OK Mozart fundraiser features retro USO dance


BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — Experience all the food, fashion, and fun of a 1940s USO-themed dance, beginning at 6:30 p.m., March 10, at Hillcrest Country Club in Bartlesville, presented by OK Mozart, Inc.

“Step back in time and join us for a wonderful evening of big band sounds, swing dancing and honoring our military,” said Mary Lynn Mihm, event chairman of OK Mozart Goes USO. “Proceeds from this event will help support the 33rd OK Mozart Music Festival in June, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Oklahoma USO to salute and support our military for all that they do for our country.”

The audience will be treated to music by Floyd Haynes and his Orchestra, featuring vocalist Jae Simmons. Haynes and Simmons are well known around Oklahoma and promise plenty of 1940s big-band classics.

“OK Mozart is dedicated to celebrating different cultural experiences, and what better way to do so than by reliving the music of the 1940s,” said Mihm.

Even the food has gone retro, she said. Savor period favorites such as deviled eggs, assorted canapés, tea sandwiches, old fashioned meatballs, petit berry pies, star-spangled cookies and more. Enjoy retro cocktails, and check out the thirst-quenching Coca-Cola bar.

Be sure to come dressed in favorite ‘40s style clothes and hairdos. Active and retired military personnel are encouraged to wear their uniforms.

The red, white and blue decorations, plus ‘40s-era posters, will add to the nostalgic feel, and photo stations will be available to “seal the moment.”

History buffs will want to get in on the trivia contests, and don’t forget to wear dancing shoes because prizes will be awarded for best dancing and costume. Check out the many YouTube videos for instructions on swing dancing.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://okmozartuso.eventbrite.com and a confirmation email will be sent. Check-in on March 10 only requires the reservation name. Tickets are $100 each, with four cocktail coupons, or $75 each without the drink coupons. Active and retired military personnel receive a $10 discount.

For more information and a link to the ticket site, visit www.okmozart.com.


About OKM

The OK Mozart Music Festival celebrates all genres of music and is planned June 8-16 in Bartlesville. The 33rd annual festival also includes Showcase Events that feature additional

musical groups, educational programs and children’s activities. For information, visit www.okmozart.com.