This past weekend we went to the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate. The party was organized by Boston Swing Central. We went with friends and brought along our own picnic. If you haven’t been to the Crane Estate yet, GO! Castle Hill on the 2,100 acre Crane Estate is located on Boston’s North Shore in Ipswich, MA.
The undulating, perfect hills, “Grande Allée”, leading out to water are my favorite part. (Perhaps because that’s where my husband proposed!) I’ve been inside the house a few times for some art showings, but the grounds are my favorite reason to visit.
Designed by the Olsted Brothers (sons of the designer of Central Park) in 1912, the property boasts the historical mansion, 21 outbuildings, several gardens, a grass mall flanked by classical statues, what once was a grand “casino” with a pool and ballroom, a sunken rose garden, and an amazing view of the Ipswich Bay.
The Roaring Twenties Lawn Party was AWESOME! There were antique cars, dance groups who performed, and pop-up shops selling vintage goods. The sunken gardens were equipped with bocce and badminton for those who don’t love to dance.
Everyone was invited to picnic on the lawn. The Baby Soda Jazz Band came up from Brooklyn for the event. A similar lawn event is thrown in NYC and they decided to start a secondary event in Boston a few years ago.
If you don’t know how to dance, there were lessons for Swing and the Charleston. My only complaint about the whole event is that, while the band was incredibly talented and fun to listen to, I didn’t think they were great for swing dancing. There was plenty else to do besides dance – the grounds of the Crane Estate were made for walking and the main green stretches one half-mile from the house to the ocean cliffs. But gorgeous views of the Ipswich Bay could be seen from everywhere on the estate.
A lot of the fun of the Lawn Party was that everyone who attended was very into it.
The Crane Estate, a part of the Trustees of the Reservation, is open all year long to visitors and there is a constant rotation of events – from summer concerts on the lawn, to art gallery showings, to Christmas caroling. If the Crane Estate looks familiar, maybe you’d seen it in a few movies: The Witches of Eastwick, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, or even on The Amazing Race reality show.
The Lawn Party was a lot of fun! You know I love a good theme party and dancing. Boston Swing Central, a dancer-formed, volunteer-run non-profit dedicated to promoting swing dance, hold regular dance parties in the Boston area and welcome new members. Lawn Party Tickets were $25, and they will be throwing the event again next summer – put it on your calendars now!
Do you swing dance? Have a penchant for theme parties? Just me?