OLD SACRAMENTO — The rip-roaring 1920s will soon be back in style in Old Sacramento! The Historic Old Sacramento Foundation is proud to present a glamorous underground speakeasy gala titled “The Blind Tiger” that will take place on Thursday evening, May 15, at Fat’s Catering & Banquet House in Old Sacramento.
To help recreate the look and feel of the 1920s Prohibition era, guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite apparel of the times that included short and sassy flapper dresses or those adorned with beads, rhinestones and fringe for women or suits with cuffed trousers, fedoras or newsboy hats for men. The special event will include 1920s era cars parked in front for photo opportunities (courtesy of the California Automobile Museum), blacked out restaurant windows (with a peep-hole to let “members” in), a fun cocktail party with bountiful appetizers, lively games of chance, entertaining music, dancing, a silent auction and even a special VIP “back room.” There are even rumors the police or “coppers” might surprise the crowd and conduct a (mock) raid as well.
This spirited and festive fundraising event is held in honor of Tom Hammer, an involved and dedicated community member who is an enthusiastic advocate of local history and preservation. In fact, Tom’s devotion to Sacramento history has resulted in the completion of many historic projects including the preservation of several buildings in Old Sacramento and the creation of the Sacramento History Museum.
Proceeds from “The Blind Tiger” benefit the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation to help fund programs, projects and offerings such as the Sacramento History Museum, Old Sacramento Underground Tours, Historical Walking Tours, Summer Street Theatre, Gold Rush Days, lectures and Textile Tours at the Center for Sacramento History and more. The goal of the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation is to realize Old Sacramento’s potential as California’s hub of historic education and preservation. By broadening the historic and cultural offerings of Old Sacramento, the story of California’s beginnings can be preserved and shared in a way that truly brings history to life for generations to come.
“The Blind Tiger” gala runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and tickets cost $75 per person (or $125 to attend the event plus a special VIP reception preceding the gala at Fat’s Catering & Banquet House). Advance tickets for “The Blind Tiger” are available now by calling (916) 808-7059, online at historicoldsac.org or in person at the Sacramento History Museum located at 101 I St.