The Humors of Whiskey

December 6, 2016, 5pm - 6pm
Venue: 
Hennage Auditorium
326 W. Francis St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
United States

83 years ago prohibition was repealed. Celebrate with Gregg Kimball and Mary Smith as they share traditional songs, spanning the 18th century through Prohibition, expressing popular attitudes towards whiskey, both for and against. Whiskey (the name is derived from the Gaelic Uisce Beatha meaning "water of life") came to the New World by way of the Scots/Irish settlers who brought their distillery techniques with them when they immigrated to America. Whiskey has been praised, reviled, taxed, outlawed, bootlegged, smuggled, prescribed for medicinal purposes, labeled as poison, lauded as "the elixir of life" and condemned as "the devil's brew." It has provoked riots, raised rebellions, enlivened celebrations and inspired poets, artists and musicians. Even the spelling of the word – whiskey or whisky) is controversial. (1 hour)

$6 program ticket required in addition to museum admission