Gore Mountain hosts four-school prom

Dancing at the prom at Gore Mountain

Dancing at the prom at Gore Mountain Chris O'Connor

— It was the Gore Mountain Ski Center, no doubt about it. There was the Northwoods, Gondola, the triple-chair, the J-bar. There were also lots of people around in the main lodge, but something was missing: snow.

Instead, the trees were leafy, the trails were grassy, and the air was warm on Saturday evening, May 19. And the Gore Mountain main lodge was rocking with more than 150 people who had come for what turned out to be a terrific prom adventure.

Four local schools, including Minerva, Newcomb, Indian Lake, and Long Lake Central Schools, enjoyed this North Creek ski resort as the venue for their combined prom.

With a “Twilight in Central Park” theme, the evening began for prom attendees with a walk along a lighted Central Park pathway to the dining room (aka the Tahawus Room) where all prom attendees were formally introduced. All were then treated to a sumptuous New York City-style buffet dinner with menu items including: sesame chicken with broccoli (Chinatown), meat lasagna and stuffed shells from Little Italy, Waldorf salad, Manhattan hot pretzels and Nathans’ hot dog cart, and of course New York Cheesecake. The food was great, and was expertly prepared and served by Centerplate, under the direction of Chef Mark Anthony.

Following this great dinner, prom-goers moved via the lighted pathway to the nicely decorated dancing room (aka the Santanoni Room), where DJ Krankin’ Ken provided about 3.5 straight hours of excellent dance music. Throughout the evening, photographer Kevin Lavarnway took formal pictures of the prom attendees as requested. Lots of water, lemonade, and sweet tea was provided for all dancers throughout the long night. About half-way through this great evening, the prom kings and queens of each of the four schools were named, then adorned with sashes.

These royal people were: Queen Alyssa Cuthbert and King Kevin Boya for Indian Lake, King Ratani Mor and Queen Melissa Clark for Long Lake, Queen Tara Galusha and King Shane LaFond for Minerva, and King(s) Taylor Goodspeed/Morgan Winslow and Queen Marlena Peter for Newcomb.

Thanks to Gore Mountain Snow Sports School Director Gail Setlock and various staff for preparing the main lodge for the prom and for being so accommodating as the prom advisors and prom committees worked to make sure the evening was going to be a memorable one. And it was. By all accounts, the prom was a success.

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