Love was in the air when the Stephenville Senior Citizens Center hosted its annual Sweetheart Dance on Tuesday. Many local residents as well as folks from Granbury, Dublin, and the surrounding areas braved the cold and left their cares and worries at the door as they came together for a Valentine's Day celebration to remember.
The dance was sponsored by the Tarleton Ambassadors, a student organization which promotes community service. These polite young ladies and gentlemen had the center decorated to the hilt with streamers along the ceiling, tables draped with red tablecloths and festooned with hearts made from construction paper, and a Valentine-themed photo booth for anyone wishing to have their picture taken.
The evening's entertainment was provided by local favorite Kaye Tolson, who some might remember from the Cross Timbers Country Opry. Kaye and her fantastic group of musicians, consisting of herself on bass guitar and vocals, her husband Tom on drums, James Roberson on fiddle, and guitarist/vocalist Karl Ladesic set the stage on fire with their variety of music, which ranges from Traditional Country, Classic Rock, Blues, Cajun, and fast instrumental breakdowns. As these musical wizards hit their first note, it didn't take long for guests young and old to get out on the floor and scoot a boot, an added bonus to the evening was seeing the Tarleton students join in on the fun.
After about an hour, the musicians and dancers took a brief intermission, where everyone went into the dining room to enjoy various snacks and beverages provided by the Tarleton Ambassadors, who also presented certificates to some of the patrons, which included the Best Dancer Award, which went to Mr. Kelly Chamness from Cisco, Jerry and Marsalete Edwards from Granbury were named Cutest Couple and the evening's big award, the Most Dedicated went to "Scooter,” one of the regulars whose dance moves would make Fred Astaire jealous.
Kaye and the group then cranked the music back up as folks continued to dance and enjoy activities such as line dancing to "Boot Scootin' Boogie", which was the song that started the line dance craze of the early '90s, the hilarious antics of "Scooter", and the ever-popular chair dance, where a folding chair is placed in the middle of the dance floor and as dancers pass by the chair, they have to switch partners.