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First Annual Sagamore Club Tea Dance

Sat, Jun 22, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Starts at 2pm | 18+ | $5 Suggested Donation (proceeds to benefit Seacoast Outright)

About The Sagamore Club Tea Dance

True story: from 1957 to 1975, the second floor of what is now The Press Room was The Sagamore Club, a speakeasy gay social club. Ironically, for many of those years, the club resided above Big Daddy’s, a rough-and-tumble biker bar.

Back in the day, members of the gay community looking to go out would take a semi-hidden back stairwell up to the Sagamore to socialize, drink and dance in a safe and welcoming space. It’s easy to imagine the venue being a saving grace for the community in this less-evolved era.

It was during the same period that tea dances became popular in the gay community. They offered refuge for those that wanted to be able to drink and dance without fear of discrimination or violence. The “tea dance” name was carefully chosen to imply that it was a daytime function without alcohol— a necessary deception since gay nightlife in that time was literally illegal.

Flash forward 44 years and the days of back stairwells and hidden clubs are thankfully over. We still have a long way to go, to say the least, but cue Pride: a celebration of how far we’ve come and the journey it took to get here.

In honor of that journey, The Press Room is beyond proud to resurrect the Sagamore Club for a day of tribute and festivity.

Helming the 1st Annual Sagamore Club Tea Dance are hosts Agatha Crusty and DJ Skooch. For one very special day, we will transform our space to evoke the spirit of the Sagamore and all are welcome to take part. Prepare to be transported.


Sat, Jun 22, 2019
2:00 pm 6:00 pm
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The Press Room – Upstairs
77 Daniel Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801 US