‘Roaring’ good time at lawn party: Milford’s night on the town: 1920s style

MILFORD — Knee-length dresses, feathers and bowties seemed to inspire an unspoken dress code on Saturday night in downtown Milford. Live music added an extra 1920s flare to the scene, growing a crowd of dancers from just two to over 30.

A total of 136 party-goers attended the Roaring 20s Lawn Party held at Causey Mansion to ‘celebrate the right to drink’ and the end of prohibition. Many then found their way to The Milford Tavern nearby to continue celebrating after the party was over.

More than 80 years after headlines announced the end of the prohibition era, a time in which it was illegal to sell, produce and transport alcohol, this inaugural gathering was organized as a fundraiser for both the Milford Museum and the newly established Milford Historical Preservation Group, a Downtown Milford, Inc. committee.

Preservation group chairperson Patti Persia said any funds raised for her committee will be used to help the elderly or those on lower incomes restore historical homes in the Milford area.

“It’s just great fun,” she said. “It was a huge success and everyone looked top notch. The crew on the Milford Historical Preservation Group worked so hard to put the event on. That’s what is the best about Milford. We support each other. That’s why I spend my time volunteering to make this town better. It gives back.”

Ms. Persia and many attendees raved about Causey Mansion Bed and Breakfast as a location, saying its new owners, Joey Phillips and Jan Broulik, worked hard on the upkeep of the grounds in preparation for the party. The pair celebrated their one year anniversary of owning the home on Saturday, as well.

“We never would have guessed we would have such a party at the house one year later,” Mr. Broulik said.

The museum, which will host another fundraiser on June 4, currently has a prohibition themed exhibit on display through the end of November 2015. Claudia Leister, executive director of the museum, considered the lawn party a success and expressed interest in seeing it continue.

“I knew there was such success with Eat in the Streets; that was sold out in a day. With that being in the fall, I thought it would be nice to have something similar in the warmer months,” she said.

Downtown Milford, Inc. Executive Director Lee Nelson said, “I think this is a wonderful opportunity. It’s very nice to see the preservation group put together an event like this that’s very theme appropriate. It just works great.”

Those in attendance all seemed to have the same opinion of the event: “It was the bee’s knees.”

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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