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USO-style dinner a blast from the past

Scotia Glenville Traveling Children's Museum holds event to honor veterans and raises money

Step back to the 1940s and experience what it might have been like to be at a USO canteen.

The Scotia Glenville Traveling Children's Museum is transforming the Glen Sanders Mansion on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, to what a United Service Organizations canteen might have looked like in the 1940s. The event is a way to raise funds for the museum's programs offered to children across the Capital District.

The date available was Veterans Day and it just seemed like a good connection, said Diana Bennett, director of the museum. "The USO canteen is a great example of how everyone pitched in during World War II."

To build the atmosphere of a traditional canteen, Bennett said there would be a DJ playing big band tunes, and the food, which will be made by Mansion chefs, aims to be simple, with choices such as little burgers and onion ring towers. There will also be artifacts the museum has used to build the setting of a canteen.

Bennett said the response so far has been great, with nearly 50 people registered by the afternoon of Monday, Nov. 2. Of those registers, some are veterans who are excited for the event.

"I know some are coming, and I know there is a group coming all in costume of the 1940's clothing," said Bennett. "We have one senior citizen Marine that said he is going to try and squeeze himself back into his uniform."

Bennett said he encourages everyone attending the event to dress in outfits reminiscent of the time period. Bennett said she is planning to wear a polka-dot dress.

Even with the difficult economy, Bennett said the museum is staying afloat thanks, in part, to donations throughout the year. This is the museum's one fundraising event of the year.

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