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Big Band, Swing Music Comes To Patterson During Annual Dance Event

A couple attend the 2014 Swing N’ Patterson event. Photo Credit: Submitted
A couple dance away at 2014's Swing N' Patterson. Photo Credit: Submitted

PATTERSON, N.Y. -- Benny Goodman, Count Basie, the Dorsey Brothers and Artie Shaw will again reign supreme Nov. 14 at the Patterson Recreation Center.

The Swing N' Patterson - an event planned annually by Brian Benedict, owner of The Duffle Bag, a local military surplus supply store, and his daughter, Jean - has a special theme this year, "VICTORY! The gals and guys are coming home!"

The Big Band Sound Orchestra, a popular 20-piece jazz orchestra, will sweep and soar and fill the recreation center with big band dance tunes. Participants are encouraged to wear vintage attire.

While based firmly in the classic swing era of the 1930s and 1940s, the band also perform music from the 1950s through today while maintaining the big band musical traditions.

The recreation center, 65 Front St., Patterson, will be decorated with World War II memorabilia and antique military vehicles will be placed throughout the grounds. Several historians will be present at the event dressed in the original uniforms worn by the United States and British military, as well as the Allied Forces.

The event opens at 6 p.m. for those who wish to enjoy a buffet dinner before the dancing begins at 7 p.m. A dance lesson will be given by Hudson Valley Dance Depot at 6:30 p.m. The event will conclude at 11 p.m.

Dinner tickets ($35 per person) must be purchased in advance at either the recreation center or at The Duffle Bag, 1270 Route 311, Patterson. General Admission tickets ($20 per person) will be available at the door starting at 7 p.m. or in advance at both locations.

For more information, call 845-878-7106 or visit The Duffle Bag's website.

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