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The 1940s in full swing at Leesburg’s Oatlands

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Doc Scantlin’s Palmettos stand by as the flamboyant Chou Chou interacts with the audience at Oatlands Fabulous 40s Party. Times-Mirror/Anna Harris

The wine was flowing and the band was swinging Aug. 30 at the Fabulous 40s Party at historic Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg. More than 125 guests flocked to the event, some wearing modern clothing, others dressed in the garb of World War II. “Oatlands is the most elegant, beautiful place in Northern Virginia,” said Oatlands Executive Director Andrea McGimsey. “So you put these elements [our food and drink partners, Dance King Studios and Doc Scantlin] together in the setting of Oatlands? And you’ve got one amazing shindig.” Read More…

For Bandleader Doc Scantlin and Wife Chou Chou, a Life Inspired by the 1930s

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For over a decade, dapper Doc Scantlin has kept the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s alive for Washington, DC and others internationally.

She wears a red tulle dress with a tight bustier with sequins that frame her impressive decolletage, a plume of tulle flowing down the back of her legs. A red-feathered headdress shivers upon her blond updo, above a pale face with striking red lipstick. She’s Chou Chou Scantlin, a songstress built like a Barbie doll, crooning “As Time Goes By.” Behind her, Doc Scantlin, her husband, leads his Imperial Palms Orchestra , a 15-piece, 1930s-themed band that has been a fixture in the Washington area for more than 20 years.  Read More…