Dances not just for fathers and daughters anymore

Father-daughter dances are a time-honored tradition, and several take place every year in Duluth. Now Black Woods is hoping to start an annual tradition of its own.

Father-daughter dances are a time-honored tradition, and several take place every year in Duluth. Now Black Woods is hoping to start an annual tradition of its own.

In response to popular demand, Black Woods will be offering a Mother & Son Dinner Dance at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at the Greysolon Ballroom in downtown Duluth.

Black Woods hosted its second annual Father & Daughter Dinner Dance last month. Others have been hosted in Duluth as well, including the annual Father Daughter Ball sponsored by the Christ Lutheran Church at the DECC, which typically includes multiple dates in January and February.

When Black Woods began hosting its own father-daughter dance, organizers saw a demand for a mother-son event as well.

"We decided to do it because we have the father-daughter dance and so many mothers were requesting it," said Katie Marturano, the marketing and events director for Black Woods. "Moms would call to say their husband and daughter are coming to the dance and say, 'When are you ever going to do one for mothers and sons?' We support that and love that idea."


Marturano said she believes this will be the first mother-son dance of its kind in the Northland.

She said tickets are selling quickly for the dance, which can accommodate up to 300 attendees, but some last-minute tickets may still be available. Tickets, which are $25 per person, cover the cost of all food and entertainment at the dance.

"We hope that it will be so popular that we can open it up to a few different dates was well," Marturano said. "We had three dates for the father-daughter dance, so we do hope to not only do the mother-son dance once, but to continue to open up several dates throughout the year."

The event will kick off with a social hour, followed by a buffet dinner and, of course, plenty of time to dance. It will be similar to the previous father-daughter dances, Marturano said, although there will be a few changes to accommodate the attendees.

"It's very similar yet it's going to be different. One thing we want to do is give them more of an extravagant dinner," she said. "For the fathers we've always had meat-and-potato-type of meals, but for the moms we're going to have tangerine salad and champagne chicken."

The menu will also include items for younger children, including chicken strips and macaroni and cheese.

The event is open to mothers and sons of all ages. Marturano noted that the most recent father-daughter ball featured attendees ranging in age from 2 to 90.

To make the experience memorable, there will also be a professional photographer on hand, as well as a photo booth where attendees can have pictures taken. There will also be free souvenirs offered.


It's all part of providing an opportunity for mothers and sons to bond, Marturano said.

"Seeing everyone put in time specifically for this moment, it's really exciting to see. Everyone gets dressed up, the men are in suits and ties, and the women are in beautiful dresses, and there's great food and pictures," she said. "In my heart I know how valuable this time together is for them."


WHAT: First annual Mother & Son Dinner Dance, hosted by Black Woods

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Greysolon Ballroom, 231 E.

Superior Street

COST: $25 per person


TICKETS: Call (218)722-7466 or visit

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