Blind Pigs and Speakeasies Pub Crawl: North Tahoe Historical Society takes Tahoe City back to the Roaring 20s
Special to the Sun
TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; Shh! Speak easy (quietly) and don’t look conspicuous! Back in the 1920s, when Prohibition was instituted with the ratification the Eighteenth Amendment, it was illegal to manufacture, sell, or transport liquor in the United States. Hidden speakeasies and and#8220;blind pigsand#8221; (slang for speakeasies) sprang up everywhere. Last Sunday afternoon, March 6, Tahoe City hearkened back to the Prohibition era with a and#8220;Blind Pigs and Speakeasies Pub Crawland#8221; co-sponsored by the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society.
In conjunction with SnowFest!, the pub crawl included 10 and#8220;gin jointsand#8221; including The Gatekeeper’s Museum (which featured brew meister Jim Hillick’s delicious home brewed and#8220;Blind Pig’s Pleasure IPAand#8221; ), The BridgeTender, River Grill, Pete N’ Peter’s, Blue Agave, Rosie’s, Fat Cat Cafe, The Tahoe Yacht Club, Uncorked wine bar and Lakeside Pizza. A free shuttle bus, compliments of Jan Colyer and the TNTT, ran on a continuous pub crawl loop so no one had to drive from one drinking establishment to another. Attendees were given secret passwords to be used at each watering hole entitling them to special and#8220;bootleggedand#8221; drinks. Many participants, warmed up from the crawl, continued afterwards to Sunnyside’s famous luau. Needless to say, a roaring good time was had by all!!
Wetting their whistles at the NLTHS pub crawl were NLTHS board members Art Mennick and wife Karen; Dave Elliott and wife Susan; Dick and Nileta Morton; Michele Finch and Karen Willcuts along with NLTHS Executive Director Marguerite Sprague. Also taking a nip or two were Susan Gross, Elisa Tauber, Mike Schnabel and Robin Dworkin, Cindy Gustafson and Wally Auerbach, Marilyn and Ron Treabess, Sally Taylor and Rob Weston, Kay Williams, Karen Ellis, Bev and Don Bedard, Brooke Allen, Joe Cush, Billy Smith, Donna Jett, Rian Carson, Mitch Oraski, Mike Koch, Steve Glock, Sam Kay, Chris Rogers, Leslie Evertz, Virginia Tinkey, Nick Kalainoff, Justin Mueller, Brandon Gregory and Christina Skwat.
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