Written by Pat Grace: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00The theme of the 2012 Senior Frolic was “Enchanted Forest” and it certainly was. It is a longstanding Manhasset tradition that parents create the venue for their children to celebrate on the evening of their graduation, and the co-chairs for this year’s Frolic, Karen Blando, Jeannette Reilly, and Donna Wang, along with many “graduating” parents, observed that tradition beautifully.
Also a tradition, the community is invited to the Frolic walk-thru to visit and bear witness to their spectacular effort. It is such a major undertaking that the committee began planning and coordinating in September 2011. Many senior parents and other community members contributed to the Frolic, including several former frolic chairs.
This year, approximately 315 graduating seniors and their guests attended the Frolic. The criteria for a guest is that they must be under 21 years old.
Graduates danced until 3 a.m. in an actual forest of live greenery purchased by the parents. Cleverly, the Frolic committee sought the advice of a landscape architect as to what plants/shrubs/trees would be best planted after Frolic on the campus following the dance. Parents of the Class of 2012 subsequently donated the plantings to enhance the space on either side of the arches at the rear of the school where one enters near the gymnasium—spaces that are 90 feet on one side and 60 feet on the other.
And, following yet another longstanding tradition, on Saturday, June 23, the junior parents arrived in shifts to dismantle the Frolic, no doubt taking notes for next year.