SANBORN – An old-fashioned USO-inspired show and history fair will cap off a semesterlong campus observation of World War II and the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, on May 8 at Niagara County Community College.
“V-E” stands for “Victory in Europe” in 1945, the day of the German surrender in World War II. The USO, or United Service Organizations, was a volunteer group that supported U.S. troops.
The May 8 event begins with a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue at 5 p.m. in the small gym in Building H. Sales will benefit Honor Flight Buffalo and WNY Heroes.
Also featured will be a World War II-themed history fair featuring activities and exhibits by local historical and veterans societies. There will also be carnival games, face painting and book readings.
Re-enactors will be dressed as favorites such as Bing Crosby, Rosie the Riveter and the Three Stooges.
Presentations will include swing dance lessons; and lecturer Suzanne Simon Dietz, the biographer of Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, the last of the Enola Gay crew members whose B-29 dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, who died last year. There also will be a performance of patriotic music by the Barker Community Band.
The USO show will be held at 8 p.m. in the Arts and Media Theater and will feature “Quizmaster” Dennis George, who will entertain guests with trivia questions from the 1940s.
Contestants will be drawn from the audience.
There also will be students from the theater department who will perform favorites such as Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First” comedy routine and Andrews Sisters songs.
The fair is free and open to the public. Tickets to the USO show are $8 presale and $10 at the door. They may be purchased online at niagaracc.suny.edu/usotickets.