The joint was hopping last Saturday night. Kemptville and District Home Support’s [KDHSI] first annual Big Band Dance turned the Municipal Centre into North Grenville’s own Cotton Club, at least for one night. A full house enjoyed a great buffet, supplied by Dial-A-Chef’s Erick LePors with support from O’Farrell Financial, before getting down to the business of the night. Music. Dance. Swirling couples taking over the dance floor and cutting up a storm to one fantastic band. The Jivewires were simply amazing, great musicians and a wide repertoire of classic tunes and songs kept everyone happy for the night.
The band was sponsored by the Tallman Truck Centre and Grenville Mutual Insurance Company, always strong supporters of this community. The cause was a really good one too. KDHSI have been serving seniors in our area for over 35 years, providing a wide range of services, from meals-on-wheels to Home Help, Exercise Classes and Income Tax Assistance. This valued part of the North Grenville community (and beyond) benefited from a great crowd of dancers, toe-tappers and smiley, happy people.
A number of local businesses, new and old, sponsored tables for the event: Equinelle Pharmasave, Good Night Bed Company, Jansen Law, Kemptville Lions Club, Kemptville Retirement Living, North Grenville Times, Patterson Hadden & Brown Insurance Brokers, Sheppard & Associates Ltd., and Westerra Homes. The room was beautifully decorated by Evelyn with the support of Intricate Interlock.
It was quite wonderful to see so many people, “seniors” they claimed, getting around that dance floor with such style, smooth moves and some very technically good cutters of rugs. The music went from Louis Jordon to Sam Cooke, Van Morrison, and Cab Calloway, right through to Queen, Katrine and the Waves, and even a really nice “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin. Steve Berndt and his band were warm and fun, and their versions of Happy Birthday to two attendees were incredible.
KDHSI Executive Director, Susan Smith was really thrilled by the whole night, and she and Bill Forbes, representing the Board of KDHSI, expressed their thanks and appreciation to the full house. Perhaps another Board member summed up the evening best, when he said: “Same time, same place, same band, next year!”