Prohibition Days

Under the Flapper's Fringe

Under the Flapper's Fringe
First in a series of articles about Rockport Prohibition Days 2015
'Rockport Roars Again in Roaring 20's Fashion'

The 3rd 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. Rockport river rats made extra cash by 'rum running' at night as Rockport is only three miles across the water from the United States and the States continued to 'suffer' Prohibition after Canada repealed the law which banned the sale of alcohol.10428596_805370026151619_730338906276192121_n

We begin this year on Saturday August 15th at noon hour when we open Zelda's 'speakeasy' (beer tent) on Cornwall's Point at 19 Front Street.. We will have a corn and dog booth, vendors' tables, an antique car group with storytelling in character. 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 begins. Fashionistas (flappers, gangsters, and characters of the 20's) will be introduced and then ankle on in 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 May West and W.C. Fields, F. Scott Fitzerald's wife, Zelda (the quintessential flapper and namesake of our speakeasy), 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.

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Pro Days 2014 - It’s Time For The Men

Show a bit of glitz when ‘puttin’ on the Ritz’ at Rockport Prohibition Days August 15-17, 2014
When it comes to fashion, as is often the case, women rule and men get short shrift. We’ve paid considerable attention to the ladies of the Roaring Twenties so now it’s time for the men and what they were wearing back then. The male species also ‘put on the glad rags’ (dressed up) and liked to ‘strut their stuff’.
Popular movies and TV shows such as The Great Gatsby, Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire have brought back the appeal of the Twenties’ fashions and should help inspire men as to what they might wear to Rockport Prohibition Days this coming August.
The 1920’s was a time of classic sophistication with a level of fun.
A suit was the essential part of a Twenties’ man’s wardrobe. Pinstripes and plaids were popular. Lapels were higher, pants were shorter, and often there were two sets of flap pockets.   Tailcoats, vests and snazzy shirt collars were in vogue.
If a fellow was really ‘puttin’ on the Ritz’ (going out on the town) he might wear a tuxedo jacket with satin-striped pants. A modern tuxedo is 90% Twenties’ fashion.
Stripes on white-collared shirts and bowties or neckties were seen everywhere. Subtle patterns and colours were out of style. Short, fat bowties popped with vibrant colour and  often clashed with shirts. Tie bars and cufflinks were ‘in’.
A white shirt with black suspenders would be sufficient for our gala event. Pair that with an exceedingly chic, but inexpensive black fedora from our Flappers Finery shop and you’re all set up for an evening on Cornwall’s Point with the many flappers and Victorian ladies that have already signed up for our fashion show. Really trendy were the gangsters - and we’ll have gangsters in our fashion show!! They were always ‘dressed to kill’ and were often the envy of period costume admirers.
If you don’t fancy being so dressy, then come as a newsboy, or a river rat or
just pop on a straw boater, a fedora or a bowler hat. Anything of this period adds to the fun.
After the fashion show everyone will be dancing under the stars Friday night to the ‘whangdoodle’ music of the Spencer Evans Trio. Join us all again on Saturday night at our Great Gatsby Gala in the Island View Restaurant in Rockport or at the Flapper’s Ball at Caiger’s Riverside Resort. We’ll be ‘making whoopee’(having fun) all weekend!
Fellows!!! Show a bit of glitz when ‘puttin’ on the Ritz’ at our second annual Rockport Prohibition Days, August 15 – 17, 2014. Visit www.rockportthousandislands.com and look “Under the Flapper’s Fringe’ for more info.
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Show a bit of glitz when ‘puttin’ on the Ritz’ at Rockport Prohibition Days August 15-16, 2015
When it comes to fashion, as is often the case, women rule and men get short shrift. We’ve paid considerable attention to the ladies of the Roaring Twenties so now it’s time for the men and what they were wearing back then. The male species also ‘put on the glad rags’ (dressed up) and liked to ‘strut their stuff’.

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