From a brother, the lowdown on cutting the high cost of the prom


May 05, 1999|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"MY SHARE OF THE limo is $70, my ticket is $50. " my son's voice drifted off as he struggled with his efforts to determine how much his senior prom was going to cost.

Cutting back on his hours at work during lacrosse season had made a dent in the money my son had set aside for prom night. Somehow he had to make it stretch.

"Another $60 for the pictures, then there's dinner before the prom. Since they're serving food at the prom, I can limit myself to a light dinner and no dessert at the restaurant. Flowers are another $25," he said as he continued his calculations.

The sound of the adding machine totaling interrupted his muttering. Then silence, followed by a groan.

"You're doing this all wrong," his younger brother interrupted. "I'm an expert at how to date cheap.

"First things first. Ditch the limo and tell your date this evening is so special you want to share the moment with only her -- and your 1989 Chevy pickup truck.

"Forget the corsage. A single rose is understated elegance.

"Next, dinner before the prom is a waste of money, but you'll never get out of it. So, just before your date orders, mention how nice she looks in her dress and that she shouldn't give her weight a second thought on this special night. Guaranteed `just a salad, no dressing,' " he continued.

I sat there wondering if there was a switched-at-birth explanation for my youngest son.

"Make sure you get the cheapest prom picture package available, then take the photos to someone with a computer scanner/printer and make copies. If anyone accuses you of copyright infringement, act confused. I've seen you in your pre-calc class; you do confused well," he said.

We sat there for a moment, speechless.

Then my oldest son turned to me and gave me a big hug, and said, "Mom, did I mention Billy's mom lent him $300 for the prom?"

Trip the light fantastic, Class of '99.

Dancing `Journey'

Dancers of various ages will grace the stage of Glen Burnie High School this weekend as the students from the community recreation association present their annual spring recital at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the main auditorium, 8950 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

"Sentimental Journey" celebrates 100 years of dance using the talents of dance students ages 4 to 18.

When the curtain goes up, the audience of parents, friends and family members will enjoy a production offering ballet, tap and jazz numbers under the direction of dance teacher Peggy Busey-Bourgeois.

Sponsored by the Glen Burnie Recreation Association, the performance is the culmination of months of study.

Brittany and Lindsay Breach of Severn have been with the program since they were 4, says their mother, Kathy Breach. The program has been a source of pleasure for the entire family.

"We had started Lindsay in another dance program, but it was expensive and the children practiced every week then only performed a few minutes in the recital. When I heard about the recreation program, I brought her here," says Breach.

It was a decision she has never regretted.

"Everything is so wonderful, so professional. Peggy is a wonderful teacher, helping each child at their own level. The classes are not expensive, and the children are not expected to give up everything else. My girls love to dance, but they love sports too," Breach explains.

Both girls agree with their mother.

"I like to be on stage performing in front of all the people. Our costumes are so pretty, sort of shimmery with glitter and sequins," says 10-year-old Brittany.

Older sister Lindsay is also excited, and a little nervous, about the recital. The 12-year-old's favorite dance is a tap number to the '50s classic "Rock Around the Clock."

"It's a lot of fun, not like a competition," Lindsay says.

Practicing only one hour a week, one day a week, the girls can still enjoy playing soccer, basketball and softball or performing in the school orchestra.

"It give the girls a chance to balance what they want to do," says Breach.

Tickets will be available when the doors open at 6: 30 p.m each night. For ticket availability or additional information on the dance program, call 410-768-1058.

Community cleanup

Saturday has been designated "Community Cleanup Day" for Fox Chase Village.

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of two opportunities to rid their homes and yards of unwanted items.

They can earn extra money by selling their white elephants at yard sales throughout the neighborhoods from 8 a.m. to noon.

Leftovers and debris can be disposed of using a dump truck that will visit the community at 2 p.m.

For information on the pickup sites, call 410-761-1892.

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