Break out your “glad rags” and “get all dolled up” for the Hoboken Historical Museum’s 2014 annual gala, “A Swingin’ Speakeasy,” a trip back to the Roaring 20s, on March 22, starting at 7 pm, at the Elks Lodge, 1005 Washington St. The event is a fundraiser for the Museum and also for its next exhibit, “Port of Entry to a Continent,” focusing on Hoboken’s role in U.S. immigration during the peak years from 1892 – 1924, opening August 3. (At last year's Hoboken Hoedown, generous donors bid over $13,000 to support the Superstorm Sandy exhibit).
The Speakeasy will be “the bee’s knees,” so “get a wiggle on”…tickets are “selling like hotcakes.” Last year’s Hoboken Hoedown, and the GalaPalooza25 and Masked Ball before that, were sold-out affairs, and went down in the history books as Hoboken’s parties of the year.
Whether guests dress up as “flappers” or “dapper Dans,” or come in contemporary Hoboken style, they should be prepared to “cut a rug,” as a DJ will spin music that spans the decades, and a dance caller will lead a few swing dance lessons. The $150 ticket includes a delicious buffet by Anthony David’s Catering, scrumptious desserts by Giorgio’s, free-flowing “hooch” at the open bar, and sleight-of-hand illusions by award-winning magician Michael “Six” Muldoon. Tickets on sale now at hobokenmuseum.org or http://bit.ly/speakeasytix.
Bring a few “clams” and “simoleans” to bid on fun packages in the Museum’s signature Annual Great Hoboken Auction, led by auctioneer Eugene Flinn. You could walk away with a vacation to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, or Pompano Beach in Florida or even Colorado; or win tickets to the Tony Award-winning musical “Matilda,” a summer pass for your family to the Shipyard pool or a year’s worth of indoor parking, or one-of-a-kind experiences like tickets to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
Dress up in Jazz Age style and snap a souvenir photo against a Gatsbyesque backdrop. For inspiration, look for the 18 businesses competing in the Flapper Girl Contest, in which life-sized wooden cutouts of flapper girls are being decorated by local businesses (see below for details). The Museum is also sharing ideas for fashion and lingo on social media –on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, look for @HobokenMuseum – with vintage photos and 1920s lingo.
Ticket proceeds will support the Museum’s exhibits, talks, publications and educational programs, thanks to the generosity of title sponsor Carepoint Health/Hoboken University Medical Center; along with the gold-level sponsors, the Schmalzbauer Family and W Hotels; and silver-level sponsors, Hufnagel Landscape Design & Construction Group, Palisades Medical Center and RED Real Estate Development. Other supporters include AD Catering & Events, Bootlegger Vodka, Gianonne Wine & Liquor, Giorgio’s Pasticceria, hMAG, New Jersey Beer Co., New York Distilling Co., and Christina Andersen Floral Design.