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Get Down Speakeasy Style at Prohibition Underground

Friday, July 27


The Idaho State Historical Museum delves into the bygone days of temperance, when hooch was dubbed "demon liquor" with its exhibit Wicked Waters, which opened May 1. The museum will further expand its look into the history of booze when it presents Prohibition Underground and comes to life as a speakeasy, complete with flappers, rumrunners, live music and period cocktails fit for the Roaring '20s. The event was rescheduled for Friday, July 27, from its original June 21 date because of facility issues, but attendees can rejoice in the reduced ticket prices that came with the postponement.

Exhibit your inner flapper girl with a drop-waist, sequined dress or doff dandy pin-striped duds and emulate Al Capone; period attire is encouraged for this throwback event. Museum official Anne Schorzman said Garden City's Costume Shop will offer a 20 percent discount to help Prohibition-goers pick the perfect threads.

Extras from A Style N Time, wearing the duds of decades gone by, will circulate throughout the party, said Schorzman. And they may hold the key to obtaining access to the hushed-lip speakeasy in the museum's basement.

Museum officials hope to lubricate the minds of attendees as they peruse the Wicked Waters exhibit, drinking in the bygone days of temperance, when barrels of brew were cracked open by lawmen's axes.

Beer and wine sales will be available on the above-ground level at the museum, with period cocktails in the basement speakeasy. However, patrons will need to find the secret password to obtain entrance.

Blackjack, roulette and craps bid saints and sinners alike to try their luck, martini in one gloved hand, cards in the other. For beer drinkers, historian Herman Ronnenberg will dish on Idaho's history of illegally crafting homemade brews.

Tickets include a free drink and light appetizers, and are available by calling the museum.