Speakeasy to enliven museum

TREMONT — Pssssst. Pass it on.

The Seal Cove Auto Museum will become “The Brass Club” speakeasy for the evening on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 7-10 p.m., when the museum will celebrate the Roaring Twenties, a time period represented by some of the antique autos in its collection. Admission will be “password” only.

It might help if you can tell the bouncer that “Bugsie,” sent you.

The 1920s were a fascinating time with suffragists as well as flappers; prohibition, but also bootleggers and bathtub gin. It was a time of contrasts and dramatic social change. With the nation’s wealth doubling during the decade and an onslaught of new inventions, new freedoms arose in America. Automobiles, such as the 1927 Ford Model T Roadster on display at the auto museum, were no longer just for the elite but were produced inexpensively enough that they were readily available to the masses. These new freedoms were celebrated with social pleasures such as new energetic and daring dances and by visiting juice joints and speakeasies.

The Seal Cove Auto Museum will bring the energy and excitement of this time in history to the present with a Speakeasy of its own. The evening will include music provided by Swingin’ Overtime, a live 10-piece swing band, and a Brass Club Cocktail, a signature drink created just for this event.

Tyler Johnson from the Liquor Locker in Southwest Harbor will provide samples of prohibition era beer and cider and share some of the history of the brands. The event will include charity blackjack tables and a belly dancing performance by dancer Lyla Raqs. Period-inspired dress is encouraged but optional.

Tickets are $20 for museum members, and $35 for non-members (which includes an individual membership to the museum for the year). For more information and to reserve your spot and get the password that will let you in the door, go to, or call the museum at 244-9242.

The mission of the Seal Cove Auto Museum is to tell the story of innovation and ingenuity in New England and America through the early development of the automobile. The museum is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May 1 through Oct. 31 and offers programs and events throughout the winter season. Contact the museum at 244-9242 or [email protected]

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