Explanation of Little Black Dress Skit:

The March 8, 1976 edition of The Army Times contained an article

about this skit’s already long history and tradition. In part it said, “in the 

1950’s a young lieutenant’s wife, Alice H. Rice, was asked to write a

narration for an Army Wives’ Club fashion show. She created the little skit,

The Basic Black Dress. She also created a military tradition...The Basic

Black Dress has been performed at Army Posts all over the world. Army

Wives have passed it on from club to club, for fort to fort, as if it were an

ancient legend or favored recipe...On the surface, the skit is a slapstick

spoof of Wives’ Clubs fashion shows. The action, performed by models

“who like to clown” pokes broad fun at fashion’s “basic black dress” and the

never-ending uses a service wife must put it to! The skit lets service wives

laugh at themselves. But also, it lets them take pride in the

accomplishments of their lives. Women watching it have said they feel the

warm tug of recognition as the narration’s playful verse honors the

struggles and rewards of military life. Some 60 years later, this work has

not lost its appeal. It was updated numerous times by various Wives’ clubs

to incorporate the many changes that have occurred in the military lifestyle.


If you would like to be a model in the Basic Black Dress Skit please email Carrie at abs2vp@gmail.com NLT March 6.


Deadline to RSVP is Thursday, March 12th


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Making an Online Reservation: 


All ABS members will receive an email approximately two weeks prior to the event date through our website (fortbraggabs.org) for each ABS event .  To ensure your reservation you must first be a registered user on our website and an ABS Member to pay online through PayPal.  Please remember to always indicate your menu choice for each event if necessary.  Once you have made your purchase, you should receive a confirmation email verifying that you have completed the registration and paid for your meal.  If you do not receive this confirmation, please contact the Reservation Chairperson at absreservations14@gmail.com. Your reservation/payment must be received no later than midnight of the designated deadline date. 


Making a Reservation By Mail


If you choose not to use our pay online feature, you must contact our Reservation Chairperson at absreservations14@gmail.com in order to RSVP.  In addition, ABS must receive your payment (cash or personal check) no later than the designated deadline in order to attend the ABS event. If you agree to pay by mail and your payment is not received by the designated deadline, if you are a no show, or if you attempt to cancel after the deadline you will be charged and expected to pay for the missed event before you can attend another event in the future.  Please mail your check to:  

Association of Bragg Spouses
c/o Reservation Chairperson 
PO Box 73625
Fort Bragg, NC 28307


Cancellation of a Reservation:


To cancel a reservation, you must request a refund in writing to the Reservation Chairperson at absreservations14@gmail.com no later than later than midnight of the designated deadline date prior to the event. Refunds requested after the deadline will not be honored.  ABS is obligated to pay for all reserved meals, regardless of attendance to the event.  Therefore, if you did not attempt to cancel your reservation before the deadline, you attempted to cancel after the deadline, or you did not attend the event, you will not be refunded the cost of the event.  Note: If you have an outstanding balance for non-attendance, the past-due amount MUST BE PAID before your reservation for future events can be accepted.  Contact the Reservation Chairperson to pay your balance due.




ABS members may bring guests to ABS programs.  To hold a guest’s reservation(s), you must indicate on your reservation/payment form the number of guests you will bring, their name, and menu choice (if applicable).  A guest who is eligible to become an ABS member may only attend one ABS program as a guest. For subsequent events they must become a member. Cancellation of a guest’s reservation is the same as members.  The ABS member is responsible for payment of a guest who either cancels after the deadline or fails to attend the event.  The ABS member may pay for your guests through the online payment system.




The ABS policies are those babies 6 months and under are allowed to accompany you to the luncheon. We like to encourage friendship and fellowship among spouses, which is why we only allow very small children. Childcare is the responsibility of the member.




Attire for ABS luncheons is business casual unless the luncheon has a theme that requires otherwise.


Dietary Restrictions/Preferences:


We understand that some of our members have dietary restrictions that prohibit them from enjoying some of our menu items during our ABS events.  The cost to attend ABS events include not only the food, but the venue rental fee, table linen package, etc.  For this reason, we are unable to adjust the price of the event for our members who cannot enjoy all of the items on the menu.  We apologize for any inconvenience.


Reservation Chairperson:   absreservations14@gmail.com

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