Roaring ’20s World Faire aims to recreate historic era, save Maumee River

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For devotees of the 1920s who have lamented the end of the era full of flappers, side shows, spirited jazz and then-illegal libations, lament no more. Save Maumee, an environmental group that aims to clean up one of Fort Wayne’s Three Rivers, is hosting the event. All proceeds go toward the group’s supplies and programs.

Roaring ’20s World Faire is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at Freemason’s Hall, 216 E. Washington Blvd. in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The event is scheduled to run from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.

About Roaring ’20s World Faire

This year, 2020, marks a hundred years since the start of the storied era of the 1920s. The time period is often referred to as the “roaring ’20s” – – probably in reference to the sound of strangled or stuffed trumpets and trombones that heralded the evolution of jazz, the spree of parties that seemed to be a coast to coast requirement for American life, and the dances that accompanied the music, and could even refer to the nefarious sounds of America’s gangland.

The 1920s are captured in movies and literature, and it seems like each subsequent generation has found one reason or another to fall in love with the period.

The organizers of Roaring ’20s World Faire have capitalized on the era’s reputation for fun and are offering a host of activities that will help attendees have a good time and remember the decade, while their admission fees go toward a worthy cause.

In keeping with the spirit of the era, the organizers have arranged for everything from belly dancers, to live 1920s jazz musicians, and a variety of side show attractions to keep patrons busy for the entirety of the six-hour event.

Even the event’s location plays up the 1920s theme. The Freemason’s building was completed in 1926 to a great deal of fanfare and a tremendous party to which the public was invited. The history of the World Faire site should add the perfect ambiance to the Roaring 20’s theme.

Roaring 20’s World Faire: celebrate an era for a good cause

Roaring 20’s World Faire is Save Maumee’s annual fundraiser. According to the group’s website, since 2006, the group has been doing the hard work of removing trash, “restoring native vegetation on riverbanks and tributaries and planting more than 4,000 trees and 1,000 pounds of seed, all in the last six years!”

The group’s mission also includes protecting, preserving and improving the ecosystems of the Upper Maumee River and Maumee Watershed. The grassroots organization accomplishes its goals through collaboration, education, advocacy and of course, hands-on projects.

Various water crises in the US has led a number of citizens to assess the quality of the water they drink, including knowing exactly where that water comes from. Fort Wayne has three rivers – – the Maumee, St. Joseph and St. Mary’s. The Maumee is formed by the combination of the two other rivers. Protecting the river is essential to the city’s ecosystems.

For those planning to attend, the event is open to all ages, but alcohol will be available to those 21 years and older. The event is touted as an extravaganza. The live music will be provided by local bands El Camino Hot Tub, and Adam Baker and The Heartache. See Adam Baker and The Heartache perform here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ1tHTiwTdk

Roaring 20s World Faire to benefit Save Maumee sounds like a good time for a good cause. Tickets start at $8. For information about Save Maumee and Roaring 20’s World Faire, visit: https://savemaumee.org/

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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