Opening Party of American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition – Bootleggers Ball

Opps running late. Enjoy the pixs while I put the content in by NOON. And remember please don’t take your photo off for 24hrs. (PS if your photo isn’t here, it might show up in another publication as their photographer wasn’t on hand when I was there last nite.)

Bathtub gin, speakeasy culture and flapper chic take center stage at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia with today’s opening of American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.

Last night the Constitution Center held an opening night party. This event was for invited guests as well as paying guests. It’s a great because a lot of my readers always want to know how can I go to one of these parties. If you’re not in the media, this is the next best thing to being an insider.
Lauren Saul, Ashley Berke, Kat Maher, Jenna Winterle, Hauyen Ta, and Valerie Tomarchio

Hadas Kuznit in the glow of her pregnancy, Joey Sweeney, Philebrity, John McDevitt, Kyw1060 and Rick Nichols. Sweeney headed out to the opening night of the orchestra after the party (OMG what’s happening to him. First the Rittenhouse Ball, now the orchestra?), Hadas, John and I headed over to Twisted Tale to catch The 9S Funk Band. (I adore these peeps in this photo. Mentors in my 5 years as PCC. Missing Michael Klein and Mike Jerrick. I’m getting verklempt now)

David Eisner, the president and CEO of the National Constitution Center greets the guests and chats about the exhibit.

Mr Philadelphia Al Lee shows me his custom suit with his name on the inside. It says “Made for Mr Philadelphia” An apt name not because he won some swim suit contest, but because he’s over at the The Independence Visitor Center as the best Philly informed ambassador as well as social media guru.

Amy and Graham Copeland, Margaret Cronan, Chief Communications Officer/NCC and Jim Cuorato, President and CEO of The Independence Visitor Center

Guests shimmied to live jazz music by the Ben Mauger Orchestra, join in ’20s era dance performances and lessons by Mixed Pickles Vintage Dance
, and enjoy exclusive access to American Spirits before it opens to the public. 

Interactive elements and immersive environments bring to life the sights, sounds, and experiences of the time period.

Jillian Haas and Keara Piekanski check out one of the exhibits. I went through fairly quickly, but I would say to really enjoy the exhibit give yourself at least ninety minutes.

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Check out the NY TIMES article on the new exhibition.

From October
19, 2012 through April 28, 2013, the era of flappers and suffragists,
bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends like Al
Capone and Carry Nation will come vividly
to life in the National Constitution Center’s world-premiere exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.  Spanning from the dawn of the temperance movement, through the Roaring ’20s, to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional
amendment, this first comprehensive exhibition about Prohibition will explore America’s most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup.