The stately Hearthside House hosts a spectacular car show featuring dozens of the world's finest cars, the Rolls Royce and Bentley, ranging from 1921-2008 model years, along with a special exhibit commemorating the filming of The Great Gatsby in RI 40 years ago. Hearthside's last private resident, E. Andrew Mowbray, appeared in the movie along with his 1922 Silver Ghost Rolls-Royce, portraying the chauffeur to Daisy Buchanan, played by Mia Farrow.
Mowbray was renowned for his antique car collection, and it is in his memory that the Friends of Hearthside are hosting this extraordinary event being held on the grounds. Also featured are roaring 20s fashions and live jazz music. The event is part of the summer meet of the Rolls-Royce Owners Club Yankee Region, with cars coming from as far away as Canada and Pennsylvania to participate. Car owners are being encouraged to dress "Gatsby style." A special exhibit in the house will feature ephemera and photographs from the filming of the Gatsby as well as of Mowbray's car collection. Tours of the historic house will also be given by docents in period attire. Paul Zangari, a close friend of Mowbray's who worked behind the scenes on the movie set, will also be on hand to share stories about the filming. Copies of "Getting Home Alive," the book written by Joseph Puleo about Mowbray's antique car collection, will be on sale as well.
Admission is $15; $12 seniors; $7 students; under 10 free.
Hearthside is located just one mile off Rt. 146 at the Breakneck Hill Road exit. Proceeds from the event help support the preservation of this 200-year old home.