Clifton Recreation Presents: A Knight For A Princess!


Knight Dean and Princess Emma F. prepare to storm the castle!

Calling all of Clifton's Princesses and their Knights!  The Clifton Recreation Department hosted a special evening of regal entertainment, featuring sandwiches, refreshments, dancing, board games, photo opportunities, and crafts on Friday, May 5, 2023 at the Clifton Community Recreation Center. 

Princess Liana and her Knight Winans Largacha in front of the floral backdrop, preparing to enter the banquet hall!

This event, formerly known as Daddy Daughter Date Night, makes its return after three years, as the event could not be hosted during the Covid-19 pandemic.  In the past, the event has had around 270 attendees, but after a long absence, tonight 180 Knights and their Princesses were gathered around tables, under wisteria and chandeliers, as members of the Clifton High School Key Club greeted them, served them refreshments, and made everyone feel extra special.  

Knight Julio Miranda and his Princesses Eliana (6) and Olivia (4) prepare for the royal refreshments!

We spoke to members of the Recreation Department, who told us that this event is a particular favorite as it allows little girls to dress up for a very special evening of bonding with their fathers or other male figures. By providing crafts and games that the Knights and Princesses do together, rather than just having an evening of dinner and dancing, the event fosters communication and trust building, as the attendees have to talk through their options, negotiate with one another, and find cooperative solutions.  And of course, it is always an opportunity for fun, photographs, and a little magic thanks to the volunteers who turned a humble gymnasium into a royal banquet hall. Angely Quirino of the Recreation Department said that she wished she had been able to attend an event like this as a little girl because it is so heartwarming to see the Princesses all dressed up, being squired by their loving Knights. 

Knight Adrian Lizaro and Princess Morgan (2) enjoying the music together.
Knight Henry Alas and Princess Emma (4) nibbling dainty hors d’oeuvres

The event is open to Knights and their Princesses (between 2 and 17) and costs $10 per pair.  Families are welcome to bring siblings and friends and each additional Princess will pay an additional $2 for entry. Debbie J. Oliver of the Recreation Department reminded us that if you and your Princess have aged out of the event, you are welcome to come back and volunteer, paying a little of the magic forward. 

CHS Key Club making the magic happen for the little Princesses.
Props for the Photos!
Princess Frances (5) and Knight Phil Santobuono entering the Great Hall!
A fancy dinner, courtesy of the royal kitchen!
The Royal Grannis Family sparkles in blue!
Welcoming with a Royal Wave!

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