Mark your calendar for the eighth annual Holiday Jubilee at the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex in Fayetteville. This year’s event falls on Sunday, Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, so the event will feature a World War II theme to commemorate the day. Join us for this celebration from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. 
    {mosimage}The Holiday Jubilee will offer something for all ages. Engaging hands-on activities will fill the museum. Meet World War II GI reenactors and inspect the tools of their trade. World War II vehicles, including a 1943 Harley Davidson WLA motorcycle, will be on display. Become a pilot after taking a depth-perception test, and then try out your skills during an aircraft carrier landing simulation. Write a V-mail holiday greeting to see how GIs and their families kept in touch, or join a World War II scrap drive. Learn about codes and ciphers, and try your hand at code busting. Look up and identify the airplane silhouettes as part of your Civil Air Defense duty.
    The holiday decorations are always spectacular inside the 1897 Poe House. Greenery, ribbons and blown-glass ornaments are sure to delight, but there’s more. In a giant tent outside the 1897 Poe House, a re-created USO Canteen and dance hall will bustle with activity. Enjoy music evocative of the swing, the dance craze of the 1940s, performed by the Second Time Around Band, and take a swing dance lesson. To make the USO Canteen complete, reenactors dressed in period clothing will serve refreshments.
    The USO played an important part in the lives of World War II soldiers, sailors and aviators by bringing America to those who were far from home. Even in home front communities like Fayetteville, the USO provided a home away from home and a place of comfort for many.
    This year’s Holiday Jubilee promises to be an extraordinary event commemorating a time of the nation’s strength and resolve. The event will lift history from the pages of books and bring the holiday season to life. We hope to see you there! For more information, call Heidi Bleazey at (910) 486-1330.
    The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex is located on the corner of Bradford and Arsenal avenues in Fayetteville. The historical complex is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (910) 486-1330.
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