USO Show full of a swingin' good time

By PATRICIA VANSANT Special to The State Journal Published:

Take a Sentimental Journey and celebrate the music of the swing era with the Frankfort Arts Foundations old-style USO Show. The Foundation will present Community USO on Friday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Boone National Guard Armory.

Performing in the show will be community musicians and performers, the Young At Heart Swing Band, and the University of Kentucky Swing Dancers. The Master of Ceremonies or Frankforts Bob Hope will be Joe Ray Gatewood. Our VFW Post 4075 Honor Guard will perform the Presentation of Colors.

Attendees are encouraged to dress in 1940s style clothing, and service men and women are encouraged to wear their uniforms. Those attending are requested to bring their drivers licenses (photo identifications) for entrance on the base.

This event is part of the Frankfort Arts Foundations The Arts Build Our Community season series.

Community USO will be an extraordinary evening of entertainment for the community to enjoy. The uplifting, patriotic music and the energetic dancing from the swing era will be great fun for all those who attend. Frankfort has some wonderful musicians, and I hope everyone will come out and support them and this benefit concert, says Anna Marie Walker, chairman of the event.

General admission tickets are $15 per person. Seating is limited; therefore, tickets are being sold in advance by calling (502) 829-5613 or e-mailing VISA and Mastercard are accepted.

This is a benefit for the Frankfort Arts Foundation, and FAF season tickets do not include admission to Community USO. For information, call 875-4ART (4278) or email

Local musicians who are donating their time and talents to bring you the best in World War II music are Nancy Atcher (Marlene Dietrich); Richard Abbott, Bill McClure, Phillip Morgan, and Jim Terry (The Guardsmen Quartet); Tina Perry (Jeannette McDonald); Rachael Kyle (Jane Froman), and John Avent (Jimmy Dorsey).

Also, Judge Ray Corns (Harry Blackstone); Ray Walker (recitation of Ragged Old Flag by Johnny Cash); Wes Atha (Gene Autry); Mary Gordon, Karen Hayden, and Anna Marie Walker (The Andrews Sisters); Philip Milton and Jack Thurman (Homer & Jethro); Dale Atha (Bob Hope escort); Keith McAliley, pianist; Vince LaFontaine (bugler for VFW Post 4075), and the University of Kentucky Swing Dancers.

Young At Heart, an orchestra of 18 musicians with vocalist Mary Lee Maher, will perform the favorites of Glenn Miller and the Big Band Era. The UK Swing Dancers will demonstrate swing dancing throughout the evening.

Patricia Terry Vansant is the executive director of the Frankfort Arts Foundation.

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