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Mardi Gras Prom for Senior Citizens


Area senior citizens are invited to the 8th Annual Seniors’ Senior Prom – this year with a Mardi Gras theme – from 7 – 10 p.m. Friday, June 22, at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

The evening will feature dancing, raffles and all the trimmings of a high school prom, and the ballroom will be decorated to look like New Orleans at Mardi Gras time with lots of feathers, beads, etc. An extra special moment will be the crowning of the king and queen of the prom.

“Everyone looks forward to our annual prom,” said Shelly Goggins, activities director at The Timbers of Shorewood. “It’s always a wonderful sight to see so many people enjoying themselves.”

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 on a weekly basis with the Timbers being a favorite gig.

For 14 years, Mau played with the Roy Gordon Orchestra. When Roy Gordon died, Mau purchased the orchestra, added some new music and renamed the band The Jay Mau Orchestra. In addition to the big band tunes of the 1930s and 1940s such as "Stardust," Glenn Miller's "In the Mood" and Frank Sinatra's "Laura,” Mau's orchestra also performs songs by The Beatles, Bobby Darin and Wayne Newton.

"I keep adding music that appeals to all audiences," Mau said. "I like to mix it up by playing waltzes, tangos, cha-chas, rumbas and fox trots. With 'Dancing with the Stars' so popular, we're seeing more young people dancing."

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent 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 dance is open to the public and admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations are requested. Call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669 or visit

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