The lush gardens and beautifully appointed rooms of the Peabody Estate at Mayslake in Oak Brook made the perfect setting for a trip back in time to 1919 on the evening of June 7.
Approximately 85 people showed up for Gladrags and Gigglewater, a gala to raise funds for continued restoration of the Mayslake Peabody Estate. Mark Dyer, responsible for community outreach for the Estate, was thrilled with the turnout. “The attendance and support exceeded our expectations for a first time event.”
Guests were treated to a “French 75,” a cocktail typical to 1919. “I was primed to do it,” said Derrick Mancini, proprietor of Quincy Street Distillery in Riverside and a regular visitor to Mayslake.
“My wife has performed here many times with her a cappella group,” he said. “We’re very supportive of seeing the estate continue to be improved.” Mancini also poured samples of the various liquor distilled at Quincy Street and donated to the event.
Attendees were afforded the opportunity to stroll through several rooms of the house. “We’re really showcasing the house,” said Dyer. “It’s usually empty. We brought down furniture that visitors don’t often get to see.”
The event space included displays of historic games donated by the Elmhurst Historical Society, popular foods from the era that the house was built, silent auction items and a silent movie theater complete with popcorn tucked in a quiet corner.
Plinks and Plunks, a band specializing in music from the swing era, provided additional entertainment.