Elvis came out to dance with the seniors and to hand out silky scarves. "He even gave me a peck on the cheek!" said Twila Allen. She branded one of the silky scarves Elvis gave away through the night. The staff was grateful to have their guest of honor as a surprise for the seniors in attendance. "No one knew he was coming, and they were so excited!" said Golden Years staff member T. Johnson.
Band music played from the front of the room by members of the Golden Year's own band, which plays weekly at the center. Swing music, jazz music and piano classics were played while seniors danced around the room. "This always brings out the dancers, even for those who usually can't," said Johnson. She and other staff members were excited to see their friends at the Center get so involved in the evening. "They are so fun and cute to watch!"
LeVon Maxwell was another recipient of an Elvis scarf, and she with her husband, Eddy, are a couple of the regulars to Golden Years. Johnson was happy to have the regulars all there, but was also excited about seeing some new faces. "It's good to meet new people and get more of them out here," she said.
The festivities began to wind down just after 7 p.m., with the opening of sparkling peach cider. Hats, crackers and other party favors dotted heads and hands across the room. However, at 7:30 p.m., there were still dancers on the floor, swinging and swaying their partners.