Sock hop in Phoenixville entertains Spring Mill residents

Photo by Heather Tyrrell Spring Mill Senior Living resident Bill Clough watches as executive director Karen Garland, Activities assistant Vicky Segal, Taylor Geiser and Shannon Garland and activities director Amy McCormick hula hoop during a sock hop at the community.

PHOENIXVILLE Spring Mill Senior Living Community took a step back to the 50s on Saturday.

Residents and staff participated in a sock hop at the community that featured 1950s music from the Bill Koss Combo band, lunch, milkshakes, ice cream floats and a hula hoop contest.

This sock hop was the first of its kind at the community, said Amy McCormick, activities director.

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McCormick said each year Spring Mill holds an end of summer celebration. Last years celebration was a luau.

The residents enjoy having what was in the past and get a kick seeing people dressed in costume, she said.

Staff members were dressed in poodle skirts or rolled up blue jeans. Some of the women wore headbands as a nod to the past.

McCormick said residents are very appreciative of events like the sock hop.

She said the band was also playing hits from the 1940s in addition to songs from the 1950s.

The community even had a soda shoppe where staff ordered some drinks for residents.

Phoenixville Area High School seniors Shannon Garland and Taylor Geiser helped plan the sock hop.

Garland and Geiser work in Spring Mills kitchen and wanted to do something special there for their senior projects.

Garland said residents could reminisce about their times in the 1950s.

We also wanted to create new memories for the residents and their friends here, she said. Its a nice way to get everyone together.

Geiser added, It gives them something fun to do that they dont get to do.

The girls wore white shirts and poodle skirts too. To include the felt letters people wore in the past, they made their own initial pins and had a craft session with residents before the sock hop.

Resident Violet Fell was enjoying herself at the sock hop.

Its over the moon, Fell said. If we close our eyes, wed think we were back in high school.

She said she liked listening to the band and that she used to really like Glenn Miller back in the day.

I really like the congeniality and how the young kids decorated, Fell added about the event.