By Terry Rogers
On Saturday, May 16, the lawn of the Causey Mansion was taken back in time to an era when alcohol was forbidden, jazz music grew in popularity and speakeasies were all the rage. The Roaring 20s Lawn Party at Causey Mansion raised almost $4,000 for the Milford Museum and Milford Historical Preservation Committee which is part of Downtown Milford Inc.
“We are so grateful for everyone who came out to support our cause,” Patti Persia, Chairman of the Milford Historical Preservation Committee, said. “Considering our committee had never even held a small fundraiser for one this large to be such a success is incredible. It was so much fun seeing everyone in their 20’s attire, dancing to music from the era and sampling some of the ‘forbidden’ spirits.”
Music for the event was provided by The Recessionals while dancers from the TADA Dance Academy taught guests how to do many of the dances that were popular during the era, such as the Charleston. Beer tastings were provided by Mispillion River Brewing, Dogfish Head, Fordham and Old Dominion Brewing as well as Tall Tales Brewery. Liquor tastings were provided by Painted Stave. Guests were also treated to a champagne fountain as they celebrated the “end” of prohibition.
“Our plan for the funds raised for the Milford Historical Preservation Committee are to start a fund that will be available for grants to historic house owners who may need assistance with repairs to the façade of their homes,” Ms. Persia explained. “We are hoping to encourage those who own historic houses to repair them and keep them in good condition rather than see them torn down like too many other homes in our city have become victims of when they fell into disrepair.”
The Milford Museum was established in 1983 in the original Post Office next to Milford City Hall. There is no charge to visit the museum and the funds raised for them will go to the upkeep and cataloging of the hundreds of historic artifacts held in the museum. The theme for the lawn party was taken from a current exhibit at the museum which is entitled Dry Spell: The Prohibition Experience in Milford. Another event similar to the one held in May 2015 is being planned for Spring 2016.