Win admission to a speakeasy at Ten Broeck Mansion

flappers at Ten Broeck Mansion by Nicole Campon

The contest is closed.

On Saturday, March 9, the Ten Broeck Mansion will become a 1920s speakeasy -- complete with cocktails by Albany Distilling Co., beer by C.H. Evans, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, casino games, giveaways, music by the Sunny Side of the Street Band, and flappers.

The Puttin' on the Ritz event is a fundraiser for the historic mansion and the Albany County Historical Association. It's come as you are, or dress in 20s garb. (Just knock four times and tell them AOA sent ya.) And oh, yeah, you'll need a ticket. They're $55 in advance and $65 at the door (Ten Broeck Mansion members get a $10 discount).

But AOA has a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner.

To enter, please answer the following question in the comment section of this post:

Back in the day, to get into a speakeasy you had to know the password. If you had a speakeasy in the Capital Region today, what would the password be?

We'll draw one winner at random.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 5 pm on Thursday and must respond by 10 am on Friday, March 1.

photo: Nicole Campon





Delaware Ave REPRESENT!!

It would be a secret speakeasy in the Ten Broeck neighborhood - so the password would be NIMBY

The Jennings Tanning Bed.



"You can't come in here unless you say, 'Swordfish'."

New England Clam Chowder

Dan O'Connell



Henry Hudson

"Nipper sent me."

Uncle Sam



New England clam chowder.






"Pass the Grey Poupon"

Burger night.


Nipper sent me


Toast of the Hudson

(That's amazing! I've got the same combination on my luggage.)

With a tip of the hat to William Kennedy: "Ironweed."

Pepperminty Piggy

"Beautiful weather today" (something no uninitiated person would say in Albany)

To everyone who said "New England Clam Chowder", I immediately thought, "Is that the red or the white??". :)

I think my password would have to be a short phrase - something like "the cherry trees are blossoming".


Albany anonymous


"Pinhead Susan sent me."


Governor Sixpacktaki.

There's a bearcat in the barrelhouse.

Burrito Deluxe

Peppermint Pig

The pterodactyls fly at midnight.

Better dead then red



Uncle Dan


I'd make it "I don't know", to give it an Abbott and Costello feel.


Pizzazz (yup double z)

"Client 9"

(not pronounced the dirty way)


Roller Derby



There are no parking spaces out there.

Steamed hams

Muckety muck.

Shackleford sent me.

Fort Orange



Prickly Pear


CDTA- what's your number?

The Lusitania was torpedoed in 1915, I think that would make a good one.

Plain Jane


Spitzer sent me



Cunning Linguist


The Egg is hatching!


Titsy Bismarck

stop light go!


Legs sent me.

Kathie Lee and Hoda


Jennings mojo


"Go Blue!"

Burr beats Hamilton

The wicked witch is dead.


Opposite side parking

melba sauce

Francis Phelan


The Half Moon sails with the tide..



Beverwijck makes the best furs

And you have to pronounce (and spell) Beverwijck correctly.

"giant wooden shoes"



VETO Lopez


Hudson, surely?

["Come in. But don't call me Shirley."]

Model T

Fred Claus

"I'm here to see a guy about a horse"



Wendy Kroy

"I'm here to visit the Cohoes Mastadon"

Since someone already used DelSo (!), I'll go with Spectrum

Sofa king thirsty

Saratoga Springs.


It's a trap...

half moon

Fort Orange Julius


Ravens Head




"my dogs name"


Is Abraham in?

Icy Splendor

van rensselaer - but you have to spell it.

Patterson's Watchful Eye


Puff the Magic Dragon

23 skidoo!


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