Prom art

Covid has rendered prom season out of existence over the last two school years, but a group of Cedar Ridge High School parents have taken it upon themselves to offer seniors a prom experience, even if it’s with face masks and other pandemic restrictions.

“Several of us are on the senior parent committee with the school, and we would meet every two weeks with the principal to plan senior activities,” said Dawn Simmons Talley, who has a child at Cedar Ridge. “This year has been so strange. Graduation and the prom were on the planning list, and a couple of weeks ago, the principal told us that because of the governor’s new orders that we were not going to be able to do the prom.”

If it had been a school sanctioned prom, students would have to remain seated at tables and keep on their face masks. Also, there could be no dancing. 

“That’s not really a prom,” Talley said. 

When the high school opted out of the prom, five or six parents started planning an alternative. The group has secured a location, a DJ, a photographer, parent chaperones and security. It will be at Union Grove Farm, which offers indoor and outdoor areas to provide space for prom-goers to spread out. Capacity for the venue will be limited to allow for social distancing. Attendees will be required to wear masks unless they are seated and eating.

Talley said the original plan was to charge for tickets, but the organizers have since decided to make the event free so ticket prices won’t stand in the way of being able to attend the prom. However, Cedar Ridge students planning to go will still need to go online and register. So far, about 70 students have registered, Talley said.

Will the prom still have all the glitz and fanfare? “I do believe so. I know several girls who have gone out and gotten dresses,” Talley said.

The private prom will be held May 22 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, email at

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