Jewish War Veterans Host Dinner Dance
JWV Austin Post 757 is hosting a dinner dance to commemorate "The Day the Music Died," when (top to bottom) Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash. Image courtesy of JWV Austin Post 757
After playing a February 3, 1959, concert in Clear Lake, Iowa, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, also known as The Big Bopper, were killed in a plane crash. The shock traumatized the nation and Dan McLean wrote the ballad “American Pie” about “The Day the Music Died,” which so dramatically and poetically describes the feelings of so many.
In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the tragic event and in celebration of the singers and music of the times, JWV Austin Post 757 will host a dinner dance at Shalom Austin Saturday evening, February 2.
The evening will begin with video in the background of American Bandstand, followed by thoughtful remarks from Jazz aficionado Rabbi Neil Blumofe.
Joe Harris, the Famous Oldies Disc Jockey, will play classic favorites and take requests for special songs all evening long. Special decorations by MaryJane Saikin will make great photo backgrounds.
There will be a karaoke contest, dance contest, costume contest, a door prize and souvenir programs.
A scrumptious spread of hot dairy selections from Austin Terrier will be served buffet-style, along with salads and desserts. Wine and beer are included in the admission cost. Food and beverages will be served all evening, from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Cost is $35 per person in advance or $40 per person at the door. Proceeds from the event will support veteran services in Central Texas.
Everyone is welcome, so bring friends, neighbors and your sweetheart, and come ready to dance the night away. ■
For reservations and information, contact Mike Miller at 512-730-1223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.