One of the signals that the end of summer is truly here is the Ticket to the Twenties event. This beloved event at the Workman Temple Homestead Museum in the City of Industry is a 1920s treat.
Anyone interested in deco looks forward to this annual event. With live bands, fashion shows, mah jong and ukulele lessons, house tours of the gorgeous houses and vintage cars, the weekend features elements hard to beat. We enjoyed a fabulous time on our first visit. Unfortunately, we missed the 1920s fashion show from the previous day. However, we thought it was worth it to wait until Sunday to be able to hear Mora’s Modern Rhythmists. They are a great dance band for a truly authentic-sounding 20s and 30s experience. Between them playing on one end of the grounds and Janet Klein playing on the other, we were in heaven.
While I didn’t learn mah jong (I really want to learn) or the ukulele (since I used to do hula I really want to learn that as well), we toured La Casa Nueva, the gorgeous Spanish Colonial Revival on the grounds. Built in the 1920s, it has been beautifully restored. I have a 1920s cottage, but unfortunately the previous owners stripped out much of the charming features it originally had. I drool over homes kept and maintained or restored with care.
While I wanted something summery and light, in looking at this dress I realized that powder blue is NOT my color. I didn’t want white, as I thought I’d look like Moby Dick. Instead I looked like Moby Dick’s drowned cousin. Oh well. Next time I’ll go for something a little richer in color. Live and learn.
I’m looking forward to next year’s festival. Can’t wait for the swell time.