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'Rum-Runners Weekend’ starts Friday Sept. 13 in Chestertown

Don Butler of the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance poses in his 1920 Model T, which is to be featured in several of the events planned for Rum Runners Weekend, which the Alliance is planning for September 13 through 15 in Chestertown and Pottersville. The festival is to showcase northern Warren County's role as a stopover during Prohibition for smugglers transporting rum to Manhattan from Canada. The weekend includes a staged rum-runner car chase, a burlesque/vaudeville show, silent movies at the historic Carol Theater, a batting contest and a speakeasy costume ball at the Panther Mountain Inn.

Don Butler of the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance poses in his 1920 Model T, which is to be featured in several of the events planned for Rum Runners Weekend, which the Alliance is planning for September 13 through 15 in Chestertown and Pottersville. The festival is to showcase northern Warren County's role as a stopover during Prohibition for smugglers transporting rum to Manhattan from Canada. The weekend includes a staged rum-runner car chase, a burlesque/vaudeville show, silent movies at the historic Carol Theater, a batting contest and a speakeasy costume ball at the Panther Mountain Inn. Photo by Thom Randall.

— A weekend of events celebrating the exploits of the Roaring Twenties begins this Friday in Chestertown.

“Rum-Runners’ Weekend” is scheduled for Friday Sept. 13 through Sunday Sept. 15 in the town of Chester, and it includes a vaudeville/burlesque show in the local theater, two Speakeasy Nights in a local pub, a rum-runner antique car chase.

The event celebrates the local Prohibition-era heritage. Historians say that rum-runners stopped over in Pottersville and Chestertown when they were smuggling alcoholic beverages into the U.S. from Canada — transporting them down Rte. 9, the main route to New York City.

The Speakeasy Nights, set for both Friday and Saturday beginning at 8 p.m. in the Panther Mountain Inn pub in Chestertown, will feature folks dressed in 1920s attire.

The two parties are to feature live jazz by The Jive Five band as well as contests for Charleston dancing

Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. is a re-enactment of a police pursuit of a Rum Runner’s sedan over Landon Hill Road from Pottersville to Chestertown.

At noon, the Babe Ruth Battle of the Bats – Home Run Derby with competitions for both youth and adults begins behind the Chester Municipal Center on Main St. in Chestertown.

At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, a live Vaudeville & Burlesque Show, is to be held at the Carol Theatre in downtown Chestertown. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased in advance at Main Street Ice Cream Parlor, The Panther Mountain Inn, The Bullhouse Restaurant, the Chestertown Farmer’s Market or at the door the afternoon of the show.

Roaring Twenties dinner & brunch specials will be offered at area restaurants, and classic cars will be on display in Chestertown through the weekend. Feathered headbands, boas, beads and gangster hats will be on sale at various event sites.

For more information, check out the group’s Facebook page, or call 573-4386.

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