Return to The Roaring 20s

The Prohibition Era will come alive when Onondaga Historical Association Museum & Research Center hosts its 11th annual Gambrinus Brew Fest Fundraiser 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday Oct. 13. OHA has selected this colorful decade in U.S. history as the theme for its 2006 Brew Fest to be held at the OHA Museum, 321 Montgomery St., Syracuse.
The event, one of OHA’s major annual fundraisers, will offer a lineup of eight beer sponsors - who will provide a wide variety of beers and ales for tasting - as well as foods from 12 food sponsors, including some of the Syracuse area’s most popular restaurants. This year’s Brew Fest will feature red and white wines for sampling - a first in the annals of the event.
The Soda Ash Six Dixieland Jazz Band will play music from this raucous, compelling era of our country’s past. Those attending the fundraiser will catch a glimpse of a street-driveable 1920s Franklin automobile displayed outside of OHA’s front entrance on Montgomery Street. They will also see the very first Franklin auto sold to Sylvester G. Averell way back in 1902 in OHA’s exhibit: Franklin and the Rise of the Automobile Age. A 1920s police constable will also patrol the museum looking for patrons guilty of having too much fun at the event.
A Silent Auction will enable guests to bid on a number of rare and unique collectibles and memorabilia as well as various products, services and gift certificates donated by local merchants. There will also be a raffle and drawing for special prizes.
Tickets are $35 per-person through October 12 and $40 per-person at the door. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the OHA Museum during Museum hours, or, by calling OHA at 315-428-1864, extensions 312 and 321. Tickets are also for sale at Clark’s Ale House, Galeville Grocery (Liverpool), Middle Ages Brewing Co., and Syracuse Suds Factory.
All proceeds from the event help fund OHA’s Museum and Research Center operations and its in-school, local history education program. Last year’s Brew Fest generated about $9,500 in net profit to benefit OHA.
Brew Fest guests can browse the permanent and rotating exhibits on two floors of the OHA Museum during the event. These exhibits tell the stories of Syracuse China, The Franklin Automobile, Syracuse’s Greatest Sports Legends; Citizens from Onondaga County; and the Marsellus Casket Company. Also available for viewing are Freedom Bound, the interactive exhibit that depicts Syracuse’s role in the Underground Railroad during the period of slavery and abolitionism and an audio-visual production of the momentous Jerry Rescue. Guests can also view mementos and photographs of Syracuse’s ties to the American Civil War and the Railroad era, as well as the 1775 document known as The General Association in the exhibit History Rediscovered: A Document’s Story. This document has been described as “the political event which marked the advent of the Revolution in New York State.”
While visiting the museum guests will get an up-close look at Gambrinus, the 11-foot, 1500-pound statue of the event’s namesake that was restored by OHA in 1999 through a generous gift from a descendant of the Haberle family. The Haberle family operated the Haberle Brewing Company on Butternut St. in Syracuse from the late 19th century to 1962.
Onondaga Historical Association is a private, non-profit organization that operates a public Museum and Research Center. The Museum is open to the public Wednesday to Friday, 12 to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Research Center is open Wednesday to Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. For more information on the OHA Brew Fest, please visit the OHA website at www.cnyhistory.org.
Underwriting Sponsors of the event are: Dry Tech Water Mold Remediation; The Fagliarone Group CPAs; Anaren Microwave, Inc.; Testone, Marshall Discenza CPAs; and Colonial Laundromat.
Serving as Beer Sponsors and providing their beer and ale products to the event are Clark’s Ale House; Cooperstown Brewing Company; Landmark Brewing Company; Middle Ages Brewing Company; Sackets Harbor Brewing Company; Syracuse Suds Factory; The Matt Brewing Company; and T.J. Sheehan Distributing.
Food Sponsors serving food are Ambrosia; Brick Alley Grille House; Carnegie Catering Company; Dinosaur Bar-B-Q; Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub and Restaurant; Liehs & Steigerwald; Nick’s Tomato Pie; Pastabilities; P.J. Dorsey’s; Syracuse Suds Factory; The Mission Restaurant; and Weber’s Restaurant & Catering.
Lite 105.9 (Citadel Broadcasting Company); CBS 5 WTVH TV; and Eagle Newspapers are OHA’s 2006 Brew Fest Media Sponsors.

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