Dance party targets 55-and-over crowd

Former party planner wants to ‘spice things up’


Being single in Parker is no easy task. It can be even more difficult for the 55-and-up demographic.

Many of the events that allow singles to mingle and get to know one another tend to be in Denver. That’s why Parker resident Marty Pickert is taking it upon herself to “spice things up.” She has scheduled two dance parties in April at Takoda Tavern, a popular watering hole on the southeast corner of South Parker Road and Hess Road.

“I decided that it’s really boring (in Parker) for dance people,” she said. “We need to do something to have some fun.”

Pickert, who ran an event-planning business called “Parties by Marty” up until three years ago, said there are no places for older people to dance, so she has built a music playlist that features everything from rock `n’ roll and country to disco and slow ballads.

Pickert and her group of girlfriends go to the Tailgate Tavern in downtown Parker to line dance to country bands on Thursday nights. But there is often one thing missing: a few good men.

“There are tons of neat women who are widowed and divorced — tons,” she said. “We’re trying to find the guys.”

Pickert, who turns 71 this month, is employing a clever tactic to spark conversations, particularly because “people are shy,” regardless of their age and level of experience. Each lady who attends will be given a tag bearing the name of a classic song; every gentleman will get a tag with the name of a musical artist. The idea is to match the song name with the band that recorded it to bring people together.

“They might think it’s corny, but it gets people in the spirit,” she said.

It’s not the first time Pickert has tried to improve things for residents 55 and older. She is actively working on a plan to establish senior cohousing in Parker.

The “Singles 55+ Networking and Dance” parties are from 4-8 p.m. April 13 and April 27 at Takoda Tavern, 12311 Pine Bluffs Way. Admission is free and there is no requirement to RSVP. Call 303-649-9125 for more information.


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