A Dad's Day no brainer: tix to the Father Daughter Dance
When I was in fourth grade, my school held a breakfast called Muffins for Moms that was exclusively for the boys and their mothers. We girls got the better deal, in my opinion: the Father-Daughter Square Dance. For weeks leading up to the shindig, our PE teacher taught us to do-si-do and swing our partners -- in this case, the boys in the class. On the night of the big dance, our elementary school gym teemed with dads and girls, plaid shirts, more denim than Jay Leno's closet and, as I recall, donuts. Lots and lots of donuts.
To this day, I couldn't demonstrate a square dance call to save my life. Don't ask me how to "shoot the star" or do an "all around the left-hand lady." But ask me how to secure the bond between fathers and daughters, and I'll say spending quality one-on-one time is a great start. (That's me with my dad, Fred Wheatt, at my wedding rehearsal last February. Sadly -- or fortunately -- I have no pictures from the Father-Daughter Square Dance.
For all the Poppas (and Poppa-figures) and daughters out there, Deejay Stu Robinson of 95.7 The Beat will host his third-annual Father Daughter Dance from 5-8 p.m. Sunday at Alfano Conference and Banquet Center in Tampa. Tickets are $25 per person. You have until Friday to get them here. Doors open at 4 p.m. for seating and photos.
“It was no hidden secret in my family that my dad and my sister had this special bond. Getting older, I saw that bond that my dad and my sister had. I want that same bond with my daughter,” said Stu, whose 11-year-old daughter, Tyeisha Hairston, comes down from her home in Greensboro, N.C., to attend the bash each year. (That's Stu with Ty on your right. All together now: Awwww...)
The Poppa and little girl in your life get dressed up, enjoy a buffet dinner and sashay the night away to sweet songs like Luther Vandross’ Dance with My Father and Bob Carlisle’s Butterfly Kisses. They can always go out for donuts afterward.
-- Guest Momma Dalia Colon