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Party like the Twenties at the County Museum

The “Y Circus” will Performers will be at the party.

Be part of the fun! In the 1920s, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s fictional Jay Gatsby gave big parties nearly every week. The San Bernardino County Museum invites guests to “party like the 20s” under the stars on Saturday evening, July 9, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at “Gatsby’s at the Grove.” Because space is limited, advance reservations are required. The cost is $10 per person.

The party starts at 6:30 p.m. with dancing to the music of Nannette and her Hotsy Totsy Boys performing a 1920s revue. Lupita Limón and her Limónades dancers will set the mood with two special showcase dances. Supper, vintage soda and candy, margaritas, and Hangar 24 suds will be available for purchase. Guests can also enjoy a temporary exhibit of 1920s treasures from the museum’s history division collections, including a recent donation of vintage clothing from that era.

Guests are invited to come to the party dressed in 1920s glad rags, and sashay across the dance floor during the Fashion Promenade. Our grand finale will include an old-fashioned balloon drop and bunny hop. Enchanted Attic Costume Rental has supplied outfits for staff and offers a generous discount to Gatsby guests who mention the museum’s name when renting a costume.

“We’ll be dancing the night away in the museum courtyard,” said Curator of History Michele Nielsen. “Guests will enjoy seeing all the renovations we’ve made since our first Gatsby event in 2009, and since our 1930s–40s dance party last year. These historically themed dance parties aren’t fund raisers, but they’ve inspired contributions that have allowed us to significantly improve interpretation of our outdoor historic exhibits and, of course, our train renovation.”

Nielsen explained how the decade of the 1920s is of particular interest to the history of inland Southern California. “Flappers, bathtub gin, and dancing the Charleston are certainly an important aspect of the era’s legacy. But issues like prohibition, women’s suffrage, and post World War I social and economic changes are at the root of seemingly frivolous issues like bobbed hair and short skirts.”

To make reservations or for more information, call (909) 307-2669 ext. 227. The event is supported by the San Bernardino County Museum Association and by community partners including Printing and Promotion Plus, Colton; Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Redlands; Enchanted Attic Costume Rental, San Bernardino; Hangar 24; Treasures for the Home, Redlands; Sweet Memories, Redlands; Event Design Lab; and Johnnie Ann Ralph of the San Bernardino County Museum Association Board of Directors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669 ext. 229 or (TDD) 909-792-1462.

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