Generation2Generation dance will aim at bringing young and old to the dance floor

Devoni Novak, A&E Editor

The fourth annual Lee Vincent Generation2 Generation dance is an opportunity to serve the community while having a good time. This inter-generational event aims to bring family and community members together in today’s on-the-go society.

This year’s dance will be held Sunday Sept. 25 from 1-5 p.m. at Genetti’s Best Western Hotel. Volunteers may attend free of cost or call 675-4270 to gain complimentary admission with invitation.Everyone in the community is invited to attend and encouraged to bring along family and friends.

Linda Kohut, of the Area Agency on Aging, has coordinated the Generation2Generation dance every year since its beginning. The dance was named in honor of Lee Vincent, a local band orchestra leader who was dedicated to involvement in the community.  Kohut believes the dance has consistently been an enjoyable learning experience for all who attend.

“It’s a great venue to have families get together because the generations don’t tend to mingle as much anymore,” said Kohut. “For one day at least it’s a learning experience for all involved.”

The purpose of the dance is to provide entertainment for all age groups throughout the Wilkes-Barre community. Kohut believes that it is difficult to stay in touch with family because society today is so mobile. She hopes the Generation2Generation dance will be an event that brings the idea of family back together. Kohut looks forward to this year’s dance; each year has something different to offer.

“Every year brings its own little change to itself I think depending on the crowd, who comes, and what  people are looking for,” said Kohut.

Five performing groups will provide live music. The performers include: The Klezmer Band, The JCC Youth Choir, Color Esperanza Migrant Education Dance Group and Youth Choir, The Lee Vincent Tribute Band, and Eddie Day and the Starfires. The Luzerne County Community College Culinary Arts Department has agreed to donate custom cake for the event; other refreshments will be available for purchase.

Those who wish to volunteer should register with Megan Boone by Wednesday Sept. 21 at the Wilkes University Community Service office located on the second floor of the SUB. Boone believes anyone has the ability to be an effective volunteer and encourages everyone to participate.

“I think that any person can volunteer,” said Boone, “It doesn’t matter your ability, it doesn’t matter you education level, you just have to have a heart for service.”