historic uso dance party
november 10th 2017 at 6:30 pm
Join us at the historic Petaluma Women’s Club at 518 B Street in Petaluma, CA
Hep Cats, Slick Chicks, and GIs, don your vintage togs and get ready to swing and sway and boogie to the big band sounds of the 1940s!
Petaluma Woman’s Club (PWC) will recreate the USO Dances that were held in the historic clubhouse during the WWII era, complete with period refreshments, swing dance lessons and fantastic prize opportunities, all in keeping with the patriotic theme.
On the eve of the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Petaluma, the clubhouse will again pulse to the rhythms of the big band sounds provided by Swing Fever, plus, get your groove on with Bill Gabbert, swing dance maestro, who will show you how it’s done. LynAnn King will perform the Golden Era of Hollywood Act and Liberty School singers will entertain during band breaks.
Simple foods will harken back to the wartime atmosphere, and the bar will feature the Aviator cocktail in the Officers’ Lounge, along with non-alcoholic beverages served canteen style.
Hold on to your hats, caps and kerchiefs for the drawing of unique prizes that include: two tickets to the WWII Museum in New Orleans; two packages for a day of fun at the Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond, CA; a gourmet dinner for four with a Veteran, including Sonoma wine and entertainment; a ride in a vintage airplane, and two memberships in the HueyVets EMU, which gives the winners exclusive seats for a ride in the Huey military helicopter on a flyover at the Veterans Day Parade. Prize tickets will be available at the event for $20 each, and in advance from club members.
Look for vintage Jeep that marks the entrance to the party at 518 B Street in Petaluma, CA where mothers in the 1940s chaperoned their daughters, who answered the call to this fun duty by the commander of nearby Hamilton Field Air Force Base, who so wanted wholesome R&R for his troops. The PWC members were happy to comply. The USO Dances became another page in the multifaceted history of the 125-year old clubhouse, recognized by Heritage Homes of Petaluma.
All proceeds go to the PWC Restoration Fund to maintain the historic clubhouse. As it has for over 100 years, the club continues with event rentals, membership events and community activities.
Tickets to the USO Dance are $50 each, available September 5th purchased through Brown Paper Tickets
Band website: www.swingfever.com
The Liberty School Singers
Andres Sister’s Act
Dance Teacher Bill Gabbert:
Since 1986, this talented dancer as been teaching and competing all over the western USA, rising to the very top with a first place win at the Reno National Invitational competition! Bill’s prowess in swing and country 2-step has led to his reaching couples and groups from beginners to intermediates to coaching large groups for various regional competitions. His expertise will keep our USO dancers swinging.
annual crab feed and raffle fundraiser
Petaluma’s Best Little Crab Feed is Coming next year!
Tickets go on sale January 1, 2018
Members, family and friends are all welcome.
The Best Little Crab Feed in Petaluma is happening again. What a deal it is. For $50 you can eat and drink all evening long and help keep one of Petaluma’s beloved historic buildings in good repair! Tell your friends and family, because this event sells out fast.
Enjoy all you can eat, local Dungeness Crab, salad, French bread, melted butter, beer, wine and soda and our famous “Better Than Sex” cake for dessert.
The One-of-a-Kind Raffle takes place right after the Feed.
This fundraiser benefits the Petaluma Woman’s Club (PWC) Restoration Fund.
Co-Chairs: Louise Benanti and Julie Mastrup