New Year's Eve 2019
Prohibition lives on at Heritage Square on the last night of the year! Our gala fundraiser is back 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, and a silent auction with unique, local items you will love! 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.
So, grab your tickets and your favorite fella or dame, get dolled up in your best 20s glad rags, and be ready for fun at our swanky soiree!
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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.