The Acania

Perfect weather, a private concert, and guests dressed in Prohibition-era finery made for a spectacular benefit in support of Angel Island Conservancy!

Held aboard the recently restored 1930′s private luxury yacht, the Acania, guests were encouraged to embrace the yacht’s heyday by donning attire to match the Prohibition-era theme; women were all dolled up in beaded and fringed gowns, exotic headpieces, and striking wraps; and the gents got into the spirit too, sporting striped suits and stylish hats.

Adding to the theme and ambiance, guests were greeted with Laurent-Perrier Champagne served by the DecoBelles, an offshoot of the Art Deco Society of California, the DecoBelles’ bring to life the era of the 1920s thru 1940s with dance, modeling, and entertainment.

As the Acania cruised to the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, and around Angel Island, guests were invited to explore the yacht and take pleasure in her beautiful restoration work. Once rumored to be owned by Al Capone, it was easy to imagine him lounging on the decks and being served from the “hidden” bar, an essential appointment for a boat built during Prohibition. One could even peek into the galley and marvel at how well the caterers were managing in such tight quarters!

The private concert, provided by the Tommy Igoe Sextet, took command of the upper deck with guests getting into the swing of things on the dance floor “cutting the rug,” while others enjoyed the music from steamer chairs lined up along the deck.

Throughout the cruise, guests savored a range of delectable bites provided by Buckeye Roadhouse, Picco, & Tiburon Tavern and the “hooch” included signature cocktails made with gin compliments of Distillery No. 209, wine donated by Merry Edwards Winery, and the champagne by Laurent-Perrier continued to flow. As the Acania rounded Angel Island for her journey back to Sausalito, dessert was passed for a sweet “cap off” to the evening.

The sun was setting as we returned to Sausalito and as the guests disembarked they could look back at the Acania, taking in the warm glow from her strings of lights, and imagine it was all just a dream.

A very special thank you to those who made the evening the bees knees…
David & Lynn Olson, our gracious hosts who generously donated our use of the Acania; Tommy Igoe for his performance; Steven Lamar for his generous contributions toward the delectable bites from Buckeye Roadhouse and Picco; Tiburon Tavern for their compliment of delectable bites; for the “hooch” we thank Distillery No. 209, Merry Edwards Winery, and Laurent-Perrier Champagne; Bob & Grace Salk for “stocking” the bar; Angel Island State Park Superintendent Amy Brees, Interpreters Casey Dexter-Lee and Ben Fenkell for sharing the history of the island; volunteers, Mary Jo Cogburn and Marshall Grimes for all their help; and last but not least, many thanks to our outstanding event committee for creating an experience without equal – including event co-chair’s Jolynn Hardiman and Gail Dolton (AIC Board Member), Operations Manager Jacquie Klose, and Event Consultant, Jen Rost!


Photos by Stuart Kiehl Vineyard Video & Photography
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