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Adult Prom: A Night for the Grown Ups

Members of the MSMS Adult Prom Committee. Photo by Mary Cole Mello.
Do you have nostalgic feelings for your Senior Prom, that “night to remember,” or have you tried hard to forget the whole thing? Maybe you didn’t go to the prom at all?

If you do want to relive that magical evening or just want a prom do-over, Montpelier’s Middle School Community Alliance has just the event for you. On Saturday, March 9, the group will host an Adult Prom at the VCFA Alumni Hall from 7 to 10 p.m. 

This is the prom you always dreamed of. No chaperones. No curfews. No dress code.  

The committee wants the dance to be as  affordable as it can be; donations up to $50 are welcome, but the cost of a ticket is set at $20.

The prom for grown ups was the brainchild of Main Street Middle School parent Beth Wagner. She explains, “I love dressing up and these days, unless you’re going to a wedding, no one does.”

But you don’t have to opt for the fancy outfit. Prom committee member Emma Bay-Hansen notes this is a “Vermont” prom. 

“Wear whatever you like,” she says. “Wear an evening gown. Wear a sweatshirt.” (But do wear something).

Some families have few opportunities to get together with the parents and caregivers of their kids’ classmates. Among other things, Wagner hopes the prom will offer everyone a chance to socialize and to feel a stronger sense of community. 

It’s also going to be a major fundraiser for the middle school. The money will make possible educational experiences that might not be covered otherwise. Teachers turn to the Alliance when they need supplies for special art or science activities. The funds will make school trips accessible to all students, not just the ones who can afford them, and will help teachers and parents plan special activities for the eighth grade graduation.

  The evening will also feature a photo booth, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar from Woodbelly Pizza. The Gallison Hill Band will provide live music for the first hour. For dancers who are feeling especially nostalgic, they’ll play hits from past eras, even music for Boomers. Then a DJ will take over the scene. 

Wagner points out that none of this could happen without support from  the Vermont College of Fine Arts; Central Vermont Orthodontics; Biggam Fox Skinner, LLP; Hunger Mountain Coop; MMR LLC; Woodbelly Pizza; Vermont Creamery; The Gallison Hill Band; and DJ Mike Duplessis. Almost 20 volunteers also played a part in the preparation for this fundraiser and there will be one group of unsung heroes who take on the toughest job of all, the after party clean up.

For tickets, go to mrpspie.org/msms-adult-prom/prom2024