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Hancock teen dance goes on despite confusion about date

May 24, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS
  • Tim and Linda Smith
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HANCOCK -- When a mixup led more than 40 teens to show up at the Hancock Community Center for a dance Saturday night that happened Friday, town council member Tim Smith didn't want to disappoint them.

"I'm standing there thinking, 'OK, we've got a speaker in there, we've got a portable CD player,'" Smith said. "That was not what I had planned for my Saturday evening, but I told them, 'If you all come up with CDs, I'll make sure you get a chance to dance.'"

Smith, founder of the community group Hancock in Motion, chaperoned the impromptu party for about three hours with help from his wife, Linda Smith, and Hancock in Motion member Mark Peterson.

"I thought that was pretty generous of him to take his time on the weekend," Town Manager David Smith said.

David Smith, who is not related to Tim Smith, said he found the teens standing outside the locked community center at about 6 p.m. after getting a call from a parent.

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The teens, who ranged in age from about 12 to 16 years old, said there was an announcement at school about a dance that weekend and word spread via text message, Tim Smith said. The event was actually a sock hop hosted by the Hancock Arts Council on Friday night, but the confusion might have stemmed from the fact that Hancock in Motion often hosts teen dances on Saturday nights, he said.

David Smith said he offered the students his cell phone to call for rides home.

"None of them seemed to want to do that," he said.

When David Smith called Tim Smith to ask whether Hancock in Motion had a dance scheduled, Tim Smith said no, but went over to help sort things out.

"For me, when it comes to the kids, I'll do anything I can to get them something to do," Tim Smith said.

He said he told the group he didn't have any special lighting or decorations, but if they would bear with him, he would do the best he could.

The teens danced to CDs and played Hacky Sack until 9 p.m., he said.

"They didn't play anything with foul language, which was amazing to me," Tim Smith said.

Hancock in Motion, founded in December, has organized soap box derby races, a craft show, a luminaria display honoring veterans and a Christmas parade, he said.

The group is planning an outdoor teen dance for later this spring or summer, Tim Smith said.

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