Thank you to everyone who supported Heritage Square at this year's event! You make Gin & Jazz amazing and fun, and we're so grateful to have your support.
Gin & Jazz Preservation Party 2019
Our Prohibition Era event was back in style for its fifth year, featuring the swinging rhythms of the Joe Smith & the Spicy Pickles, dance lessons by Savage Rhythm, delectable hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails from the Arizona Event Catering, a Roaring 20s photo booth by Pixter, a champagne toast at midnight.
All of this is to support the Heritage Square Foundation and our goal of preserving the historical buildings and collection at Heritage Square. Your support is vital in not only saving and maintaining these local landmarks, but also in educating our community and visitors from all over the world about Phoenix history, through educational programs, meaningful exhibits, and hands-on events.
Thank you, and we’ll see you again in Fall 2021!
2019 Party Pictures
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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.