BREAKING –– DEC 31 2016 – SOMERVILLE, MA – AERONAUT and BROOKLYN BOULDERS invite you to join us for JAZZ FROM THE ASHES, an epic, immersive, vintage-themed New Years Eve party featuring burlesque dancers, circus performers, brass bands, radio plays, swing dancing, gramophone records, mysterious creative assignments, spectacular food and a champagne toast included in ticket price, and of course, loads of award-winning AERONAUT beer and Bantam cider avalaible for purchase at the bar. We encourage you to dress like flappers, jazzbos and cool cats! But don't let lack of wardrobe keep you away – go pop some tags at Goodwill and have fun.
BREAKING –– DEC 31 1916 – NORTH AUGUSTA, SC – HAMPTON TERRACE HOTEL ON FIRE STOP
ONE OF NATION'S GRANDEST HOTELS REDUCED TO RUBBLE STOP
A FIRE TO BE REMEMBERED IN 100 YEARS STOP
In the early morning hours of December 31, 1916, at the dawn of a new year, the primitive circuit board in the Hampton Terrace Hotel of North Augusta, South Carolina caught fire, and within only a few hours, one of the country's grandest hotels was rendered to smoldering rubble. In the year that followed, America would join the Great War, a war to end all wars. Untold carnage and unprecedented devastation rained like brutal stone confetti.
Out of those ashes came that glorious American art known as JAZZ. The first "jass" records were made in 1917, and by the mid-1920s, bodacious dancers, scintillating singers, and raucous dance bands were carving out a newfound social (and sexual!) liberation. America lurched itself into the modern world where we took on a proud position of leadership.
Fast forward to today. There's no way around it: 2016 was a savage, rabies-laden dumpster fire crossed with an endless ice cream headache. We lost countless creative idols and the dreams of millions were shattered as we suffered through the most traumatic, depressing election in American history.
Anybody want to burn this mutha down? LET'S DO THIS.
Out of the smoldering ashes of 2016, we shall rise up and rebirth ourselves into a new vibrant year, packed with the possibilities and potential of a new morning!