Rum Runners Weekend in Warren County, NY

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For those among you who feel a nostalgic tug when it comes to the zaniness of the Prohibition Era, you can dip a toe into such waters without heading for the badlands of New York City or Chicago.

Beginning this Friday, head for Warren County in New York's Adirondack Mountains where little old Chestertown will be hosting the 4th annual "Rum Runners Weekend," a celebration of the Roaring '20s.

The festivities will begin at 5 p.m. Friday when federal agents chase a band of bootleggers through local restaurants, starting at The Hub in Brant Lake then traveling on to the Black Bear in Pottersville, OP Fredericks in Loon Lake, and the Odd Duck and The Bullhouse in Chestertown. At 9 p.m., the bootleggers will move to a basement casino in The Bullhouse that will feature blackjack and roulette for anyone willing to pay a $25 admission, while the nearby Panther Mountain Inn will become a jazz club of the period.

A classic car parade leaving from Pottersville at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday will end at the Chestertown Hall where the American Legion will be putting on a USO show. At 3:30 pm Georgie Wonders Big Band will perform at the Carol Theatre ($20 admission). There will be dinner specials throughout the area all weekend for $19.25, as well as free carriage rides from Circle B Ranch.

A complete rundown of the weekend's events is available here.

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