Events, Theater

Raise the Roof: Tales of Old Town

When: Fri., June 10, 6 p.m. 2016

The Humboldt County Historical Society presents "Raise the Roof: Tales of Old Town,” a fundraiser evoking the shimmer and swagger of Eureka's liveliest and most infamous neighborhood, at one of its original old haunts, the Eagle House Victorian Inn, on Friday evening, June 10. Enjoy a memorable evening of live music, dinner, cocktails, and a historical presentation on Old Town nightlife from the 1860s to the 1930s, with personal remembrances from special guests. Vocal artist Claire Bent will bring the 1940s era to life as she lends her beautiful voice to a tribute to Margaret "Muzzy" Paul. Billed as “The Last of the Red Hot Mamas,” Muzzy came to Eureka in 1938, where she opened and operated her famed Glo Room in the Monte Carlo Hotel. Muzzy often stated that she had no customers at her Glo Room: “Just friends.” The silver-haired contralto left a legacy as one of the last true local performers of the old time blues. Ms. Bent, a native Arcatan, and her band, the Lonesome Sunday Quartet, will embody the bluesy, jazzy essence of the era with such memorable jazz standards as “Summertime” and “Tea for Two.” A dinner of salmon or prime rib will be served, with cocktails available specific to Old Town's infamous watering holes and houses of ill repute. Tales of former wild times in Old Town, when it was home to sixty-five saloons and thirty-two brothels, will be shared by Dr. Alex Service. Three special guests, longtime Eurekans Evo Fanucchi, Laurie Lazio, and Bill Williams, will share their reminiscences. Guests are also encouraged to join in with their own remembrances in this lively salute to Old Town. This event, in which guests are invited to “Raise the Roof” in one of Old Town’s old haunts, is being held to benefit an actual raising of the roof: a new roof over the historic Barnum House, home of the Humboldt County Historical Society and repository of over 70,000 historical photographs, 200 historical maps, extensive biographical materials, a research library, and much more. Roof construction begins in August at a cost of $65,000, half of which has already been raised. The high cost is due to the roof’s unique features and contours. Celebrate the wild times of Old Town while metaphorically—and literally—“raising the roof”! The date is June 10. The place is the Eagle House Victorian Inn, 139 2nd Street in Eureka. Festivities (and the bar) open at 6:00 p.m., with dinner commencing at 6:30. Tickets, which are $75.00 each, can be purchased at the Humboldt County Historical Society, 703 8th Street, Eureka, or by calling the Society at 445-4342. Seating is limited to 150 people (age twenty-one or older). Tickets will be sold until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8.

Price: $75

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