Flappers and bootleggers -- all of them.
The guests inside the Woodrow Wilson House
proudly flaunted 1920s-era prohibition laws, during an all-out Speakeasy Costume Ball hosted by the nonprofit on Thursday evening.
Providing a playful evening with a historical twist, the costumed party commemorated President Woodrow Wilson
’s 1919 veto of the Volstead Act, which enforced prohibition from 1920 to 1933.
Bootlegger and flapper guests alike were encouraged to don their finest vintage attire in the spirit of the event, with prizes awarded for the best dressed. Judges included We Love DC
founding editor Jenn Larsen
and The Passenger
bartender Alex Bookless
New Columbia Distillers, D.C.’s first legal distillery in more than a century, ensured that the event’s open bar never went dry, with an array of cocktails based on its signature Green Hat Gin
Special guests for the night included Fred Cassiday
and his family, as well as the museum’s newly appointed Executive Director. Cassiday, of course, is the son of congressional bootlegger George Cassiday
, the actual man in the green hat, after whom Green Hat Gin is named.
The Woodrow Wilson House is a national historic landmark and house museum that focuses on President Woodrow Wilson's so-called "Washington Years." In 1921, after leading the nation through World War I, President Woodrow Wilson moved to this elegant home in the now historic Embassy Row neighborhood.