After LeGail Cosnahan’s husband died in 2015, she needed a social outlet. A friend of hers posted about the Augusta Christian Singles on her Facebook page, and Cosnahan said it sounded interesting.
“I just showed up one night,” said Cosnahan, who jumped into the organization in 2016 and now serves as its president. “It’s really started growing, and I like growing things.”
On Feb. 10, the organization will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a special event at the Marion Hatcher Center.
Dance, music and fellowship in a nonsmoking, nonalcohol environment are the draws of the organization, according to its members.
Members meet for weekly dances on Saturdays at the Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Dr. in Evans. The night starts around 6:30 p.m. with a dance class followed by dancing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Most weeks have themes to them. On Jan. 27, club members donned their cowboy boots and hats for a night of country line dances and Texas two-steps.
Jo Williams has been part of the group since 2010.
“I was looking for a social outlet,” said Williams, who is a past president. “I came and as a result, I made a group of friends.”
Friendships are what has kept Yvonne Harman as part of the group for more than 30 years. The 80-year-old started attending in 1984, the year after her husband died of colon cancer at the age of 46.
“It was a way to meet friends,” she said. “I lived in the country. I’ve met some nice people.”
And when she went through her own health challenges, some of those who came to visit her or call to check on her were members of the Augusta Christian Singles’ group.
“They’ve meant a lot to me,” she said.
While the group is for single adults, there are a few exceptions.
David and Judy Miles met at the Augusta Christian Singles and married in 2010. They still come to the weekly dances, but they wear name tags that say “married.”
“I’d been coming about four years before I met David,” Judy said. She’d been widowed for a few years before she started coming to the group at the suggestion of a girlfriend. She wasn’t necessarily looking for a special someone, she said.
“I said if God intends for us to have someone we’ll know it. Never say never,” she said.
Williams said that another couple got engaged at the New Year’s Eve party.
Cosnahan said the 40th anniversary ball will be a formal affair, because “who doesn’t like to get dressed up?”
The event will begin at 7 p.m. For the weekly events, there’s usually recorded music, but The Party Tyme Band will provide the dance music for the gala.
Tickets for the anniversary dance are $12 for club members and $15 for nonmembers. Membership is $25 annually. For more information, call (762) 233-1978 or find them on Facebook.