This article originally appeared in the July 6, 2015 edition of the Truro Daily News.
TRURO – With high schoolers hanging up their prom dresses and returning their tuxes, some alumni are getting theirs ready again.
The (Grownup) Prom is this Thursday, in support of next year’s graduating class from Cobequid Educational Centre.
“It came out of a previous Women’s Social Network gathering,” said Sam Madore, with Bliss Productions and the Holiday Inn Truro, the host venue for the prom.
Madore was talking with Karen Baillie, owner and operator of Elegant Steps on Inglis Place, as well as Michelle McCann of Bold and Italic Social Communications about how prom dress season was going for Baillie.
“Every year, women say to me they would love to have an occasion to dress up,” said Baillie. “And just like that, The (Grownup) Prom came about.”
With her old prom dress still in its original Moments garment bag on the bench next to her, McCann laughed.
“And it helps to know people who have venues,” she said, looking at Madore.
Tickets for the prom are $20, and all the money is going to Safe Grad 2016 at CEC. All expenses have already been looked after, by way of donation or sponsorship, so every cent from the event will go to Safe Grad.
“It’s important to note how quickly people have come on board to help us out,” said Madore, mentioning Bill Kaulbach, CEC’s principal, and deejay Craig Robertson as examples. The latter, she says, is pulling out a tuxedo for the occasion as well. Connie Baird is looking after decorations, and a representative of Portraits by Johanna will be on site to capture the evening in photographs. The music will feature the hits from cross generations, to keep everyone on the dance floor.
“Honestly, this is all for fun,” said McCann, who plans on wearing her blue dress from back in the day. “It’s the fun factor of it. At the time, it was pretty I think, but it’s not stylish anymore. I’ll have a good laugh.”
Prom-goers don’t have to wear their old prom dresses, or new ones either. They can wear whatever they want.
“You can wear something new, or wear jeans and a t-shirt,” said Baillie.
“People can even pull out their old bridesmaid dresses,” Madore added.
Anyone with prom dresses they no longer want to keep can bring them to the event – the women are collecting dresses to give to the high school as, as Baillie says, there’s always a need.
Tickets can be purchased at Elegant Steps prior to the event, or reserved by calling Elegant Steps at 902-897-4950 beforehand. The prom runs from 7 to 10 p.m.