The occasion for all the celebration and the "photo-ops" up and down Chalet Hill was the Holden Village High School Prom, a social occasion to which EVERYONE, regardless of age, gender, or resident status, was invited.
The theme for this year's prom was "All Things British," and this meant that Holden Villagers, in their usual creative style, would freely interpret the theme and arrive costumed more-or-less in keeping with the main idea. Andrew Rogers, dressed as the London Underground (??), witnessed the procession of the students down the hill to the Village Center where the festivities were held.
Jack Coffey, dressed as a vicar (but truth be told, missing a few buttons on his "frock"...reason enough for the pose with the reverential folded hands) oversees the younger men in whose honor the prom was held. The group includes the high school teacher Dave Sather in period costume and students Joe Coffey, August Carpenter, and Olaf Coffey, all quite debonair in all-things-English costumes...uh, tuxedos and tails. SMASHING, you chaps!
In their elegant finery, Dave and Anglea Mietzke stroll down the hill on their way to the Village Center. Dave had (fortunately) been able to get off the crutches in time for walking downhill in a more normal fashion. Dancing, unfortunately, was out of the question.
And posing for a group photo, the entire Holden Village School stops midway down Chalet Hill for parents and friends and staff members to take pictures. (Cailan kneels in order not to tower over her date for the evening.)
This remarkable group of young people decorated the Village Center in a record-breaking 3 hours and had prepared the refreshments in advance as well. On Saturday morning, they cleaned up after their own prom...a necessity since they are in rehearsals for the final school play of the year (The Importance of Being Earnest). The play is scheduled to be performed on Sunday night after the Friday night prom extravaganza.
Elli Vegdahl-Crowell and Nyrie Mietzke dance together. (The hairstyles of the girls provided evidence that, contrary to unspoken and unwritten but universally accepted policy against such accoutrements, there are curling irons at Holden Village!)
Grace Coffey extends a hand to Jordan Mietzke in order to include her in the dancing.
Two sisters dance together. Home from St. Olaf College for the summer, Anna Coffey dressed up as a student of Hogwarts and danced with her sister Mary Coffey Sather, wife of the high school teacher Dave.
Brandon Chenovert arrived as Robin Hood and was joined by Maid Marian, Maggie Hutchinson.
And what kind of posh English party would be complete without a visit from The Queen? Liz Langeland, complete with handbag and a wave, impersonated Her Highness. Jack Coffey kept saying that he needed to go...that he had a sermon to write...but he took some time to visit with royalty. (The part about the sermon is true...he is to deliver the Sunday address.)
Classmates Grace Coffey and Marta Vegdahl-Crowell share a dance.
Katy Fontana (in the "big hair"...no curling iron needed) and Raina Rerucha-Borges (curling iron a must) share an amusing moment.
While a dreamy (maybe sleepy) Olaf Coffey looks on, Inge Chiles, Raina Rerucha-Borges, and Cailan Carpenter sit out a dance in order to chat.
Chuck and Stephanie Carpenter (a little curling iron action in evidence here) arrive ready to take some pictures of their own.
From the balcony in the Village Center and looking down on the crowd gathered below.
Olaf pauses to give some attention to his green high-top Converse shoes which are much harder to tie when the person doing the tying is wearing gloves.
Mariel Vinge and Angela Gustafson get into some fast dancing.
Tom Ahlstrom takes pleasure in the fact that the villagers are enjoying themselves.
James Stutrud and Tuque took the middle of the dance floor and the spotlight as Tuque proved to be both a dancer and an acrobat, dancing and turning flips. Tuque was watching the crowd with his "spidery little eyes" and wearing a corsage made from flowers currently blooming in Holden's gardens.