An organization that celebrates local history used history to raise some much-needed funds.
The Souris Valley Museum hosted a Roaring 20s fundraiser on May 30 at the Estevan Royal Canadian Legion. Nearly 100 people attended the event, which generated about $5,500 before expenses.
“It was our first major fundraiser in years, and in a lot of ways, it was getting people to know that we exist as well,” said museum curator/director Katrina Howick.
The Regina Riot, a band that plays 1920s-style music, provided the entertainment. Howick referred to the group as “phenomenal,” and a lot of people danced to the music.
Many in attendance came dressed in 1920s attire.
“There were actually a couple of girls in original, authentic 1920s dresses that they found in their grandparents' closet,” said Howick. “We had everything from modern remakes to hand-beaded 1920s dresses. And we even had an authentic bow tie on one of the gentlemen.”
There were other attractions during the night. A silent auction generated a lot of money. A Prohibition-era drink named the bee's knees was served, and Howick said it proved to be very popular. Casino-style games were offered.
“There was a roulette wheel and some poker tables and a couple other games going,” said Howick. “A lot of people spent their night in there, and had fun playing with play money, and having a good time.”
A jail-and-bail allowed people to have friends thrown in a prison. The prisoner then had to bribe their way out.
Howick said that the fundraiser will likely become an annual event. The museum wants to have a vintage dance each year, but they could choose to honour another decade at the fundraiser.