by Robin Steinberger | August 28, 2016 11:31 am
Yesterday afternoon, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum celebrated their 40th Anniversary, selling tickets at throwback prices—just $2, the same price they cost back in 1976 when the attraction first opened. Officials with Patriots Point announced that by 1:30 p.m. they had already broken their one-day attendance record, and, by close of the event at 3 p.m., more than 4,500 men, women and children had visited the USS Yorktown and surrounding exhibits.
The event included giveaways, historical reenactors, WWII veterans signing autographs, flight simulators and virtual reality demonstrations, and the unveiling of a new Adventures of Scrappy animated series. Many of the exhibits, including the Vietnam Experience and two areas of the USS Laffey, have been upgraded with state-of-the-art audio systems that play sound effects from strategically placed speakers for an added sense of realism.
True authenticity was achieved, however, with performances throughout the day by the The Pin-Up Dolls. Their 1940’s U.S.O. style show brought an element of realism to the event that couldn’t be accomplished with the addition of new technology. This singing family troupe is based in the Augusta, GA area and are dedicated to supporting veterans, the military and law enforcement. The members include daughter Vanna White (in character above left as “Bombshell Bonnie”), mom Carly White (“Dixie Scarlett” center), and daughter Lena White (“Rebel Rosie” right). The trio performed patriotic, military and WWII era songs while dressed in military uniforms and traditional “pin-up girl” hair and makeup. The Dolls’ tight harmonies are comparable to The Andrew Sister, whose 1941 hit “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” is covered in their show. Information on the group is available at www.pinupsforheroes.com.
You don’t need a special occasion to experience Patriots Point for yourself. The attraction is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and is located at 40 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC. For more information, visit them online at www.PatriotsPoint.org.
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