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Discovery Center hosts a 40s Big Band Blitz

— Columbia Gorge Discovery Center hosts the sixth annual Vintage Evening auction fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 5.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner starts 6 p.m.

This year’s theme is a 1940s Big Band Blitz featuring the Minidoka Swing Band, a 17-piece band with three vocalists. Dance to the big band music of the 40s, including Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, and George Gershwin.

The Minidoka Swing Band, started in 2007, was created to reflect the music of Japanese Internment camps during World War II. Minidoka, Idaho was the internment camp for Japanese Americans living in Oregon and Washington.

Forget about food rationing. The Basalt Rock Café will serve dishes popular during the era, including Beef Bourguignon, Smoked Salmon Dijon Crème Fraiche Canapes, Crab Mornay, Parmesan Scalloped Potato Stacks and more. Sip on 1940s style cocktails to round out the evening.

The live and silent auctions include a Disneyland Vacation, a Napa Valley Wine train trip, rafting trips, a visit to Silverwood Theme Park in Idaho, a fishing trip with Oregon Guide Service, a hot air balloon trip, tickets to Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pendleton Roundup and Portland Center Stage and much more.

Guests are invited to come in 1940s vintage dress. Don’t have any vintage ‘40’s couture in your closet? Call the Discovery Center for costume ideas.

Tickets are on sale now. Individual tickets are $75, Table for 10 is $600.

For tickets or information, call the Discovery Center at 541-296-8600 x 201, or log on to

Proceeds benefit the Discovery Center, a non-profit organization. The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is the official interpretive center of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and is located at 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles.


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