'Roaring 20s' Will Celebrate 90 Years for Wenham Icon

Wenham Museum's will celebrate its 90th anniversary this weekend in its biggest event ever.

Wenham Museum's will put on its biggest event ever, and will be taking it away from the Wenham village to a seaside location for the first time this weekend.

The museum will celebrate its 90th anniversary at Misselwood, a seaside function facility on the campus on Endicott College in Beverly, on Saturday night.

"This is probably the largest event the museum has ever held," said Kristin Noon, Wenham Museum's executive director.

She said the $45,000 in corporate support for the event is also a record high for the museum. She credited a well organized effort by the board and museum supporters that brought in all the donations.

"That funding is a substantial portion of our budget," she said, calling it "unprecedented corporate support."

The 90th gala, combined with the admission charge and annual fund comprises the major of the musuem's annual revenue.

The party will play host to 250 guests, making it larger than the museum's largest annual event, the preview party for the North Shore Design Show. It will also outdo the 85th anniversary celebration, which was held in a tent in the museum's parking lot next to Wenham Town Hall.

The decision was to move off the museum property, in part, so that more people can attend. The museum's capacity is 200 people. Misselwood is a "more comfortable off-site venue," Noon said, and the event can include a live band. The White Heat Swing Orchestra will be part of the festivities.

There will also be a live auction that will include an African photo safari and a Porsche Boxster rental for a weekend. There will also be a raffle.

The museum was founded in 1922, but runs on a fiscal year that runs through June 30. Noon said the celebration comes at the end of the museum's 90th fiscal year.

The theme of the 1920s was chosen because of the museum's founding date, and organizers later realized it would coincide with the release of "The Great Gatsby" movie next week, a story set in the Roaring 20s.

On Wednesday, about half of the event tickets had been sold and tickets were still available to the main event, which runs from 7-11 p.m., for $175 and are available on the museum's website. A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible.


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