‘Party like Gatsby’ next weekend

Published 9:46 pm Friday, February 19, 2016

The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts will stage a lavish party next weekend to bring back the culture of the Roaring Twenties.

“Party Like Gatsby” is part fundraiser, part 10th anniversary celebration for the cultural arts center. In keeping with its theme, the party’s extravagance will be rivaled only by the extravagance of some of the auction items up for grabs to the highest bidder.

“This year is really important, because we’re celebrating our first 10 years,” said Sharyn Flintoff, president of the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts Foundation, which raises money to support the center. “Our building was built in 1922. We thought it was only appropriate to celebrate that era.”

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The year 1922 — the same year the building, formerly Suffolk High School, was built — is the year in which F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby” is set.

“Gatsby is a fun theme,” Flintoff said. “We’re hoping people will come in costume, but they do not have to if they do not want to. It’s going to be a great evening.”

Flintoff said practically the entire building will be in use.

“There’s going to be lots of different things going on throughout the building,” she said. “You’re going to literally be moving throughout the building all night long.”

The silent auction will take place upstairs in the parlors. The auditorium’s stage will be transformed into a speakeasy, and dancing and the live auction will take place in the ballroom.

Of course, a variety of heavy hors d’oeuvres will be available throughout the night for guests to fill up on.

Silent auction items will veer away from the art usually featured at prior fundraisers and, again in keeping with the theme, focus on extravagant experiences, as well as the occasional less expensive experience.

Trips, parties, classes and golf packages are included, as well as Walt Disney World passes and — the pièce de résistance — a three-night trip for two to New Orleans, with airfare included.

“We’re real excited about that one,” Flintoff said.

Proceeds from the event will mostly support educational opportunities, she added.

“We like to use our money towards expanding our educational opportunities,” Flintoff said. “We have a lot of opportunities that are presented to us, but we can’t pursue them because of lack of funding.”

Tickets to the shindig are $125, and a few are still available, Flintoff said.

The event is set for Saturday, Feb. 27. For more information, call 923-0003 or visit www.suffolkcenter.org.