Pearl Harbor USO Dance

At World War II Hannah Block Historic USO

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For going on twenty years, Southeastern North Carolina has commemorated the annual anniversary of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, which launched America into World War II, with a solemn, patriotic ceremony. Honoring attending area Pearl Harbor Survivors, men who were stationed there on that day, has highlighted the commemoration.
“This year we’re expanding the theme,” said Wilbur Jones, chairman of the sponsoring World War II Wilmington Home Front Heritage Coalition.  “We’ll continue with the appropriate ceremony, then immediately shift gears to the atmosphere of the day before, December 6 in Honolulu, the last night of peace, with swing dance lessons and a typical 1940's USO dance.”
The scene is the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center at Second and Orange Streets downtown, the city’s restored WWII recreational building which serves the public as a perfect blending of history and the arts.
“Place yourself on Waikiki seventy-seven years ago. Wear your Hawaiian shirt, adorned with flowered leis, sing out loud ‘Lovely Hula Hands,’ and jitterbug or slow-dance away the evening,” Jones added.
The Pearl Harbor ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. At 6:00, the Cape Fear Swing Dance Society will conduct free lessons. At 6:30, vocalist Nicole Thompson’s CoCo and the Cufflinks ensemble will provide dance music until 9:30.
Admission is $15 and tickets are available at or 910-341-7860.  WWII veterans and their escorts will be admitted free. Beer, wine, soft drinks, coffee, snacks and donuts will be available and donations accepted. Proceeds go the HBHUSO/CAC building preservation fund.

For further information, contact Jean Lawler, Coalition vice chairman, at 617-4300, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Susan Habas, Thalian Association Community Theatre executive director, at 251-1788, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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 Entertainment provided by Coco and the Cufflinks. This event is sponsored by AARP.

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Our Management

The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is managed by the staff of the The Thalian Association, the Official Community Theater of North Carolina.

The Thalian Association is a non-profit, membership organization founded in 1788 to provide arts education and bring the excitement of the performing arts to Wilmington. The organization has its offices and holds auditions at the Community Arts Center.  The Center also hosts the Thalian Children's Theater classes and performances.

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Patrons of the HBHUSO/Community Arts Center can park in the surface lot conveniently located next to the building.

Parking Rates:

- Hourly: $1.25
- Daily: $7.00
- Monthly: $50.00


Paid parking is enforced 24/7 unless otherwise noted.  Visit the City of Wilmington's website for more information about downtown Wilmington parking.