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 http://1940sball.org/1940s_WWII_Era_Ball/Welcome.html.
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.
The 1940s White Christmas Ball takes place this year on December 7, 2012, at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. It is a tribute to the tragic events at Pearl Harbor in 1941. Set amidst a backdrop of World War II planes, movie sets, reenactors, and artifacts, the ball will give visitors an opportunity to step back into the past. Music from a big band, the Hot Tomatoes, will recreate the atmosphere of dance halls in the late 1930s through the 1950s. Additionally, a full Christmas show will be performed, starting at 11:00 p.m., and will feature hits from the Andrews Sisters and Bing Crosby. Swing dancing and lessons and hair and make-up workshops will further help participants to appreciate the period.
About the Author:
Khyentse James was raised principally by her grandparents, who instilled in her a love and appreciation of this period in America’s history. She is the primary organizer and creator of the 1940s White Christmas Ball and two other events that celebrate American popular culture of the 1940s and 1950s.