Keep It Quiet...Speakeasy Party to be Held
by Renee Burrell
Friends of the Belleview Biltmore held a hotsy totsy Victorian ice cream social Sunday with a sundae bar and music from Karen Benjey's Trio. Next month they'll be saying goodbye to their Victorian ways when they host a Speakeasy Flapper Ball
BELLEAIR - Should anyone be asking, you don't know from nothing...But Friends of the Biltmore and Reclaiming Our Heritage are sticking their necks out to host a Speakeasy Flapper Ball at the Belleview Biltmore Resort April 12th from 7 to 11 PM.
Proceeds will go to the Friends of the Belleview Biltmore's fund for publishing an illustrated book of the hotel's history.
All are invited to commemorate the end of Florida Heritage Month (March 15-April 15) and celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the end of Prohibition and ratification of the 21st Amendment. There will be giggle water, Big Band music, and gambling and heavy hors d'vores. Guys, dolls, hoods, molls and flapper costumes are encouraged, but optional.
Rae Claire Johnson, president of Friends of the Belleview Biltmore described her group's ongoing work with the hotel, "The Belleview is more costly to operate than other facilities and because we want to make sure the owners, Legg Mason, put their resources where they will do the most good, Friends of the Belleview Biltmore steps in when it can to help do things the hotel staff doesn't have the time to do or just can't justify doing-- like decorating the hotel for the holidays. The hotel could never have assigned 165 staff hours for putting up and taking down decorations. After the Speakeasy Flapper Ball, you can look forward to attending more period events as we'll be hosting a "Garden Party" to spruce up the grounds and a "Victorian Golf Tournament" with vintage equipment."
Don't be left holding the bag. Entrance will run you $50 clams. Call the hotel or visit the ReclaimingOurHeritage.org web site for details. And remember, mums the word. The Friends of the Belleview Biltmore don't want Chief Edwards and his boys catching wind of this.
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