The Southern Alabama Regional Council on the Aging and the City of Enterprise are hosting a free concert by “The Moonlighters,” a popular local Big Band, Jazz and Swing music band, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at the Enterprise Civic Center.
“What a great way for Wiregrass ‘Boomers’ and Seniors to celebrate Valentine’s Day,” said SARCOA Director Robert Crowder.
This is the second year that SARCOA has been a host for the dance, which was in Dothan last year.
“The concert and dance was such a success last year that SARCOA wanted to offer the opportunity again for people to hear some terrific music and singing, and ‘cut the rug’ if they want to,” Crowder said.
Crowder invited patrons of the senior citizens centers in the seven-country region made up of Coffee, Covington, Geneva, Dale, Houston, Henry and Barbour counties to come and have a wonderful evening.
“We also encourage anyone in the 50 and above age group to attend and enjoy the Big Band and Swing sounds that they grew up hearing.
“The Moonlighters,” a 19-piece band started in 1976 by former Harry James Band trombone player Richard Shill, promise to perform favorite standards such as “I’ll Be Seeing You,” and “I Only Have Eyes for You.” Enterprise’s own Suzanne Sawyer is a vocalist with the band.
The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be retired Army Col. Charles Webb,
chairman of the Coffee County Emergency-911 Board of Directors. Webb, who retired from military service in 1987 after 31 years, was instrumental in the creation of the Coffee County Emergency Management Agency and was its first director.
Webb and his wife Gloria are dancing enthusiasts and longtime members of the Enterprise Ballroom Dance Club. Although those attending the Valentine’s Day event are not required to dance, Webb said the event is a wonderful opportunity to dance with a live band.
“Dancing makes you feel younger than springtime,” he said. Considering the bitterly cold temperatures of late, Webb said music and dancing can “warm the soul and put a little spring in your step.”
Light refreshments will be available at the dance. Crowder said music, dancing, food and fellowship will combine to make a fun event, but perhaps the best part is that it is free.
“This year, we are delighted to partner with the City of Enterprise, and we thank Mayor Kenneth Boswell and the city for allowing us to use the beautiful Enterprise Civic Center and for helping organize the dance,” Crowder said.
He also thanked O’Neal and Sam Boswell, and Sam Boswell Honda, along several other local sponsors, for helping to make the event possible.
Seating is limited so those who want to attend should make reservations by calling SARCOA at 334-793-6483 or 1-800-239-3507 no later than Monday, Feb. 10.