Big Band Dance honoring vets returns to Port Clinton

Nov 10, 2021 | Around Ottawa County, Featured | 0 comments

The last time the Big Band Dance honored veterans from around the area in 2018, the crowd of veterans included some of the county’s most famous. From left to right were Kenneth Bacon, Mark Derrill, Matthew and Michael Hablitzel, and John Culp. Derrill Hablitzel passed away in 2020.

With Juanita Mills-Persely and Navy veteran John Culp at the helm, the “Big Band Dance Honoring Our Veterans” will sail into the Port Clinton High School Cafeteria on Sunday, Nov. 14 from 2-5 p.m. for an afternoon of good food, fun, camaraderie and patriotism.

“We’re back!” Is the battle cry, said Mills-Persley, the co-chair with Culp. In fact, they’re the whole Big Band Dance Committee, and will feature the 16-piece “Night Sessions Big Band” playing World War II era big band tunes.

Tickets are $10, and available at Mary’s Blossom Shoppe in Port Clinton. Reservations can also be made with Mills-Persey (419-341-1080) until Sunday morning.

Dress is “nice casual,” or “dress for the occasion.” Veterans apparel, from military uniforms to t-shirts, caps, and jackets reflecting a branch of the service or era, are welcome.

Hors d’ouvres and refreshments will be served.

There will be a “Missing Man Table” to remember the veterans who have died in recent years.

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