Greenbelt Museum Celebrates 25th Anniversary
The Greenbelt Museum opened its doors in October 1987 during the city’s 50th anniversary year. This year, as Greenbelt celebrates its 75th anniversary, the museum has turned 25. On Thursday night, a celebration was held at the Greenbelt Arts Center which featured the Moonshine Cabaret (Comedy! Sideshow! Burlesque!), classic cocktails, and a silent auction.
On the right is Lauren Silberman, treasurer of Friends of the Greenbelt Museum. Tickets are $25 and include one cocktail and hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds from this evening support museum programs.
Tonight’s party is titled “The Rexford Revue: A Post-Prohibition Evening.” The name Rexford refers to Rexford Tugwell, head of the New Deal Resettlement Administration which built Greenbelt. On the tables are silent auction items and she is offering gums, candies, and candy cigarettes.
Kathy Labukas, a volunteer docent at the museum, wears her mother Eileen Labukas’s mink stole.
Andy Carruthers shows the Greenbelt Co-op logo on his shirt.
Sheila Maffay-Tuthill is the museum’s education/volunteer coordinator.
Dan Searing (right) specializes in classic cocktails and is the author of The Punch Bowl: 75 Recipes Spanning Four Centuries of Wanton Revelry. Searing works at a bar in D.C.
In the news release for tonight’s event, it is mentioned that Rexford Tugwell “was known for his white suits.”
From left are Mayor Judith Davis, Barbara Havekost, and Sandra Lange. Havekost is a founder of the museum, and Lange chaired Greenbelt’s 50th Anniversary Committee which established the Greenbelt Museum in 1987.
Museum curator Megan Searing Young, Kathy Labukas, and Sandra Lange. Regarding tonight’s event, Young writes in the news release: “We really wanted to get creative to celebrate the Museum’s 25th Anniversary, and since Greenbelt was founded in 1937, we returned to that era for inspiration. Our aim is to recreate the feeling of a supper club or vaudeville venue – so we’re hoping folks will dust off those rhinestones and vintage ties.”
In the center is City Councilmember Leta Mach.
John Henry Jones (right) chats with a guest.
Megan Searing Young, David Moran, and Sheila Maffay-Tuthill
The party is from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30. Here Sheila Maffay-Tuthill and John Henry Jones walk to the black box theater for the show.
Bonnie and Lee Shields. Lee Shields is a Greenbelt pioneer child.
Barbara and Tom Simon
Megan Searing Young welcomes everybody to the celebration.
Sheila Maffay-Tuthill tells that when she saw a Moonshine Cabaret performance, she thought about bringing it to this audience.
Kimberlie Cruse and Shoshanna Ruth
Mab, Just Mab, “DC’s Own Sideshow Girl”
Tables are set up for tonight’s cabaret.
Kimberlie Cruse (left) and Shoshanna Ruth
There is audience participation.
Her tongue moves toward a mouse trap…
Mab, Just Mab pushes a nail into her nose.
An audience member helps Mab, Just Mab pull out the nail from her nose.
From left are Barbara Simon, Megan Searing Young, and Mayor Judith Davis.
On the right is Angella Foster of Alight Dance Theater.
On the menu are “Cocktails Paying Tribute to Greenbelt’s Illustrious Designer Rexford Tugwell” including:
Rex in the Afternoon
(Inspired by Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon)
Sparkling Wine, Sweet Woodruff Syrup, Bittermens Burlesque Bitters
Vinho Verde, Jack Rudy Tonic Syrup, Sparkling Water
Rex the Red
White Zinfandel, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, Orange Juice, Demerara Sugar
Megan Searing Young holds The Punch Bowl: 75 Recipes Spanning Four Centuries of Wanton Revelry by her brother Dan Searing. “This unique guide showcases 75 irresistible punch recipes: 50 vintage classics and 25 from today’s most accomplished bartenders.” The book is an item in tonight’s silent auction.
Kimberlie Cruse (left) and Shoshanna Ruth of Sidetracked are based in Philadelphia. Megan Searing Young tells me that in old days, the moon should come down further so that it appears people are sitting on it.