By Bailey Lucero-Carter
Itching for a fabulous night of be-boping and wild kicks? Join the party and make new memories the old way at the Fabulous 1940s Party at Oatlands this Saturday. This event will be hosted under the stars in a tented area for an evening of retro fun.
The Fabulous 1940s Party is new to Oatlands this year. Last summer, the Leesburg plantation began the decade-themed party series with its 1920s party, which attracted over 100 attendees. But why the 1940s?
“Our history inspired it,” says Executive Director Andrea McGimsey, 49. The Fabulous 1940s Party brings back the glamour of Hollywood, remembers the opening of the National Gallery of Art in 1941, and will be serving heavy hors d’oeuvres—including German wiener schnitzel and Polish pierogis—based on a theme of international peace.
The event also serves to honor Morton Eustis, who was the son of Oatlands owners William and Edith Eustis and who fought during World War II as a lieutenant in the 82nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Armored Division.
Most of all, the Fabulous 1940s Party is a celebration. “We just want to celebrate that glamorous time,” McGimsey says. The event is full-blown fun, featuring authentic music from Doc Scantlin’s Palmettos, swing lessons from Dance King Studios, two antique cars and plenty of hors d’oeuvres and drinks. The event also features local wines from Fabbioli Cellars and Willowcroft, and cocktails from Catoctin Creek, the first distillery since prohibition in the 1920s.
Although not required, 1940s attire is welcome. Last summer, a majority of attendants appeared in period clothing to party against the beautiful backdrop of the Oatlands estate, which stands almost untouched by history.
“It really was like going back in time,” McGimsey says.
Tickets for this unique vintage event are available now.
Fabulous 1940s Party
20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg
August 30, 7:30 – 11:30 p.m.