Get Tickets to PPS Winter Bash: A Speakeasy Affair

Glitz and Glamour: A Speakeasy Affair will include live music, light bites and a cash bar at the historic ALCO Building.

Merry Simms, Sarah Pumple and Stacy Trudo at last year’s PPS Bash, Kings and Queens. Photo by Mike Braca.

We hope you have your best flapper or gangster costume ready. The Providence Preservation Society is deep in the trenches of transforming the historic ALCO Building into a speakeasy for this weekend’s PPS Winter Bash on Saturday, March 3 from 8 p.m. to midnight. The theme for the event’s fifteenth anniversary is Glitz and Glamour: A Speakeasy Affair, and everyone will be dressing up for the occasion.

Each year, the PPS Bash pops up in a different historic city space, and the ALCO Building is known for housing Industrial Era-giants, including Rhode Island Locomotive Works, American Locomotive Works and US Rubber. The party will be decked out in all things Prohibition-themed (think secret entrance, whiskey barrels and sparkly chandeliers) inside the last area in the ALCO Building to be rehabilitated as commercial space by The Foundry Associates, a PPS Partner in Preservation.

Admission includes performances by Miss Katie Kleyla and The Italians and Providence Swings; deejay entertainment
by All That Events; photo booth fun by WRIK Entertainment and vintage photo opps by Suite Tart; and
complimentary bites from local restaurants and vendors including El Rancho Grande, The Rosendale and Providence Coal Fired Pizza. A cash bar, with proceeds also benefiting PPS, is stocked by McLaughlin and Moran, the Avery and Rhode Island Distributing Co. VIP ticket-holders will enter into a private speakeasy lounge presented by Uniquely Chic Vintage Rentals, featuring bottomless bubbles by Bottles, plus decadent hors d’oeuvres and tastings from Bites by Bre, D’Licious Desserts, Tavolo, XO Cafe and more.

Buy your general admission tickets in advance online for $55 each, which include complimentary parking, bites and entertainment, and there is a cash bar. PPS members save an additional $10 each at $45 per ticket. VIP tickets include bottomless bubbles, exclusive lounges and elite tastings for $110 each in advance online (or $100 each for PPS members). Tickets will also be available at the door at a higher cost.

You’ll want to dress the part, as the costumes get more creative each year. Search your nearest local vintage or consignment shop for ideas to transform yourself into a bootlegger, flapper, musician or secret agent. Creative interpretations are encouraged!

In the Best of Rhode Island 2017 Reader’s Poll, Rhode Island Monthly’s readers named the PPS Winter Bash Best Local Event-Providence and Best Nonprofit Fundraiser-Statewide. All proceeds benefit PPS’s mission to improve Providence by advocating for citywide preservation and thoughtful design and planning.

Buy tickets here.

Dean DeRobbio, Sheryl Perretta, David and Adriana Montecalvo at last year’s PPS Bash. Photo by Mike Braca.



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