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Celebration Gala


On January 17, 1920, the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States went into effect: the entire country became "dry." Prohibition of the sale of alcoholic beverages was in full force, sparking the rise of the speakeasy.

The term "speakeasy" is purported to have originated in McKeesport, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Pittsburgh) in the late 1880s, where the owner told the rowdy customers in her unlicensed bar to "speak easy" about the establishment's wares. The term became known because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors. It became a common term for such locations during Prohibition-era America.

The speakeasy soon became one of the biggest parts of American culture. Several changes happened as speakeasies formed; one was with integration. People of all races would gather together and even mingle. People would mix together and have few or no problems. Another change was more participation from women; many businesses would set up their speakeasies to attract women to get more profits. Owners of such establishments were, more often than not, enterprising buisness women.

Speakeasies were not large, often hidden in secret rooms of family homes or underground spaces of small buildings. Access was typically through who you knew or by invitation. A pass phrase was often used to gain access, as well as hidden entrances or staircases.

To celebrate this period of American life, we are recreating a speakeasy experience for IOHA attendees as part of the celebration gala on Wednesday, September 26 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. For an additional fee, guests may enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner, and dancing, wrapped in the ambiance of a speakeasy from a century ago.

Presentation of your ticket and the secret passphrase (emailed to all who pre-purchase their tickets) gives you admittance to the exclusive Still Safe Club for one night only. 

We request business or semi-formal wear (no tuxedoes or gowns); special preference may be made for those in period-esque or period-related attire.

Once inside, you'll enjoy:

  • Diplomatic Immunity, a high-energy 5 piece band
  • Cash bar (each registered guest will be provided with 2 free drink tickets)
  • Three-course dinner
  • Dancing

Tickets are $150 per person; this is in addition to your IOHA registration fee. (The rate is the same for attendees and attendees' guests.) You can purchase your tickets during the registration process or sign into you registration profile and add them

The Feds have been sniffing around of late; there have been rumors of a possible raid - you've been warned!​


 Evening menu


(Menu as of August 2018; subject to change)​​


Roasted beets, candied pecans, red and green oak lettuce, dried cherries, truffle vinaigrette 


Red onion crusted filet of beef with truffle jus 

Vegetarian alternative: Saffron marinated sea bass with spring onion puree and orange marmalade 


Hazelnut chocolate bar with sous vide pears ​


 Still Safe Club Event Hours


One nigh​t only! 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 

7:00 - 7:30 pm: Cocktail reception 

7:30 - 8:30 pm: Dinner is served 

8:30 - 10:00 pm: Cocktails and dancing​