WWII-Era Swing Dance in Patterson

It’s all about vintage 1940s, “1944 D-Day” to be exact, at the Patterson Recreation Center when Swing N’ Patterson rolls around again on Saturday, Nov. 15. The rich, jazzy music reminiscent of Benny Goodman, the “King of Swing,” and other Big Bands and orchestras, such as Count Basie, the Dorsey Brothers and Artie Shaw, and performed by The Big Band Sound Orchestra, will sweep and soar and fill the center calling to each guest and making it almost impossible not to step out in time to the lively swing music. Participants are encouraged to wear vintage attire.


The Big Band Sound is a popular 20-piece jazz orchestra that plays hundreds of compositions ranging from jumping jive to slow and sweet, and brings the brassy big band era boisterously to life. While based firmly in the classic swing era of the 1930s and 1940s, they also perform music from the 1950s through today while still maintaining the big band musical traditions. 


Deputy County Executive Bruce Walker and his wife, Lisa, are regular attendees.


“Lisa and I enjoy ourselves at this event every year,” Walker said. “Brian Benedict and his military and history buffs go all out and host a delightful evening with fabulous music from that bygone but still popular era. I would encourage everyone to get their tickets. It’s a great and affordable evening.”


Brian Benedict, proprietor of The Duffle Bag, a military surplus supply store located in Patterson, and his daughter, Jean, plan the popular dinner and dance event each year.


As is customary, Patterson Rec will be suitably decorated with WWII memorabilia. Antique military vehicles will be placed throughout and special living historians will be present dressed in the original uniforms worn by the United States and British military as well as the Allied Forces.  


Doors open at 6 p.m. for those who wish to enjoy a delicious buffet dinner before the dancing begins at 7 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 the both locales. The evening’s festivities will end at 11 p.m.


The Patterson Recreation Center is located at 65 Front Street, Patterson, NY. For more information, call (845) 878-7106 or visit: www.thedufflebaginc.com.


Photo caption: Deputy County Executive Bruce Walker and his wife, Lisa, enjoyed themselves at last year’s Swing N’ Patterson at the Patterson Recreation Department.