Lake Quinault, WA - Wearing vintage World War II military uniforms, vocalist Dina Blade, WWII veteran and storyteller Ray Puddicomb, and pianist Hans Brehmer will perform a 1940s USO-style show in honor of Armed Forces Day (May 18 this year). A 15-minute Q & A will follow. The event is free of charge and will be held in the Quileute Room at the Lake Quinault Lodge, 345 South Shore Rd, Quinault, on Saturday, May 18 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
The performance will feature popular songs from the World War II era featuring vocals with piano accompaniment, matched with stories by storyteller and WWII veteran, Mr. Puddicomb, who will speak about his wartime experiences. Topics will include anecdotes about the draft, soldier life, films, radio, railroads, returning home to the Northwest, and of course, the timeless music of the era. Puddicomb’s memorabilia such as dog tags, military uniforms, photos, letters, train schedules/tickets, a Nazi flag, armband and helmet will be on display.
Dina Blade is a vocalist who specializes in singing American popular songs from the 1930s and 40s, preserving the work of master composers and lyricists from that era. She has performed and toured in the U.S., Canada, Cuba and Brazil. Her relaxed and swinging sound has earned her acclaim with radio airplay both worldwide and at home in Seattle, on KPLU’s “Best of the Northwest” list. She maintains a busy schedule recording, teaching vocal classes and performing.