Have you heard?
For one night only, the DuBard School for Language Disorders is taking you back in time to celebrate sharing the gift of language with a Speakeasy!
What is a speakeasy?
Speakeasys were developed in the 1920's during the prohibition era. To hide from the police, Speakeasys were underground clubs where guests had to be "members" to attend, needed a password to enter and were asked to "speak easy" as to not garner attraction from unwanted visitors. They've long since vanished, but if you're lucky enough, you'll find some in large cities that still follow the speakeasy code.
Why hold a speakeasy?
The DuBard School hosted a gala in 2012 with great success. Guests thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the opportunity to support the DuBard School while mingling with others over dinner. To keep that momentum going, we decided to pick up the event as an annual evening soiree; however, we wanted to put a new twist on the event. Many individuals have never been to a speakeasy, or know what it's about. We want to provide them the opportunity to enjoy something new, and bring a different themed event to town.
Plus, it's a great play on words - as you enjoy the speakeasy, you're helping to share the gift of language and helping many children speak easy through the DuBard School.
What are the details?
Friday the third of October
Trent Lott National Center (Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus)
What can guests expect at the DuBard School Speakeasy?
A password is required to enter the joint, which they’ll receive after purchasing their entry prior to the event. Once granted access inside, guests will experience the first stage of the Speakeasy where the atmosphere will be kept mellow as to not attract any unwanted attention. After covering the house rules and the coast is clear for getting raided by the ‘fuzz,’ guests will be welcomed into the ballroom where a variety of “giggle juices” (prohibition-era cocktails) and 1920’s inspired heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served, upbeat jazz music will fill the halls for dancing, a photo booth will give guests an opportunity to dress to the era, and a good time will be had by all.
How can I attend?
Tickets will be available for purchase online by September 1st. Guests who purchase tickets will receive an email confirmation with a password they must use to enter. (We'll also have a guest list in case you forget.)
Is it really a secret event?
No, it's all just fun and games, but we thought it would be fun to bring a new themed-event to the area for our guests and supporters to enjoy.