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The Garrison Society, Inc. proudly presents Blenheim's inaugural 1940's

Omaka Victory Dance

Featuring live 1940's dance music by The Beatgirls from Wellington

Sunday 3rd June 2018

(Queen's Birthday Weekend)

7:00 PM - Midnight
Clubs Of Marlborough, Alfred Street, Blenheim

Tickets $65 pp* includes finger food. Cash Bar Available.

Ticket numbers are strictly limited so get yours soon!

* Additional Booking Fees may apply.

The Beat Girls

The Beatgirls' special blend of 1940s music and performance will get you up and dancing like it's 1945! But even if you don't dance, come and soak up the 1940's atmosphere during this entertaining and nostalgic evening.

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OR, Get A Group Together and Save $100

If you wish to purchase 10 or more tickets, we'll give you a substantial discount. Buy 10 tickets and instead of paying $650, you'll pay ONLY $550 -- that's a saving of $10 per person.

This is a strictly LIMITED offer and we may choose to cease group sales at any time, so if you want to get a party together, make sure you do it early.

In order to make a group booking you will need to email us so we can apply the appropriate discount. When you've got your group together, send us an email to:

thegarrisonshop@gmail.com

If you're not comfortable purchasing your tickets online you can buy them directly at The Magazine Shop, 23 Scott Street, Blenheim. Please note that in this case there is no credit card payment facility available - cash or EFTPOS only.

 


The Evening Will Feature

* 1940s and 1950s dance music with The BeatGirls

auction* Fully licensed cash bar, with complimentary finger food later in the evening to keep your energy levels up

* Period dancing demonstrations

* Silent auction throughout the evening

To help create an awesome 1940s atmosphere, period civilian or military dress is encouraged if you can. Otherwise please come smartly dressed for a great evening of dancing, nostalgia and reminiscing.

If you need some ideas for a 1940's costume, click here.

To check out some of the silent auction items, click here.

 

We'll also have some give-aways to deserving people throughout the evening:

KabellaBaby have donated the awesome Poppy pin illustrated below, which will be awarded to the Best Dressed Woman.

 

Rosemary has donated a voucher which is valid for the creation of one custom designed shirt which will be awarded to the Best Dressed Man.

 

Tinto Containers have been wonderful supporters and have supplied us with a number of bottles of Omaka Victory Dance Pinot Gris, some of which will be awarded as spot prizes on the night.

 


 

About The Beatgirls

The Beatgirls are internationally renown and have performed at two consecutive Olympic Games organisers events (Sydney and Athens). They have an enviable global reputation as entertainers who can get the crowd on their feet, dancing to music from artists as diverse as The Andrews Sisters to Amy Winehouse. The performances for the Omaka Victory Dance will primarily feature 1940's era swing music, but the final set of the evening will progress into 1950's Rock n Roll for the more 'modern' dancing crowd.



The BeatGirls perform "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", an excert from their show 'We'll Meet Again', accompanied by the Royal New Zealand Air Force Central Swing Band.

 


 

About The Garrison

GarrisonThe Garrison Society Inc. was formed in 2012 as a military and home front history preservation society, and now has a membership base in both Marlborough and Canterbury, as well as further afield.

The society caters for both uniformed (history impressionist) and non-uniformed members, and it also encourages family participation. Group trips and social gatherings are a significant part of the Society's activities, along with its role in providing educational history displays at public events, airshows and other commemoration events.

The Society is currently gazetted as the Custodians and operational management team for the former RNZAF Station Omaka buildings (adjacent to Omaka Aerodrome) which are owned by the Department Of Conservation (DOC). In addition to being used by the RNZAF during the war, for many years these buildings were also used as the headquarters for the local Air Training Corps cadet unit, and as such they have a significant heritage value for many Marlburians.

Omaka Buildings

RNZAF Station Omaka in 1942. The circled buildings are the ones currently being preserved and restored at Omaka.

 

The Garrison Society is working towards restoring these WW2-era buildings at Omaka, and are planning to develop the site as a living history example of a working Second World War Station. In addition to preserving the remaining wooden buildings on the site before they irretrievably deteriorate, the Society's goal is that the site will eventually be open to the public and used for educational and research purposes as well as containing museum displays and restoration facilities.

The Society also have a working relationship with the RNZAF and are currently the custodians of ten, two-man alpine huts which were formerly located at the RNZAF's Dip Flat training area in the Rainbow Valley. These huts are also being restored by Society members as display areas, with period fittings and equipment, as per the custodianship agreement with the RNZAF.

Restoration

Restoration work has begun. Spouting has been replaced, new weatherboards added where necessary and some new paint applied to protect the weatherboards. Two of the Dip Flat huts can be seen to the left of the photo.

More recently the Society's members in the Canterbury Region (The Garrison, Canterbury Barracks) have joined forces with the Godley Heads Heritage Trust (GHHT) team to re-energise that Trust, and to supply some much needed man power to help both GHHT and DOC clean up and further preserve the historical history at Godley Heads (a World War II-era coastal defence gun battery built in 1939).

 


 

Purpose Of The Omaka Victory Dance

Preserving and further restoring a number of sizable wooden heritage buildings, built urgently in wartime conditions over 75 years ago, is not a cheap exercise. Society members willingly give up many hours of their own time throughout the year to work on the project, but there is still an underlying requirement for funding to pay for tools, building materials, paint and so on.

All monies raised by the Omaka Victory Dance will be used for the restoration of the buildings at former-RNZAF Station Omaka, and for the on-going development of the site as a living history precinct.

 


 

This Event Is Supported By

 

M4Fun HAFU Sounds Air
Marlborough 4 Fun Historical Aviation Film Unit Sounds Air
Kabella
Kabella Baby - Vintage Clothing