MOV Adult Prom set to return

The inaugural Mid-Ohio Valley Adult Prom was so successful last year, a repeat performance is set for April 5 in Parkersburg.

Prom organizer Staci Morgan, 26, of Vienna hopes the event raises at least $2,500 for the all-inclusive playground being built at City Park. The playground being developed by the Junior League of Parkersburg is designed for children and adults who have disabilities.

Proceeds from last year’s adult prom were given to a local woman battling cancer, Morgan said.

Morgan’s idea behind the prom was to give adults an opportunity to dress up and have fun.

She also wanted to attend a prom with her husband, Andrew, 30, she said. “Andrew loved last year’s prom,” Staci said.

The adult prom, with the theme “Alice in Wonderland,” will be 7 p.m. to midnight April 5 at the Nemesis Shrine building at 244 Watson Road in Parkersburg.

Prom-goers must be at least 21 years old and last year’s event even attracted people in their late 60s. Most are between 25 and 45 years old, Morgan said.

Light snacks, cupcakes, cash bar, prom portraits, disc jockey, 50/50 drawing and silent auction will be featured. People may want to eat dinner before heading to the prom, Morgan said.

Three-hundred tickets will be for sale. Tickets are sold on the prom page on Facebook at Or email Morgan at and she will send you an invoice by email.

A dress exchange has been established for those needing formal attire for the prom, Morgan said.

I cannot remember much about my high school proms back in Woodbury Heights, N.J., at Gateway Regional High School in 1969 and ’70. Oh my gosh, that was 44 years ago!

I do remember wearing a yellow tuxedo – yes, yellow – to one of my proms.

I am sure I did not exhibit any John Travoltaesque moves on the dance floor.

Maybe I will attend Morgan’s adult prom in April. It will give me an opportunity to develop prom memories that might last for a few years.

And I won’t be wearing a yellow tux this time.


Autumn Moore, former owner/chef at the Paradise Grille in Vienna, has been hired as the executive chef at DaVinci’s restaurant in Williamstown. Moore, of Vienna, will start her job March 4, said Chris Bender, owner of DaVinci’s. “Autumn will bring fun and a flair to our place,” Bender told me this week. “She (Moore) has an intense knowledge and passion in the culinary field. It will be a good fit.” The Paradise Grille closed Jan. 1 after operating for 22 years in Parkersburg and Vienna. DaVinci’s opened in 1980.


When Kitty Hawk, N.C., received 8 to 10 inches of snow last week, most activities stopped, reports Tom Halfhill, a Parkersburg native who has lived on the Outer Banks for more than 20 years. These barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina are more accustomed to being battered by hurricanes and fall storms than snowstorms. Halfhill said it is unusual to get any snow in Kitty Hawk and when it does snow it melts quickly. The recent snowfall closed North Carolina schools for a week and halted mail and newspaper delivery for two days, Halfhill wrote in an email. Many businesses closed because the workers and owners could not get to work, he said. “My street had no traffic for three days,” he said. Halfhill, a 1946 graduate of Parkersburg High School, enjoys keeping up with happenings in his hometown by going online at

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