Local Jazz/Swing Act Hollywood Slim to Play Prohibition Repeal Party at Prosperity Social Club


Every year, Prosperity Social Club hosts a Prohibition Repeal Party that includes live music, dinner specials and drinks. This year’s event takes place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4.

“We mark the end of the Volstead Act by partying like its 1933,” says owner Bonnie Flinner in a press release. “We’ll be making Roaring Twenties’ mixed drinks that are nods to two iconic authors of the period who shared their love for a good drink in life and in literature.”

Cheekily named drink selections include the F. Scott Fitzgerald Rolls-Royce, the Tuxedo Cocktail, the Ernest Hemingway Special and a fruity Planter’s Punch that utilizes the readily available rums that were being run from Cuba to Florida during Prohibition.

“We’ll also have Anchor Steam on special for $4,” adds Flinner. “Steam is a beer style brought over by Czech and Germans immigrants that managed to survive the dry spell that was America’s ‘noble experiment.’”

Food options include references to FDR’s America with throwback comfort food platters like the Fried White-Bread Bologna Sandwich with Homemade Chips or City Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Braised Red Cabbage. The local swing and jazz group Hollywood Slim will perform from 7 to 9 p.m.

“The anniversary of Prohibition’s repeal technically is December 5th, but since that’s a Monday we decided to get an early start,” says Flinner. “We’ll continue the party until the stroke of midnight and offer a $5 late-night Prohibition cocktail happy hour beginning at 10 p.m. that’s perfect for night owls and our peers in the restaurant service industry.”

There’s no cover for the Prohibition Repeal Party, and Flinner encourages Hemingway- and Fitgerald-inspired costumes or attire reminiscent of bootleggers, rumrunners, mobsters, teetotalers, WPA artists, crooners or movie stars.

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