The Seal Cove Auto Museum will be transformed into a speakeasy again this year. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SEAL COVE AUTO MUSEUM

Brass Club Speakeasy to beat the winter doldrums

TREMONT — The fourth annual Speakeasy will be held at the Seal Cove Auto Museum on Saturday, March 10, from 7-11 p.m.

This year, the Speakeasy — a historically sold-out event — is moving forward into the Jazz Age, an era in which Americans hungered for entertainment and distraction from the doldrums of the Great Depression.

On March 10, a secret password will be required to gain entry into an unassuming museum that will have been transformed into the Brass Club, complete with a backdrop of Brass Era and other antique automobiles, charity blackjack in the gaming room and live music by Swingin’ Overtime, a 12-piece swing band.

“The Speakeasy has gained a reputation for being one of the most fun events on MDI,” said museum Executive Director Raney Bench. “We’re excited to introduce some new features this year, including a cocktail hour where guests can visit or take swing dance lessons, and a custom Vaudeville performance by the Barn Arts. We’re even testing a new cocktail! But guests can rest assured that we haven’t strayed far from our roots — the band will be in full swing, the blackjack tables will be hopping, and the Speakeasy will be the talk of the town.”

The Barn Arts Collective will return to teach dance moves from the period, such as the Charleston, the Lindy hop and swing.

Guests are encouraged to don period apparel, but costumes are entirely optional.

The event also features beer, wine, a new Speakeasy specialty cocktail and a fancy treats and snacks, including a white chocolate fountain and popcorn bar. Charity blackjack tables will be set up in the back room, where guests can try their luck against dealers.

During an intermission from the brass band, Barn Arts performers will present a vaudeville performance developed specifically for the Speakeasy. It will include comedy and dance routines, musical interludes and some magic tricks. Barn Arts also will help teach dance moves to anyone interested in learning throughout the event.

Tickets cost $25 for members and $40 for nonmembers, and include drinks. Nonmember tickets include a one-year membership to the Seal Cove Auto Museum for 2018. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 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 May 1 through Oct. 31 and in the winter by appointment. Contact the museum at 244-9242 or [email protected].

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