Roarin’ ’20s party at museum

Pssst! Looking for a good time?

Something to take the chill out of a winter’s night?

Then sneak on over to Tremont on Feb. 6 when the Seal Cove Auto Museum is hosting some Prohibition-era fun.

The museum’s Speakeasy fundraiser begins at 7 p.m. and features music, dancing, gambling and, of course, libations that were illegal during the 1920s and early 1930s, yet available behind the locked doors of clandestine saloons. Like with the speakeasies of the past, a password is needed for admittance.

For the night, the main door to the museum will be retrofitted with a sliding panel, speaker and pushbutton. Attendees are to push the button and give the password before the door opens, said Bill Barter of the museum. The password is made available upon the purchase of tickets.

Attendees are encouraged to dress in period costume. This is not a requirement but does add to the fun, Barter said. Costumes need not be elaborate; a flapper-style dress for the ladies and a bowler hat and moustache for the guys are easy to round up, Barter said.

For those teetering on the running board about whether to wear a costume, consider how much better you’ll look when you have your photo taken in front of the royal blue and black 1930 Packard on loan to the museum.

Music for the event is by the big band Swingin’ Overtime, led by Shane Ellis. For those befuddled by swing-era dance steps, members of the Barn Arts Collective will be on hand conducting lessons.

Also scheduled is a performance by the Apparatus Dance Theater. The Portland-based troupe performs aerial choreography while suspended from a single-point trapeze. A magician and fortune teller will add to the entertainment.

Gamblers can try their luck at blackjack tables. At the end of the night, winners can cash in their chips for merchandise from the museum’s gift shop.

Along with a “signature cocktail,” beer, wine and soft drinks are available and included with admission. Food offerings include sandwiches, Barter said.

Tickets are $25 for members and $40 for nonmembers and can be purchased by calling the museum at 244-9242 or online at

Mark Good

Mark Good

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