Daughters share a dress-up date with their dads

June 15, 1994|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer

When she turned 13 a few months ago, Michael Teal realized that his daughter, Samantha, would soon have little time for him.

And so he was among the 125 fathers, grandfathers, godfathers and uncles who escorted the young woman in their lives to the fourth annual Daddy-Daughter Date last night at Martin's Westminster, sponsored by the Westminster City Recreation Department for elementary and middle-school age girls.

"He really likes going out and taking me out with him because he thinks I'm not going to want to do it anymore, because I'm growing up," said Samantha. "He's a lot of fun to be around."

"A long time ago, she used to be Daddy's little tomboy. Now she's a little lady," Mr. Teal said.

The date gave them a chance to talk about school, friends, vacation.

"We might not talk this much in a month at the house," Mr. Teal said.

The girls were manicured, coiffed and bedecked with flowers, in shoes ranging from Mary Janes to high-heeled pumps.

Fathers wore suits and a few donned black tie.

After dinner, they got to play games -- musical dads is a version of musical chairs using the fathers' knees.

They danced the hokey pokey and finished the evening with "Daddy's Little Girl," with all the music played by Baltimore disc jockey Jack Edwards.

Winners of the look-alike contest were Doug and Jessica Gardner, a tall, slender pair who were a shoo-in with all three judges for their shared strawberry blond hair, wire-rimmed glasses and facial features, said Kristin Walters, program coordinator for the recreation department.

The Teals were the talk of the dance, having arrived in a limousine.

Others were talking about the mother who tried to sneak in to get a look. Every year, at least one tries, said Carol Donovan, the city's director of recreation. This year the woman was a repeat sneak.

"We nicely tell them it's not their night," Ms. Donovan said.

Ms. Donovan was unable to identify the woman who slipped in last night, but Bill Horney, one of the fathers at the dance, said his wife, Donna, managed to slip in last year to see him and daughter Brooke, 6.

"I think she just wanted to see what it was like," he said. "She loved it. Now she wants a mother-daughter dance."

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