HOCO 2017: Best Night of My Life!

On Saturday, Lampeter-Strasburg High School held their annual Homecoming dance. As freshman, this was my first time going and I didn’t know what to expect.

First of all, let me just say that guys have it so easy when it comes to getting ready for the dance. 

Am I right girls? 

Guys just have to figure out an outfit to match their date and comb their hair. For the ladies, it is an all-day event to get prepped. 

On Saturday morning, I woke up early and the first item on my to do list was nails. I needed to get a manicure and pedicure for the dance since I was wearing open toe shoes. The nail salon I decided to try was modern and very interesting. It was also my first time going there as well. 

Since I was wearing a navy dress, I chose a french manicure for my nails and navy polish for my toes. After an hour at the nail salon, it was time to head off to the next two items on my list – hair and make-up. 

Fortunately, where I made an appointment--Chrome Salon--offered hair and make-up services. This was going to save me time not having to drive to two different places. Since I had to keep an eye on the time and be ready for my date, I went into the hair salon with pictures and ideas of how I thought I wanted my hair and make-up done. 
Yes, we girls spend hours and hours searching the Internet looking at various websites trying to find the perfect hair and make-up. 
When I met with the hair dresser, I explained how I wanted my hair, showed her a picture, and the hair accessory I had purchased for the hairstyle I liked. The hair dresser informed me that she could do what I asked and informed me she would also be doing my make-up. 

Once again, I explained to her what I was looking for and showed more pictures from my phone. This whole hair and make-up process to be transformed took about two hours, but it was definitely worth it! When my hair dresser and makeup artist finally finished, many of the other customers at the hair salon complimented me while I was exiting and asked what the occasion was. I informed them I was going to my Homecoming dance and they hoped I had fun. 

Looking at the time, it was getting close to when my boyfriend would be coming over for pictures. Luckily, the only thing left for me to do was to get dressed. Trying to put your dress on without messing up your hair and make-up can be a difficult task. With a little help from my mom, mission accomplished! 

Once I finished putting my jewelry on, my grandparents and aunt had arrived to take pictures. I came downstairs to see everyone amazed at how pretty I looked. We walked outside afterwards and I took pictures with my family while waiting for my boyfriend/date to arrive. When we were finishing up photos, my boyfriend, Kyle,  arrived. I quickly ran inside to surprise him while he waited outside with my family. 

I was very shaky and nervous, but once I stepped out and saw his reaction, I felt better. Kyle hugged me tightly and placed my corsage he bought on my wrist. My family took more photos of the two of us together. A few moments later, we had to leave to make the dinner reservations at Fireside Tavern.

About an hour later, we headed to the school for the dance. Once we walked through the school’s doors, I was amazed by how many people were in attendance and all the decorations inside. 

Kyle and I hung out with our friends and danced all night! We also took many photos and even slow danced to a song. Once the dance was over, we decided to go to Friendly’s for ice cream. 

I had the best time at my first high school dance and highly suggest that you go to next year’s homecoming dance whether with a group of friends or a date. All the “prep work” to get ready was definitely worth it!

--By Gabby Harner, LS News reporter

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