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Happy Repeal Day! Prohibition-style Events To Bring Out Your Inner-Flapper.

Seventy-eight years ago today, prohibition, the national ban on the sale, production and transportation of alcohol that was in place from 1920 to 1933, was repealed. Thus making today “Repeal Day.” Over the last few years we’ve seen a resurgence of interest in this very interesting time in American history. Speakeasy-style bars, classic cocktails with hand-cut ice cubes and the popularity of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire are all evidence of this trend. I have to admit, it’s hard to resist the romanticism of getting dressed up, going to a dimly-lit, subterranean gin joint and knocking back a sazerac while vintage jazz plays in the background.

Prohibition, obviously had some negative effects on American culture: organized crime grew rapidly as mafia groups got into the bootlegging business; the economy suffered as government funds were allocated to enforce prohibition; and it virtually destroyed the fledgling U.S. wine industry as lower quality grape vines with thick-skinned grapes that could be transported more easily replaced quality grape vines causing many winemakers to leave the United States for other wine producing countries or to get out of the wine business altogether. Also, ironically, alcohol-related deaths soared as Americans drank more than they ever had before prohibition. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 5, 2011 in Arts, Burlesque, Comedy, Music, Seasonal, Tours

 

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Tour the Big Apple This Weekend!

There’s no shortage of things to see in New York City – historic landmarks, great restaurants, rockin’ night-life and interesting neighborhoods. There’s also no shortage of informative tours that feature local experts who can share interesting anecdotes and historical facts. A good chunk of these tours use Brown Paper Tickets for their ticketing and today I wanted to highlight some of the great tours going on in New York this weekend. If you’re visiting the city, these tours can be a great way to learn the history of a given neighborhood or taste some of the amazing food that New York has to offer or event hunt ghosts in Grand Central Terminal.

If you’re a New Yorker, these tours can be a great way to learn something about your city that you may not have known before. Sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist in your own city and when you live in a city as vibrant and interesting as New York, there can be a lot to learn, even for a long-time resident.

Here’s our recommendations for tours going on in New York this weekend.

Greenwich Village Food Tour – See and taste real New York with local foods and sightseeing all-in-1 walking food tours. Attendees will have a full-lunch from 5 of the best shops and restaurants in this very popular neighborhood. Lunch starts with cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery made famous from Sex and the City, next is a freshly-made bagel with cream cheese, followed by an Indian vegetable roll. Then, have the best thin-crust pizza with fresh mozzarella and tomato sauce from Joe’s Pizzeria and Rocco’s cannoli for dessert. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2011 in Tours

 

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Michigan – Spend the Evening on the Deck of a Tall Ship with Bay Sail Tours

Is there a better way to spend a summer evening than sitting on the deck of a tall ship, sipping a glass of wine and watching the sun set? I think not and if you’re in Michigan, the folks at Bay Sail have got you covered.

Bay Sail was established in 1998 with the purchase of the 85 foot schooner Appledor IV, the fourth in a series of schooners that were built for world travel. Their primary mission was to provide environmental science experiences for passengers sailing on the Saginaw River and in Saginaw Bay. In 2002, Bay Sail purchased the Appledor V and in the summer months Bay Sail offers a variety of cruises in Mackinaw City and Bay City. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2011 in Tours

 

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BPT’s Guide to Summer Food Events!

Summer is here and gardens are overflowing with delicious veggies and fruit and barbecues are smoking in every backyard across the country. Summer also means food festivals and tours galore and we wanted to give you a sampling of some of the great food events that we are ticketing. We got urban garden tours and cheese tasting events; beer and wine pairings and Asian market tours; tomato festivals, outdoor French dinners and even an event dedicated solely to everyone’s favorite pork product – bacon! Whatever you like to eat, we got an event for you. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2011 in Food, Seasonal, Tours

 

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