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Out on the Town: Drinking and Dining in Detroit Since 1920

Suggested $5 donation the night of the event (all proceeds to support the Detroit Historical Society)
BRING YOUR OWN BOOZE

A partnership was bound to happen sooner or later! And we can’t think of a better topic for our group…

The Detroit (Non-Drunken) Historical Society will be our gracious host the evening of April 10 at the museum for a presentation and tour of their appetizing new exhibit, "Out on the Town: Drinking and Dining in Detroit since 1920."

At 7pm, we’ll meetup in the auditorium where we’ll hear from senior curator Joel Stone who will discuss the important role Detroit’s drinking and dining establishments have played in the development of our city’s culture over the last century. From prohibition-era speakeasies, working man’s watering holes of the 1930s/40s, jazz clubs of the 1940s/50s, nightclubs of the 1950s/60s and businessmen’s restaurants of the 1970s, this exhibit highlights many unique venues that were, and -- in some cases -- continue to be, the places where relationships formed, deals were made and life happened. 

Then, we'll retreat to the  Booth-Wilkinson Gallery where we'll tour the exhibit, drink and socialize. 

Among the establishments featured in the exhibition include the following: 

• From the Prohibition era, the Woodbridge Tavern and Cliff Bell's 

• Watering holes like Abick's, Ivanhoe Cafe, Cadieux Cafe, and the Anchor Bar

• Jazz clubs like the Bluebird Inn, Baker's Keyboard Lounge, the Flame Show Bar and the Gotham Hotel

• Nightclubs like the Roostertail, Elmwood Club, Playboy Club, and 20 Grand Club

• Restaurants like the London Chop House, Joe Muer's Oyster House Seafood, Schweizer's and Pontchartrain Wine Cellars

Joel Stone (Speaker) is senior curator for the Detroit Historical Society, which oversees the Detroit Historical Museum, the Dossin [daw-sin] Great Lakes Museum, and a quarter million artifacts in the City of Detroit’s collection. Raised in the Detroit area, he has studied journalism, history, archaeology, and archival management at the University of Detroit, Wayne State University, and the University College Cork, Ireland. He supports a number of regional history organizations and is a board member of the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History.

Visitor information: http://detroithistorical.org/detroit-historical-museum/plan-your-visit/general-information

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  • Erika

    Had a great time last Thursday. Presentation interesting, delivered with humor and more than just a little knowledge. Looking forward to the Scarab Club event!

    April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    An excellent presentation in a very comfortable situation. It felt so "naughty" to have wine in the museum, but we loved every moment of it! :-)

    April 12, 2014

  • jacqueline h.

    Just wonderful. Many thinks to the organizers.

    April 12, 2014

  • Mark C.

    Surprised to see so many empty seats at such a nice event. Would like to know name of the bakery that made the pastries.

    April 11, 2014

  • Rhonda

    was awesome. there are a few places we heard about that i haven't been, so i have the next few weekends cut out for me! nice job!

    April 11, 2014

  • Greg

    Joel Stone, the speaker, was engaging and combined with exhibits, brought back more than a few memories. As usual, a friendly group.

    2 · April 11, 2014

  • John

    Good time last night

    April 11, 2014

  • Linda

    Great speaker and fellowship.

    April 11, 2014

  • Troy

    Great event! Cool presentation and a wide mix of people attending.

    April 11, 2014

  • Larry A.

    Thanks everyone who took the time to properly cancel. As a result, I was promoted from "Wait List" to attending. I made it to my first event tonight!

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Debra H.

    Fun topic. I now have a longgggg list of bars to explore. Thanks to everyone at the sober Detroit Historical Society for welcoming us and to the Drunken Detroit Historical Society for another evening of good fun.

    April 10, 2014

  • Diane D.

    We really enjoyed the presentation, Gabe and Jen made us feel very welcome.

    April 10, 2014

  • Bill H.

    Great event and my first with this group. Hearing about all the places to eat downtown brought back memories of the places my parents used to talk about.

    April 10, 2014

  • Donna

    Shoot, same here, I just saw it and there is no way I can get there by 7.

    April 10, 2014

  • mary k.

    sorry I just saw this and now can't make in time

    April 10, 2014

  • Kraig J.

    Pretty risky to be on the wait list and get turned away.

    April 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Kraig, seems like a lot of people are giving up their spots so waitlist people will most likely get in.

      April 10, 2014

  • Andrea O.

    So sorry but I cannot attend this evening. Please open my 2 spots for the wait list.

    April 10, 2014

  • Theresa B.

    So bummed! We can't make it either! 2 more open spots.

    April 10, 2014

  • Jill W.

    I can't go tonight.... someone can take my place+1? Sorry!

    April 10, 2014

  • Linda

    Last minute change by my guest who cannot attend. I have changed my RSVP to just me...so there is another spot for the wait list. See you all tonight.

    April 10, 2014

  • Susan H.

    Hi, last minute change and we cannot go tonight. I know that someone can take our 2 spots. Have a great time, I am sorry to have to miss it.

    April 10, 2014

  • Gina

    Wow sounds like a great evening!!!

    April 10, 2014

  • Camesha

    Hello

    April 10, 2014

  • jacqueline h.

    Wonderful to be confirmed. I can't wait.

    April 9, 2014

  • Erika

    Disregard my last post! I just found my "confirmed" email. I'm terrible with checking my email. I will bring wine and a snack!

    April 9, 2014

  • Erika

    Ok It looks like I am now off the waitlist and going but I'm not sure!! How do find out for sure?

    April 9, 2014

  • Kim

    Something just came up and I had to change my RSVP. This is going to be such a cool event, I'm sad I have to miss it!

    April 9, 2014

  • Susan H.

    I was looking so forward to this...but my daughter is enroute to the hospital in New York...and I am in Mom mode and on my way to be with her.....enjoy! Someone can have my spot!

    April 9, 2014

  • Damian

    Looks like there's a cap on attendance, and I'm on a waiting list.

    Should I show up and expect there will be no shows and spots available ??

    April 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Damian - I emailed a version of this to the Waitlisted folks earlier: "Just wanted to let you know that although you are currently on the waitlist for the event tomorrow night at the Detroit Historical Museum, it doesn't mean you can't join us.
      Doors for the event will open at 6pm, and the presentation will begin shortly after 7pm in the auditorium. Feel free to come early and I'll put you on a waitlist for entry. If and when there are seats available in the auditorium at 6:50pm, you can have them. At the last meetup, we were able to squeeze in more than a few latecomers. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the Booth-Wilkins exhibit and more drinks at 8pm (which you're also free to attend).
      Remember, this is a BYOB event. If you bring bottled beer, make sure you bring a bottle opener. If you bring wine, make sure you bring your own corkscrew and cups."

      April 9, 2014

  • Bill H.

    Looks like a good time, count me in.

    April 9, 2014

  • Diane D.

    Sorry does this mean we can go? Sure hope so.

    April 4, 2014

  • Kit

    I was there for the opening "gala" night. It is a FANTASTIC display (and not just because I am Abick's-biased!!). They created such a fabulous display, plus the rest of the museum...the Kid Rock Music Lab is something else, and the whole museum is just a great place to spend an evening.

    April 2, 2014

  • Diane D.

    My husband, John, and I would love to come. Hope we're not the only "seniors" there. We 've been to a lot of the places - it should be fun.

    March 10, 2014

  • Stewart Edward M.

    April 10 Event sounds great! Familiar with all of locations except, Abicks?? I guess I will learn about
    Abicks on April 10! Joel Stone is terrific! Stewart McMillin
    www.mcmillintours.com

    March 8, 2014

  • Pamela R.

    Sailing class is on Thursdays thru September.

    March 7, 2014

  • Theresa B.

    Looks like fun! We'll be there with Bell's Oberon...oh I mean with bells on!

    3 · March 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Nice choice!

      1 · March 7, 2014

  • Gina

    Wow sounds like a great evening!!!

    March 7, 2014

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