Fenton History Center’s 60th Anniversary Celebrated With Roaring 20s Themed Gala

On Saturday, July 29, 2023, the Fenton Historical Society celebrated its 60th anniversary with a roaring 20s-themed gala.

At 5 p.m., we had a sponsorship party for all of our sponsors in attendance. Sandee’s Bakery was our caterer and music was furnished by Margaret Ferris. Here is a list of our sponsors:

The Aesthetic House
Ahlstrom Schaeffer Electric Corp.
Candlelight Productions
Merritt Winery
William R. Reynolds, III
Rodgers Land Surveying
Southern Tier Brewing Company
Summit Wealth Management
Tiffany Wakeley Academy of Dance
Janet Wahlberg
Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Amanda Rose Photography
Bayview Financial Group
Kaycee Colburn
Carol Drake, CPA
The Gypsy Moon Cake Company
Jaroszynski Law
Shults Auto Group
Southwestern Independent Living

At 6 p.m., we had our main event, with music furnished by Pie Time Entertainment and food from Sandee’s Bakery and cookies from Gypsy Moon Cake Company.

At 6:30 p.m., Executive Director Jane Babinsky gave welcoming remarks. She introduced Janet Wahlberg, President, who also offered remarks. Janet then turned it over to Norman Carlson, Collections Manager, and Chair of the Time Capsule Committee, who talked about the time capsule project. The actual capsule was on display and will be closed this year and scheduled to be opened in 2063, during the 100th anniversary of the Fenton Historical Society.

At 7 p.m., dancers from Tiffany Wakeley Academy of Dance performed a routine, while a speakeasy opened in the Fenton Mansion’s lower level, with mocktails and tea leaf readings, as well as blackjack and poker where participants gambled with Reuben Bucks–a special currency created for this event. We also had 1930s-era slot machines that only took nickels. The speakeasy was interrupted by a 1920s-style raid, with James Jaroszynski and Steven Johnson conducting the raid.

The night was concluded with announcement of awards from blackjack and poker as well as drawings for our basket raffle , 50/50, and silent auction.
Once again, we thank our sponsors and everyone who helped make this event a success!

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