LUPEC Tiki Party November 14

Megan Smith READ TIME: 2 MIN.

On November 14, the Boston chapter of LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails) will transform the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts into a 1950's-themed Tiki party featuring retro-libations, live entertainment, dancing, delicious canap�s, and prize raffle. This is LUPEC Boston's third annual fall fundraising event, created to benefit On The Rise, a Cambridge-based non-profit that supports the initiative and strength of women living in crisis or homelessness. Tickets are $35 in advance/ $45 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Grand in Somerville, Toro in the South End, Drink in Fort Point, Trina's Starlite Lounge in Somerville, Buckaroo's Mercantile in Cambridge, or online at

"With out-there names and kitschy vessels, Tiki drinks are apt to inspire a giggle among cocktail neophytes," said LUPEC Boston President Misty Kalkofen. "In their original incarnation, these were palatable drinks built upon rum, fresh juices and exotic syrups. They inspired a cocktail craze that lasted longer than any other in history, a flavor-packed counterpoint in the era of vodkatinis and the 'Man in the Gray Flannel Suit'. With our fundraiser we hope to invoke a bit of that whimsy - and turn modern drinkers back on to Tiki."

The LUPEC BOSTON TIKI BASH will pay tribute to the 1950's theme with of-the-era cocktails, Tiki cocktail demonstrations by some of Boston's best bartenders, and live entertainment including acts by Thru the Keyhole Burlesque, Boston-based ukulele sensation Uke Springsteen, and more. DJ Brother Cleve, a Boston institution, will spin '50s-era music throughout the evening between sets.

Light cocktail party fare will be provided for the evening by some of the city's most highly regarded culinary talent, including Mike Smith from Toro, Greg Reeves from Green Street, Island Creek Oysters will be on hand shucking their acclaimed "Duxbury Pearls" and The Boston Derby Dames will skate around with sweets provided by Taza Chocolate.

A prize raffle will feature gift baskets from St-Germain and Brix, a one-of-a-kind handmade handbag from Nani designs, gift certificates donated from Toro, Trina's Starlite Lounge, The Franklin Caf�, Fresh Hair Salon, Vee Vee, and more.

The LUPEC BOSTON TIKI BASH is only one component of the group's annual fundraising program. Past fundraising initiatives have raised more than $20,000 for area charities, including The New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, The Friends Boutique at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Jane Doe Inc. Proceeds from sales of the group's self-published cocktail book, THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF COCKTAILS, will also benefit the On The Rise this fall.

The event will take place at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts [85 W. Newton St., South End, Boston], with generous support from sponsors St-Germain and Sazerac Spirits Co, among others.

by Megan Smith , EDGE Assistant Travel Editor

Megan is the Assistant Travel Editor for EDGE Publications. Based in Australia, she has been published in gay and lesbian publications in both America and Australia, and she has been on assignment as a travel-writer for Let's Go travel guides in Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii.

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