FARMINGTON — The fourth annual Speakeasy Dance Party to benefit the Greater Farmington Area Care and Share Food Closet will take place Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Homestead Kitchen, Bar and Bakery on Broadway.

The restaurant will recapture the Prohibition Era with special fare and cocktails and period ambiance. Dinner will be served from 5 to 9 p.m., and servers will be dressed in flapper attire. The restaurant will be decorated to look like an establishment from the Roaring Twenties.

Music and dancing begin at 7 p.m., featuring 1920s jazz from the South Strong Road Crew and Friends with Sherry Walrath singing fun songs of the era, accompanied by Andy Buckland on bass, Scott Dixon on drums and Doug Walrath on keyboard.

The regulars will be joined by Mel Tukey, Maine’s premier jazz trumpet player, and Peter Lord of the famous Bellamy Jazz Band on soprano sax. 

Appearing with the band will be a special guest: Maine’s premier jazz singer, Leila Percy, as featured vocalist. A graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington and former state representative from Phippsburg, Percy travels the world as a major gifts developer for Pathfinder International.

Tickets are $15 per person and all proceeds will benefit the Care and Share Food Closet. 


Franklin Savings Bank will again match ticket sales up to $1,500. A $15 ticket enables the food closet to buy $45 worth of food.

According to Co-Chairman Tony McLaughlin, the food closet provided nearly 7,000 meals in the past year to people in eight towns in Franklin County. 

“In one month alone this summer, we served 701 individuals, including 232 children and 102 senior citizens,” he said. 

One in four children in the greater Franklin County area lives in a home with income below the poverty line.

“We want to provide them with healthy food, fruits and vegetables,” he said.

Attendees can give the doorman the passwords, “Joe sent me,” and a can of food for the food closet and enter through the restaurant’s back door. 

Attire in the 1920s style is encouraged but not required. The Outskirts Vintage Clothing and Wears and Wares Consignment and Tuxedo Rental are offering a 10 percent discount on all items purchased to wear to the Speakeasy.  

Tickets are available in advance at the Homestead or at the door. Call 778-6162 to reserve tickets or make dinner reservations.

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