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James Richardson of Wading River with his 3-year-old daughter, Brynn, at Saturday's dance in Aquebogue. (Credit: Rachel Young photos)

James Richardson of Wading River with his 3-year-old daughter, Brynn, at Saturday’s dance in Aquebogue. (Credit: Rachel Young photos)

A sweet Valentine’s Day tradition took center stage at the town’s Senior Center in Aquebogue during the fifth annual father-daughter dance Saturday night.


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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Witches were the theme Thursday at the Riverhead Town Senior Center in Aquebogue on Halloween.

Riverhead Town Senior Center site manager Debbie Schwarz presided over the Halloween costume contest at the Riverhead Town Senior Center in Aquebogue Friday morning. Of the 14 women and one brave man, there were seven variations on the witch theme.

In the end Julie Nava, 63, of Riverhead beat the odds and won hands down with her belly dancer costume.

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Keith Colantropo dances with daughter Kaylee, 5, at the annual father-daughter dance in Aquebogue.

Love was in the air Saturday evening at the town’s Senior Center in Aquebogue, where the third annual father-daughter dance was held.

More than 200 dads and their daughters attended the dance, which was postponed one week due to the blizzard.

The dining room was transformed by recreation department staff to look like a Valentine’s wonderland with red tablecloths, balloons and heart decorations on the walls.

The fathers and daughters dressed in their finest — as if they were dining at a four-star restaurant — the girls wearing flowing pink, red and purple gowns with corsages on their wrists or roses in their hands.

Luis Garcia of Riverhead had three dates for the dance: daughters Yamileth, 7, Lillian, 6, and Melissa, 5.

“Am I lucky or am I going to be in trouble?” he said with a laugh.

Deejay Regina Holmes played a mix of nostalgic oldies, slow dances and kids’ favorites like Justin Bieber and One Direction.

For the $15 price of the dance, fathers and daughters had a portrait taken by photographer Joe Doll as they dined on pigs in blankets, Swedish meatballs, cupcakes and chocolate fondue.

The girls also made special Valentine’s Day cards for their fathers.

Mom’s shouldn’t feel left out. They just have to wait until Mother’s Day for the recreation department’s mother-son dance.


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Juggler Keith Leaf, AKA Keith The Leaf and The Fire Guy, entertained more than 200 children and adults at the Riverhead Senior Center in Aquebogue Saturday morning.

The East Hampton juggler spun plates, juggled balls, clubs, racquets and more for the crowd.

Mr. Leaf has been a professional juggler for 15 years on Long Island, in New York City, Virginia and Canada. For more information visit his website at www.firejuggler.org

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Keith Leaf passes a spinning plate down a line of children.