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Austin partygoers have a ball at Prohibition-era shindig

Austin partygoers have a ball at Prohibition-era shindig

CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Pink Amy Feinkind Josh Feinkind
Amy Feinkind, Josh Feinkind Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Tania Ortega Shannon Monstrola
Tania Ortega, Shannon Monstrola Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Andrew Tompkins Cole Cox Emily King Logan Carson Suit Supply
Andrew Tompkins, Cole Cox, Emily King, and Logan Carson of Suit Supply. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Eric Dunigan Meg Dunigan
Eric Dunigan, Meg Dunigan Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Shayne Calhoun Rebekah Manley
Shayne Calhoun, Rebekah Manley Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Sarie Gessner Erin Freeman Amy Ecker Sara Stark
Sarie Gessner, Erin Freeman, Amy Ecker, Sara Stark Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 White Ghost Shivers
The White Ghost Shivers performed jazz age music all night long. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Dancing
Guests dance to the tunes of The White Ghost Shivers. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Mike Seitz Hilary Elrod
Mike Seitz, Hilary Elrod Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Erin Freeman Thumbprint Portrait
Erin Freeman lays down her thumbprint for a thumbprint portrait by Jenny Gacy. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Jenny Gacy Thumbprint Portrait
Thumbprint portraits by Jenny Gacy. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Mari Gomez Joe Siller
Mari Gomez, Joe Siller Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Aisling Gammill Whistler's
Aisling Gammill of Whistler's prepared her cocktail, created just for the night, "Bach to Business," made with Old Forester bourbon, ginger liqueur, apple bitters, and bubbles. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Lucus Felek Geraldine's
Lucas Felek of Geraldine's prepares his Rosemary Signature cocktail: Old Forester bourbon, lemon juice, Lillet, honey syrup, and rosemary. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Sarah Boswell Jennifer Blair
Sarah Boswell, Jennifer Blair Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Blackjack Table Texas Poker Supply
Texas Poker Supply kept guests entertained all night with games of Blackjack and Roulette. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Maggie Leyenberger Kacy Todd Erin Freeman Katie Bykowski Wendy Bykowski
Maggie Leyenberger, Kacy Todd, Erin Freeman, Katie Bykowski, Wendy Bykowski Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Chris Bykowski Wendy Bykowski
Chris Bykowski and Wendy Bykowski of Dandy's Gentlemen's Store. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Pink Avocado Catering Cheese Plate
Light bites were provided by Pink Avocado Catering. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Dandy's Gentlemen's Store Bykowski Tailor and Garb
Local menswear store Dandy's Gentlemen's Store was set up with era-appropriate garb for guests to shop. Photo by Shelley Neuman
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Pink Amy Feinkind Josh Feinkind
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Tania Ortega Shannon Monstrola
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Andrew Tompkins Cole Cox Emily King Logan Carson Suit Supply
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Eric Dunigan Meg Dunigan
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Shayne Calhoun Rebekah Manley
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Sarie Gessner Erin Freeman Amy Ecker Sara Stark
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 White Ghost Shivers
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Dancing
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Mike Seitz Hilary Elrod
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Erin Freeman Thumbprint Portrait
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Jenny Gacy Thumbprint Portrait
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Mari Gomez Joe Siller
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Aisling Gammill Whistler's
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Lucus Felek Geraldine's
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Sarah Boswell Jennifer Blair
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Blackjack Table Texas Poker Supply
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Maggie Leyenberger Kacy Todd Erin Freeman Katie Bykowski Wendy Bykowski
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Chris Bykowski Wendy Bykowski
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Pink Avocado Catering Cheese Plate
CultureMap Old Forester Bourbon Ball 2016 Dandy's Gentlemen's Store Bykowski Tailor and Garb

Austinites celebrated the 83rd anniversary of Prohibition’s repeal in Roaring Twenties style at the glamorous Bourbon Ball benefiting Young Texans Against Cancer. Dapper men dressed in suspenders and paperboy hats and gals in embellished flapper frocks danced the night away at 800 Congress to live music by the White Ghost Shivers.

Guests were provided bow ties and headdresses as they entered the speakeasy-inspired shindig. Attendees shopped duds from Dandy’s Gentleman Store and struck a pose in a GIF-creating photo booth. Tasty hors d’oeuvre, like quinoa cakes and mini empanadas provided by Pink Avocado Catering, were passed around the room outfitted in decor from our friends at Marvelous Tea Party. Sample tastings of Old Forester Signature 100 Proof and 1897 Bottled in Bond flowed throughout the fabulous affair.

Partygoers tried their luck at blackjack and roulette tables provided by Texas Poker Supply. Top mixologists from the city’s hottest bars crafted Prohibition-era Old Forester cocktails. Aisling Gammill of Whisler’s served a bourbon and ginger liqueur cocktail aptly named Bach to Business, and Geraldine’s Lucas Felek crafted his Rosemary Signature cocktail made with bourbon, lemon juice, and honey syrup.

Fun thumbprint portraits sketched by artist Jenny Gacy were the perfect souvenir, and Old Forester bourbon — on the rocks — served as a fitting night cap.

Guests spotted in the crowd included Sarie Gessner, Erin Freeman, Amy Ecker, Sara Stark, Amy Feinkind, Josh Feinkind, Andrew Tompkins, Cole Cox, Emily King, Logan Carson, Tania Ortega, Shannon Monstrola, Eric Dunigan, Meg Dunigan, Shayne Calhoun, Rebekah Manley, Mari Gomez, Joe Siller, Mike Seitz, Hilary Elrod, Sarah Boswell, Jennifer Blair, Maggie Leyenberger, Kacy Todd, Katie Bykowski, Wendy Bykowski, and Chris Bykowski.