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Chatham to host Roaring ’20s concert, garden party

As part of the National Park Service’s Centennial celebrations, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park invites the public to a Roaring Twenties garden party and jazz concert on Aug. 6.

Congress created the national park in 1927 at the height of the the decade known for “flappers” and stylish living. The party, coming in the month of the Park Service’s centennial birthday, will recall those days.

Held at Chatham Manor in southern Stafford County, the party’s afternoon events will feature 1920s cars and living historians in period clothes, walking tours about the park’s founding in 1927 and the revitalization of Chatham in the 1920s, including the creation of its famed gardens, and other activities.

In the evening, visitors can pack supper in a basket for a picnic on the grounds overlooking the Rappahannock River, finishing with a concert from 6 to 8 p.m. that features the Capital Focus Jazz Band of Washington, D.C.

This program is free. 1920s-style costumes are encouraged.

Bring a lawn chair for the concert, and pack a picnic dinner and a blanket to bridge the afternoon programs with the evening concert.

A prize will be awarded for the best picnic-basket setup.

For more information, visit  or call 540/693-3200.

In August, the National Park Service will turn 100 years old. Famed for preserving national treasures, the service is home to hundreds of historic sites that tell the nation’s stories.


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