• Shae Fontana

Partying Prohibition Style

Updated: Feb 2

Inside Connecticut Historical Society's Bootleggers Bash


I rarely ever pay attention to my Facebook suggested feed anymore, but this had caught my eye. A party celebrating the 100th anniversary of Prohibition featuring live jazz music, dancing, and cocktails! I had never been to The Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford but I figured what did I have to lose!


I was happily surprised upon my arrival. Everyone had taken the instructions of dressing in your best roaring 20's costumes very seriously. I felt like I had stumbled upon a time portal and into a Gatsby Party. The Museum itself even featured a pop-up exhibit of “flapper” dresses on display.



The main auditorium was set up with tables featuring sample's of Connecticut’s finest home-grown spirits and liqueurs with Hartford Flavor Company, Litchfield Distillery, Westford Hill Distillers, and Fifth State Distillery . There was even a sign up table for a scavenger hunt and a Photo Booth with 1920's props.


While classic 20's tunes were provided by two members of the New England Jazz Ensemble, the Hartford Underground Vintage Dance Group gave lessons on popular Jazz dances. The dance floor was packed with young and old Charleston-ing the night away.


I was excited to learn more about the Hartford Underground Vintage Dance Group. They give beginner dance lessons every Wednesday followed by a social dance party. The cost is just $10 and $5 if you're a student. After seeing a preview I will definitely be checking them out!


The night ended with a Best Costume Award and prizes for the scavenger hunt winners. All in all a fun and unique night stepping back in time. Cudo's to The Connecticut Historical Society for such a fun Friday night out!









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