New Southland Dance Craze

Finding their land legs after a three month cruise, middies of the U. S. Naval Academy went a shore recently to Old Point Comfort Beach, Va., in Hampton, August 19, 1937 only to find themselves doing the "Big Apple", new southland dance craze. Then it was "Swing your partner" and "all hands around". (AP Photo)

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Get ready to swing your way back into the 1940s during the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum’s Annual 1940s Big Band Swing Dance, Dinner & Concert Saturday, Sept. 23.

Starting at 6:30 p.m., guests adorned in the dance attire of the era will join the instructor for the evening, Tom Cupp, in a swing dance lesson. Prepare to jitterbug and lindy hop until you can’t move anymore to music by the 14-piece group Serenaders Swing Orchestra, performing dance classics from the era starting at 7 p.m.

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Put a little thought into your outfit, because prizes will be awarded to the best dressed 1940s man and woman of the evening. The museum is the perfect backdrop for the event, filled with history from the WWII era.

A catered buffet dinner is included, in addition to a cash bar. BYOB is also welcome, and the event ends at 10 p.m.

All the evening’s festivities will take place in Historic Hangar No. 1 at the Cape May Airport, located at 500 Forrestal Road, Rio Grande. Tickets are $50 for members, $55 for non-members. Proceeds benefit the Aviation Museum’s mission to preserve, restore and maintain Historic Hangar #1. Call 609-886-8787 or go to USNASW.org.

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