Last weekend was the 21st WWII Weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, PA. It was my first time going and — I don't even know where to begin — it was mind blowing! I was completely transported back into the 1940's. The authenticity of the reenactors and different areas was AMAZING!!
The different war zones (Pacific theatre, European theatre, French village) were so realistic. The reenactors were truly living out their parts — from soldiers to USO girls — and were very knowledgeable. The reenactments of certain battles were so authentic — right down to the medics tending the wounded after the battles.
There were swing dances in the evening in the airplane hangar. The bands were wonderful!
There were also different musical groups who sang Andrews Sister's style throughout the day at the "Officer's Club" — my favorite being The Manhattan Dolls.
The vendors section was packed with everything from vintage dresses to uniforms to books to jewelry to repro sewing patterns to movies to pin up girls. You name it and it was there! My treasures for the weekend were a blue sweetheart pillow case (with fringe!!), a sweetheart bracelet, and a few vintage hankies.
You can view my photos of the weekend here, and you will truly have to view them to get even a remote idea to the immensity of the event — there's just no way to articulate it and do it justice! And also check out next year's WWII Weekend here. If there's any way you can come to next years, GO FOR IT! You will NOT be disappointed!