Though it’s highly unlikely you were alive on that wonderful day in 1933 when the baker’s-dozen-year dry spell known as Prohibition was lifted, it’s very likely you’ve raised a glass in its honor many, many times since then.
If you long for the days of dapper gents, classy broads and moderate bootlegger-related gang violence, there are two parties worth your attention going down tonight. (Minus the gang violence.)
Thistle Finch Distillery in downtown Lancaster plays host to the Repeal Day Ball, which doubles as a fundraiser for LancasterHistory.org. Dress like your favorite Boardwalk Empire character and “celebrate your right to celebrate” at this speakeasy-esque event. Prohibition Punch will be flowing, along with beer sampling from the brand-new Wacker Brewing Co. The old-timey environment is complete with a vintage photobooth, ragtime music, flapper girls and even some classic cars. The party goes from 7:30-11 p.m. Click here for tickets.
In Harrisburg, the recently rebranded Stock’s on Second hosts a Repeal Day party of its own starting at 5 p.m. Period dress is encouraged, as you embark on a night of eating, drinking and dancing like its 1933. Drink specials include Cuba Libres, Whiskey Sours and a French 75 for $5, along with a prix fixe three-course meal – priced at a ceremonial $19.33 – featuring broiled haddock, half a spring chicken, onion soup au gratin and a deep dish apple pie. The festivities pick up with a balloon drop, champagne toast and live music and dancing. Follow along at Stock’s Facebook page for more info.