Boulder World War II Ball a trip back in time

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BOULDER, Colo. -- It's the sights and sounds of an era gone by. Although it was more than seventy years ago, something about it resonates with Americans today.

"I think it's sort of a vicarious joy of being part of The Greatest Generation."

It very much resonates with Khyentse James, the 36-year-old Boulderite who founded the 1940's World War II Ball.

"People really feel isolated today and it's a great opportunity to come together and celebrate something, a bygone era, in an environment where you feel like you're stepping into a party that actually happened in the 40s."

From young adults to folks who actually lived during the 1940's, the multi-generational appeal of her dance, now in its 4th year, does not surprise James.

The ball takes place in a real airplane hangar at the Boulder Municipal Airport. World War II re-enactors, authentic WWII era military aircraft and ball-goers dressed in period clothes makes one feel one just stepped back in time.

Last year, over 2,000 attended.

And songs from that era, like from the Andrews Sisters, with lyrics you can actually understand, are performed at the 1940's WWII ball by the Andrews Sisters tribute act Reveille 3. Other live acts, from a Bob Hope imitator to a Frank Sinatra singer, will be there, too. Not to mention a real live big band, The Hot Tomatoes, keeping the beat.

"I think the music of the time was really important. It got people really excited." says James.

It was indeed a simpler time. - a time where a desktop was a place you put your pencils and a web was something a spider built. Perhaps that is part of the appeal of the 1940's WWII Ball. The ball takes place Saturday, June 16.

Out of the 2500 tickets available this year, only a few hundred remain.

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