Planning underway for upcoming annual daddy-daughter dance

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 12, 2016

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ROSEVILLE — The Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe has been planning for this year’s annual daddy-daughter dance, set for Jan. 29 at Fraser’s Vintage House.

According to RARE Assistant Director Bobbie Wilson, returning from last year will be the buffet dinner, the DJ playing a mix of old and new music, photos, and gifts for the girls. Unlike previous years, however, she said RARE has hired a professional photographer to take pictures.

“Previously we did it ourselves, but this time we’ve gotten a professional photographer, so what they go home with as a keepsake is very much upgraded from previous years,” Wilson said.

Wilson also said they have a new gift for all the girls to get at the end of the night. In past years they received stuffed animals, but this time Wilson said she took the suggestion of a staff member and changed it up to something she declined to announce in advance.

“It’s something to treasure their night with their male companion, whether it’s a grandpa, uncle or dad,” she said. “We get a lot of dads and daughters too, but we have a lot of nontraditional couples too.”

For the past few years, the event has taken place at the Vintage House in Fraser, a move necessitated when the old venue was sold weeks before a previous daddy-daughter dance. The Vintage House was able to accommodate the event on short notice, and Wilson said they have been pleased with the quality of the food and how respectful the Vintage House has been of RARE’s budget.

Vintage House owner Anthony Jekielek told the Eastsider in 2014 that he thought it was a good chance to showcase his venue for Roseville residents.

“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.

Wilson said tickets cost $22.50 per person, with a total of 280 tickets available. The event will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and is focused toward girls between the ages of 3 and 12. The Vintage House is located at 31816 Utica Road.

Tickets are available at the recreation center at 18185 Sycamore St. They will not be sold at the door.

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