Seniors put a twist on annual fund-raiser |

Seniors put a twist on annual fund-raiser

Tamara Miller
Shane Macomber/Vail DailyTerry Schiessl and the rest of the Golden Eagle Senior Center dance group rehearse the "Lollipop Dance" routine for an upcoming 1950's gala fund-raiser Thursday in Eagle.

EAGLE – Poodle skirts and bobby socks may be a thing of the past, but lately Edith Lederhause has been taking a walk down memory lane. Twice a week after lunch, the McCoy resident heads over to the exercise room at the Golden Eagle Senior Center. Most in the room are decades out of high school, but these days the group of women and men seem almost like teenagers straight out of a scene from the movie, “Grease.”The girls, on one side of the room, wear felt poodle skirts in black, magenta, green and orange, with matching scarves around their necks. The boys, on the other side of the room, wear stiff, dark jeans – the cuffs turned up at the bottom – and white shirts. They all giggle. They point at each other. Then a dance instructor pops a tape into a stereo and the opening notes of the popular 1950s tune “Lollypop” fill the room. And the group begins to dance.”I love this,” Bernice White said, taking a break from the dance routine. “It’s wonderful exercise.”It’s also practice.

White and Lederhause are just a few of several Eagle County senior citizens who will pay homage to the good old days on Friday with a 1950s-style fund-raiser. The annual event, which will be at the Eagle County Fairgrounds in Eagle, will raise money for a county-sponsored trip to Seattle for senior citizens. It also will give county officials an opportunity to let the public know about the county’s senior programs, said John Lowery, the county’s senior services coordinator.Senior citizens from Basalt, McCoy, Eagle and Minturn are putting together song and dance numbers and comedy routines In addition to the dinner, there will be an old-fashioned ice cream soda fountain complete with a soda jerk.Rumor has it there also will be an appearance from Lederhause’s favorite 1950s performer. “Elvis Presley,” she said, with a smile. Mary Schlegel, one of the dancers in the “Lollypop” routine, said her group still needs to practice a bit more before the fund-raiser.

“We miss a few steps,” she said. “But who cares? It’s fun.”Larry Leis, who lives in Minnesota, visited the senior center in Eagle recently and got a chance to peek in on the “Lollypop” dance group. Watching brought back old memories.”There were a lot of love songs then,” he said. “It was right after (World War II) and it was just a lot of fun.”Staff Writer Tamara Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 607, or for Eagle County senior citizens

When: Friday. Doors open at 5 p.m. Dinner served at 5:30 p.m. Entertainment at 6 p.m. Steve Carver of Gypsum will be catering the dinner.Where: Eagle County FairgroundsHow much: Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children (13 years and younger), $6 for seniors (60+) and $25 for families. Tickets can be purchased by calling John Lowery at 328-1005, or by visiting any senior site in Eagle County: The Golden Eagle Senior Center, 715 Broadway in Eagle; The Minturn Town Center Community Room, 302 Pine St. in Minturn; The Valley Pines Community Room, 1400 E. Valley Rd. in Basalt.=========================================================Vail, Colorado

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