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Chris and AJ's Prom Memories

Prom Traditions and Memories What’s Up? Magazine asked several adults for their prom memories.  Here are some of their comments. “Back then, there were no prom breakfasts in the ‘70s!” declared Chris Nemarich of Arnold, who has seen two of his teens off to proms at Broadneck High School and has one more kid to go.  “We all went home after the prom was over,” he said, “ changed out of our ruffled tuxes into more comfortable clothes and then stayed out all night.” “I went to Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville in Montgomery County and graduated in June 1976. I'd have to look at my old prom picture but I think it was a Senior Prom. I do remember that there was no separate Junior Prom so maybe we had a Junior and Senior Prom. I hung out in a large group of guys and girls and we just paired up to go to prom. I think there were six or seven couples in our group. You should see my Prom photo. I had the ugliest brown tux with a ruffled shirt and huge bow tie! It was very 70's!” “Funny thing,” he said.  “I had a job interview at the old David Taylor Research Center in Annapolis the day of my prom and I was offered a summer engineering apprentice job - which I accepted,” said Chris. “I spent the next four summers working there and then went to work there after graduating from Michigan. I've lived in this area ever since!” “One of the cool things for me and my friends was we each got to drive our dates in our parents' good car - not the clunkers we had. I got to take my date to the prom in my dad's brand spanking new Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme! I felt like I was on top of the world!  Now, if I could only remember where our Prom was held!” AJ Eckert, a residential and commercial realtor with Coldwell Banker and a member of the rock group the Magnetics attended Northfield Mount Herman School, a Massachusetts boarding school. The proms at Northfield were called “The Chat,” shorthand for ‘chateau.’”  AJ recalls it was a beautiful, old Victorian lodge which burned to the ground in the early ‘70s.  He claims he was so hip, he “blew off” his senior prom in 1970 and, instead, “to visit my girl friend. Of course this was summarily frowned upon by the school elders and I'm sure I paid for my transgressions with some unsavory work detail in the School kitchen - It worked for me.” Of course, his daughter’s prom is coming up in a few weeks …

Andrew and Claire's Prom Memories

Prom Traditions and Memories What’s Up? Magazine asked several adults for their prom memories.  Here are some of their comments.   Andrew Mertz, a regional youth and young adult program director for his church, attended a Junior and Senior prom, in the spring of 1998 in Woodstock, Virginia.  Voting for the prom king and queen had taken place the week before and the results were announced in school.  Andrew wore a tuxedo he borrowed from his father, his date dressed in a black and white dress.  Before the prom, Andrew, his date and another couple headed out to a fancy dinner.  Afterwards, they changed into their prom clothes and went to the prom.  When the prom ended, they “attended the after prom party organized at the high school, which consisted of carnival type games, moon bounce, and other active games.  I think I sang karaoke.” The two teens also had Andrew’s safety in mind.  “Because we were in a rural area, after I took my date home, I spent the night at her parents’ place as a guest instead of driving home tired.  This was pre-arranged.” Claire Kelly, assistant director of the Arnold Senior Activity Center, said, “Yes, I went to two junior proms and a senior prom.  In 1975 I went to a junior prom at my high school, Perkiomen Valley, Trappe PA. and to my friends’ prom at Methacton High School in Eagleville, PA.” Claire arranged it so the girls and the guys paired up to go to the two proms together, “so we all had a ‘date’ with a friend.  Half of us went to one school, and the other half were from the other school.  We all got to meet at the prom and sit together.  We each were then able to go to the proms at both high schools.” “We all wore long gowns,” Claire said.  “The tradition was to have the classic prom photo taken at the prom with your date.  We did not have a pre-prom activity since there was a meal at the prom.  My date, Al, picked me up at my home and drove me home after.  He came in and met my parents before we went out.  I think we gathered and took photos at someone’s house before all going to the prom.  I remember my date was so nervous to ask me out and he seemed so nervous meeting my dad.  It was all very sweet.” The senior prom was in 1976.  A senior at Perkiomen Valley High, her date that year was a high school graduate who lived about 90-minutes away in New Jersey.  “He picked me up at my home and we went to the prom.  We sat with my friends and went to a small party after at the home of one of my friends.  We did not stay long, then he took me home.” Claire said:  “The guys wore tuxes and the girls wore long gowns.  There were no organized events before or after.  It sounds boring but it was all a lot of clean, harmless fun.  They are fond memories.”

Iris, Kent, and Nushi's Prom Memories

Prom Traditions and Memories What’s Up? Magazine asked several adults for their prom memories.  Here are some of their comments. “I went with Ray, my Italian boyfriend, the tight end for the football team both junior and senior years,” recalled Iris Krasnow, an Annapolis resident and author of the best-selling book, “Surrendering To Marriage.” For the first prom in 1971, Ray wore a white polyester jacket with black trim and a peach-ruffled shirt.  He wore a double breasted brown linen jacket and a very cool mustard-colored shirt to escort her to the 1972 prom.  Iris explained: “His elevation in style came because, for the second Prom, I chose his outfit.  My Junior year I wore a bright orange halter jump suit splashed with red and white flowers, with wide legs and a low neckline. Senior year, I wore a cotton candy pink jump suit, in the same style. Bright zoot suits that tied behind the neck and billowed around your legs, you may recall, were the rage in the early 1970s.” “My parents would never have let me stay out all night, and thankfully there were no ‘prom breakfasts’ I had to miss. Pre-prom we ate at his father's Italian restaurant named Caesar's and went to a drive-in movie after one prom. Don't remember what we did the other year; after all, this was a lifetime ago. We traveled in his red 1967 Ford, no stretch limousine.  And, if we did imbibe just a wee bit I'm sure it was pink Ripple wine that matched my dress.” Kent Brasloff, a longtime Manhattan resident, who is the owner of Ask Kent and Co., his own interior design firm, and Co-Founder of The Independent Interior Designers’ Forum, recalled his senior prom back in St. Louis in 1978.  “I wore a rental suit that never got altered and was a size and a half too big.  My mother had to pin me into it so that it wouldn't fall off.  My boutonnière kept flopping over and it was definitely a ‘bad hair’ day,” he sighed.  “My date, who was a swimmer, initially couldn't find a dress to fit her very broad shoulders and very tiny waist all at the same time.  In the end, she wore a very pretty, all white, Mexican peasant dress with a stretchy shoulder line and some flowers in her hair.” The evening had a promising beginning, but quickly went downhill:  “We went to a fancy restaurant at the top of a mid-town building.  My date, who had had dental work done the day before took one bite of her pasta, which was VERY hot, and was in agony the rest of the evening.”  The couple left the prom early and didn't attend any after-parties. “Back then, there were no prom breakfasts or after-parties,” said Annapolis resident Nushi Carrera .  She went to the Senior prom in Alexandria,VA., with her boyfriend, who, thirty-three years later, is still her main squeeze and husband. “He wore a black tux and I wore a halter top, long solid black dress.  If you know what people wore those days you can imagine how we stood out!” laughed Nushi. My boyfriend and his dad cooked a high end steak dinner, complete with a white table cloth and candles, and served it in their family room for just the two of us,” s he smiled.  For her son’s prom in 2003, Nushi was part of the after-prom committee which arranged for a game company “to bring tons of casino like games to our school gym.  We had almost all prom attendees there. It was a great safe way to keep an eye on them.”

Lori, Desiree, and Patrick's Prom Memories

Prom Traditions and Memories What’s Up? Magazine asked several adults for their prom memories.  Here are some of their comments. Lori Phelan attended Southern High School as a member of the Class of 1976.  She went to proms her junior and senior years.  She attended the first prom with a senior who had broken his collarbone during a lacrosse championship earlier in the day.  The prom was held in the ballroom of what was then the Hilton, now known as the Marriott Waterfront Hotel. The balcony had a swimming pool in it.  “. I wore a silky blue printed gown. Dinner was served there. He wore a powder blue tux and looked like Prince Charming - but on painkillers. For my senior prom, I wore a powder blue dress which was very hot for its day -- think Jennie Lind. He wore a white tux with tails. It was held in Lanham. We left early and hung out in downtown Annapolis before heading off to Ocean City and staying up all night - the tradition of the day.” Thirty years later, her oldest child, Allison, now a 2006 graduate of Mt. DeSales Academy in Catonsville, attended her senior prom.  Son Craig, currently attending the US Air Force Academy, is a member of Severn School’s Class of 2009. “Both of my kids had afterprom school held/planned events with co-ed sleepovers after that. Pre-prom cocktail parties were held for large groupings. I don't remember that happening for me back in the day,” said Lori.  She explained how the 2009 sleepover worked.  “A dozen kids came back from Severn (where the after party was) around 2 a.m. - half boys, half girls. They had already changed into sweats at school. They pretty much all fell asleep sitting up.”  The chaperones didn’t fall asleep until the teens had zonked out.  “The deal was I took keys, no one was to leave before breakfast, no alcohol and I had spoken to all parents. It was a very tame event but so much fun! Someone from Severna Park High School stopped in the morning on his way home from another sleepover. He woke us all up. I made pancakes and we all hung out for another couple hours.” “So much fun!” Lori enthused. MORE High School Prom Memories Annapolis resident, artist Desiree Holmes Scherini never attended a prom or homecoming dance.  “I was asked once, in ninth grade, by a senior,” she said.  “I said ‘No’ because he ‘liked’ me more that I ‘liked’ him.”  Desiree didn't want to deal with the “goodnight kiss thing!”  She eventually married a Naval Academy graduate, though she did not attend the fabled Ring Dance until 2004.  She laughed: “I made up for not going to the prom later with all the military balls.  I have a closet full of formal gowns still. I should throw a formal party." The principal of Severna Park High School, Patrick Bathras, is a member of Old Mill High School’s Class of 1988.  His senior prom was held at Martin’s West in Windsor Mill, complete with a sit-down dinner.  Afterwards, they headed over to the high school for a prom breakfast in the Old Mill cafeteria.  Patrick wore a white tuxedo accented with pink; his date wore a white and pink gown.  “Some students rented limos, some drove their dates,” he remembered.  “I drove my date to the prom.  The prom theme song was ‘I’ve Had the Time of My Life.’” It was the closing, deeply romantic song in the movie “Dirty Dancing” starring the late Patrick Swayze.

Marjorie Sewell Holt

Former Congresswoman Marjorie Holt (1973–1987) was in her early teens when she decided that she wanted to be in the House of Representatives, and some 40 years later she took her seat as Maryland’s first congresswoman.

Dr. Jane R. Snider

Dr. Jane R. Snider is one of those rare individuals who has found in her profession, a calling. What is even more unusual is that she recognized her passion early—while she was still a student in high school. Today, the woman who was “always drawn to children who were excluded,” is the founder and executive director of The Summit School in Edgewater, an educational institution for “bright kids with learning differences.”

Linnell Bowen

Linnell Bowen is unassuming but obviously passionate about her work with and for children and adults. Since 1996 she has been the executive director of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.

Rams Head Hosts A Whiskey Dinner

  The Rams Head Tavern Annapolis is pleased to announce a five course Bushmills Whiskey dinner on Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 from 7pm-10pm with host Whiskey Master, Ewan Morgan and Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits.

Exhibits at the Benfield Gallery

Benfield Gallery presents “Mermaids of the Chesapeake”, Kathy Daywalt and Linoleum Block Prints.

Teen Named MD Youth of the Year

  Omar White, from Annapolis, set to receive college scholarship and vie for regional title this summer



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