Westfield dances to continue with outdoor element


The City of Westfield has sought to continue growing popular events despite the coronavirus pandemic

“The dances have particular meaning for so many this year,” Westfield Communications Director Vicki Duncan Gardner said. “Many families have been missing the opportunities to make fun memories. These dances are opportunities o help support our families this year in a safe way.”

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Tammy Havard and son Tristan at last year’s Mother Son Dance. (Submitted photo)

The second annual Mother Son Dance is set from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 18. The fourth annual Daddy Daughter Dance will be held 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19. Both events are at the Bridgewater Club Event Tent and recommended for ages 3 to 10.

Kelley Wells, the city’s community events manager, said organizers have made several changes to the dances to ensure the safety of all attendees, including being held outdoors in a tent.

Attendance capacity has been reduced to 200 per dance to allow for social distancing. The normal capacity per dance is 350 people.

“Snacks will be individually wrapped, temperatures will be taken at check-in and hand-sanitizing stations will be available throughout the event space,” Wells said. “Masks are also required and are part of the (masquerade) theme.”

Lawn games have been added as an attraction this year.

“We will have giant Jenga, giant checkers, lawn bowling and giant Connect4,” she said. “Sanitizing wipes will be available to clean the game pieces. We will not have a photo booth this year, but we will still have a professional photo station in which each couple will receive a free print.”

Each child will also receive a take-home craft kit, she said.

“Daddy Daughter Dance has been growing drastically in popularity, and last year’s dance sold out in just hours, so we added a second Daddy Daughter Dance to accommodate the growing demand,” Wells said. “Many Westfield moms reached out to us inquiring about hosting a Mother Son Dance and we were happy to be able to add that event to our events calendar late last year. The Mother Son Dance was so successful that we want to continue to offer it annually.”

Admission is $15 for each person.

For more, visit westfieldwelcome.com.