The Repeal Ball
The Repeal Ball
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
7:00 to 11:30 pm
A party that hasn't been seen in 85 years...Dark rooms drenched in flowers, silk ball gowns, tailored tuxedos, and illegal booze. Hallways dripping in mysterious women and criminal miscreants. Excitement fueled by Federal agents, the Cold Water Army, sultry dancing, dirty politicians and a red hot band. Balconies overflowing with violent outbreaks or stolen kisses, and, bars pouring out the lifeblood of Detroit crime and the instantly re-legalized fiscal windfall of distilling. Grab a glass of ill gotten champagne, and join The Detroit History Club for The Repeal Ball.
On December 5th, 1933, thirteen long years of American prohibition came to an end. Liquor was once again legal and Detroiters celebrated in style. The Membership of the Detroit Yacht Club danced into the early morning hours, along the shore of the river which had seen so much of prohibitions crime. We are ready to do it again- December 2nd, 2017, 85 years after it happened in the same ballroom that hosted the original party to welcome back parties. Together we will celebrate the repeal of the Volstead Act.
This evening is designed to be a fully immersive experience, a ghost of a legendary night, the reincarnation of a singular memory. Rich in fantasy, history, and Detroit. Guests are required to dress for the occasion in full 1930’s glamor. Tuxedo or dark suit and evening or cocktail dress. Perhaps slip a carnation in his lapel or a silk ribbon in her hair. Draw on straight nylon seams with a charcoal eyeliner all the way up her calves and slip a hidden flask into his vest pocket. Let the thrift store, vintage shops, and grandparent’s closet raiding begin.
The sounds of a full jazz band will greet you as you glide up the 1928 grand staircase to the ballroom of the Detroit Yacht Club. Shimmy out onto the dance floor to the smoky melodies and forgotten songs of Detroit's famed jazz age as sixteen person band plays. Grab a (candy) cigar off the tray of a cigarette girl and watch the river from the private balconies. Have your fortune told or tea leaves read along the hallowed hall of Peacock Alley under ornate chandlers donated by Matilda Dodge and among the trophies of a century and a half of yacht racing. you'll be tempted to the delights of a spirit inspired strolling dinner and an inclusive prohibition themed bar.
Throughout the night clinking glasses will sound as political figures, anti drink crusaders, and even a few wild surprises stand to deliver their speeches, warnings, and toasts to the occasion of Repeal. Arrests will be made, conversions will be sought, and prayers for your immoral and sinful soul will be offered.
Surprises are in store. The drinks are on ice. The band is hot. And prohibition is once again ending in Detroit.
THE DYC EXECUTIVE CHEF HAS PREPARED A PROHIBITION THEMED STROLLING SUPPER MENU FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT:
-RUM MARINATED FRUIT SALAD WITH MINT AND BLOOD ORANGE
-FRESH SLICED FRUIT TRAYS WITH MICHIGAN MADE CHEESE AND CRUDITÉ
-BOURBON GLAZED PORK BELLY ON CORNBREAD
-GIN AND JUICE BRAISED DUCK ON BRIOCHE TOAST
-RUM GLAZED CHICKEN SATAY
-PARMESAN HOTHOUSE ASPARAGUS EN PHYLLO
-CHAMPAGNE AND STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM.
THE COMPLIMENTARY BAR WILL BE SERVING A VARIETY OF SODAS, BEERS, AND COCKTAILS THEMED TO THE EVENING.
Our friends at Teckla Vintage (9600 Joseph Campau St., Hamtramck) have extended a 10% discount to anyone shopping for The Repeal Ball. Simply show them your confirmation email at checkout.
(Dressing up and looking Prohibition divine doesn't have to be expensive or nerve wracking. Have fun with it. Try a great vintage shop or Goodwill to find a calf length dress. Pair your evening frock with a peacock feather in your hair or a vintage rhinestone brooch at the shoulder. Long strands of (faux or real) pearls will make any dress instantly themed. For gents remember the DYC has a no hats for men policy. Instead brighten up your suit with a colorful pocket square and deep colored silk tie. Perhaps a tie tack or tie bar and boutonniere will be what makes you stand out. If you need help we are your humble servants and happy to answer questions by email.)
Because The Detroit History Club operates as a members-only club, out of private homes, hidden spaces, and secret locations, you’ll need to join before being able to buy tickets to events. This can be done under the Membership tab on this site. Memberships are NOT included in ticket prices. At checkout you’ll be asked if you are already a member; if not, select “New Member.” Membership to The Detroit History Club is five dollars per calendar year. Each person attending an event must have a membership of their own. Membership cards will be mailed USPS within two weeks of your order. There are no physical tickets for events, your name will be at a check-in list upon arrival.
Detroit History Club events are for persons twenty-one years old and up. We drink, we swear, we talk about things, and we’d love for you to join us. Whether you come as a couple, a group, or a singleton, our events are designed to encourage you to make new friends, explore ideas, and learn- all while eating, drinking, dancing, and generally behaving in a way that makes us proud to call ourselves Detroiters. We would like to remind you that this event is taking place in a private club; your respect is greatly appreciated.