at Westport Y
By Mike Lauterborn
(for Westport News)
Westport, CT – Dressed to the nines and surrounded by pink and red balloons, local dads and their daughters stepped out on the dance floor at the Westport Weston Family Y Friday evening.
The occasion was the Father-Daughter Valentine’s Dance, the second year the 59 Post Road East facility has held the event. Two dozen dads and daughters enjoyed deejay music, punch, heart-shaped cookies and brownies, and Valentine’s Day décor arranged on walls and tables throughout the Bedford Room and the adjacent lobby area.
“The idea behind the dance is to bring fathers, who are typically not in the building, together with their daughters,” said Tasha Dennison, the event coordinator and the Senior Director of Child Care and School Age Programs at the Y. “Last year, I had several dads say, ‘This was great, let’s do it again next year.’”
Paul Walton, with his daughter Faith Rose, was among those that had attended last year. “We loved it,” said Walton. “Faith won the limbo contest and we had free pizza. We were inspired to return again this year. Faith’s mom bought her a special dress just for the occasion.”
Marcus Forman had not one, but two daughters – Emae and Haley – in tow. “I grew up at the Y,” he said. “When I heard there was a Y dance, I said we had to go. The girls take ballet here. I was really looking forward to dancing with my daughters.”