The 4th annual Rockport Prohibition Days festival will take place once again in the small waterfront village of Rockport, Ontario. Step back into the Roaring Twenties with us as we celebrate the role that Rockport played in the days of Prohibition. We begin this year on Friday August 19th at 7 p.m. when we set off out through the Thousand Islands on a Rockport Boatline cruise to rediscover the routes the 'River rats' followed when they did their rum running to the United States in the Days of Prohibition. We cast off from Rockport where, supposedly, illegal booze was hidden in the basement of St. Brendan's church up on the hill. We mosey on down the mighty St. Lawrence to Boldt Castle and other spots where caches of illegal alcohol were stored. Because our Friday night theme is all about River rats, we will be dressing down...come dressed as a River rat ...you might buy and wear one of our River rat t-shirts...or a Zelda tee. The cruise will offer appetizers and drinks and everyone will receive a complimentary signature drink...a Zelda's Zinger.
The namesake of our drink is none other than Zelda Fitzgerald, our poster girl, wife of John Scott Fitzgerald who wrote the Great Gatsby. She was the prototypical flapper in the 1920's. On Saturday we open Zelda's 'speakeasy' (beer tent) on Cornwall's Point at 19 Front Street. We will have a hot dog and samosas booth, vendors' tables, an antique car group and parade and live entertainment. This year we will again offer a children's play area. There will be an assortment of flappers and gangsters attending the festival and we hope to see everyone get into the spirit of dressing in period costume. Don your zoot suit and jazz-age fedora, or fling a feathery boa over your shoulders and join in the fun.
At 6 p.m. our ever-popular Roaring Twenties fashion show will begin. Fashionistas (flappers, gangsters, and characters of the 20's) will be introduced and then ankle on in down the catwalk to the piano accompaniment of Doug Gifford from Kingston. This is a night where you may be anybody you want to be. We'd love to see Mae West and W.C. Fields, Clara Bow or 'Big'Al Capone. There are many 20's characters from which to choose. In previous years we've been entertained by gangsters, such as the likes of 'Shorty Macaroni' from Sault Ste. Marie, Diamond Jim Brady from Rockport, Big Al and Brooksie Brent from Brockville. Last year we were privileged to have our mayor, Joe Baptista, in our fashion show (classy dresser Brooksie Joe B.) with his daughter, Amara, dressed as a 1920's school marm. I have it on good authority we will see Mayor Joe and Amara again this year as well as some of the township councillors. Most of our female models are racy flappers, but we've also enjoyed watching Sporty Lady Di swing her authentic 20's tennis racket. We've also seen Victorian ladies swan on in in more sedate attire – vintage lacy dresses adorned with pearls and sequins. We have couples in the fashion show, too. We have also had a full wedding party on the Point with bride, groom, bridesmaids and flower girls all in period costume. Last year our lucky 50/50 winner was from Green Mountains in the U.S.A. One year we had a New York fashion model here with her camera crew. You never know who you may meet in Rockport at Prohibition Days!!
On Saturday night strut your stuff and dance under the stars at our Great Gatsby Gala to the tunes of the lively, fun-filled Spencer Evans Trio. Spencer will amaze you with his versatile musicianship as he weaves his way through the crowd and up onto the chairs and tables.
On Sunday we will have our old-fashioned church picnic with box lunches made by the church ladies.
Please visit www.rockportthousandislands.com for continuing info. Come and 'roar' with us in Rockport in Roaring Twenties Fashion August 19-21, 2016. And it's all FREE!!!
Welcome To Rockport
The businesses and residents of Rockport greet you to this beautiful hamlet along the shores of the St. Lawrence River. Come experience boating, river cruises, scuba diving, fishing, swimming, just about any water activity is available in a beautiful setting as well as superb hospitality of our vibrant village restaurants, shops, and facilities.