The weather cooperated on Friday, May 20 for 's senior prom.
Couples and parents converged at outdoor photo parties at homes around town before departing for the Stamford Marriot where the doors to the prom closed at 7:30 p.m.
The planning of many moms insured the seniors' night would be unforgettable, from the pre-parties to the annual post prom extravaganza at .
New Canaan's tradition of providing supervised post prom entertainment, games, food and raffles from midnight until dawn dates back 52 years.
After the kids trade formal dresses, heels and tuxedos for comfy clothes and shoes, they have a fun and safe place to party through the night.
Planning for the event's distinctive decorating theme by parent co-chairs and a 30 member committee starts a year in advance.
Jana Harvey, Betsey Pasini and Kristi Ready were this year's tri-chairs.
"I graduated in '81 and the post prom was here — back then it was 'Casino Night,' and it kind of evolved," Ready told About Town.
The post prom theme is kept secret until the students arrive. Some themes from the recent past were:
"Hang 10" with a surf theme for 2010
"Get Real" about reality TV for 2009
"Celebrate 06840" for 2008
"James Bond 007" for 2007
This year's theme was "Class of 2011 Leaving the Next Station to Heaven." The kids entered the front driveway of Waveny through a mockup of the New Canaan train station and were transported to a New York City fantasy world.
The obligatory "breathalyzing" check point — manned by fourteen parents — was set up as the NYPD.
Inside Waveny House, the 313 students of the class of 2011 danced through Times Square, had their photo taken with a life-size cutout of Tony Pavia, had their minds read by two mentalists and played crazy games while snacking on thousands of mini-sliders and tacos passed by some of the 80 parent volunteers.
Students who leave Waveny are not allowed to re-enter, but a senior video and grand raffle of lavish prizes entices most to stay until the bitter end.
"It's great that so many parents come together to make sure the kids have a fun and safe night," Pasini said. "Also, the moms really do have a good time bonding and working."
The event is supported by donations from parents, local businesses and corporations. Treasurer Tracy Karl, working her third post prom, said even families without kids attending make donations because they feel strongly that "the whole community takes care of our seniors."
Sharon Driscoll and Colleen Baldwin are co-chairs for 2012 and have already chosen their secret theme.
"If you want the kids to be safe and have fun, you have to step up," Driscoll said.
Thanks to many hours of creative planning, along with community support, another class of happy, tired teens made it through their NCHS senior prom night safely and into the light of another day.