Second Annual Roaring 20’s Party, May 21


r1By Terry Rogers

In 2015, the Milford Historic Preservation Committee and the Milford Museum held the first Roaring 20’s Lawn Party at Causey Mansion. The event was so successful that Patti Persia, chairperson of the Milford Historic Preservation Committee, says that people were asking about the next event before the first was even over.

“At last year’s event, people were coming up to me asking about the second one,” Ms. Persia said. “We knew it was something we had to do again. We have basically been planning the event since September and it promises to be even better than last year.”

The event will be held on Saturday, May 21 from 5 to 9 PM. This year, there will be a Juice Joint Pub Crawl after the event with several Milford bars offering specials to those wearing 20’s attire. Although costumes are not required to attend, most of the guests at the first event dressed as flappers, gangsters and wore other clothing of the period.

“This year, the event is being catered by the Milford Senior Center who have created a menu of food that was popular in the 1920s,” Ms. Persia said. “Mispillion Brewing, Tall Tales Brewing and Dogfish Head will be providing tastings of their beer. Painted Stave will be returning to the event and we have added Delaware Distilling this year with both offering liquor tastings. Harvest Ridge will be offering tastes of their hard cider as well. The champagne fountain is returning as well so that we can toast the end of Prohibition.”

The event will benefit both the Milford Preservation Society and the Milford Museum. 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.”

In addition to tastings and food, music will be provided by The Recessionals, a 20’s-era jazz and swing band, which was very popular at the event last year. Dancers from First State Dance Studio will be available to teach guests popular dances of the time. Tickets for the event are $45 per person. There are a very small number of VIP tickets available that allow ticket holders early entrance to the event and a guided tour of Causey Mansion. Access to the mansion will only be available during the guided tours. No entrance to the mansion will be permitted after 5 PM. There are only 250 tickets available and they are going fast, said Ms. Persia.

In addition to the breweries, distilleries and winery, sponsors for the event include Milford Live, Bella Terra Landscaping, Joe Wiley, Milford Rent-All and Little Caesar Pizza. Tickets may be purchased at the Milford Museum or online at Tickets will also be sold at the Riverwalk Farmer’s Market. There is a small handling fee for purchasing tickets online, but not for purchasing them at the Milford Museum or the Farmer’s Market.

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