LARSON: Let's dance to the music

Susan Larson

Susan Larson


Special Photo: Dennis Stevens Local guitarist, Lee E. Fowler, will perform classic standards and modern folk/jazz favorites at the Valentineis Day Dinner Dance at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse on Feb. 14.

So you think you can dance? Well, even if you don't, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation is outdoing itself by providing seven big opportunities to dance or just tap your feet to the music during the month of February.

On Feb. 8, you can choose George Pierce Park or Pinckneyville Park for the Daddy-Daughter Dance. This is a fun event for girls age 4 and up to dance with their dad, stepdad, big brother or any special man in their lives. Cost is $11 a person and you must register by Friday.

The Family Valentine Dance is slated for the same night at Rhodes Jordan Park. The $11 a person registration fee includes music, games and light refreshments. Family photographs will be available, but feel free to bring your own camera to capture the memories of the night.

If Friday night is already booked, not to worry. You can still take advantage of the Father-Daughter Valentine Dance at Lucky Shoals Park on Saturday, February 9. For only $5/person, you can enjoy music, dancing, games, snacks, desserts and a keepsake photo. And there's no need to pre-register. Just come all dressed up for a memorable evening.

The biggest event of the month will be the Valentine's Day Dinner Dance, on Feb. 14 at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. The event planners ask you to think outside the "chocolate box" and treat your sweetheart to dinner and dancing in the romantic Superior Court Ballroom. The evening starts with appetizers and concludes with door prizes and a keepsake photograph. Brushstrings will provide multi-media entertainment with local guitarist, Lee E. Fowler entertaining guests with his acoustic guitar and vocal performance of classic standards and modern folk/jazz favorites, while artwork created by his wife, Monique Simone, will be on display. Both have been professional artists for over twenty five years and thoroughly enjoy the creative process of combining audial and visual arts. Reservations must be in by Feb. 8, and at $61 a couple, I must tell you the dance list is filling up fast.

On Feb. 22, celebrate Carnival with the kids at the Family Masquerade Ball at Bogan Park. Make your own masquerade mask, enjoy snacks and desserts and yes, dance! Cost is $6 per person and registration deadline is Feb. 21.

If ballroom dancing and romance are not your thing, but you still think you'd like to try dancing, then sign up for the Line Dance Workshop at Best Friends Park on Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn to line dance to country, hip-hop and pop music from world renowned choreographer Junior Willis. The $26 fee includes lessons and drinks, but bring a dish to share.

Then from 6 p.m. until midnight Saturday, come back to Best Friend Park and show off your skills at the Line Dancing Marathon. Free for workshop attendees. Otherwise $5 a person.

Registration info is available at www.gwinnettparks.com or by calling 770-822-8840.

Susan Larson is a writer from Lilburn. Email at susanlarson79@gmail.com.


sarahldavis 2 years, 3 months ago

Wow! February is the month for dancing in Gwinnett!


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