DelVal Dandies & Quaintrelles Association
An informal organization of Vintage Enthusiasts based in the Delaware Valley who enjoy a number of aspects of the Jazz Age (also known as the "Prohibition Era")
We celebrate the automobiles, the protocol, the quality and substance,
but perhaps most of all the dancing, the music and the clothing!
While our formal name is the
DelVal Dandies & Quaintrelles Association,
we operate under the name
Dandies and Quaintrelles -Philly
(to be differentiated from our affilated group, the original Dandies & Quaintrelles of Washington D.C.).
Our goal is to help foster a "coming together" of the community of Vintage Enthusiasts
of the Delaware Valley while seeking to benefit designated community non-profits.
Definition of Dandy
1: a man who gives particular attention to personal appearance
2: something excellent in its class
Definition of Quaintrelle
A woman who emphasizes a life of passion expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm, and cultivation of life's pleasures.
About the Era
The Prohibition Era is generally defined by its start and end dates.
The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes,” is ratified on January 16, 1919 and becomes the law of the land.
Nine months later, Congress passed the Volstead Act, or National Prohibition Act, over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto. The Volstead Act provided for the enforcement of prohibition, including the creation of a special unit of the Treasury Department.
By the terms of the amendment, the country went dry one after ratification, on January 17, 1920.
On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed and ratified, ending national Prohibition. After the repeal of the 18th Amendment, some states continued Prohibition by maintaining statewide temperance laws.
Who WE Seek To Be....
Seeking to be a casual, loosely affiliated group of Vintage Enthusiasts who enjoy being classically fabulous and getting together to fellowship in the spirit of the era.
The cost of membership?
An appreciation of vintage jazz.
Enjoyment of fine food.
Perhaps revelry in a well made cocktail.
And delight in a little time spent living easy and being fabulous of course!
And so much more...
Style, well manifested.
So come, join us, you are welcome!
We originated and annually produce the Philly Seersucker Vintage Bike Ride & Social (Please see: www.PhillySeersucker.com). We also helped to originate and offer the vintage event "Deco on the Delaware" (formerly known as "Jazz Age on the Delaware") which has come to be a premier signature event for Philadelphia's last Jazz Age estate, Glen Foerd.
The Salon Series.
During the Jazz Age one of the forms of entertainment was civil discussion around designated ideas or themes.
The Salon Series seeks to revisit that practice by organizing and offering discussions around specific topics of the Prohibition Era facilitated by knowledgeable authorities in relevant settings at no or reduced cost to the members of Dandies & Quaintrelles -Philly.
We offer monthly gatherings designed specifically for Vintage Enthusiast but all are invited to join us. The key features are seasonal classic cocktails, live Vintage Jazz -with room for dancing! And an emphasis on style. The recurring offering is the "Speakeasy Sundays" series. We also offer the Prohibition-themed events the "Prohibition Day Speakeasy" and the "Repeal Day Revelry" both tied to the start and end dates of the Prohibition Era.
Vintage Events Calendar
Tel: (215) 847-6476
Fax: (215) 472-6547