One of the most unique fundraisers in Milford, Hippiefest, sponsored by the Milford Museum, was a huge success on Saturday, August 20. The lawn of Causey Mansion was filled with people dressed in their best tie-dye and bell bottoms, dancing to the sounds of Lincoln City Band and Dana McDonald.
“This event began as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock,” Nicole Rogers, Operations Manager for the Milford Museum, said. “We held it in 2019 and sold out tickets almost immediately and the feedback we got was that people felt this was one of the most fun events they had attended in a long time. We knew we needed to keep it going and this year did not disappoint us!”
The event included an air guitar and hula hoop contest as well as a 50/50 raffle. The raffle raised almost $1,000 with one person receiving almost $500. The air guitar winner received a gift card to Kiss My Axe and the hula hoop winner received a gift card to EasySpeak. Guests enjoyed food from the Pop Warner and Carl’s Gourmet Hot Dogs food trucks along with delicious cupcakes and Italian ice from Sweet Josephine’s. There were also vendors available with “hippie” related merchandise while the museum sold merchandise available in their gift shop. The EasySpeak Alcohauler was also on hand to provide a variety of adult beverages to guests.
“We could not do this without our team of volunteers,” Rogers said. “They worked tirelessly to make sure things went smoothly. We will begin planning next year’s event this week and we welcome anyone who is interested in volunteering to assist with this very popular event. This event was so popular we were fielding phone calls about tickets right up until the gates opened. We really encourage people to purchase tickets early to this as they do sell very quickly.”
Rogers also commended the guests who attended the event.
“This was such a laid back, fun event and that can be attributed to the guests who attended,” Rogers said. “There was a lot of dancing, singing with the band and just a community feel to this. At the end of the night, there was no clean up necessary. The lawn was just as pristine when everyone left as it was when they arrived. We definitely appreciated that courtesy and it is an example of how we work together as a community to keep it beautiful.”
Social media was filled with comments about how much fun the event was. Cathy Cohee posted that they had a “great time” while Jeanine Roney commented that it was such a beautiful evening and that “everyone was happy.” Roxanne Glisson Clukey posted “we love Hippiefest!”
The Milford Museum would especially like to thank our sponsors which include Causey Mansion Bed and Breakfast who graciously give up their lawn for this event each year, All American Electric who donated two generators for our use this year, and Shore United Bank who helped fund the event. They would also like to thank Mispillion Brewing Company for allowing them to “borrow” the food truck that was covering their event at 8 PM when an emergency occurred with a scheduled food truck.
“Once again, I have to say that this was a community effort,” Rogers said. “Kevin DiCostanzo at Mispillion Brewing graciously allowed the truck to cover for one that could not make it at the last minute and even provided us with contact information for others who might be able to step in. I cannot stress enough how wonderful it is to live in a community that looks out for each other. The hashtag is so true, we ARE Milford.”
Anyone who is interested in volunteering for this event next year or any other event that helps further the Milford Museum’s mission, contact Rogers at [email protected] or give them a call at 302-424-1080. There are also other volunteer options available and those can be found on the Milford Museum website at https://milforddemuseum.org.
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