CHESTERTOWN Planning is underway among Tri-Lakes Business Alliance members for a first-ever area event that’s to celebrate the local Prohibition-era heritage.
Historians say that rum-runners stopped over in Pottersville when they were smuggling alcoholic beverages into the U.S. from Canada — transporting them down Rte. 9, the main route to New York City.
“Rum-Runners Weekend” is now being planned for the weekend of Sept. 13 through Sept. 15, and it’s to include a vaudeville/burlesque show in the local theater, a Speakeasy Night, an antique rum-runner car chase over Landon Hill with police in pursuit, and a Babe Ruth baseball event with players in vintage clothing.
The Speakeasy Night will feature folks dressed in 1920s attire including a Great Gatsby impersonator. Entry to the host saloon will only achieved by uttering a password at a locked door — or patrons pay a cover charge.
During the weekend, local restaurants will be playing silent movies, and store proprietors are to wear Prohibition-era clothing — already being crafted by a local seamstress.
More volunteers are needed to help organize the event. To help out, call Cindy Mead at 494-3016 for details.