Seven decades ago announcements that WWII had ended blared out of radios, blasted out of PA systems and overjoyed Americans poured into the streets – and danced. A 2016 re-enactment of that joy was a hangar dance and dinner hosted by the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation (SCHAF) at Jim Hamilton-LB Owens Airport last Saturday night.
“Because the South Pacific was among the last theaters of battle, we made this hangar party a luau, and encouraged guests to wear ‘40s military issue or luau dress. Civilian attire was also welcome,” said SCHAF President Kenneth Berry. Before vocals by the Pin-up Dolls of Augusta, GA, and all-era dance music by The Ross Holmes Band began, a barbeque dinner was served.
The South Pacific theme extended to a concise art exhibition of original work by the late Reuben Gambell who taught art to many Columbians, primarily from Vista Studios. According to Ron Shelton, who coordinated this show, “These select pieces construct a visual timeline of Reuben’s military years, beginning with his early service years and ending in 1945. “
Proceeds from the hangar dance will go to further SCHAF’s work in the restoration of the foundation’s WWII B-25 bomber and in educating the public about the Palmetto State’s rich and varied aviation heritage. For more information, visit SCHistoricAviation.org.
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