Hello dear friends! Its not often you will find me talking about what we’ve been up to with our 1940s shows. But here I am, typing away to give you all a special little story that just took place a couple Saturdays ago.
A while back, one of our patrons contacted us to book us for a 45 minute show at a Veterans home in Georgetown, Ohio. We found out that there are only two of these homes in Ohio, with the second one being situated several hours north of us. Before this contact, we didn’t even know there were such homes in Ohio, and you can imagine how very glad we were to have the honor of going to the one just right outside our neck of the woods! During the weeks prior to the gig, the girls and I were working on our new Andrews Sisters uniforms (as seen in the photo above), and during the week we finished them up, nearly to the day of the performance. It was such a great feeling–we were at last outfitted in the 1940s military inspired getups we had been dreaming about attaining ever since we discovered the Andrews Sisters! And thanks to Brigid’s meticulous eye and stubborn pursuit to find the perfect patterns and the perfect fabric, they ended up being just that–perfect! All the way down to our 1940s fashioned dance shoes, with the forthcoming addition of ties and tie chains, we can safely say after long searches on the internet that these three uniforms are the only ones of their kind. (Brigi dear, you’re a wonder!)
The good thoughts didn’t stop there however, for better than everything else I have just mentioned was the realization that these newly made, and almost perfect (tie-less) uniforms were going to make their debut for an audience who would recognize them by a mere side glance as being something akin to a WAC uniform, and by them recall a depth of history that we three young performers will never know as well as they. Yes indeed, the Lord meant for these uniforms to be seen by the many pairs of ancient eyes belonging to Veterans from WWII through the Vietnam War that day, and we were thankful beyond words.
In a word, the day was superb. We had a rousing good show, and after we were through on stage, the girls and I were presented, by three charming Veterans, with bouquets of rosy-hued carnations. These fine gentlemen rolled their way up in wheelchairs, but as they approached, I pictured them instead as the young men of war they once were, and tears nearly came to my eyes. We were overcome by their sweetness, and by the appreciation the VFW Post of Mount Orab (Post 9772 sponsored the show at the Veteran’s Home) showed the girls and I that day.
After all was said and done, we three went around to each Veteran, something we don’t often get to do because of this reason, or that agenda, but not that day. We were given welcoming hugs, and even a few proposals after we thanked the men for their service, and asked them various questions about their experience during the Wars. All of their accounts were unique, and some more foggy than others, but not one was more important or valued less than the other. These men had worked hard to keep our Nation free. Some didn’t like to talk, and one old gentlemen, whom I will never forget, couldn’t even stay long enough to hear the first tune of our show because he was so overcome with emotion and tears. The heartache still lingers in the souls of these fine men, and we are all indebted to them for their valiant service.
What do you think of our new Performance Uniforms?
Have you ever had the privilege of talking to and making friends with a Veteran or two?
What is the best question to ask a Veteran?
Much love and blessings!
Jessica, the Eldest Sister & Singer