Saturday, September 10, 2016


Gatsby Gala Image

The Morris Museum Presents

Gatsby Gala

WHEN: September 17, 2016; cocktails at 6:00pm, dinner to follow
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
ADMISSION: $300, $500 or $1000 for an individual. Tables are $5,000 or $10,000.
Dress is black tie and 1920s attire is encouraged. Ticket information may be obtained at or 973.971.3701.

This festive event will offer guests a preview of the upcoming exhibition, Jersey Spirits: Prohibition from Flappers to Bootleggers. The Gatsby Gala will celebrate the vital cultural and educational role that the Morris Museum plays in New Jersey.

The Gatsby Gala will begin with cocktails , followed by dinner provided by  Laurence Craig Catering and dancing to music from the Anthony St. James Orchestra. The evening will also include a live auction featuring a week at a Jumby Bay villa in Antigua, a gold and pink tourmaline bracelet, a week at a vacation home in the Adirondacks, and more.

Donna Stack will serve as the Gatsby Gala Chair.  "The Gatsby Gala promises to be a great evening, for both guests and the Museum," said Mrs. Stack. "This is the Museum's premier fundraising event, with many guests in period costumes, ready to enjoy a unique and fun party."

About Jersey Spirits: Prohibition from Flappers to Bootleggers

Jersey Spirits will explore how local figures boldly produced, smuggled, and sold alcohol in New Jersey during a period when such practices were Constitutionally banned. Featured personalities include New Jersey governors, gangsters, bootleggers, temperance lobbyists, and suffragettes. The exhibition will also delve into the moral, religious, and political sentiments that shaped America’s “noble experiment” and how the horrors of excessive drinking and the cry for social reform fueled the Temperance and Suffragist Movements.

Visitors will experience the Prohibition era through artifacts, photographs, and propaganda materials that depict the battle between the Wets and the Drys.  Jersey Spirits will showcase fashions of the Roaring 20s from flapper dresses to hairstyles to cigarette holders. In addition, the exhibition will include a survey of contraband cocktails and authentic barware and flasks. Music, dance, literature, and films of the era will also be featured.

(IMAGE: Linda Moore, Executive Director,  Donna Stack, Gala Chair, Cindy McCollum, Gala Committee Member, and Unjeria Jackson, MD, Gala Committee Member. Image courtesy of the Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey.)