The Yadkin Valley Senior Games’ performing arts participants showcased their talents at the Follies Show on Thursday evening, held in the auditorium at Surry Community College.
The Master of Ceremonies for the show was Dr. George Sappenfield, vice president of corporate and continuing education at SCC. He kept the audience captivated with his humorous commentary and interesting information about SCC.
The full house enjoyed numerous dance performances as well as singing, and comedy/drama in the form of storytelling.
Special recognition and a moment of silence was given for Leroy Adkins, a participant who won a silver medal in golf and a chance to play in the state games. Adkins died soon after participating in the golf competition. Watson described, through tears, how excited Adkins was to compete, and said he would be missed. His picture was displayed for the audience to see as a moment of silence was given in his honor.
Lynn Harrell, associate director of the North Carolina Senior Games, was in attendance.
Harrell said this was her first time visiting the area and she was impressed by the amount of support for the Yadkin Valley Senior Games, one of 53 games held throughout North Carolina with more than 60,000 state-wide participants.
Celena Watson, coordinator of the Yadkin Valley Senior Games, recognized the volunteers, staff, agencies, and sponsors of the events, explaining that the event was a product of the support and work that takes place nine months each year.
Watson also recognized co-coordinator Daniel White, director of Surry County Parks and Recreation, as well as events coordinator Bradley Key.
Harrell said she was impressed with the local effort: “We really do have a strong local games, and that comes from support from the community and multiple local agencies coming together.”
Celena Watson was given a loud round of applause as well as a gift of three roses from her three senior games ambassadors and a gift card. She addressed the audience by saying that they all inspire her personally and she thinks everyone can learn from the participants, who show us “how we can be healthy and vibrant for our whole lives.”
“You are all wonderful models for all of us to look up to, no matter what age.”
The talent portion of the night, the Follies Show, was judged by Brack Llewellyn, Angie Smith, Paul Danley, and Wendy Smith.
Door and raffle prizes were given away throughout the evening, including birdhouses and a cornhole boards made and donated by John Wetmore.
Performing Arts winners
A cheerleading group, the Rockin’ Rockets, received an automatic first place since they were the only group entered in the category.
For dance, small group category, first place went to the Swingin’ Seniors, a couple who performed a two-step routine, and second place went to the New Generations dance group.
The storytelling/drama/comedy category had three entries and first place went to Terri Ingalls, second place to Keith Addis, and third place to Vicky Bird. Watson said the three participants scores were separated by only a tenth of a point.
The line dancing, small group winners were the Alleghany Golden Girls, who delighted the crowed with a high steppin’ western routine.
The large group dance winners were the Blue Ridge Entertainers, who performed a glowing routine in the dark. Each dancer wore all-black but adorned themselves with glow-in-the-dark sticks, which created a unique effect when the lights were out.
Large group line dance winners were the Sassy Seniors, who performed to “Boot-Scootin’ Boogie.” Second place in the category went to the Dream Dancers for a Christmas-themed dance and third was awarded to Kickin’ Country, for a dance performed to “Fishin’ Hole” by Andy Griffith.
The Vocal solo winner was Larry Finney, who sang very well despite mic problems. Second place went to Clyde Horworth and third went to Juanita Gillespie, who won Best in Show last year and represented the area at the state games.
Best in Show went to Julia Schafer, who’s Tai Chi dance routine impressed the audience and judges alike. Schafer is from the King area and Watson said she also won several medals in the swimming competition.
All first, second, and third place winners, as well as Best in Show, will have the chance to move on to the state senior games in Raleigh, held in September.
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