Recreation authority sets date for daddy-daughter dance
By Kevin Bunch
Posted December 19, 2013
ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — The Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe has set its annual daddy-daughter dance for Jan. 31 at Fraser’s Vintage House, with tickets already for sale.
Recreation Director Tony Lipinski estimated the dance has gone on for at least 20 years, and Assistant Director Bobbie Wilson said the dance has grown larger each year.
“It’s a time for dads to spend some special time with their daughters,” she said. “We have a lot of guys who brought their daughters when they were 3 and continue every year. It’s an opportunity for dad to get dressed up, and the girls love it, as well.”
Wilson said the tickets are $22.50 per person, with a total of 280 to be sold by the dance’s date. The tickets are available at the recreation center.
“We do sell out,” Wilson said. “It includes an all-you-can-eat buffet, dancing, prizes, and then each group gets a special photo.”
The dance is open primarily to girls between the ages of 3-12, accompanied by their fathers, grandfathers, uncles or other guardian, Wilson said. Please Play Again DJ services will be on hand to provide a mix of music appealing to all ages, she said, with oldies mixed with modern popular songs, as well as traditional dance songs like the “Cupid Shuffle” and the “Chicken Dance.”
“Last year was one of the very first years that, when you looked out at the dance floor, you didn’t see any dads in their seats,” Wilson said. “Everybody was on the dance floor.”
The dance moved to the Vintage House last January, Wilson said, as the event had outgrown the facilities at the recreation center in Roseville. She said that the authority originally had planned to hold it at a banquet hall in Roseville, but when the hall abruptly had to cancel a month in advance, Vintage House owner Anthony Jekielek offered his hall for the dance.
“I’m from Roseville, and when they had called me, I told them I thought it would be a good opportunity to showcase our venue for the people in Roseville,” Jekielek said. “I’ve actually brought my daughter before in the past, and she comes every year.”
He said that his workers set up and decorated the venue and fully staffed it through the night. Wilson added that last year, at the end of the night, all of the girls even received ice cream sundaes.
“The Vintage House staff was outstanding,” she said. “I couldn’t ask for a more outstanding staff to work with.”
Fox Portrait Studios will be handling the event photos. Wilson said, originally, those were done by recreation authority staff, but the professional photography company will be able to do a better job for attendees.
The event is supported through the ticket sales, Wilson said, and the authority also takes volunteers to work at the dance beyond the Vintage House staff.
The Vintage House is located at 31816 Utica Road in Fraser, and the dance will run from 6:30-9 p.m. For more information or to get a ticket, call (586) 445-5480. Tickets are not sold at the door.
About the author
Staff Writer Kevin Bunch covers the communities of Eastpointe and Roseville, as well as Roseville Community Schools and East Detroit Public Schools. He has worked at C&G Newspapers since 2013, and is a graduate of Wayne State University and Henry Ford Community College. Kevin is also a 2015 Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting alumni.
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