Le, over at Third on the Right has initiated a little blog community project, Flashback Friday Link Up Lovey. Check it out, and come up with your own Flashdance, I mean flashback. Haha!
Snowball Dance at Caney Valley High, Southeast Kansas
I have so many great memories from growing up in the 1980s, and the annual Snowball Dance at Caney Valley High (Kansas) is among my finest. There was so much excitement and anticipation in planning my wardrobe and hair. This winter dance was such a blast, and even though my father was a Nazarene minister, he was so good to let me go despite the church’s position on dancing.
I don’t have a picture of me from my freshman year, but I wore an amazing red dress with handkerchief hem and light tan leather 9 West shoes that tied around the ankles like ballet slippers.
My mom bought me this dress in downtown Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 20 miles from my high school. I bought matching metallic shoes up the street at Milo’s. They were a strappy little job with copper, silver, and gold all at play. Every year, my high school girlfriends and I had a group picture taken at the Snowball and Prom.
The Early 80s: Taffeta, Gunne Sax, Corduroy and Prairie Skirts
I remember what every one of these girls wore that cold, Kansas winter night. Jill and Anissa both wore corduroy suits. Tricia wore a plum-colored prairie skirt and matching top. Cheryl obviously wore a cute sailor dress and hat! Shawnda’s dress with gray corduroy with pink piping. (Amazing the things I remember!) Angela’s dress was a pink Gunne Sax. Dana, who was crowned Homecoming Queen our senior year, wore a burgundy dress. Jennifer is on the back row in THE MOST AMAZING DRESS EVER. It was a dark turquoise taffeta with lots of bows and tiny pleats. It was probably purchased with her wonderful mother on one of their many shopping trips to Kansas City. I loved her dress so much. Our senior year, she was crowned Snowball Queen! Melanie was my best friend back then. She wore a delightful little black taffeta skirt and a frilly white blouse. She looked so super adorable.
That’s me in the black on the right. My mother made this black taffeta dress. It had black sequins sewn on the puffed sleeves and the belt around the dropped waist. Thanks, again, ma!
My mom made this red taffeta dress from some amazing fabric my aunt gave her. It had black embroidered flowers. For added effect, my mom attached a black velvet bow with a rhinestone pin in the center to the bottom of the dress. That dress was so amazing. I took it to college with me and wore it many more times. I wish I still had it.
I miss getting dressed up and going to parties.
(That’s my friend, Jennifer C., wearing the tiara. She had been crowned Snowball Queen earlier that evening. She always had the best snowball dresses!)
Thanks, Le, for the chance to flashback.