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Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at Castel Hill on the Crane Estate

Dear Cultural Explorers,

Mariko informed me that that some of you expressed interest in attending the The Roaring Twenties Lawn Party and I would like to invite you to join the Boston Culture Club ( in a joint group event.

This event is happening at the beautiful Grand Allee, a half-mile long landscaped lawn lined with statuary and hedgerows of the Crane Estate,

This events includes live jazz, swing dance lesson and performances, lawn games, vintage attire contest, and antique cars.

The cost is $20 and $15 for students, seniors, and trustee members.

Parking is free.

You may bring in food for a picnic.  Outside alcohol is not allowed and this policy will be strictly enforced, so no sneaking in a bottle of wine.  However, a picnic package, wine, and ale will be available for purchase.

I encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. I have had people miss out on events for they have sold out. Here is the link to purchase your ticket online:

Attendees are encouraged, not required, to come in twenties-style dress, bring a picnic supper or purchase one on-site, and spend the evening.

Organizers need to have an accurate attendance count to plan events. We need to know who and how many to expect.

If you belong to both groups, please only reserve under one group in order to avoid future confusion.

Please reserve "YES" only if you are seriously planning to attend this event and to purchase your ticket in advance.

If you are a "MAYBE", please type " MAYBE " in the comments field for the event.

Reserving "YES" when you are a "MAYBE" is misleading and may be taking a space from someone who is on a waiting list.

If you are no longer able to attend, please update your reservation to not attending.

A long and consistent history of  "no-shows" may cause you to be removed from the group.

Once we have a group of confirmed people, I will plan a meeting point so we can all connect.

We should definitely plan on a picnic. As we get closer to date, I will confirm meeting details.

I look forward to enjoying this event with the group.





The highlight of the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party is the music.  The era was marked by the emergence of jazz as the popular music of the time, and is often referred to as the Jazz Age.  We're excited to have Brooklyn trad jazz band, Baby Soda for this occasion.  Baby Soda plays many songs that were the hits of the day.


  • 2:30PM: Gates Open at Castle Hill
    Come on in, get your space on the lawn and get ready to dance!
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM: Swing Dancing Lesson with Boston Swing Central
    Teachers from Boston Swing Central will teach a beginning 6-count swing dance lesson. Once you learn to swing, you'll be able to use this all afternoon to the live band.
  • 4:00PM-5:00PM:Baby Soda Jazz Band with Tamar Korn
    Baby Soda takes the stage for their first set.
  • 5:00PM-5:30PM: Charleston Performance and Lesson with Megan Damon
    Megan Damon will begin with a short high energy performance followed by a lesson on basic Charleston.
  • 5:30PM-6:30PM: Baby Soda Jazz Band with Tamar Korn
    Baby Soda Comes back for their second set
  • 6:30PM: Lindy Hop Performance with Lindy Bomb Squad
    Lindy Bomb Squad will be performing a team Lindy Hop routine.
  • 7:00PM-8:00PM: Baby Soda Jazz Band with Tamar Korn
    Baby Soda takes the stage for their final set.
  • 8:00PM: Event Ends.

Castle Hill

Castle Hill, a 165-acre National Historic Landmark, was the summer home of Chicago industrialist Richard T. Crane Jr. and his family from 1910-1949. They entertained in grand style at their 59-room English-style mansion and its surrounding gardens. Now owned by The Trustees of Reservations, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, is the perfect setting for a lawn party celebrating the music and dance from its hey-day.



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  • Joana

    I also had a great time. The weather was great, not too hot. The estate grounds were absolutely beautiful. There were a variety of swing jazz bands. The costumes, dancing and the dance lessons were amazing. Everyone was so nice. I definitely plan to do this event again next year.

    July 22, 2013

  • Barbara

    I loved this event - it was the first year that it was held. I am hoping that The Trustees of the Reservation will do it again next year.

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • Joana

    We are set up camp in front of the stage on the left side. We got one red blanket and one straw blanket.

    July 21, 2013

  • Joana

    I forgot my Meetup sign. I am standing by the info booth right side of the dance stage. I am wearing a silver head head with white feathers.

    July 21, 2013

  • Joana

    I arrive however in line to park

    July 21, 2013

  • Joana

    Anyone dressing up?

    July 20, 2013

  • Joana

    Did anyone already buy his or her ticket?

    July 20, 2013

    • Barbara

      Yes, I have purchased my ticket and am going. I believe we will drive in through the gate - near the street - and then drive up the winding driveway to the parking lot.

      1 · July 20, 2013

  • Joana

    This awesome event is two days away! I know that many of you reserved "yes" awhile ago and your plans may have changed since. I would like to know who to expect, please reconfirm your attendance by leaving a quick comment or by sending me a quick email. I know some of you have turned off your notifications for these comments so I will be sending the same message via email, I apologize for the duplication.

    July 19, 2013

  • Joana

    I just checked the weather report and we are suppose to get a break on Sunday from the heat wave, the forecast is partly cloudy high at 79 and low at 62 degrees Fahrenheit.

    July 18, 2013

  • Joana

    I plan to arrive at 2:30pm to greet you at the entrance. I plan to hold a Meetup sign. If you miss us at the entrance, I plan on bringing a red blanket and will place the sign on the blanket. I will update this page with the exact picnic location on the day of the event

    July 18, 2013

  • Joana

    I just wanted to confirm that I purchased my ticket and I hope you have purchased yours.

    July 12, 2013

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