This Party is the Bees Knees!
Gin & Jazz Preservation Party is the annual fundraiser to support preservation of one of Phoenix’s historic landmarks – Heritage Square. Ticket proceeds go to maintaining and preserving the Rosson House Museum and other historic buildings at the Square, as well as helping fund our educational programs.
Ring in the New Year!
In a break with previous years, this year’s event will take place on New Year’s Eve, and we can hardly wait to share this special night of dancing, drinking, and doing all we can to support local history at Heritage Square. Tune in to our social media and this webpage to find out more about this year’s epic shindig!
More Fun with 1920s Speakeasies, Style & Slang
Gin Joints & Hot Spots
The ink on Arizona’s new state constitution had hardly dried by the time voters approved new legislation enacting the ban on alcohol sales and consumption. The law went into effect at midnight on January 1, 1915, five years before Prohibition was enacted nationwide. It would be over 18 years until it was legal to drink, sell, or transport alcohol in Arizona. But that didn’t mean the desert was completely “dry”, even here at Heritage Square! Restoration efforts at the Rosson House in 1970s unearthed a trap door that led to Prohibition Era liquor bottles… Once Prohibition was enacted, alcohol sales went “underground” – illegal establishments called speakeasies, gin mills, drums, and hot spots popped up everywhere – even to a “mystery room” in the acclaimed Arizona Biltmore!
Flappers and Flaming Youths (the flapper counterpart) shook things up in the style world during the 1920s. Flappers bobbed their hair, wore short skirts and makeup, and drank alcohol alongside men in gin joints – shocking! Flaming Youths slicked back their hair and wore baggy trousers and knickers (short pants) for their casual wear.
Know your Birds from your Chicks, Beezers from Buzzers, and Flippers from Flappers – click on this link to brush up on your Prohibition era slang!
Gin & Jazz 2018
We want to thank our 2018 sponsor, Ideas Collide, and everyone who made last year’s Party a swinging success, from the volunteers who helped us with the gargantuan set up, to this year’s band – Joe Smith & the Spicy Pickles – for the fantastic music that kept the joint jumpin’, to the dancers at Savage Rhythm that help us dance the night away, to the tasty treats from Witnessing Nature in Food, Taco Guild and Drive Wood Fired Grill, the delicious Prohibition drinks from Brian Goodwin of Artisan Ice, and last (but certainly not least) to you – the wonderful people who come to Gin & Jazz year after year, supporting Heritage Square, and making this a Party to remember!
Here are a few of our overall favorites from the Party (thank you to photographer Melissa Fossum!), and follow this link to the photo gallery of fantastic pictures photographer Eric Ihsen took of everyone with the replica 1937 Auburn Boattail Speedster (thank you to Martin Auto Museum for allowing us to use it – definitely go check them out to see more beautiful cars!). If you don’t see your photo right away, hang in there! We are still uploading many of them onto our website and will have them available soon.
If you liked your photo, and want to contribute towards this event, please donate.