Speakeasy

Get ready to party like it’s 1929!

The Warren County Historical Society invites you to experience times past at the unique and entertaining Speakeasy fundraiser on Saturday, February 13. From 7 to 10 p.m., history will be alive at the Conewango Club, 201 Market Street, Warren. The evening will be the bee’s knees!

The speakeasy made its mark during the era of Prohibition when alcohol was outlawed in the United States from 1920 to 1933. Many were not happy with the sudden banning and did their best to get their hands on some moonshine. Some made their own in secrecy. People did their best to imbibe while avoiding the law, and the speakeasy, a place that illegally sold alcohol in a very hushed manner, was born. The term “speakeasy” reflects the secretive nature of the establishment as one was required to keep it secret. This era is often referred to as the “Roaring Twenties” with images of dancing, partying, and general merriment springing to mind. Now you can experience the fun and thrill of the forbidden speakeasy, all while supporting the Warren County Historical Society.

The evening will reflect the fun had decades ago. Dance the night away while the live band “String of Pearls” plays tunes of times past. Enjoy the delicious hors d’oeuvres. Partake in some beverages – if you dare – from the cash bar (shhhhh!!!).

When you need to rest those dancing legs, sit and play a game or two and try to win some prizes. Items for prizes have been graciously donated by the Elk’s Lodge, Peek’n Peak, Rouse Warren County Home, Scott Enterprises, Snuffy’s, Splash Lagoon, Karen Black, Pat Evans, Keith and Joanne Oviatt, and Jeff and Stephanie Scutella.

Guests are encouraged (though not required) to dress for the era. A prize will be awarded for the best costume. Feathers, fringe, and lace were commonplace for the ladies in their flapper attire. Gentlemen dressed in the style of pinstripes and fedoras. Make sure to spread the word to your friends, but speak easy. Yes, the evening will be the cat’s meow! Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the Warren County Historical Society, 210 Fourth Avenue, Warren, and at www.warrenhistory.org. A limited number may be available at the door. Advanced purchase is recommended. For more information, please call (814)723-1795, visit www.warrenhistory.org, or find the Warren County Historical Society on Facebook.