If you are sick of going to the same over-hyped bars, the same old club and seeing the same old faces, the Independence Seaport Museum is switching it up for you nautical style. One of the many events held at the Seaport site, “Fanfare on the Fantail: A Night in Old Havana” aboard the Cruiser Olympia on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 7 -10 p.m. took this Spanish-American war ship back in time. Featuring duck quesadilla and salmon tar tar hors d’oeuvres, a lively Latin band named De Tierra Caliente, salsa and merengue dancing and actors in historical attire awaited guests. Beer, wine, and featured cocktails like the decadent Dark and Stormy and fizzy watermelon Don Q Mojito paired nicely and went down almost too smoothly with two traditional Cuban styled buffets with small wooden canoe-styled plates.
A live auction and silent auction had bidders in a buying frenzy with all proceeds benefiting Olympia’s ongoing preservation and educational initiatives. Nearby the outdoor smoking lounge, an authentic Cuban cigar roller made freshly rolled cigars which the gentlemen seemed to greatly enjoy – and a couple of ladies too. The party kept going with trays of sweets being brought around containing two a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate mouse and cheesecake “pudding,” with all food from Catering by Design. Soon people were salsa dancing into the night – beginners and pros alike – before realizing it was already way past closing time.
Visit www.phillyseaport.org for more information on upcoming events.