'Roaring '20s' celebration planned

Thursday, November 4, 2004

Flappers, fedoras, zoot suits and the Charleston and Lindy dances will return to the Marquette Towers when the lobby of the one-time hotel is transformed into a "speakeasy" Saturday.

Old Town Cape, a Cape Girardeau downtown revitalization organization, is sponsoring an evening of music, dancing and hors d'oeuvres to celebrate the restoration of the former hotel. The structure is now an office building.

"Celebrating the reopening of this building and its magnificent lobby just seemed to fit with a Roaring Twenties theme since it was built in 1927," said Vicki Underwood, co-chair for the event.

Guests are encouraged, but not required to dress in period costumes.

Old Town Cape member Greg Williams said the event is a fund raiser for the revitalization group.

"The Marquette Hotel was always a rallying cry for Old Town Cape. We did whatever we could to help facilitate essential development for that piece of property," Williams said.

Prost Builders did an excellent job of renovating the exterior brick structure as well as restoring the lobby, he said.

"We want to kind of show it off," Williams said.

Several downtown restaurants will be offering early-bird specials from 5 to 6:30 p.m. as part of the celebration. Those restaurants include Bella Italia, Celebrations, Mollies, Port Cape Girardeau and the Royal N'Orleans.

The celebration at the Marquette will start at 7 p.m. with Charleston and Lindy dance lessons. Jerry Ford's Combo band will perform at 8 p.m. There will be appetizers and a cash bar.

"Seating is limited," Williams said. The lobby will hold about 100 people, he said.

Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased at the Old Town Cape office at 111 Independence St. or by calling 334-8085.

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