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Anything Goes Speakeasy Party set

| October 31, 2013

COSHOCTON – Enter into a world of mobsters, flappers, jazz and swing…and don’t forget the backroom gambling, “Bathtub Gin” and swell eats. It’s all the glamor and “vices” of the 1920s without the smoking Tommy guns and sticky blood. The Anything Goes Speakeasy Party will be erupting at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. Think Scarface, The Untouchables, and Boardwalk Empire—the days of prohibition, Mafia wars, great cars, and the stories of the rich and glamorous riding the wave of the Great Depression.

Party-goers will enter through the backdoor, but only after whispering the secret password to the bouncer. Once you enter, no real names will be allowed. Come with an alias or you’ll be given one. 1920s’ attire is encouraged with a prize going to the best-dressed Sheba and Sheik. What, no fedora or low-waisted dress in your closet? Ritzy, sexy or simply the cat’s meow works, too. A small dance floor will be carved out for those who want to swing. Compete in the Charleston to win a free drink. New this year will be the “Hot Stuff” competition. Bring a song, a riff, a monologue or some other form of cabaret entertainment to share. (A means to play accompaniment music will be available.)

A roulette wheel and gambling tables will be set up. Chips may be purchased with real money or Mafia money that is handed out as pay-offs or seed money when you enter. Win enough chips to purchase raffle tickets for swanky prizes. A cash bar will offer, wine, beer and cocktails. Don’t forget, this is the time of bathtub gin and bootleg bourbon, often cloaked in a china teacup.

The Anything Goes Speakeasy Party is a fundraising event for the Friends of the Museum. Advanced tickets are $15; at the door, $20. Purchase your tickets by phone or stop by the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, located at 300 N. Whitewoman Street in Roscoe Village. For information, contact the museum at 622-8710.

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