For many, prom was the highlight of their high school career; on the other hand, there were people like me who’d rather be trampled by a stampede of wild boars than attend a school dance.
I actually broke down and went to my junior prom, though. My mom was a volunteer on the prom committee, therefore I felt obligated to go. Since I couldn’t find a date, my friend Amy set me up with her boyfriend’s friend who was a senior at another high school. So, for the first time ever I had a date to a dance, a date whose last name I still don't know. Whatever. It's not like we were getting married...
Despite being reluctant to go to the dance, I had fun shopping for my dress and getting my hair done. The dance, however, turned out to be a catastrophe. Sure, the food was tasty and the hall was beautifully decorated – the theme was “Secret Garden” – and busting a move with my friends certainly was a blast. But, my fun quickly fizzled when my jerk of a date ditched me to go to a house party.
As a result, I spent half the dance trying to find him and the remainder of the night in a state of bewilderment. I was actually abandoned. How humiliating! My “date” got a free ticket to the dance, a free limo ride and a free dinner all on my dime... and I never saw him again. The funny part is that I didn't even want to go in the first place. *Sigh* Needless to say, I refused to attend another school dance.
Regardless of your prom experience, whether you were a wall flower all night or stole the spotlight on the dance floor, I’m sure it was an evening you’ll never forget. That’s why Milwaukee Recreation is inviting adults to take a trip back to that special (or embarrassing) high school moment by attending a second prom.
This is the Milwaukee Recreation Department’s first Second Prom. The formal dance will be held this Saturday, May 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Beulah Brinton Community Center in Bay View. The fee is $9.50 for Milwaukee residents and $14.25 for non-residents, which is a lot cheaper than I remember paying in high school.
MPS Assistant Recreation Supervisor Joel Symons describes Second Prom as a “tongue-in-cheek send-up of a traditional high school prom.” Apparently, they aren’t taking the event too seriously. In fact, organizers are encouraging adult prom-goers to relive the whole experience by renting a limo, showing up in off-the-wall prom attire (like a baby blue leisure suit), and then dancing the night away to live bands playing hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Also, if you work up an appetite from cutting a rug, punch and cake will be on hand. But remember, just like your high school prom, alcohol is not permitted.
So, bring your sense of humor and your old-school dancing shoes for a night of new, happy memories. To register for Milwaukee Recreation’s Second Prom head over here or call the “Prom King” at (414) 475-8538.
Milwaukee Recreation's Second Prom
Beulah Brinton Community Center
2555 S. Bay Street
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Saturday, May 17 from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.
$9.50 for Milwaukee residents, $14.25 for non-residents