The Marshall Plan: The Dance of Life

In his posthumously published memoir in 1964, Ernest Hemingway described the lasting impact of the city of lights, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”

On Saturday, that feast of the heart and spirit moves to Culpeper.

This year’s 10th Senior Prom, sponsored by Aging Together will be held at Culpeper Christian School this Saturday (April 28th) from 2-5p.m. The school is located at 810 Old Rixeyville Road.

This year’s theme is “April in Paris.”

Never doubt the rejuvenating power of a great time spent with friends. The magic of a good song can provide a shot of youthful vigor on the dance floor regardless of age. Over the last ten years I have covered the senior prom and I have many fond memories of the event.

Great memories include putting my camera and pen aside and dancing the twist with Pat Kosalinski, a friend from the Culpeper Silver Club and my yearly interview with the ever-bubbly Freda Tarza, of Warrenton.

Tarza is the perfect ambassador of fun for this event and she’s been the life of the party for eight-out-nine years I’ve covered it. She is a whirlwind of energy. She dances to every song and even manages to teach other attendees how to limbo, twist, waltz or swing.

“I believe we should all just dance, dance, dance,” said Tarza last year. “Don’t wait for the golden years to arrive, get out there and enjoy the golden moment. The time to have fun is now.”

Sadly, this year I will not be able to attend due to another nostalgia-centered event—my 32nd high school reunion at Fishburne Military School.

Despite my absence I wanted to fully endorse the senior prom—-mainly because I’ve witnessed its magic. Music and dancing provide a glimpse of a momentary heaven where aches, wrinkles and years retreat for a few precious hours.

Notable highlights are sure to include the positive energy of the prom’s host Pastor Brad Hales, the crowning of a king and queen—-plus music, dancing, light refreshments and door prizes.

The prom is also a free event for senior citizens ages 50 and better.

In its history the Senior Prom has grown in popularity among senior citizens in the five-county area. The dance organized by Aging Together is supported by families, individuals and businesses. The event is also a true labor of love for the Culpeper Town Police and volunteers from all the area’s senior groups.

This year’s sponsors include the Culpeper Star Exponent, Hope In-Home Care, Home Instead Senior Care, Grace Retirement Village, The Arbors of Culpeper, Visiting Angels, Heartland Hospice and New Century Hospice.

Large groups of seniors from Culpeper Parks and Recreation’s Silver Club, Culpeper Senior Center, churches and assisted living residents usually attend this event.

According to past attendees, one of the best things about earning an advanced age is the power of perspective and the wisdom to know a good time when it presents itself.

Most attendees carpool to the event with friends and there will be many opportunities to meet people from other senior-oriented groups and clubs.

Give your date a call or go meet some new friends at this popular Culpeper event.

For more information call Aging Together at 540-829-6405 or email them at

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