All senior citizens are invited to the 7th Annual Seniors’ Senior Prom titled, “Vegas Night,” from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 24, at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.
The evening will feature dancing, raffles, and all the prom trimmings. A special moment will be the crowning of the king and queen of the prom.
The Jay Mau Orchestra will provide the music of the Big Band era. This 10-piece band has been tempting couples onto the dance floor at 35-40 gigs a year, the Timbers being a favorite.
“It’s a wonderful sight to see so many people enjoying themselves,” said Shelly Goggins, activities director at The Timbers of Shorewood. “Jay plans an interesting mix of music to dance to – foxtrots, waltzes, Cha-Chas, and all the rest.”
Mau played trombone and tuba in grade school. As a member of The Jimmy Stevenson Swing Band, he got fellow classmates hopping during school ‘sock-hops” at Lockport High School. The band always wore black slacks, white dress shirts and lace up shoes called “white bucks.”
After two-years in the US Navy, Mau got a job with a polka band, then with The Al Piazza Trio. Mau worked with Donna Rae and The Gentlemen four nights a week, and for a decade, with the Roy Gordon Orchestra. When Roy Carlos “Gordon” died in the mid-1990s, Mau purchased the orchestra, its name and music book. He merged Gordon’s book of ‘30’s and ‘40’s tunes to include dance hits from the next 30 years. Then, he renamed it The Jay Mau Orchestra.
The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent living and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay - a weekend, a week, a month or longer.
The prom is free and open to the public. For more information contact Shelly Goggins at (815) 609-0669.