The Rhea Heritage Preservation Foundation is proud to present a night of dancing, music, food, drinks and a roaring good time. Step back in time and enjoy all the jazzy, flapping, excitement of the 1920s.

This is a new event for the Rhea Heritage Preservation Foundation [RHPF], adding it to their lineup, which currently includes the Scopes Play and Festival and Nokian Tyres Summer Nights.

RHPF administrative assistant Dorothy Anderson said they are excited to host this new event, which will raise money for the upcoming Centennial Celebration of the 1925 Scopes Festival. The gala, which promises to be the event of the season will hopefully continue for years to come, and will continue to be a fundraiser for the historic Rhea County Courthouse upkeep, after the Centennial Celebration has come and gone.

“The 1925 Scopes Trial was an important piece of our county’s history that RHPF tries to preserve every year with our annual Scopes Play and Festival,” Anderson said. “We have started planning for the Centennial Celebration which will be a huge event in 2025, and we hope that the Heritage Gala will help us raise enough money to make the Centennial Celebration the best it can be.”

The Heritage Gala will include music by “The 9th Street Stompers,” a hopping jazz band, whose lead singer is none other than local musician Lon Eldridge. The Stompers have performed on many stages across the country and the world, including the Nokian Tyres Summer Nights Concert Series in 2019, as well as MonkeyTown Brewing.

“We were so happy to book The 9th Street Stompers for the Gala, given Lon’s ties to the community and their local popularity,” Anderson said.

In addition to the jazz music, synonymous with the 1920s era, the gala will feature a “Cocktail Supper,” consisting of finger foods and cocktails reminiscent of items found on a menu at “The 21 Club.”

The Heritage Gala will be held at Trinity Chapel on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 7pm. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 17th and will be available at the Rhea County Welcome Center, 107 Main St. in Dayton. There are two ticket options: $50 per person; which does not include cocktails or $65 which includes 2 cocktail tickets. Tickets are limited, so don’t wait! Sponsorships are available as well. Dress up in your favorite 1920s garb, or traditional formal attire. For more information contact the Rhea Heritage Preservation office at 423.834.9974 or by email at