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Attend a USO-Style Dance at the Hangar Hotel in Fredericksburg

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Gentlemen, shine your shoes and get yourself all spiffy; and ladies, break out your red lipstick and roll your hair. The Hangar Hotel and Convention Center (located at the Gillespie County Airport) in Fredericksburg is hosting an authentic, USO-Style Hangar Dance on Saturday, September 2, from 6:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Sway to a 1940’s Swing Band

Hangar Hotel

Photo: Facebook/Hangar Hotel 

Dance to the music of the 1940s, in the conference center’s Pacific Showroom, located next to the hotel, which is decorated in South Pacific/WWII style complete with palm trees and tiki bar. All proceeds go to benefit the USO at Fort Hood. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better way to spend the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The USO (United Service Organizations)

USO dance

Photo: Flickr/Seattle Municipal Archives

The USO (United Service Organizations) was founded in 1941 by Mary Ingraham in response to a request from President Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide morale and recreation services to U.S. uniformed military personnel. During the 1940s and World War II, more USO centers and clubs opened around the world as a “Home Away from Home” for GIs. The USO club was a place to go for dances and social events, for movies and music, for a quiet place to talk or write a letter home, or for a free cup of coffee and doughnuts. In fact, it might be safe to say that many of us can credit our humble existence to USO dances and the opportunities that they afforded young people to mix and mingle during our country’s wartime.

1940s-Style Clothing is Encouraged

USO dance

Photo: Facebook/Hangar Hotel

The Hangar Dance will feature big band music by Fredericksburg local, Bill Smallwood and “The Lonestar Swing Orchestra.” 1940s-era attire is encouraged and there will be a photo booth to capture your memories and relive the glory of an era bygone. Rooms are available at the Hangar Hotel, so you could make a whole weekend of this fun activity! Go to the Hangar Hotel Facebook page to learn more.