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  • July 13, 2017
    5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Rockford Plate

Midway Village Museum’s Gala

Thursday, July 13, 2017
5:30 pm to 9 pm

Reservation Extended Deadline:
5 pm Thursday, July 6
Good News! If you are thinking of attending the museum’s gala, The Rockford Plate, we are extending the RSVP Deadline to Thursday, July 6. There’s more time to gather up your friends, family and colleagues to join the museum for a wonderful evening in support of Midway Village Museum, Rockford’s History Museum!

The 2nd Annual Rockford Plate Gala will transport guests to Rockford during the roaring 1920s!   Guests will give the secret password to enter the Speak Easy and into the historic village neighborhood who have opened their doors for this special night. In each of the five homes, a different Rockford ethnic group will feature fabulous food, music, traditional clothing, educational displays, decorations, photo ops, and much more!

Guests are then invited to enter the glitzy 1920s “815 Club”  for the glamorous Main Street Celebration where all guests will gather for live Dixieland music, dancing, dessert, and more!  Guests are encouraged to attend in costumed attire of the Roaring 1920s, and also should plan to wear comfortable shoes for walking around the Village during the evening.

50/50 raffle tickets are available at the Museum Front Desk for $10/each, 3/$25, or 6 for $40. Winner will be drawn from the Main Stage starting at 8pm. Need not be present to win.

Online payments are processed though PayPal for your reservation and end Thursday, July 6.  Your name will be placed on an RSVP list, no tickets are sent.  Your confirmation of payment is your PayPal receipt.

5:30 pm – 8 pm
Ethnic group open houses

8 pm – 9 pm
“815 Club” Main Street Celebration, where guests will gather for live music, dancing, dessert and more!  Barb City Stompers will play Dixieland and Jazz music

The fundraising gala includes
. Ethnic Fine Dining – Five different ethnic groups: Italian, Laotian, Jewish, Greek, and Norwegian, with each guest receiving a sample  plate of traditional food from each of the five houses
. Live Jazz and Dixieland music and dancing from the Barb City Stompers
. Signature Drinks Cash Bar by Prairie Street Brewing Co., made exclusively for this event
. Costumed Guides in both 1920s clothing and ethnic clothing – guests are also welcome to dress in 1920s outfits!  Wear comfortable walking shoes.
. Culinary and Cultural Themed Silent Auction
. 1920s Photo Booth with props
. Antique Cars
. Memento Gift to all Guests
. Guests will enter the premier speakeasy, the “815” Club”
. Main Street Dessert Celebration by Cold Stone Creamery

Proceeds benefit Midway Village Museum, Rockford’s History Museum

This year’s Master of Ceremonies for the evening’s program is WREX-TV news anchor Austin Love.  As always, Austin will not only bring his smile to the podium but his wonderful sense of humor and enthusiasm.

Participating Ethnic Groups
Rockford GreekFest
Lao-American Association
Jewish Federation of Greater Rockford
Sons of Norway – Valhall Lodge 5- 168
Rockford Italian Sister City Alliance (RISCA)

The Culinary Cuisines & Signature Drinks
Greek – Tender lamb chop, cheesy tyropita, side of pita bread
Signature Drink:  Ouzo

Italian – Traditional hearty pasta fagioli, side of crostini, fresh pears
Signature Drink:  Limoncello lemonade

Jewish – Classic Kugel noodle dish with raisins, served with customary Challah bread
Signature Drink:  Israeli Kosher Moscato wine

Laotian – Made to order fried rice with vegetables and meat, egg rolls
Signature Drink:  Tsing Tao

Norwegian – Open-faced salmon, beef, ham, and veggie sandwiches, side of bright summer salad of apples, beets and red cabbage
Signature Drink:  Oslopolitan cocktail

$55 per person
RSVP Deadline:  5 pm Thursday, June 29, 2017
– Now Extended To 5 pm Thursday, July 6, 2017
When purchasing online, you will receive a PayPal receipt for confirmation of payment, and your name will be added to the guest list.  No tickets will be mailed.  Guests will check-in to the fundraiser upon arrival.

Make A Reservation Online
Make Your Ticket Selections above. Payment is through PayPal.

Make A Reservation By Calling the Museum

Make A Reservation at the Museum
6799 Guilford Road
Rockford IL 61107

Gala Sponsors
MembersAlliance Credit Union
Dady&Hoffmann Immigration Law, LLC
Crusader Community Health
Kjellstrom Family Foundation
Prairie Street Brewing Company
Cold Stone Creamery

Questions? Call 815-397-9112.

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