The Santa Ana Elks 6/5/2009

Elks Care and Elks Share

A Night At The Tropicana

A Night At The Tropicana June 2009
We entered promptly at 6:30!

Did you know? - Tropicana is a world known cabaret and club in Havana, Cuba. It was launched in 1939 at Villa Mina, a six-acre (24,000 m²) suburban estate with lush tropical gardens in Havana’s Marianao neighborhood. The spectacular showplace that became The Tropicana evolved out of a Depression-era bohemian nightclub called Edén Concert, operated by Cuban impresario Victor de Correa.

One day, two casino operators approached de Correa about opening a combination casino and cabaret on property on the outskirts of Havana rented from Guillermina Pérez Chaumont, known as Mina. The operators felt that the tropical gardens of her Villa Mina, would provide a lush natural setting for an outdoor cabaret. They cut a deal, and in December of 1939, de Correa moved his company of singers, dancers and musicians into a converted mansion located on the estate.

De Correa provided the food and entertainment, while Rafael Mascaro and Luis Bular operated the casino located in the chandeliered dining room of the estate’s mansion. Originally known as El Beau Site, de Correa decided to rename the club Tropicana, because of its tropical atmosphere and “na” after the last syllable of the original owner, Mina. With a fanfare from the Alfredo Brito Orchestra, the Club Tropicana, opened on December 30, 1939. Its popularity with tourists grew steadily until the outbreak of World War II, which sharply curtailed tourism to Cuba.

A Night At The Tropicana June 2009
Dance lessons began but Vnce and Nancy were too far advanced

A Night At The Tropicana June 2009
Paul and Del inspect the 1948 Chevy which was on display

Did you know? - The 1946, 1947, and 1948 Chevrolet Stylemaster, Fleetmaster, and Fleetline were warmed-over versions of 1942 cars, but that hardly mattered to a car-hungry public. After nearly four war years in which no civilian passenger cars had been produced, Detroit could have sold anything with wheels that went round and round. Chevrolet, along with most of its competitors, shrewdly elected to serve up existing models. After all, the paid-for factory tooling was already in place, and the demand for new cars was unprecedented.

The 1948 Fleetmaster weighed in at between 3,050-3,430 pounds and cost between $1,381 and $2,013. They produced 248,778 of these models in 1948.

A Night At The Tropicana June 2009
Chrome everywhere

A Night At The Tropicana June 2009
Vicky and Del dressed for the forties

A Night At The Tropicana June 2009
Dancing friends from the Phoenix Club

The Elks Remember D-Day Which Was 65 Years Ago Tonight

Did you know? - The Normandy Landings were the first operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy, also known as Operation Neptune and Operation Overlord, during World War II. The landings commenced on June 6, 1944 (D-Day), beginning at 6:30 British Double Summer Time (H-Hour). In planning, D-Day was the term used for the day of actual landing, which was dependent on final approval. The assault was conducted in two phases: an air assault landing of American, British and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight, and an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armored divisions on the coast of France commencing at 6:30.

The invasion required the transport of soldiers and materiel from the United Kingdom by troop carrying aircraft and ships, the assault landings, air support, naval interdiction of the English Channel and naval fire-support. There were also subsidiary 'attacks' mounted under the codenames Operation Glimmer and Operation Taxable to distract the Kriegsmarine and the German army from the real landing areas.

The operation was the largest single-day amphibious invasion of all time, with 160,000 troops landing on June 6, 1944. 195,700 Allied naval and merchant navy personnel in over 5,000 ships were involved. The landings took place along a 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. The Allies had previously invaded mainland Europe September 3, 1943 with the landings in Italy.

A Night At The Tropicana June 2009
A moment of silence to honor these brave people who preserved our freedoms

A Night At The Tropicana June 2009
Vance and Gladys slow down long enough to get their picture taken

A Night At The Tropicana June 2009

A Night At The Tropicana June 2009
The Birthday Girl cuts the cake!

A Night At The Tropicana June 2009

A Night At The Tropicana June 2009

A Night At The Tropicana June 2009
Nancy and Vince rest for a few minutes

The Fashion Show And Contest Begins

Did you know? - The most characteristic fashion trend from the 1930s to the end of World War II is attention at the shoulder, with butterfly sleeves and banjo sleeves, and exaggerated shoulder pads for both men and women by the 1940s. The period also saw the first widespread use of synthetic fibers, especially viscose for linings and lingerie, and nylon stockings, and the zipper became widely used.

Suntans (called at the time "sunburns") became fashionable in the early 1930s, along with travel to the resorts along the Mediterranean, in the Bahamas, and on the east coast of Florida where one could acquire a tan, leading to new categories of clothes: white dinner jackets for men and beach pajamas, halter tops, and bare midriffs for women.

Fashion trendsetters in the period included the Prince of Wales (Edward VIII from January 1936 until his abdication that December) and his companion Wallis Simpson (the Duke and Duchess of Windsor from their marriage in June 1937) and such Hollywood movie stars as Fred Astaire, Carole Lombard and Joan Crawford.

A Night At The Tropicana June 2009
The parade and judging begins

A Night At The Tropicana June 2009
Dapper Dan

A Night At The Tropicana June 2009
Dressed to the 9's

Did you know? - Wartime austerity lead to restrictions on the number of new clothes that people bought and the amount of fabric that clothing manufacturers could use. Women working on war service adopted trousers as a practical necessity. The nylon stocking was introduced in the US in 1940, to huge success, but later withdrawn as all supplies were needed for military uses such as parachutes. When nylon stockings reappeared in the shops there were "nylon riots" as customers fought over the first deliveries.

In Britain, clothing was strictly rationed, with a system of "points", and the Board of Trade issued regulations for "Utility Clothes" in 1941, and in America the War Production Board issued its Regulation L85 on March 8, 1942, specifying restrictions for every item of women's clothing. Easily laddered stockings were a particular concern in Britain; women were forced to either paint them on (including the back seam) or to join the WRNS, who continued to issue them, in a cunning aid to recruitment. Later in the war, American soldiers became a source of the new nylon stockings.

Most women wore skirts at or near knee-length, with simply-cut blouses or shirts and square-shouldered jackets. Popular magazines and pattern companies advised women on how to remake men's suits into smart outfits, since the men were in uniform and the cloth would otherwise sit unused. Eisenhower jackets became popular in this period. Influenced by the military, these jackets were bloused at the chest and fitted at the waist with a belt.

Because of the war, current European fashion was no longer available to women in the United States. American designers, who were often overlooked, became more popular as American women began to wear their designs. American designers of ready-to-wear contributed in other ways too. They made improvements to sizing standards and began to use fiber content and care labels in clothing.

A Night At The Tropicana June 2009
Bob took top honors with his ORIGINAL 1939 wool suit!

A Night At The Tropicana June 2009
The winners of the fashion review

A Night At The Tropicana June 2009
Sue and Paul

A Night At The Tropicana June 2009

A Night At The Tropicana June 2009
Your friendly bartender?

A Night At The Tropicana June 2009
Wool suits get hot!!!  So Donna, what kind of rick is he holding???