In Washington, we've moved on to ending other types of prohibition. But your great granddaddy may remember a time when he couldn't legally get his mitts on something we now take for granted: booze.
Passed on Oct. 28, 1919, the Volstead Act banned the sale of “intoxicating liquors” with the unintended consequences of putting the Mob on steroids and - on the bright sight – sparking a really wild and decadent underground Jazz scene. Big up, Sir Duke!
On Wednesday, Dec. 5, Olympia's second annual Repeal Day Prohibition Celebration will commemorate the 79th anniversary of Volstead ending with an evening of music, burlesque and, of course, tasty libation. The fun starts at 6 p.m., music at 7, at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave., SE, in Olympia.
“A lot of the cocktails we're serving are handmade, and the recipes come from the early '30s, late '20s,” said Capitol Theater booker Audrey Henley, who created the event with Brad Knutson of Olympia's Swing Wine Bar and Cafe. “Some of them have a lot of really interesting flavors and ingredients that are traditional ... but you don't see them very much today.”
Revelers can come as they are or immerse themselves in the Jazz Age, as many did last year, by dressing to the nines in their best fedoras and flapper gear. Adding to the ambiance is a new speakeasy set that will be built onstage; patrons can order drinks, mingle with the sultry ladies of TUSH! Burlesque, or dance and sing along to the jazzy stylings of Greta Jane Quartet and Scuff & Al. But a word to the wise: Get there early before some dirty rat coppers show up to spoil the fun, see. Mmyah! Mmyah!
It goes without saying that you have to be 21 to attend this one. Admission is $10 for Olympia Film Society Members, $15 for non-members; (360) 754-6670 or www.olyfilmsociety.org for further details.
In Tacoma, Doyle's Public House, 208 St.Helens Ave., will also recognize Repeal Day, details here. Or, for those who just want to chill and celebrate on your their own, Mary Pickford and French 75 recipes can be found on the ProhibitionRepeal.com recipe page, which is here.