ST. CLAIR SHORES, MICHIGAN During the 1920s, Detroit was the center of Bootlegging, as smugglers trafficked bootlegged beer and liquor across the Canadian border.  In fact, it was said that 75 percent of all the alcohol smuggled into the U.S. during Prohibition crossed the border between Windsor and Detroit. “Rumrunning” had become Detroit’s second largest industry and some 25,000 speakeasies operated in the area. 

During Prohibition, the Blossom Heath Inn in St. Clair Shores was one of the most infamous speakeasies; its perfect location on the shores of Lake St. Clair made it ideal spot for bootlegged beer, wine and liquor to be received, consumed and distributed.

That’s why the venue was chosen by Lake St. Clair Tourism Initiative and the City of St. Clair Shores to host the Second Annual Bootlegger Bash.  This year’s event will run from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and will feature a strolling dinner, casino games—and music by the Michele Ramo World Jazz Trio and a local favorite, The Orbitsuns.

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With Halloween right around the corner, attendees are urged to dress up in their favorite Roaring Twenties outfits and have the chance to win great prizes. 

Tickets are limited and are first-come, first-serve.  They are only being sold in advance and are $35 per person which includes admission, casino game tokens, food and choice of either two beer tickets or one signature drink ticket.  Tickets are available through the Bootlegger Bash Facebook Event Page,https://www.facebook.com/events/345939669166605/ or www.ci.saint-clair-shores.mi.us/ (go to “Online services and payments”) as well as and the cashier’s office at St. Clair Shores City Hall.

The event is being hosted by St. Clair Shores TIFA and Lake St. Clair Tourism Initiative, a regional non-profit now in its 10th year of promoting the Lake St. Clair Circle Tour.


The Blossom Heath Inn is located at 24800 Jefferson Avenue on the famed Nautical Mile in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.




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