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The Bootleggers Bash: Celebrating 100 Years

The Bootleggers Bash

The Bootleggers Bash: Celebrating 100 Years

Windsor has had a long and storied reputation as an area steeped in history on many diverse fronts. One of the most exciting, salacious, and titillating times in its history involve the Prohibition years, 1920 to 1933.

We are just months away from the 100th year anniversary of those bootlegging days in which Windsor and Detroit operated their own ‘import-export’ business of spirits and cordials.

To help ease into this year long celebration (and hangover) : Water’s Edge Event Centre, 2879 Riverside Drive East, Windsor, Ontario is hosting “The Bootleggers Bash: Celebrating 100 Years” on Friday, October 11, 2019 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. They can also be ordered through EVENTBRITE.

Best of all, the event supports a local charity with partial proceeds benefiting Family Respite Services Windsor-Essex.

Flappers are encouraged to attend dressed in 1920s attire, complete with boas, short skirts, cigarette holders while the gangster men dust off their Al Capone classic suits.

Your price of admission includes . . .

  • “A Taste of Windsor” signature cocktail and four whisky, wine, beer tasting tokens.
  • Live music by The Music Makers Band.
  • Burlesque dance performance by Win City Roses.
  • Cigar demo and sales by Humidor 1 Tobacconist.
  • Tastings of local whisky, wine and beer.
  • Password to The Havana Courtyard.

So please join local actor and evening emcee, Eric Branget aka ‘Baby Faced Frankie’ for a rollicking and rip-snorting trip down memory lane at the Water’s Edge. By the way, the venue is the former catholic parish church of Our Lady of The Lake, which also featured prominently in Windsor-Detroit’s rum running ‘import export business.’

Video: – Erice Branget aka ‘Baby Face Frankie’ explains the role The Waters Edge Event Centre played during Windsor-Detroit’s prohibition days.

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