Happy Holidays from the Brotherhood of Appreciating Repeal Day!

Happy Holidays from the Brotherhood of Appreciating Repeal Day!
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Saturday, December 8, 2007

The day after: recollecting Repeal Days past

I did some research to try and compare the valley's first repeal day celebration of 1933 with our most recent attempt honor the day...
This photo appeared on the Sharon Herald's 12.6.2007 front page, with the following caption:
Mike Erme pours a beer sample for a patron at the Repeal Day beer tasting and fundraising event at Chestnut Street Cafe in Sharon. The benefit Wednesday for Shenango River Watchers marked the anniversary of the day Prohibition was repealed in 1933. As well as beer samples, the event featured a silent auction and music by the band Stretch.
Photo taken by Jason Kapusta/Herald
The 12.6.1933 edition of the Herald story was titled, "State Receives Repeal Calmly: Wild Demonstrations Fail to Materialize". As it turned out, our forefathers did not have the time that we did to plan an event, and it was difficult to secure any real quantities of good liquor. The Pennsylvania general assembly was slow to define how they would control (restrict) the distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages. Their act actually passed the day after the repeal of prohibition. Leave it to Pennsylvania to miss the first Repeal Day.
I had a great time at our event, to be known as the 74th, even if it lacked wild demonstrations.

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