FARMINGTON — Valentine's Day was in full swing Friday at the Bonnie Dallas Senior Center as older adults enjoyed dancing and dining in a room decorated with red, pink and white hearts.
Organizers set out 275 chairs for the dance and had to add more to accommodate all the people who attended the annual event.
Farmington residents Gale and Wanda Krause were among those who attended the afternoon event.
Wanda Krause, 80, wore large heart-shaped glasses, a red shirt and a white poodle skirt decorated with red felt hearts. Meanwhile, Gale Krause, 84, was dressed in a red shirt and sweater and black slacks.
The couple have been married for 57 years. The key to sustaining a long relationship, Wanda Krause said, is "picking out the right person."
The Krauses attend the Valentine's Day dance each year, and, as part of the planning, Wanda Krause selects the outfits they wear, which often match in color and style.
Wanda Krause noted that her husband does not complain about the clothes she picks out and happily wears them.
"He knows it makes me happy," she said.
Throughout the celebration, senior couples danced to classic country music provided by Grant and Randy, a local two-man band that covered songs like Merle Haggard's "Silver Rings," Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman," and Don Williams' "You're My Best Friend."
Some couples danced a slow two-step while others twirled around the dance floor, which had cupids, stars and hearts hanging above.
"Our seniors here love to dance," said Larry Bomberger, senior citizens administrator.
Other individuals visited with each other while sitting at tables covered by red tablecloths or ones designed with hearts.
The dancing paused when Farmington residents Max Taylor, 91, and Carmen McMullen, 58, were selected as the Valentine's Day king and queen via a drawing. After being crowned, they danced for a couple of minutes before they were joined by other couples on the dance floor.
"I didn't expect that," Taylor said, returning to his seat and rejoining his wife, Ginger Nail.
Taylor and Nail, 73, met at the senior center and married six months ago.
"I think it's fun. I think it's cute," Nail said, of her husband's title.
After dancing with Taylor, McMullen took a turn around the dance floor with her husband, David McMullen, 64.
"I'm very shocked," Carmen McMullen said about her win.
The McMullens have been married for 28 years.
"I think it is better now than ever," David McMullen said.
When asked what attracted him to his wife, he said it was her "Portuguese eyes."
"I saw those eyes and that was it. It was all over," he said, prompting his wife to give him a kiss.
For Carmen McMullen, it was her husband's intelligence and his "great sense of humor."
The key to longevity for love, they both said, is just being there for each other, they said.
"If a rough spot comes up, we know we will get past it," David McMullen said.