Monday, July 31, 2017

Cheers, Old Sport!

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” 
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Ah, one of my favorite quotes! And the very first movie I watched with my own Gatsby. So it should be no surprise I wanted to share this upcoming event with my readers. For the fifth year in a row, you can travel back in time to the era of flapper dresses and swing dancing, thanks to the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party on Castle Hill at Crane Estate!

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This shindig takes place August 5th and 6th in beautiful and historic Ipswich, MA. Attendees are encouraged to don their best 20s apparel, enjoy a picnic on the grounds, and participate in the various activities put together by the estate's Trustees of Reservations and Mike Hibarger, Vice president of Boston Swing Central. The first year, the event drew 1,200 guests; last year’s party brought 3,200 and sold out. Due to this overwhelming interest, 2017 will be the first year the event becomes a 2-day affair.

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The full schedule of events is posted online but I'll give you the rundown. DJ Legs Magoo, aka Miranda Lank, who spins for Boston’s swing dancers, will play music all weekend long. Bands Tamar Korn & A Kornucopia, Cassidy & The Orleans Kids, and Baby Soda Jazz Band with Tamar Korn will perform, as will dance groups Boston Lindy Bomb Squad, Divine Providence, Boston Lindy Hop, Eight Thirty ACT, Just for Kicks, and The Riff. Inspired guests can also take swing lessons and participate in a Charleston dance contest.

Party-goers can bring their own picnics, pre-order them from Ferreira Foods, or choose from the seafood, roast beef, salads, Cuban food, nuts, popcorn, candy, and ice cream at food trucks and food tents on the grounds. Expect Empanada Dada, Kelly’s Roast Beef Catering, Mandy’s, Q’s Nuts, Ferreira Foods, and White Farms Homemade Ice Cream, as well as vendors selling vintage apparel. Just don’t forget lawn chairs, picnic blankets and some bug spray!

Drinks from Ipswich Ale Brewery, Mill River Winery, and Far from the Tree Cider will be sold in a roped-off area, fittingly dubbed the Bootlegger’s Garden; a nod to the age of prohibition. And lastly, attendees can step inside the 1920s mansion for tours throughout the day and check out the vintage cars that will be on display across the property all night long. What a fun way to celebrate such an eventful time in history!

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Tickets to the event cost $40 for general admission and $32 for students, seniors, and Trustees members. Children ages 10 and under are free. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the door. Parking is available on-site for $10 per car. Additional information can be found on the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party event page.

Pip pip cheerio, cheers to you old sport! Join the fun and devour the details of a Gatsby-good time this weekend at the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party!

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