South Charlotte

‘Celebrate America' show goes over big

On a recent Saturday night, the Four Seasons at Gold Hill Road was rocking.

The active adult community for ages 55 and older proudly presented its “Celebrate America” show at the Four Seasons Clubhouse. Dedicated to veterans and active troops, the show's entertainment included singing, dancing and comedy skits. The cast included Bob Wilusz, the Seasoned-ettes, Tom Piccoli, Country Line Dancers and Tom and Marie Prudenti.

The Seasoned-ettes are a group of eight grandmas whose love of life is infectious.

“We started dancing together in December 2007 to provide some entertainment for the singles Christmas party,” said Vickie Hartlove, Seasoned-ettes' choreographer and dancer. All Four Seasons residents, the women performed dances to “Santa Baby” and “New York, New York.”

The flashy costumes and energizing rehearsals keep these ladies moving.

They took their show on the road to Sunrise Assisted Living in Charlotte and danced their hearts out to an enthusiastic response.

“We are having so much fun, and it makes us feel so good to entertain others,” said Hartlove.

For “Celebrate America,” the Seasoned-ettes sizzled with a rendition of “Big Spender” and “New York, New York.”

“When the residents get up and dance, it is such a blast,” said Hartlove.

The performance was a family affair for Hartlove, with her daughter, Vickie Hartlove-Morrison, creating the programs and her granddaughter, Anastasia Morrison, helping with make-up.

For exercise, the group is interested in taking belly dancing and hula lessons. That should indicate the energy level of the Seasoned-ettes.

Since “Celebrate America” played to a standing-room-only crowd, an encore performance is in the works. If you are interested in attending or would like the Seasoned-ettes to perform at your function, contact Vickie Hartlove at 803-802-4485.