Ed, we're in the middle of "Magic Hat Country" - Well, actually at the southern end of M-H Country, but New England is a small area, right?
Hey! For all you Greater New England SOC'ers and/or anyone who might be coming to the area for the Historic races at Lime Rock Park and want to get here a little early and go to a truly wicked cool event, Boston's Museum of Transportation is holding a "Swing under the Stars" night coming up on August 31'st.
Classic, Pre-WWII cars out on the lawn in the early evening, then a tented event near the Carriage Shed starting at 6pm for dinner (heavy appetizers) with a cash bar and then dancing to the "Wolverine Jazz Band" (with some old members from the "New Black Eagle Jazz Band" if you're from the area and remember that historically great jazz band). Just like going to Goodwood, without having to buy a $1,000 plane ticket!
Dance lessons are included if your Fox Trott or Quick-Step is rusty (you can even dance the breathtaking "Shag", if you know how (and dare)), and then an evening of dancing under the tent under the stars to one of the premier Dance Bands in the New England area.
Tickets are a ridiculously low $35 per person, which is even cheap by SOC standards.
Here is their announcement:
Look, if you missed your chance to dance under the stars at the famous Ritz Hotel on Arlington Street in Boston before they closed the roof top bar and gardens in 1992, this is about as close as you're ever gonna get to those twinkle-toed days of yesteryear when all the Big Bands played the Ritz. The Wolverines have a Clarinet player who really sounds like Artie Shaw in his best years, and a trumpeter who puts Harry James to shame. The Sax section is straight out of Glenn Miller's troupe.
These guys are good.
This will, I am sure, be THE talked about event of the Summer at Boston's MOT and something you really don't want to miss.