Hangar Hotel to ring in 2014 with USO dance

To ring in the New Year, the Hangar Hotel and Conference Center will host a 1940s-themed dance on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31.

The dance will feature Bill Smallwood and The Lonestar Swing Orchestra performing Big Band-era music.

A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the United Service Organization at Fort Hood, which delivers programs and services to more than 40,000 service members and their families.

Attendees can participate in swing dance lessons from 8-9 p.m., at which point the band will take the stage for a performance lasting until 12:30 a.m.

Tickets to the event are $50 per person and include a champagne toast, party favors, black-eyed peas and cornbread at midnight.

Those who plan to attend are encouraged to wear their best ’40s attire and participate in the costume contest. Those wearing a military uniform will receive a coupon for a free drink.

Organizers consider the Hangar Hotel a fitting setting for a USO-style dance because it was designed to mimic the look of a World War II airplane hangar where it sits adjacent to the Gillespie County Airport.

The event will be held in the Pacific Showroom, located next to the hotel and which is decorated in South Pacific/World War II style including tropical palm trees and a tiki bar.

For more information or to purchase a ticket, contact the Hangar Hotel at 830-997-9990.

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