Khyentse James on the 1940s World War II Era Ball

On June 16, 2012, visitors to Boulder Airport’s Blue Hanger were treated to a window into the nation’s past: the 1940s World War II Era Ball. Movie sets, military jeeps and planes from the Second World War, and movie-star impersonators and reenactors established the mood and allowed party-goers to walk and experience the sights and sounds of America in the 1940s. This year’s ball featured a recreation of Rick’s Cafe Americain and a Casablanca theme. Guests were encouraged to dress for the event in appropriate period attire, since the event also included a costume contest. The ball is a benefit for two charitable organizations, the Wounded Warrior Project and the Spirit of Flight Center, Colorado, with net proceeds dedicated to their support.

The 2013 World War II Era Ball will be the fifth of its kind, and tickets will go on sale as early as February. Those interested in more information on the 1940s World War II Era Ball can visit the website at

About the Author:

Khyentse James has been involved in organizing balls and festivals for almost 10 years. For her efforts, she was named an Outstanding Community Leader by the National Organization for Women. She has also been deeply involved in the Decibelle Music and Culture Festival in Chicago, which is fast approaching its 10th anniversary.


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