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1940's World War II Era Ball
Venue Boulder Airport
Location Boulder, Colorado

1940's World War II Era Ball is an annual historical reenactment event in Boulder, Colorado.[1][2][3] The event is a ball, which features swing music from the 1940s and impersonators of musicians and entertainers such as Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and the Andrews Sisters.[4][5] The ball is held in a hanger at the Boulder Airport and features World War II-era airplanes including C-45 Expeditors and B-25 Mitchells.[1][4][6] The ball also holds an annual 1940s White Christmas Ball.[7] Net proceeds from the event are donated to the Wounded Warrior Project and The Spirit of Flight Center Colorado.[8]

The 1940s World War II Era Ball was first held in 2008.[9] The ball was founded by Khyentse James, who previously founded the Decibelle Music and Culture Festival.[1][10] The ball was created in honor of James' grandparents, who were radio performers and met while they were working at a radio station together in the 1940s.[7][11][12]


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  2. Aimee Heckel. "1940s World War II Ball goes to new heights in second year". Colorado Daily. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  3. Quentin Young. "1940s WWII Era Ball to transport attendees with old styles, music, dance". Times-Call. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Period Piece". Denver Westword. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  5. Amber Taufen. "Play It, Sam". Denver Westword. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  6. Joy Harper. "OUR PICK: World War II Era Ball in Boulder". The Gazette. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "1940s Christmas Ball At Wings Over The Rockies Air And Space Museum Sells Out On Pearl Harbor Anniversary". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  8. Janice Wood. "1940′s Ball at Boulder Airport". General Aviation News. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  9. Dan Daru. "Boulder World War II Ball a trip back in time". FOX 31. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  10. Lauren R. Harrison. "We're here, we're queer, we rock". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  11. Shannon Wolfe. "1940′s WWII Era Ball: Khyentse James Takes A Sentimental Journey". Ask Miss A. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  12. "1940s World War II Era Ball: Boulder Airport site of June 16 1940s-era annual ball celebration". Denver Post. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 

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