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The Roaring 20s Festival 2013

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When you visit the Blue Mountains, Lithgow or Oberon in February, you won't just be leaving Sydney, you'll be leaving 2013. From Saturday February 2 to Sunday February 24, the regions will be travelling back in time to celebrate the era of decadence. It's all part of The Roaring 20s Festival and there are a host of events to check out, some of which are listed below.

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The Blue Mountains Charleston Challenge
This event involves dressing up in your 20s party gear and trying to break the Guinness World Record for the greatest number of Charleston Dancers (there are classes to help you learn the moves). It will take place on Saturday February 2 at Leura Mall, with live entertainment. There will also be a chance to look at vintage cars and motorbikes at The Automobile Picnic in the Leura Mall. A more detailed outline of the day can be found here.

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The 20s in the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
For the length of the festival, visitors can learn about what the Garden was like in the 20s from the Visitor Centre information panels or one of the free guided walks through the Jungle (admission is free).

Roaring 20s Cinema at Hotel Blue
Throughout February, 20s films will be screened in Hotel Blue's Café 88, with a Betty Boop marathon on Saturday February 2. The films will run from 8.00am to 6.00pm, Sunday to Thursday, and 8.00am to 9.00pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Cinema Under the Stars
More films can be seen at Waldorf Leura Gardens Resort on Sunday February 3, when a night of 20s classic films will be screened outdoors from 7:30pm. There will also be hot food stalls and a bar. Tickets cost $15.00.

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20s Murder in the Mountains High Tea
On Saturday February 9, Hotel Blue will present a Murder in the Mountains High Tea in Sisters Blue Restaurant at 2.00pm. Guests should dress up as their favourite 20s or 30s movie star (there will be prizes). A raffle will also be held. Tickets to this event cost $65.00.

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Highlands Steam and Vintage Fair
This fair will take place in Oberon on Saturday February 9 (from 10.30am) and Sunday February 10 (from 9.00am). The weekend will include a Grand Rally, craft stalls, timber working displays, a steam organ, market stalls and collector car, truck, tractor and machinery displays (not everything will run on both days). Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway and Oberon RSL Sub Branch Military Museum will also be open all weekend.

A 20s Afternoon with "Phryne Fisher"
On Sunday February 24 at Carrington Hotel, Charlotte Smith (owner of The Darnell Collection, and Kristen Dunphy (scriptwriter for the ABC's Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries) will discuss an upcoming episode that combines murder with the couture world of Melbourne. There will also be a fashion parade and a chance to stay for Afternoon Tea and meet Charlotte and Kristen. The entire event starts at 2.00pm.

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The Paragon Grand Afternoon Tea
At this event you can enjoy an intimate, behind the scenes tour of the Paragon Restaurant, with its chocolate factory, old candy making equipment and bakery. Afterwards, afternoon tea will be held in the cocktail lounge, where you can look through old photos, packaging and memorabilia from The Paragon Archives collection. This event will run from 2.00pm to 4.00pm on Sunday February 10, costing $40.00.

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Glorious "Gatsby" Soirees at restaurant nineteen23
Glorious "Gatsby" Soirees will take place on Saturdays throughout the festival (excluding February 2) at nineteen23, in the grounds of Silvermere Guesthouse. Cocktails & Canape on the terrace will start at 6.00pm, followed by a five course share menu. Entertainment will include a singer/pianist, accompanied by clarinet player, who will cover all the Twenties Classics. Tickets cost $110.00.

20s Tours of the Carrington Hotel
On Saturday February 23, you can take a tour of Carrington Hotel at 10.00am or 2.00pm. The Morning Tour will be followed by Devonshire Tea at the Paragon Restaurant. It costs $27.00. The Afternoon Tour will be followed by a cheese and wine tasting in the Carrington Cellars and Deli. It costs $32.00.

Trains, Trams and T's in the 20s
Head to the Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum on Saturday February 23 or Sunday February 24 for a showcase of the transport of the 20s, from 10.00am to 4.00pm. You can ride on the steam tram and also enjoy morning or afternoon tea. Adult tickets cost $14.00.

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20s Radio Plays at the Mountain Heritage
You can enjoy two radio plays on Sunday February 24 at Mountain Heritage Hotel & Spa - 'Diamond as Big as the Ritz' by F. Scott Fitzgerald and 'Jane Goes into the Christmas Card Business' by Goodman Ace. There will be a prize for the best 20s outfit, chosen by the audience. The event will start at 2.30pm, costing $15.00, and includes afternoon tea.

Puttin' On The Ritz
This event will close the festival on Sunday February 24, with dinner and a live performance from crooner, Mic Conway, at Club Avalon. Tickets cost $70.00.

A full list of events can be found on the festival's website. To purchase tickets, go to the 'Events' page and follow the prompts for your chosen activity.
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Why? Celebrate the 1920s
When: Saturday February 2 to Sunday February 24
Where: In the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon.
Cost: Varies
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