Roaring 20s Event To Benefit Historical Preservation


4By Terry Rogers

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, Milfordians will have the opportunity to step back in time when they attend the first annual Roaring 20’s Lawn Party at Causey Mansion. The event, which will be held from 5 to 8 PM, will celebrate a time when speakeasy’s and gin joints were the only places to enjoy a beer, glass of wine or shot of whiskey.

“We will be providing samples of foods that were popular in the 20s along with tastings from local breweries and distilleries,” said Patti Persia, Chairperson of the Milford Historical Preservation Committee. “Food is being provided by Abbott’s Grill, Arena’s, Georgia House, Delmarva Popcorn, and Infante Water Ice. Mispillion Brewing, Tall Tales, Dogfish and Fordham are providing us with free beer tastings. Delaware Distilling and Painted Stave will be offering liquor tastings. There is also going to be a free champagne bar so that we can toast the end of Prohibition.” The event will benefit both the Milford Preservation Society and the Milford Museum.

In addition to tastings and food, music will be provided by The Recessionals, a 20’s-era jazz and swing band as well as the Delaware Music School. Dancers will be available to teach guests popular dances of the time. Guests are asked to dress in period attire to keep with the theme of the party.

Tickets for the event are $40 per person or $75 per couple. VIP tickets are available that provide seating in a VIP area, party favors and more. Tables may also be purchased for up to eight people. VIP seating is limited and there will only be 200 tickets sold to the event. Additional sponsors for the event include The Milford Chronicle, Milford Live, Silicato Development, I.G. Burton and First State Manufacturing. Sponsorships are still available by contacting Patti Persia at 302-745-1790. Tickets may be purchased at the Milford Museum or online at Tickets will also be sold at the Bug and Bud Festival at both the Milford Museum and Downtown Milford Inc. tables.

The Milford Historical Preservation Committee is a division of Downtown Milford Inc. The group is focuses on preserving, conserving and protecting buildings, objects, landscapes and artifacts of historical significance. The group is raising funds in order to establish a grant program that will enable owners of historic buildings in Milford to perform necessary repairs and maintenance to their buildings.

The Milford Museum was established in 1983 in the original Post Office across from Milford City Hall.The museum contains exhibitions that display Milford’s history form the 1700s to the present. Currently, one of the exhibits in the museum is “Dry Spell: The Prohibition Experience in Milford.”