Ferndale’s downtown will again commemorate the day in December 1933 that Congress and President Franklin D Roosevelt passed and signed the 21st amendment ending prohibition by enjoying legal libation and a taste of history.
Each year for the past decade, Ferndale bars and restaurants observe the anniversary by decorating in the 1930’s period and offering special drink prices. Staff and patrons are encouraged to wear period costumes (gangsters, flappers, rum runnersetc.).
The event raises funds for Ferndale Good Fellows who offer assistance to needy families during the holiday season. Off duty police officers work with the fire department and other service organizations as part of Good Fellows to insure each child is warm, sheltered, fed and hopefully have a toy for the holiday. Donations will be collected through “passing the moonshine jug,” raffles, possible cover charges at some venues and through corporate contributions.
Ferndale clubs and bars participating this year include Bosco, Danny’s Irish Pub, Dino’s, Howe’s Bayou, The Red Door, Sneaker’s Pub, Soho, and Twisted Tavern.
Sponsors this year include Sneaker’s Pub, Danny’s Irish Pub, John R Glass, Tito’s Vodka, Sucher Tire, Twisted Tavern, Dynamic Dents, Green Thumb Garden Center, Oakland County 115, The Bar Downstairs, Ferndale Councilmen Dan Martin and Greg Pawlica, Tiffany & Tom Gagne, and Craig Covey.
During prohibition, illegal liquor was expensive, in high demand, and it was making criminals rich and powerful. Police officers and the FBI were investing much time and money fighting a losing battle. Legalizing and taxing liquor offered better control and lawful jobs. During the Depression, President Roosevelt, (FDR) sought to help solve economic problems by raising money for the federal government from alcohol taxes and tariffs.