SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Green, gold, and white balloons floated in the air and the tables were fitted out gaily with kelly green tablecloths. The senior citizens came to the South Plainfield Senior Center on Tuesday, March 22 to enjoy a Celtic feast and perform a jig or two. The sell-out crowd donned green sweaters, sparkly ties, and festive derbies to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Renowned local, D.J. Mel, of Be Our Guest Entertainment, got the party goers on their feet with the perennially popular Electric Slide, and soon the dance floor was filled with agile seniors who enjoyed moving to the music.
Party attendee Wallace Schuff said, “We have a good group here. Everyone looks after each other. I especially love the great trips we take to the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which is the third Wednesday of every month.”
Flanagans, South Plainfield's authentic Irish Pub, catered the St. Patty's Day affair with traditional Irish fare, including savory corned beef, turkey sandwiches, and Irish soda bread.
The dances are just one of the many social opportunities available to members of the Senior Center. Tree Olano, director of the Senior Center commented, “The people who come here are like family. They watch, they take care of each other. For instance, if someone's car is broken down and they can't make an event, another member will pick the person up so they don't miss a dance, or bingo, or whatever is going on.”
There are many couples who enjoy the dances at the center, but Olano pointed out that even those who are single support each other by dancing or chatting. “Many of our members are widowers and having company is important to them.”
Two couples who especially love attending the dances, despite being hearing impaired, are Carl and Dianne Adlassnig and Frank and Nola Anesh. After feasting on the delicious lunch, they enjoyed watching the dance floor and chatting with one another.
Rosemary Perrucci observed, “We always have a good time here, and we look forward to every dance. We also love our bingo games, which start at noon time.” Perrucci encouraged her friend, Ginny Petriello, to put on her St. Paddy's Day glasses and pose for a picture. Clearly, all who attended had a grand time and will be looking forward to the next Senior Dance, which will celebrate Cinco de Mayo.