Preservation Group Gears Up for Roaring 20’s Party

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By Terry Rogers

For the third year in a row, downtown Milford will be filled with fedoras, boas, flappers and gangsters as the Milford Historical Preservation Group holds its Third Annual Roaring 20s Lawn Party at Causey Mansion. The event raises money for the Milford Museum as well as the group’s efforts to preserve historic homes throughout the town. The Milford Historical Preservation Group is part of Downtown Milford, Inc. This year’s event is planned for May 20 from 5 to 8 PM at the historic Causey Mansion Bed & Breakfast.

“Where else can you get dressed up in a fun costume, dance to 20s music, enjoy great food and drinks while you are surrounded by people having just as much fun as you are,” Patti Persia, chairperson of the preservation group said. “The ticket price includes food by Milford Senior Center and Touch of Italy. There will be cocktails provided by NKS Distributing. We are also having a silent auction and, like last year, will be auctioning off the framed original poster created by Nadia Zychal.”

Music at the event will be performed by the Red Hot Ramblers who will play 1920s era music. There will be a dance floor where guests can demonstrate their best 20s-style dance moves. The group hopes to raise $4,000 at the event which will go to support the Milford Museum and to promote the group’s efforts to preserve historic homes in the town. Last year, the group presented a grant for up to $4,000 to Frank and Mary Alice Mott, owners of an historic home located at 209 South Walnut Street, to be used to fix the façade of their home.

“We will be doing façade improvements, mainly painting and landscaping to help bring up the home’s curb appeal,” Ms. Persia said. “Bay Pro Contracting is also donating time and supplies to help the project go further. Construction is planned to start soon.”

Ms. Persia said that last year’s event was well-attended, despite having to move the party to the Century Club due to heavy wind and rain. Because of the winds forecast for that day, the company that donated tents for shelter felt it would not be safe for their use at the Causey Mansion. Through the generosity of Dave and Dawn Kenton, owners of the Century Club, the party was moved at the last minute to the new location. Ms. Persia said that the group took the change in stride, sending messages to ticket holders that the “coppers had gotten wind of the party,” keeping in the theme of the Prohibition Era.

“We were extremely pleased with the attendance last year,” Ms. Persia said. “Even in the middle of a nor’easter, people came out and had a blast. We had to sell less tickets due to the capacity of the building, but we were still pleased at how it turned out. Everyone had a great time. This year we will have large tents on the lawn of the Causey Mansion in case of rain.”

Sponsorships are still available for the event, although all marketing signs have been created. Ms. Persia said that anyone who wishes to sponsor will receive recognition and promotion via Facebook as well as at the event. Tickets are available at Milford and Friends Antiques, at the Milford Museum or online through Eventbrite. If there are any tickets available the day of the event, last-minute attendees may purchase them at the door on a cash-only basis. For more information about sponsorships or the event, contact the Milford Museum at 302-424-1080 or email Ms. Persia at theclothspring@gmail.com.

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