- Museum L-A will host a fun and elegant Great Gatsby Party on Friday, November 22 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center.
Featuring a decadent tower of “bubbly,” a chocolate fountain, a cash bar, and light refreshments, the event will evoke Jay Gatsby’s jazz-era parties in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel of 1920’s America, “The Great Gatsby.” Guests will be treated to a free glass of “bubbly” to toast the evening.
Providing the music will be the Mike Willette Swing Band. The 13-member ensemble will perform “a musical history of Big Bands from the 1920s through the 1970s,” says vocalist Mike Willette. “It will be music you can dance to.”
Also on display will be a historic chandelier – recently restored by Lighting Concepts of Lewiston – that once hung in the lobby of Lewiston’s Empire Theatre. Opening in 1903 with an appearance by Raymond Hitchcock, a prominent Broadway star of the time, the Empire transitioned over the years at its 142 Main Street location (near the current site of Pedro O’Hara’s) from play house to movie house to church before it was demolished in 2005.
The 1920s was a time of Prohibition, the national ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol ushered in by the 18th Amendment. The ban proved difficult to enforce, and widespread public disdain led to the proliferation of underground activities and establishments – including speakeasies – that distributed and sold alcohol illegally.
In conjunction with its current “Roaring 20s to Swing” exhibition, which explores a time in local and national history when various forces prompted the development of revolutionary new social mores and musical genres, Museum L-A hosted its own speakeasy nights in June, July and October. Guests at “Rachel’s Speakeasy” embraced the spirit of the era by dancing the night away in feathers, fedoras and “flapper” dresses.
Museum L-A has partnered with area restaurants and businesses to make this a special night out. Ticket holders for the event are eligible for a 10% meal discount at DaVinci’s, Fuel and Fusion restaurants, a $25 three-course meal at Fishbones, a 5% discount off costume rentals at Drapeau’s Costumes of Lisbon, and $25 off the hourly rate at S&J Limo.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tables for eight, including VIP seating and your group’s name or logo in the program, are available for $215. The event is for adults ages 21+ only. For more information, call 333-3881 or see www.museumla.org.