Revelers danced away the afternoon last Saturday, at the Second Annual Prom at the Boiler Room. Low levels of lighting and colored balloons across the floor added to the festive atmosphere as people from across the whole of Santa Ramona Valley drank, danced and partied as only we know how. Owner Joseph Styles explained why it was called a Prom, despite having nothing to do with any high school. It came, he explains, from his wife, Serina, who hails from Italy where they don’t have high school proms. And you also hear people talking of the horror stories of their prom, or people saying they wished they could relive their prom, so he decided to let people have that opportunity. “Just because we aren't in high school anymore doesn't mean we can't get dressed up and have a night to remember” he says. That was last year. But he decided to make the Prom an annual event, each May. And so, this year, he held the second one.
Styles bought the Boiler Room in May last year, after managing it for several months. The Prom must have been one of the first events he organized. The Boiler Room had been in existence for some time, in its original home in Northside, and was, as he puts it, “a known commodity”. After the people of Santa Ramona returned from their evacuation he wanted to expand to a larger place, but there was nowhere suitable in Northside so he moved it into a former factory that was available in Southside. The factory was refurbished but it s