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Kilmer Mansion Hosts 1920s Themes Party

Binghamton is throwing a party from another decade!

Sunday, the Hillel Academy held Dr. Kilmer's Springtime Garden Party at the historic Kilmer Mansion. The Academy has been using the mansion as a temporary home since the roof collapse of Temple Israel in December of 2014.
More than 250 people attended dressed in their finest '20s outfits.

Roaring tunes from the generation played from the seven piece Basin Street Jazz Band while people enjoyed specialty drinks and others enjoyed a game of croquet. The Kilmer family was even present -- played by actors from S-R-O Productions and Peaches in Crime. Dr. Kilmer was known for his success after distributing "Swamp Root Remedies" across the world.

"Dr. Kilmer lived in a fascinating era and he really created quite a fortune for himself based on these remedies. He sold them all over the world, as far away as India, and he became quite renowned. So we took all of that, we took his history, and we kind of created an event around it. He's kind of Binghamton's 'Great Gatsby'," said Event Planner of Dr. Kilmer's Springtime Garden Party Lisa Feigenbaum.

Organizers say they plan to raise more than $10,000 from Sunday's event. Proceeds will go towards both benefiting the Hillel Academy and upkeep and restoration of the Kilmer Mansion.