Last week Detroit elites took
a time machine back to the 1850s as we partnered with the legendary
Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village for a night of historic cocktails and snacks at their 19th century stagecoach stop, The Eagle Tavern.Tavern proprietor, Calvin
Wood, greeted folks at the door and ushered them in to enjoy the evening starting with a
glass of Greenfield Village Steam Station Firkin. Costumed wait staff served up
period snacks like braised rabbit stuffed mushrooms, and reuben croquettes while
a salmagundi spread of pickled eggs, cured meats, local cheeses, and blueberry
fools for dessert filled guests bellies. It was period all the way for the drinks
as well as bartenders mixed up the likes the Calvin (a sarsaparilla cocktail), mint
juleps, shrubs, and maple bourbon
sours – all served with old timey noodle straws! For those more temperance
minded, they also offered an effervescing strawberry beverage to cool down that
hot summer night.
For entertainment, period
performers Picks & Sticks got guests’ toes a’tappin’ with 1850s favorites like “Oh! Susanna,”
played on banjos, hammer dulcimers, and fiddles. Midway through the evening
proprietor Calvin gave the group a rundown of the Tavern’s history and led the
guests in a rousing toast. Ticket giveaways to the Greenfield Village, the
Henry Ford Museum, the Rouge Factory Tour, and upcoming Maker Faire rounded out
the evening. Oh! And on their way out guests were given a packet of drink
recipe cards with historical imagery from the museum as a parting gift. A
packed night of historical fun, indeed!
Many thanks to Lish, Jesse,
and all the folks at The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village for hosting
such a magical night. Thanks to Picks & Sticks for providing some
outstanding sounds, the wait staff and Calvin at the Tavern for getting us in
the proper mood with their character driven performances and attire, Doug
Coombe for documenting the night, and all the guests for being so game to come
out and enjoy some old timey fun.
Photography may have been a
bit anachronistic for the evening but we just had to preserve the fun in
photos! Want to see them? Well, they can be found here. Reviews and guest
photos from the night can be found over yonder.
Till e're we meet again!
Community Manager Yelp