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A 1920s party roars into Castle Hill at Crane Estate

Grab your pearls and bowlers for a 1920s style picnic at the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party in Ipswich.

Antique cars at the Roaring '20s Lawn Party at Castle Hill at Crane Estate. Lynn Redmile

Calling all flappers and dandies. While this decade hasn’t quite gotten off to a roaring start, things are trending in the right direction as the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party returns to Castle Hill on Crane Estate for its ninth year.

Presented by Boston Swing Central and The Trustees of Reservations with the theme of Reimagine the Jazz Age, this two-day lawn party is a celebration of all things vintage. Attracting thousands in Gatsby-esque apparel, this retro picnic features live music and dancing, performances, lawn games, a vintage faire, Vintage Girl Photography, a Poetry Brothel, Florence’s Fashion Stroll, and more — all set on the lavish swoon-worthy grounds of the Crane Estate. Explore the formal gardens with 1920s jazz in the air, stroll the antique auto show, march in a suffragette parade, take a dance lesson, and enjoy a drink at the Bootlegger’s Garden featuring Mill River Winery, 1634 Meadery, and True North Ales.


Guests can pre-order a picnic or visit one of the onsite vendors or experience afternoon tea in the Italian Garden for sandwiches, sweets, and teas while overlooking the formal garden. There is also a chance to book a mansion tour given by a “Crane family servant” in 1929. This year organizers have added the following event: “Reimagining the Jazz Age: A discussion of race, social justice, inclusivity, and vintage culture,” helping participants reimagine a better, more inclusive 2020s for everyone.

Vintage attire is suggested but not required. Remember: a string of beads, a boa, and a fascinator or hat can transform a regular outfit into 1920s chic.

Gates open at 1PM. Advance tickets are required. Tickets will not be available on-site. Please note that this is a rain or shine event. Dance floors and vintage fair will be tented.

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