Nation Valley News
MAPLE RIDGE — Joyous little girls and proud fathers from around the region danced the night away at the Maple Ridge Centre last Friday evening.
The event marked the second annual Princess Ball Daddy/Daughter Dance at the private party venue owned by Rachel and Conrad Potvin.
The former Maple Ridge Senior Public School building had the fixings and glitter of a prom night — but with more than 200 dads and daughters celebrating their bond beneath the disco ball. Tuxedoed and otherwise gussied-up fathers — even some in full military regalia — twirled their tiaraed princesses on the dance floor. Patiently, they waited while their young female progeny hobnobbed with ‘real’ costumed royalty in the gymnasium — ‘Anna’ from Frozen. The littlest of little fingers easily led the men this way and that, over the red carpet, to the photo booth, to the cash cube, colouring table and outdoor carriage rides.
One participant brought his two daughters, one eight, the other 15 years old, all the way from Arnprior. “She still wanted to come out and dress up,” he said of the older girl. “My fiancee told us about it, and I wanted to bring my two daughters.”
Perched in a tiny chair beside his four-and-a-half-year-old daughter while she intently coloured, Martin Scarratt of Winchester said it was he and young Avery’s second time at the annual ball. “She’s loving it,” he declared.
“It’s nice. They have a lot of stuff for the girls to do,” said Daryl McIntosh of Russell, with daughters Leah, 11, and Torianna, 9, in tow.
“It’s our second year,” said Nevin Patterson of Oxford Mills, accompanying eight-year-old Hunter Patterson. The father-daughter duo were just about to take off on a jaunt around the schoolyard in the resplendent white carriage from Ash Meadow Farm Carriage Company. “We always have lots of fun,” he said.
Falling on Nov. 11, the occasion also raised $490 for the Chesterville Legion, Rachel Potvin said.
Above, a gallery of images from the Princess Ball Daddy/Daughter Dance.