Seniors participate in sock hop

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - By Jessica Bowman – email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The twist was brought back to life Friday in Biloxi. Cruisin the coast was kicked off by the Third Annual Sock Hop for Senior Citizens at the Donal Snyder Center.

The Harrison County Retired Senior Volunteer Program along with the city of Biloxi hosted the event. Senior citizens put on their poodle skirts to dance the day away.

Jane French said, "We get to line dance, freeze dance and do the chicken dance."

Shirley Poli said, "We just enjoy coming. It helps us to get out of the house. We enjoy associating with the community we have here."

The 1950's were re-lived through the eyes of senior citizens, bringing them back to their playful youth.

"We love the entertainment they have for the seniors," said Poli.

Director of the Harrison County Senior and Volunteer Program Mag Holland said the room is full of positive energy. Singing, dancing and door prizes were just some of the perks to the party.

"Look at them, they are pretty active right now. Gets them up, gets them going and it keeps are seniors from getting depressed. We don't want them to sit in the rocking chair, we want them up and going," said Mag Holland.

This was an enjoyable time of fellowship for all participants and according to City of Biloxi Parks and Recreation Senior Programmer Gwen Johnson, it was also a time for the seniors to put their hands in the mix and help others.

"Its an event that the seniors look forward to. We provide activities so that they can have fun as well as volunteer," said Gwen Johnson.

To top things off sweet treats were handed out to anyone who came craving a little something extra.

"We had banana splits, old fashioned root beer floats and coke floats," said Holland.

Poli said, "Oh it was great. We loved to have the banana split and we enjoyed it. I had a piece of banana, a little dip of ice cream, but not to over do it."

The two hour event was free and brought in more than 100 people. The bash was put on to celebrate the successful ending of the senior volunteer week in Harrison County along with kicking off Cruisin the Coast.

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