Food and fun at the sock hop

Advocate staff photo by Darlene Denstorff -- Dancing, eating at the Sock Hop -- Volunteers, from left, Tommy Gordon, Beth Bertrand and Bobby Soileau serve pastalaya Friday to more than 400 seniors at the monthly Ascension Parish Sock Hop at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. The program, organized by the Ascension Parish Recreation Department, started five years ago with about 50 people at the St. Amant Recreation Center and has grown over the years to fill up the center's gym.
Advocate staff photo by Darlene Denstorff -- Dancing, eating at the Sock Hop -- Volunteers, from left, Tommy Gordon, Beth Bertrand and Bobby Soileau serve pastalaya Friday to more than 400 seniors at the monthly Ascension Parish Sock Hop at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. The program, organized by the Ascension Parish Recreation Department, started five years ago with about 50 people at the St. Amant Recreation Center and has grown over the years to fill up the center's gym.

Seniors started lining up at 8:15 a.m. Friday for the monthly Sock Hop, hosted by the Ascension Parish Department of Recreation and Culture.

When the doors opened just before noon, more than 400 seniors showed up for a pastalaya lunch and dancing.

The event takes two days to set up and is staffed by volunteers.

Parish President Tommy Martinez started the program five years ago at the St. Amant Recreation Center.

This month’s meal was sponsored by state Sen. Jody Amedee.