Elvis performs for Mother's Day celebration

Tim Turnbeaugh Special contributor
Photo A: Elvis (Dan DeVivo) entertains the crowd at the Stephenville Senior Citizens Center's Mother's Day celebration.

The Stephenville Senior Citizens Center hosted its annual Mother's Day celebration on May 5.

Recreational Coordinator Sandy Morgan welcomed guests and gave a few announcements before hinting of a "celebrity guest" in the building.

After Sandy's welcome, the "2001, A Space Odyssey" theme song blasted over the loudspeakers; as the music crescendoed to the booming sound of kettledrums, who should appear from the back but The King of Rock and Roll himself, Elvis Presley (Stephenville's own Dan DeVivo).

As Elvis entered the building, he opened with the appropriately-titled "That's Alright, Mama.”  The audience felt as if they were in attendance at the 1973 "Aloha From Hawaii" concert as Elvis swept through his catalog of hits, complete with his "scarf and swoon" routine, a dance-off between the men and women during "Jailhouse Rock" and "Hound Dog,” and the handing out of stuffed toys during "Teddy Bear." 

At the conclusion of the show, everyone was led in a Gospel sing-along to the Bill Gaither-penned "He Touched Me.”

After taking a breath from all the rockin' and rollin', Sandy Morgan returned to the stage and quoted the lyrics to the Gary Morris hit "Wind Beneath My Wings" as a tribute to mothers, this was followed by a prayer, after which guests dined on a delicious meal, consisting of a baked potato, salad, and seasoned rice as Bette Midler's version of "Wind Beneath My Wings" played quietly in the background.