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Sweetheart Hangar Dance at Pearson Air Museum

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The 4th annual Sweetheart Hangar Dance at Pearson Air Museum’s Historic Hangar will feature live 1940s “big band” style music provided by VanPort Jazz on Saturday, May 30, 2020, from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. (This event was rescheduled from its original March 28th date).

For attendees who want to learn some new moves, a complimentary swing dance lesson will take place before the event begins. Class A Allied military uniforms and 1940s-style attire is encouraged.

This popular fundraiser benefits the Friends of Fort Vancouver, a community nonprofit group that supports the educational mission of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

“Pearson Air Museum’s Historic Hangar is the ideal setting for this evening of fun and nostalgia,” said Mary Rose, Executive Director of the Friends of Fort Vancouver. “During World War II, ‘Keep ‘Em Flying’ dances, morale-boosting activities organized by the USO and Red Cross, were often held in military aircraft hangars!”

At 6:00 PM, an hour before the dance begins, Joseph and Julieann Platt of Ballroom Dance With Us will provide a complimentary swing dance lesson for dance attendees, and will be present throughout the evening to keep up the swing! Joseph and Julieann together have taught thousands of students of all ages and abilities, building skills that last a lifetime.

Refreshments will be available for purchase at a food truck and a no-host bar will offer beer from Fortside Brewery and wines from Airfield Estates Winery.

Tickets are required for this event, and advance purchase is recommended. Past Sweetheart Dances have sold out. Tickets are $30 each when purchased in advance. Tickets are available for purchase on the Friends of Fort Vancouver website or at the Friends’ Bookstore and Gallery in the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center (1501 E Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver). If the event is not sold out, tickets will be $35 at the door. Proceeds support the educational and interpretive programs of the Friends of Fort Vancouver.

The Friends of Fort Vancouver is a 501(c)3 volunteer organization whose activities include on-site educational lectures, bus tours, and arts and events activities. The Friends also operate the Bookstore and Gallery at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, which features Native American arts and jewelry, toys and other items made by Fort Vancouver’s volunteer blacksmiths and carpenters, and collectibles.

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