Dads, daughters celebrate together


June 20, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Ribbons, ruffles and rounds of lace are what Westminster's little girls are made of -- at least in these dads' eyes.

Thursday night, in honor of Father's Day, 100 of the city's best-dressed young ladies aged 5 to 13 escorted their favorite man to a formal dinner and dance sponsored by the City of Westminster.

"Why, isn't this fancy?" said one father to his little girl as they were announced at the door of the third-annual Daddy/Daughter Date.

As always, the event -- at the Wakefield Valley Conference Center this year -- featured dinner, dancing, a formal portrait and flowers for $32.50 a couple.

"This is just a change, something to make it a little different," said Westminster Director of Recreation Carol Donovan of the new location.

And different it was, as a golf ball came crashing through a skylight during dinner.

"Nothing to worry about," disc jockey Lisa Becker assured the guests. "Those things will happen at a golf course."

Nearly half the couples present had attended the previous Daddy/Daughter functions. Last year's event at Martin's Westminster attracted 117 couples.

"We had to turn a lot of people away," Ms. Donovan said. "We had all that we could handle at this facility."

But nothing could spoil the evening's excitement. In spite of a desire to make the celebration different, most girls seemed to enjoy it being pretty much the same.

As Ms. Donovan announced the "musical dads" contest, a musical chairs game with Dad as the chair, a scream went up reminiscent of teens at a Beatles concert.

"I thought I'd let you dads off the hook this year," Ms. Donovan said of the annual contest. "But the girls kept begging me to play it."

For most, the night provided "quality time" for Dad and daughter. Dads who had more than one were asked to have uncles, grandfathers or male friends substitute for the other girls.

"Mom and [Jody] do a lot of things together," said Wayne Sharpe of his evening with his 12-year-old daughter. "It's not often that we get out to do anything."

Mr. Sharpe's friend Bob Robey agreed, saying he gladly purchased the tickets when he heard how much fun it was.

"I wanted to take my daughter out on a date because it's not going to be too much longer until she's out on her own," he said. "I thought it would be a real nice thing to be with my daughter because she's so special."

Thirteen-year-old Kristen Robey, who won the musical chairs contest, said her father's plans were a surprise for her.

"I saw the flier and it sounded interesting," Kristen said. "Then [Dad] told me we were going, and it sounded so exciting. I thought it would be neat to spend time with Dad on a date and stuff like that."

But in some families, the younger male members feel a little left out.

"My son's waiting for 'men's lib' to catch up," said Dean Schroer, who's attended every year with his daughter, Dawn. "He wants to go to one with his mom."

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