Ritz and Ratime event on Saturday to benefit Landmarks Society

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Father Joseph Salerno will host a 1920 Prohibtion fundraiser — Ritz and Ragtime — at historic Roscoe Conklin mansion for Landmarks Society.

The Landmarks Society is throwing the 1920s themed celebration on Saturday, Oct. 6. The society is encouraging guests and partygoers to dress in period clothing, and organizers say the event will also feature hors d’oeuvres and other refreshments. music by Utica’s DFunk Band, costume contests and basket raffles.

The event, at Rutger Mansion No. 3, will be held from 7 to 11 p.m.

In 2008, the Landmarks Society became the owners of the mansions at No. 1 and No. 3 Rutger Park, and the society is currently in the second phase of the Rutger Park Restoration Project.

The elegant mansions of the Rutger-Steuben Park National Historic District reflect the prosperity of Utica between the years of 1830 and 1890, according to the announcement by the Landmarks Society.

The names of the original occupants are a roster of the important merchants and industrialists of a young America, and Rutger Street as a whole still contains numerous examples of late nineteenth century villas executed in the Italianate style.

It is one of the largest groupings of these structures in the Northeast, and its significance earned it a place on the National Register in 1973, the Landmarks Society event announcement added.

Events like the Ritz and Ragtime are part of raising funds to support the on-going restoration of the Rutger Mansions and overall efforts to save buildings in the Greater Utica Area, the announcement added.

Tickets can be purchased at http://uticalandmarks.org/ for $25 or by calling Pat at
315-725-4308.

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