People Meeting People’s Janet Scott and Ken Agate welcome the community to the Holly-Daze Dinner and Dance at Monterey Centre Dec. 18.

Holly-Daze returns to dance floor

Monterey Recreation Centre and Victoria People Meeting People come together in a bit of a Holly-Daze Dec. 18

Monterey Recreation Centre and Victoria People Meeting People come together in a bit of a Holly-Daze Dec. 18.

The party is a perfect blend two decades in the making.

The PMP group formed in 1983 and by the time Alice Pitman joined in 1989 they were holding an event a week and had outgrown the Ukrainian hall in Victoria.

“The have picnics, they dance, do barbecues, they do Christmas dances,” said  Pitman.

As group dynamics changed, different venues included the Esquimalt Legion and Crystal Garden.

“We joined ventures with Monterey to put on big parties,” said Pitman, a Victoria resident. For nearly two decades now, they’ve worked with Monterey Recreation Centre to host small events twice a month and two big events each year. They hope to expand on that next year.

“It increases audience both ways. It’s a really favourable partnership,” said Joanne Donohue, Monterey Recreation Programmer. “People Meeting People doesn’t restrict their membership to 50-plus, but a lot of people are.”

This year the dinner, dance-social Holly-Daze is Dec. 18 at Monterey with entertainment by MC2.

“That is open to the public and will be a lot of fun,” Donohue said.

Membership doubled and walk-ins are routine now. They draw members from as far afield as Sooke to Oak Bay locals like Ken Agate.

“We’re a good fit, we seem to be good for each other,” agreed Agate, PMP president. “They do their part very well. They provide a good meal and they provide good service with enthusiastic volunteers and an excellent venue.”

The dinner portion of the evening includes apple cranberry stuffed pork with cranberry glaze and apple thyme gravy, garlic spinach mashed potatoes, a garlic medley of carrots and beans, fresh rolls and coffee or tea, with caramel pecan cheesecake for dessert.

“We do these a few times a year,” Agate said. “It’s nice to keep our membership fresh – we do like new people to come.”

PMP doesn’t have an age restriction for membership.

“We have also started to see some younger people join,” Pitman said.

They run a few line dances to get the singles on the dance floor. And anyone can ask anyone to dance, there’s no judgment in this crowd, they say.

“It’s different than other dance clubs in that it’s a social dance club. People don’t have to take lessons,” said Mike Couture.

“People dance at all different levels, no one’s judging,” Pitman added.

The men and women split tends toward 50-50 and couples and singles routinely mingle.

“Yes, you meet people,” Pitman said. “But for me it’s the exercise instead of another night in front of the television.”

The Holly-Daze Dinner and Dance is Dec. 18 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

“We’ve tweaked something that was already good bringing in dancers and upgraded entertainment,” Agate said. “The value is really good too, it’s not expensive and that’s important.”

 

Tickets are $23 for members and $27 for non‐members available at the centre, 1442 Monterey Ave.

 

 

Just Posted

Downtown Victoria sees 10-fold increase in condo units since 2016

A report by the Downtown Victoria Business Association details ongoing construction trends

International migration drives population rise in B.C.

No joke, provincial population topped 5 million by April 1

Wind gusts turn away cruise ships from Victoria harbour

Weather conditions make docking difficult for large ships

Tips from BC Ferries for travelling this Canada Day long weekend

Tips from BC Ferries for smooth sailing this Canada Day long weekend

Three Greater Victoria schools claim climate awards

Awards handed out by British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association

Video shows fireworks shot at swan in Alberta

Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident in Grande Prairie

WITH VIDEO: Two endangered marmots released on Vancouver Island

With three new pups born in May, two more Vancouver Island Marmots… Continue reading

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

Should B.C. get rid of Daylight Saving Time?

The province wants to know, as state governments down south make the move

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Canadians crash out of Women’s World Cup in 0-1 loss to Sweden

Canada missed a chance to tie the game on a penalty shot

Four-year-old boy assaulted at B.C. soccer game

It happened at a weekend tournament in Ashcroft

Two bear cubs saved near Revelstoke after mother hit by car

Conservation officers trapped the cubs and transported them to a wildlife sanctuary

Heroism medal for B.C. woman who tried to save wheelchair-bound man stuck on rail tracks

Julie Callaghan awarded Carnegie Medal from U.S.-based foundation for ‘extraordinary heroism’

Most Read