed to hide that from dad! Note to girls: take tiny steps until you’ve left the house.)
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I had never before felt more confident or grown-up than I did on prom night. That’s the feeling that the Junior League of Columbus wants girls, regardless of their families financial circumstances, to feel when they attend their proms.
Today’s Project Prom event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Francis Wellness Center, 2000 16th Avenue (near Lakebottom Park) gives girls a chance to choose a dream dress for free.
Junior and senior high school girls, with valid IDs, will pick from hundreds of new and gently used dresses and shoes, purses and accessories to wear to prom. All the dresses and accessories have been donated by league members and members of the community.
If you know a girl who’s a junior or senior in high school who isn’t able to afford a prom dress, be sure to send her to Project Prom. Shopping times are assigned on a first-come, first-shop basis, so arrive early for the best selection.
It’s not too late for your child to attend today’s Growing Good Readers program at Columbus Public Library. Reserve your child’s spot before noon for the 2 p.m. activity. Master Gardener Dennis Davids will present a fun, interactive program based on Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Children will make a fruit collage and have a fruit parfait snack. RSVP at 706-243-2679.
If your family loves music, attend Sunday’s performance by the famed Vienna Boys Choir. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre. Tickets cost $10-$47. 706-256-3612.
Adult humor abounds in “Menopause The Musical,” performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday at the RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre. Tickets cost $37.50-$47.50. 706-256-3612. It makes a great girls’ night out, although my mom thinks all men should be required to see it, too!
Dawn Minty, features editor, can be reached at 706-571-8512 and email@example.com. Read more at ledger-enquirer.com/dawn