It's all too easy to forget the true meaning behind Veterans Day when it also represents a day off from school, perhaps a day off from work and, this year, a long weekend. Allow us to make a recommendation for how you can honor those who serve our country while also treating yourself to a night away from the same old-same old.
On Monday, Nov. 7, the storied North Shore Music Theatre is hosting Runway U.S.A.: Celebrating Women in Uniform. Fifty dollars will get you access to a very tasty-sounding food sampling (everything from clams to cakes) and a fashion show — and it will give troops serving our country access to a lot more support, through organizations like the USO and Operation Troop Support.
The details: The pre-show reception (alert: this is when food will be served; be there or be hungry) runs from 6-8 p.m. in various parts of the theater and will include a number of raffles and boutique-y browsing. Then the Tribute to Our Troops fashion show itself, put on by Lorraine Roy Designer Collections of Danvers (think gowns, with some casual holiday chic), will begin, featuring a performance by up-and-coming country singer and Boston native Kiley Evans. (We think her new single, " Johnny Depp," is kind of catchy.)
Of course, you could go the VIP route, where a ticket costs you $100 but gets you a seat in the first four rows and (wait for it) entrance to a post-show dessert reception. Something to think about.
But don't think too long—seats have been selling fast. (Visit the North Shore Music Theatre's website to purchase tickets, or call 978-232-7200 for more information.) Whatever ticket you decide on, don't forget to bring socks: For every three new pairs (men's or women's) you bring to the theater, you'll get a free raffle ticket.
Really, there's no downside to this one.