On Saturday, October 27 at 8PM, we’re turning Porter Square Books into a speakeasy, with the help of Miranda’s Hearth. Dress up in your best 1920s attire (or Prohibition era Hallowe’en costume) and use a password to come in through a secret backdoor. There will be signature cocktails, snacks, card and parlor games, period readings, live music with Amy Kucharik, a blues dance demonstration, and more. Tickets are $55 and are limited to 100 tickets. Snacks (including cheese platters from Formaggio Kitchen and nut platters from Q's Nuts.) and drinks (both soft drinks and “prohibited” beverages) are included in the ticket price and all purchases at the bookstore register will be 20% off during the event
Online ticket sales close at 6PM on Saturday.
Here’s the schedule for the evening
8:00: Doors open.
9:00: Presentation of period dances.
9:00-11: Amy Kucharik Trio
10:30: Check in ends, so if you’re not here by now, you’re not getting in!
11:30: Announce Winners of the Costume Contest (see below)
12:00: You Don’t Have to go Home But You Can’t Stay Here
Costume Contest: The costume contest will be broken into two categories: Best Dressed and Best Costume. Best Dressed will be awarded to the ace brooksy in historic dress. Best Costume will be awarded to the best Halloween costume. (And 1920s Hallowe'en costumes were somethin' else.)
Card games and parlor games will be available all night as will the bookstore registers.
To keep an eye on things and judge the winners of the costume contest, we’ll have our own version of Eliot Ness’s “The Untouchables.”
Jennifer S. Brown has published fiction and creative nonfiction in Fiction Southeast, The Best Women’s Travel Writing, The Southeast Review, The Sierra Nevada Review, and the Bellevue Literary Review, among other places. Her essay “The Codeine of Jordan” was selected as a notable essay in The Best American Travel Writing in 2012. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Washington. She is the author of Modern Girls.
Lisa McGirr is professor of history at Harvard University. She is the author of The War on Alcohol and an award-winning history of the new right, Suburban Warriors. She and her family live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Charles Coe is the author of the poetry collections Picnic on the Moon and All Sins Forgiven. His poetry and prose have appeared in numerous newspapers and literary reviews and magazines, and his poems have been set to music by composers Julia Carey, Beth Denisch and Robert Moran. Charles also writes feature articles, book reviews and interviews for publications such as Harvard Magazine, Northeastern University Law Review and the Boston Phoenix. In addition to his work as a writer, Charles has an extensive background as a jazz vocalist and has performed and recorded with numerous musicians in the Boston area and throughout New England.
About the dancers: Members of Cambridge's blues dance community will demonstrate dancing to selections of music from the blues family. Blues music and dance are varied - but related - vernacular expressions created by black American communities dating back to at least the 1800s. You can join this community for lessons and social dances weekly at Blues Union https://bluesunionboston.com/ and Bluesy Tuesy http://www.bluesytuesy.com/.
About the cocktails: Bartender Ben will be serving three cocktails from the Speakeasy era based on recipes from Mehan's Bartender Manual: Bees Knees, French 75, and Old Fashioned. Specific recipes coming soon.
The French 75