The annual "Roaring 20s Gala" this weekend will be transforming the Daly Mansion into a 1920s "speakeasy," which was an exciting business back in the days of the flappers and swing music. This "one-of-a-kind" evening is in its fifth year to raise operating funds for the grand mansion northeast of Hamilton.

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21, and you'll be directed away from the main front door of the mansion, around the porch to the north door, where you'll speak the password - sort of like "Joe sent me" - and you'll walk into the past. All three floors of the mansion will have activities to keep you busy through the night. Darlene Gould, the executive director, said the no-host bar opens at 7 p.m. and the Ed Norton Stomperz Band will be back again this year for swing music starting at 7:30 p.m. By the way, Suzanne Casteel will give dance lessons at 8:30 p.m. A buffet of heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served and the no-host bar will have a fine assortment of adult beverages. A live auction is planned for 8:15 p.m. But there's more!

Games of bingo, wheel-of-fortune, toy horse racing and even a fortune teller will fill up your evening. There will be raffles - green diamond Sethi Couture diamond earrings from Mikesell's Fine Jewelry, a phone package from Griz Wireless and a bicycle from Valley Bicycle & Ski. And a live auction of three "mystery" boxes and silent auction items, too.

Costumes are encouraged, but not required and the cost is $40 per person. Get your tickets now at the Daly Mansion website or if you want more information or buy your tickets on the phone, call (406) 363-6004 extension 2# and leave your name and phone number. The staff will get back to you.