History Book Club
Wednesday, March 25th
by Daniel Okrent
A brilliant, authoritative, and fascinating history of America’s most puzzling era, the years 1920 to 1933, when the US Constitution was amended to restrict one of America’s favorite pastimes: drinking alcoholic beverages.
From its start, America has been awash in drink. The sailing vessel that brought John Winthrop to the shores of the New World in 1630 carried more beer than water. By the 1820s, liquor flowed so plentifully it was cheaper than tea. That Americans would ever agree to relinquish their booze was as improbable as it was astonishing.
Yet we did, and Last Call is Daniel Okrent’s dazzling explanation of why we did it, what life under Prohibition was like, and how such an unprecedented degree of government interference in the private lives of Americans changed the country forever.
Free admission; refreshments will be served.
Shamrock Showdown in Rowayton!
Celebrate St. Patty's Day and support our new maritime museum!
The ‘Rambling Inn’ Traveling Irish Pub will be at the Community Center complete with Irish bartenders, beverages, music, bagpipers, accordion player, food, and Celtic dancers!
Saturday March 21, 2020
at the Rowayton Community Center
33 Highland Avenue, Rowayton
$50 per person
Tickets through Eventbrite
or stop into Seaside Delights to get them there
War on Long Island Sound During the American Revolution
A lecture by Ed Hynes
Sunday, March 22nd
Rowayton Community Center
33 Highland Avenue
8th Annual Chili Cook Off
This exciting new lecture reveals the action, intrigue and terror of the people living around Long Island Sound during America’s War for Independence. With the Connecticut and Long Island coasts less than 10 miles apart in many sections of the Sound, raiders crossed every fair night either to smuggle and/or steal goods, and kidnap or kill enemies. Spies, on both sides, rounded out this dangerous cast of characters.
The economic blockade between British occupied Long Island and Patriot led Connecticut was the foundation of this violent conflict. But bitterness and desire for vengeance was fueled by the fighters’ familiarity with one another. Families and communities were ripped apart as Patriots in Connecticut expelled Loyalists, and Loyalists on Long Island banished Patriots.
Admission: $5 per person; RHS members free.