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Why do kids get to have all the fun during prom season?

For Homewood-Flossmoor area grown-ups – including many whose children are going to this spring’s big dance – Prom for Parents is a logical response to that question.

The first-ever Prom for Parents makes its debut April 23 at Flossmoor Country Club. The prom begins at 7:30 p.m. with music by Not My Dad and Two Chicks starting at 8:30 p.m.

The event is open to any adults, said Jon Elfner, a member of Not My Dad and Two Chicks who is also a Homewood-Flossmoor High School teacher.

“You don’t have to be a parent,” he said. “We just thought Prom for Parents had a nice ring to it. It is really a prom for adults.”

Prom for Parents is a joint production of the country club and band.

“Flossmoor Country Club and Not My Dad and Two Chicks have been looking for an opportunity to work together since last summer,” Elfner said. “We brainstormed a few ideas and came up with something together that we thought would be really fun.” 

Mark Swinford, the clubhouse manager at Flossmoor Country Club, emphasized that the event is open to all community members.

“This is a great opportunity for us to be open to those in the community who have passed by the front entrance (of the country club), but have never stopped by,” Swinford said. 

Elfner said the band will be playing “a lot of ‘80s music to remind guests of our glory days.” The band will be dressed in prom attire from that era. Guests are invited to dress in vintage style that reflects the fashion of their prom years or, if they wish, in contemporary attire. Tuxedos are not necessary. 

Tickets are $30 a person. That price includes a prom picture with commemorative frame – a professional photographer will be taking pictures in front of a balloon arch. There will also be a punch bowl, light hors d’oeuvres and drink specials.

Swinford said tickets can be purchased in advance through Eventbrite. Interested persons can also check the country club or band Facebook pages. Further information is available at 708-798-4700, extension 217. Swinford said tickets will be on sale until 5 p.m. April 19 and will not be available at the door.

Not My Dad and Two Chicks is made up of friends from the H-F community, Elfner said.

“Our goal is to entertain, and we pick songs that we know people will love,” he said. “We’ve had great support from the community and design our shows to be high energy, familiar and entertaining. People love to dance at our shows.”

Elfner is also a member of Staff Infection, a rock band started by H-F High School teachers; it’s now in its 15th year.

The South Side Horns, the Staff Infection brass section, will also be on stage for several songs during Prom for Parents.

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