The rumor mill played a large part in Prohibition. The Women’s Christian Temperance Union believed alcohol was the cause of many, if not all, social ills. On January 16, 1919, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution was passed, outlawing the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcohol. Over the next thirteen years, drunkenness and crime (largely bootlegging) ran rampant. When FDR ran for president in 1932, he urged the repeal of Prohibition. Finally, on December 5, 1933, Utah (the final state needed for the majority) voted, and Congress ratified the 21st Amendment, repealing Prohibition and restoring the American right to a celebratory drink. Although the amendments still allowed for state and local levels of Prohibition, by 1966, there were no state laws banning alcohol.
We celebrate Repeal Day because it is a return to social customs across our country. We celebrate all of the people that make, distill, and ferment alcoholic beverages. We celebrate the artisans that can create and concoct a fabulous cocktail. We celebrate the chefs that design and prepare the food that compliments our beverages of choice. We celebrate the people with whom we gather around our drinks.
If reading this is making you want to celebrate, but are stumped as to how, then look no further! It just so happens that Chifferobe is celebrating by hosting a Repeal Day Tribute. This Thursday, December 5th, marks the 80th year of repealing Prohibition, so come on down to the new piano bar, 88 Lounge, and see how they put a modern twist on an old classic.
We will also be introducing our new VIP Social Club, the “Cordial Circle”. Find out what becoming a member means, and see what kind of tokens of our appreciation you will receive for joining on the spot!
Revel in 8 surprises, one for each decade, ranging from raffles to giveaways to performances. This cocktail splash will be an intimate gathering including the Chifferobe team, the TropiGals, and vintage boutiques Suite Tart/ProvidencePinUp, Archetype Vintage, Thunderwing Jewels, and GypsyShop. Enjoy live music by one of 88 Lounge’s phenomenal pianists. Rub elbows with the practically famous vintage faces of Providence. There will be opportunities to shop for the holidays, taste appetizers and beverages, enthuse about the vintage lifestyle, and chat with some fabulous people. As always, vintage attire is encouraged, but not necessary.
Come on down and raise a glass with us! Because now you can!
December 5th, 5 – 8pm
55 Union St.
No cover, just fun!