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From croquet to Sinatra, Farm Museum event bringing 'Roaring 20s' to Carroll County

Leah Brennan
Contact ReporterCarroll County Times

If you head to the Carroll County Farm Museum on Saturday donning a flapper dress or other 1920s-era attire, you might just win a prize.

That’s because the third annual Roaring 20s Garden Party and Croquet Tournament will be going on, and it’ll have a contest to determine the best-dressed couple among its attendees. The event, which offers live music, food, drinks and, of course, croquet, will be held from 4 to 8 p.m.

All proceeds will go to the Marriage and Relationship Education Center’s programming, said Amy Gilford, the center's executive director. Tickets cost $80 for a couple or $50 for an individual, according to the county’s tourism website.

“We’ve had such great feedback, particularly with our student programming, and we want to continue to expand that, because high school kids are hungry for information about healthy dating and relationship skills, and they love our classes,” Gilford said.

Some of their programs include date night events for couples, marriage conferences, and family events, such as family walks and spaghetti dinners, she added.

For food, there’s buffet-style offerings from Santoni’s — pit beef, turkey, ham, grilled vegetables, salad, deviled eggs and fruit — according to Cherie Hughes, a Santoni’s sales associate working in special events catering. There will also be a cocktail hour, so people can grab some refreshments before heading over to the tournament, she said.

Plus, there will be music from the Monte Leister Quintet and a barbershop quartet, as well as lawn games, antique cars and a silent auction.

The quintet plays a mix of swing and jazz, with songs such as Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” and Duke Ellington’s “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” Monte Leister said.

“They’re a lot of fun,” Gilford said.

Items being auctioned off include a several-day stay at Deep Creek Lake, a grill, a date night basket, a toy John Deere tractor, a gift basket from Smucker’s and more, she said.

And the antique cars “really helped add to the aura of the atmosphere,” Gilford said.

“The guys are a lot of fun that bring the cars in,” she said. “They just are all proud of their cars.”

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