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repeal day

Happy Repeal Day, everyone! Let’s raise a glass to raising a glass!

We plan to begin celebrating with a cocktail tonight, and laissez les Bontemps roulez all the way until next Monday, when we’ll be teaming up once again with the Etiquetteer for a benefit cocktail reception at the Gibson House Museum!

We’ll raise a glass to the 80th anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition (December 5, 1933) at the Gibson House Museum on Monday, December 9, 2013, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Etiquetteer will offer a few deft words about the manners and morals of Prohibition. Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC) will be serving Charlie’s Beacon, a cocktail specially designed in honor of the Gibson House and its founder, Charles Hammond Gibson, Jr. Ryan and Wood Distillery of Gloucester is graciously sponsoring Repeal Day with its world-class Knockabout Gin. Period attire is encouraged.

All proceeds go to support the matching grant of $7,081 awarded to Gibson House Museum from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Museums for America grant program. The grant will fund a project to scan, digitize, and archive photographs from the collection held in 21 photograph albums, a total of 1356 images. This project will enable the House to fulfill its mission to welcome people through a variety of programs.

Tickets are $100. Space is strictly limited to 35 guests, so make your required reservations now by contacting the House at info@thegibsonhouse.org or 617.267.6338!

We hope to see you there!

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Life - 1958 prom conga

1. Guest bartending by Boston bar stars Josh Childs & John Nugent.

2. A FREE ride to prom in a fabulous town car for first time users of UBER.

3. Mixology! The finest spiked punch in the land made with products provided by our amazing partner sponsors*.

4. Prizes for best dressed! Don your full skirts and baby blue tuxedos, your waterfall bangs, ’80s prom dresses, and skinny ties.

6. Professional Prom Photos to immortalize the best night of your life.

7. Free entry if you bring donation items! (Listed below) And proceeds from every beverage or raffle ticket you purchase benefits breast cancer.

8. An “Under the Sea” themed wonderland where you’ll dance the night away – just like “Back to the Future”.

9. A groovy singing, dancing lobster – just like in the Little Mermaid. Only BETTER.

10. A unicorn. Named Tom Cruise.

*Pernod Ricard, Cooper Spirits, Anchor Distilling, Infinium Spirits, Origin Beverage, Campari USA, Folio Fine Wine, Four Roses, Horizon Beverage, Brugal Rum

THE SNOW BALL: A LUPEC Boston Winter Prom
Monday, Feb 4th from 7-11pm
Silvertone, 69 Bromfield St, Boston
 – $25 at the door OR complimentary entrance with donation of requested items
 – Entry is first come, first served  
 – Entry includes: 4 drink tickets for $25 OR drink tickets commensurate with clothing donation, dancing, snacks
 – $5 punches available for additional purchase 

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The Snow Ball
A LUPEC Boston Winter Prom

Silvertone, 69 Bromfield St, Boston
THIS MONDAY!
Monday,
February 4, 2013, 7-11 PM

On Monday, February 4, 2013 from 7-11pm LUPEC Boston will transform the back room at Silvertone into an “Under the Sea”-themed Prom. The night will be a whimsical evening of dancing, drinks, and awkward slow dancing, all to benefit women’s charities On the Rise and The Breast Cancer Fund.

THE SNOW BALL will be LUPEC’s second annual winter prom, a party and clothing drive designed to alleviate the winter doldrums for Boston-area cocktail lovers while collecting clothing and raising money for women’s charities. Beneficiaries this winter are On the Rise, a Cambridge-based non-profit that supports the initiative and strength of women living in crisis or homelessness, and cash donations for The Breast Cancer Fund, a non-profit working to translate the growing body of scientific evidence linking breast cancer and environmental exposures into public education and advocacy campaigns to protect women’s health and reduce breast cancer risk.

Entry to THE SNOW BALL costs $25 and will be granted on a first come, first served basis. 100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to The Breast Cancer Fund. Clothing donations will be given to On the Rise.

Guests who bring clothing and other items deemed acceptable for donation (magic list below) will receive tickets for complimentary drinks commensurate with their donation. $5 spiked punch will be available for purchase. Light snacks will be served and celebrity bartenders Josh Childs and John Nugent will hold forth behind the stick.

As with all LUPEC events, dressing up is encouraged. Guests are invited to come in creative formal prom attire, and to dress to impress. Prizes will be awarded for “Best Dressed.”

THE SNOW BALL: A LUPEC Boston Winter Prom
Monday, Feb 4th from 7-11pm
Silvertone, 69 Bromfield St, Boston
$25 at the door OR complimentary entrance with clothing donation
Entry is first come, first served
Entry includes: 4 drink tickets for $25 OR drink tickets commensurate with clothing donation, dancing, snacks

$5 punches available for additional purchase


Donation Requests

from

On the Rise 

These items will get you in for free! 

 


Seasonal, causal women’s clothing and travel-size toiletries are items that are always needed by the women at On The Rise. Here’s a few easily portable items you can bring to The Snow Ball.

For a full, comprehensive list of items that can help, click HERE.

 – Multi-packs of undergarments like sports socks, sports bras, and underwear in all sizes

  – Charlie Cards in denominations of $5 

Warm or wool socks in new condition (not ankle socks) 

  – $25 denominations to Target to assist housed women  

UBER

 Gets You to the Snow Ball

IN STYLE! 

Free rides for first timers!
LUPEC Boston is excited to offer $25 off a town car ride to our launch event for anyone who hasn’t tried Uber yet! Haven’t heard of Uber? No problem!

Uber is an iPhone/Android app that lets you tag your location and summon a professional driver to your side within minutes. Once in the car, the driver will take you wherever you need to go. The fare is billed to your credit card with tip already included so you don’t have to worry about handling cash. For the radius of Ubers available pickup, as well as a detailed breakdown of rates, check out www.uber.com/Boston.

To help you get to the event in style, Uber is offering $25 off the town car ride by using the code
“boslupec2013″. Head into the app, click on account, then promotions, and enter the code.

Once applied, your ride will be way cheaper – and slicker – than a cab!

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The Snow Ball
A LUPEC Boston Winter Prom

Silvertone, 69 Bromfield St, Boston
Monday, February 4, 2013, 7-11 PM

On February 4, 2013 from 7-11pm LUPEC Boston will transform the back room at Silvertone into an “Under the Sea”-themed Prom. The night will be a whimsical evening of dancing, drinks, and awkward slow dancing, all to benefit women’s charities On the Riseand The Breast Cancer Fund.

THE SNOW BALL will be LUPEC’s second annual winter prom, a party and clothing drive designed to alleviate the winter doldrums for Boston-area cocktail lovers while collecting clothing and raising money for women’s charities. Beneficiaries this winter are On the Rise, a Cambridge-based non-profit that supports the initiative and strength of women living in crisis or homelessness, and cash donations for The Breast Cancer Fund, a non-profit working to translate the growing body of scientific evidence linking breast cancer and environmental exposures into public education and advocacy campaigns to protect women’s health and reduce breast cancer risk.

Entry to THE SNOW BALL costs $25 and will be granted on a first come, first served basis. 100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to The Breast Cancer Fund. Clothing donations will be given to On the Rise.

Guests who bring clothing and other items deemed acceptable for donation (to be specified so stay tuned) will receive tickets for complimentary drinks commensurate with their donation. $5 spiked punch and $7 cocktails will be available for purchase. Light snacks will be served and celebrity bartenders Josh Childs and Beau Sturm will hold forth behind the stick.

As with all LUPEC events, dressing up is encouraged. Guests are invited to come in creative formal prom attire, and to dress to impress. Prizes will be awarded for “Best Dressed.”

THE SNOW BALL: A LUPEC Boston Winter Prom
Monday, Feb 4th from 7-11pm
Silvertone, 69 Bromfield St, Boston
$25 at the door OR complimentary entrance with clothing donation
Entry is first come, first served
Entry includes: 4 drink tickets for $25 OR drink tickets commensurate with clothing donation, dancing, snacks

$5-7 cocktails available for additional purchase

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TOP 10 REASONS

NOT TO MISS

  Repeal Night at The Hawthorne

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 6:31 PM

  1. Your flapper dress/tux-with-tails have been gathering dust since the last LUPEC Repeal Day Party.
  2. You own a flapper dress/tux-with-tails at all.
  3. You have $50 burning a hole in your pocket and would rather have cocktails, hors d’ouevres, and a signed copy of the informative and entertaining Drinking Boston than holey pants.
  4. Hurricane Sandy put a bar/bartender you love from New York out of commision and you’d like them to get back on their feet. So you can have a place to drink in NYC.
  5. You’re a history buff who has always been curious about colonial drinking habits in our fair city but never had anyone to ask. In person. Until now…ahem, Stephanie Schorow author of Drinking Boston.
  6. You have FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and don’t want to miss the best party of the holiday season.
  7. You love cocktails so much, you can’t imagine socializing without them. Meaning you would have suffered greatly during Prohibition. Raise a glass and a wish that those dark times don’t return. 
  8. You like to be anyplace where Ladies of LUPEC and guys and gals from the USBG Boston are serving up fabulous punch.
  9. You’ve tried Prohibition-era hors d’ouevres and think that too many of them involve anchovy paste. What will The Hawthorne have to offer?
  10. You’re dying for the chance to take home a book that has Ernest Hemingway, Jacques, The Boston Massacre, Barack Obama, the Rathskellar, Joe McGuirk, Silvertone, the Sons of Liberty, and of course, LUPEC Boston, all listed in the index.

  BUY TICKETS NOW!

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LUPEC cordially invites you to…


Repeal Night at The Hawthorne

A Farewell to Bathtub Gin 

The Hawthorne, 500A Commonwealth Ave

Wednesday, December 5, 2012Doors open at 6:31PM 

 The night that Prohibition was repealed was a very exciting time to be in Boston, according to Stephanie Schorow, author of Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits (Union Park Press, November 2012). With the first legal drink served to Massachusetts Governor Joseph Ely at 6:31 on the dot, boisterous crowds took to the streets. Everyone wanted to be a part of the excitement-many wanted to get their hands on legal liquor, but many were there just to watch the celebration.

To commemorate the anniversary of repeal in Boston, a group of history-loving cocktail aficionados are hosting Repeal Night at The Hawthorne: A Farewell to Bathtub Gin. Party-goers will celebrate the end of the thirteen-year dry spell with (post) Prohibition-era cocktails, savory snacks and plenty of hijinks as they relive the day that bartenders went back to work and Bawdy Boston returned to the bar. In the same vein, proceeds from the Repeal Night party will go to USBG New York, to support those in the restaurant industry that are suffering from Hurricane Sandy.

Repeal Night at The Hawthorne: A Farewell to Bathtub Gin
Hosted by The Hawthorne, LUPEC Boston, and USBG Boston
The Hawthorne, 500A Commonwealth Avenue
Wednesday, December 5, 2012.  
Doors open at 6:31 (the exact time the first legal drink was served in Boston)
Proceeds go to support efforts of USBG of New York, to support those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Buy tickets ($50) online and at the door (limited amount available, buy in advance online to ensure admittance!)  
Ticket price includes cocktails, snacks, a complimentary copy of Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits, and lots of celebratory fun.

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We LUPEC ladies are all about a good time and cocktailing for a cause. We’re also keen on culture, which is why you’re sure to find us this Sunday raising a glass to Boston’s art scene at The Big Party!

Opus Affair and Eastern Standard are throwing a fine arts cocktail celebration like Boston has never seen, transforming the entirety of Eastern Standard into a 1920s Gatsby-style garden party with games, food, cocktails, and live music. The fete celebrates outstanding arts organizations that are reaching out to young professionals—and inviting the whole city to join in.

Organizations honored will be the Young Partners of the Boston Ballet, Museum Council from the Museum of Fine Arts, H2 from the Handel and Haydn Society, 35 Below from the Huntington Theatre Company, and Young Patrons from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will be honored.

Guests will also be invited to weigh in! If you think they’ve missed an arts organization doing outstanding outreach to young professionals, nominate that organization when you purchase your Big Party ticket. Any organization receiving at least 20 nominations will be added to the honoree list and receive a share of the party proceeds.

Tickets include an open sponsored bar, featuring beverages from Hendrick’s Gin, Drambuie, St-Germain, Fernet Branca, Notch Brewing, High and Mighty Beer, Bantam Cider, and Narragansett Beer. Food will include passed and stationed appetizers from Eastern Standard, plus oysters from Island Creek.

Guests will have a chance to play croquet on the Hendrick’s Patio, enjoy card games in the Drambuie Parlor, pose for photos in the Gallery, watch silent short films in the Screening Room, and listen to music from the Ben Powell Quartet and DJ Ryan Brown.

There will be door prizes! Free ticket drawings coordinated by ArtsBoston will feature a wide-variety of Boston-area performing arts organizations. And Every Big Party guest will leave with a gift bag, with special offers, discounts, and giveaways from our sponsors and friends.

Tickets, which include all food, drink, door prizes, entertainment, are available for $75 for the general public, but we’re offering our LUPEC friends a 20% discount. To purchase your ticket at the discounted rate of $60, visit opusaffair.org/bigparty  and enter the code LUPEC. Codes are only valid for online purchase only.

As you ponder your flapper outfit, sip on this Prohibition classic!

THE BEE’S KNEES

2 oz dry gin

1 oz honey syrup

.75 oz lemon juice

Shake ingredients in an iced cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled vintage cocktail glass. Cin-cin!

 

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*As originally published in DigBoston.

by Pink Lady

There are few more romantic, dreamy places to be than April in Paris—I know, I’ve been there. Watching spring emerge in the city of lights while sipping classic cocktails at the Hemingway Bar and Harry’s New York Bar, two famous haunts of Jazz Age American ex-pats was a dream come true for this little cocktail nerd. Le sigh.

Since April is now and France isn’t on the agenda this spring, LUPEC is looking forward to enjoying an incarnation of that bliss right here in Boston. On April 17th the Greater Boston Beverage Society and Opus Affair will host April in Paris at Les Zygomates, a posh night of French music, food, and drink.

We will be there with bells on. In Jazz Age attire.

Local arts non-profit and longtime LUPEC buddy Opus Affair will team up with the Greater Boston Beverage Society (aka the folks who are bringing us the Boston Cocktail Summit this October 4-6) to transport guests back to the French cabaret scene of the 1930s. Classic-inspired cocktails curated by the one and only “English Bill” Codman will be served, featuring the deliciously floral Nolet Gin, Ketel One Vodka, Don Julio tequila, St. Germain, and Moet & Chandon and other wines.

An array of French-inspired hors d’oeuvres will be on offer from the talented chefs at Les Zygomates. The piece de resistance will be a live performance from the Ben Powell Quartet in the Hot Club de France style of legendary Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt.

Tickets to April in Paris cost $50—all of which will be donated to the Greater Boston Beverage Society and their quest to put on the most amazing city-wide cocktail festival you’ve ever seen—and includes all food, drink, and music. Black tie or festive formal attire encouraged. Space is limited to just 50 people so dépêchez-vous! That means hurry up.

PARISIAN
1/3 French vermouth
1/3 creme de cassis
1/3 gin
Stir with ice and strain into cocktail glass.

CIN-CIN! 

TO BUY TICKETS TO APRIL IN PARIS, HEAD TO OPUSAFFAIR.ORG OR VISIT LUPECBOSTON.COM. DO IT. NOW.

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by Pink Lady

Happy International Women’s Day! The LUPEC ladies are thrilled to raise a glass today to broads everywhere, our first toast of Women’s History Month. To learn more about International Women’s Day, check out our latest column, originally published in DigBoston.

To celebrate, order an International Women’s Day Cocktail at any of these locations helmed by LUPEC ladies and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to On the Rise, a Cambridge-based day program for women who are homeless and living in crisis.

Check out the spots listed below and follow us on Twitter for updates on what to order where, as well as any additions to this rock star list!

*The Franklin Cafe
*The Franklin Southie
*The Citizen
*The Hawthorne
*Trina’s Starlite Lounge

Join us in raising a glass to broads – for a good cause!
Cin-cin!

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by Pink Lady

The big day is finally here! Have you picked out your dress? Do you have a date? We hope to see you TONIGHT at Silvertone. Come early as the event is first come, first served and sure to sell out. And dress to impress!

THE SNOW BALL will be LUPEC’s first winter prom, a party and clothing drive designed to cure the winter doldrums while collecting items for the women served by On the Rise, a day program for women who are homeless and living in crisis.

We’ll be serving spiked punch and cocktails made with products provided by our amazing partners sponsors Pernod-Ricard, Becherovka, Absolut, Absolut Citron, Pernod Absinthe, Plymouth, Beefeater, Fernet Branca, Carpano, FAIR Spirits, Bols Genever, Galliano L’Authentico, Wiliam Grant & Sons, St-Germain, Skyy Spirits, El Dorado, Bitterman’s, Burke Distributing, Four Roses, Cordoniu and Anchor Distilling!  

And UBER will be offering $15 off chauffeured rides to/from the prom for all new customers. Click HERE to sign up! 

As with all LUPEC events, dressing up is encouraged. Guests are invited to come in creative formal prom attire, and to dress to impress.

THE SNOW BALL: A LUPEC Boston Winter Prom

Monday, January 30th, 7-11 p.m.

Silvertone, 69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA (617) 338-7887

  • $10 cover, first come, first served
  • Drink tickets allotted for clothing & other donation items***
  • Spiked punch and cocktails $5-7 each
  • Guest bartending by Josh Childs and Beau Sturm
  • Musical stylings by TJ Connelly
  • Creative prom attire encouraged – dress to impress!
  • All proceeds from THE SNOW BALL will benefit On the Rise

***Items acceptable for donation include:

  • Thermal undergarments in all sizes
  • Backpacks
  • Flashlights
  • Whistles for emergencies
  • Charlie Cards in denominations of $5
  • Durable winter boots and winter shoes
  • Multi-packs of undergarments like sports socks, sports bras, and underwear in all sizes

***PLEASE NOTE: On the Rise has a surplus of hats, scarves, coats, etc. so bringing the items on the list above would be ideal.***

We hope to see you there! 

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