USO-style dinner a blast from the past

"People talk about how we're in hard times and compare it to the earlier part of the last century, but there were good times too," said Bennett. "We are just hoping to bring back that feeling of working together."

There will also be a "scrap metal drive," reminiscent of the time period.

"During World War II there were scrap metal drives, were people donated pots and pans," said Bennett. "I know a lot of people that talk about getting rid of their broken gold, but never get around to taking it."

Guests are encouraged to bring their own gold and silver that is broken or unwanted, and there will be an appraiser to test the weight and metal. The owner can then be issued a check on the spot for their goods and the museum will receive 15 percent of the proceeds.

In addition there will also be an auction with a variety of offerings, including an item from Pattersonville Furniture, tickets to the Great Escape, tickets to Howe's Caverns, local sports team items, tickets to Proctors and more.

Bennett said the museum is important because it provides children with hands-on learning activities. She also said it is the economical choice for schools facing cuts.

"We are the only all-traveling children's museum in the country at a time when schools have cut back their funding for field trips," she said. "As a museum that lets the children touch museum items, they get worn and broken. They are being moved all over the Capital Region and being used."

The event will begin on Nov. 11 with roll call at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25. Reservations can be made by calling 346-1764 or e-mailing dbennett@thetravelingmuseum.org, through Friday, Nov. 5.

"People can celebrate Veterans Day while helping a small local non-profit that provides services to the schools in the area," she said. "The World War II veterans I know are people that like to have fun.""

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