USO-style show a hit

Nearly 200 people packed into the Royal Canadian Legion here Friday evening to see local talent strut their stuff during “A Magic Moment in Time”—a USO-style show held on Remembrance Day in honour of the Year of the Veteran.
In fact, so many people came out for the show that some had to be turned away at the door.
Last November, Veterans Affairs minister Albina Guarnieri declared 2005 the Year of the Veteran. As such, “A Magic Moment in Time” was planned as a special tribute to local vets, featuring music from the 1940s.
Spectators were seated at tables and served by members of the local Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary—all dressed as “Rosie the Riveter,” complete with coveralls and bandannas.
Rosie the Riveter was an icon in the United States during World War II, representing women’s contribution to the war effort.
Millions of women began working in factories during the war years while the men were fighting overseas, helping to break down the barriers between what traditionally was considered “men’s work” and “women’s work.”
The show kicked off at 7 p.m. with a performance on bagpipes and drum by members of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, 908 Rainy Lake Squadron. Local singers Colleen Cote, Linda Enge, and Debbie Connon all sang various tunes from the 1940s a capella.
Pat Cupp, who also performs with the Thunder Bay Legends at Trisha Yearwood, performed an old Andrews Sisters’ classic, “Bei Mir Bist Du Shon,” and a more contemporary tune, Bette Midler’s “From a Distance.”
Warren Anderson, a karaoke buff, performed Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable,” and did a remarkable impersonation of Louis Armstrong singing “What a Wonderful World”—garnering great applause.
The Borderland Orchestra Ensemble performed “In an Old Dutch Garden,” “Farewell to Nova Scotia,” and “Bill Bailey.”
Gerry and Jackie Guimond, who perform as “Singing to Beat Hell,” gave renditions of “Galway Bay” and “Blue Moon,” as well as two more numbers—“This is My Song” and “Side By Side”—after the intermission.
“Knox 3 Times,” a choral group from Knox United Church, performed “Sentimental Journey,” “As Time Goes By,” and “White Cliffs of Dover.”
Dance numbers included an impressive swing dance demonstration by Fort Dance Studio instructor Borka Gauthier and her eldest son, Armando, to “Jumpin’ Jack.”
The performance garnered gasps of awe from the audience as the young man swung his mother around, and she performed cartwheels.
“My mother let me colour Easter eggs with her, and maybe make some perogies, but she never let me throw her around like that,” emcee Bill Gushulak joked afterwards.
Gushulak himself later sang a song about a dream of peace.
A group of young dancers from Fort Dance Studio also performed a group number entitled “Happy Feet,” while Chantal Spuzak and Sheree Denby of Dancemakers danced to “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.”
Perhaps the most hilarious moment of the night came when the ladies’ auxiliary performed a skit to the song, “Seven Old Ladies got Stuck in the John.”
Seven members dressed as old ladies came out one by one and acted out how they got stuck while an eighth member recited the song.
Hilarity ensued as the ladies got stuck in the toilet, relieved themselves in the sink, and used a trowel in the place of toilet paper.
A second ladies’ auxiliary skit saw Rosemary Haglund—playing a woman from the 1940s—and Wendy Derendorf—a woman from the present—comparing the contents of their purses.
While Derendorf pulled out a cell phone and palm pilot, Haglund had a small washboard and some stockings to be darned.
Cupp brought the night to an end with a rendition of “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

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