On Feb 18, the Wichita Northeast Optimist Club held their version of “A Night at the Cotton Club” at the Olive Tree Banquet Hall. Ladies decked out in their pearls, gloves and boas strutted their “20’s look” and men donned their suits, cigars and hats reminiscent of the era. As shown by the party-goers, dressing to impress was the norm for a night on the town at the Cotton Club.
The event was a fundraiser in support of the Optimist youth program and scholarships. The event included dancing and plenty of food. Optimist President, Paul White said this is likely to be a yearly event.
The Cotton Club was a New York City night club located first in the Harlem neighborhood on 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue in the 1920’s. The club operated most notably during America’s Prohibition Era and was a whites-only establishment even though it featured many of the most popular black entertainers of the era. In its heyday, the Cotton Club served as a hip meeting spot. Wichitians showed that not only Harlem can be “the cat’s meow” but so can Wichita.