Wednesday, May 2, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Spirited: Prohibition in America Lecture Series
Lecturer: Bailey Pryor │Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker
Bill McCoy was the pioneer rum runner of the Prohibition era, who fueled the Roaring Twenties by transporting over 2 million bottles of rum to the speakeasies of New York and other cities along the eastern seaboard. McCoy became famous as “The Real McCoy,” for never adulterating his alcohol with wicked chemicals like turpentine or wood alcohol, and he never actually broke the law because he always operated in international waters, 3 miles off-shore. This is a colorful and entertaining journey through one of the most tumultuous times in American history, which leaves you with a better understanding of the Prohibition era and the icons that shaped it. Stay after the lecture for a tasting of The Real McCoy Rum!
Please RSVP to 860.443.2545 x2129 or email us.
Bailey Pryor has worked in the film and television industry for over 30 years as a writer, producer and director. During his career, Bailey has been nominated for 10 Emmy Awards, winning 6 awards. He has produced seven feature films and over 150 television programs for ABC, PBS, Discovery Channel, Fox Sports Net, ESPN, Spike TV, Animal Planet, and Travel Channel. Bailey is the President & CEO of Telemark Films in Mystic, CT and was formerly the President & CEO of Warren Miller Entertainment in Boulder, Colorado.
Bailey is also the Founder and CEO of The Real McCoy rum, which is based on a film he produced for PBS, of the same name. The Real McCoy rum has won over 100 major spirits industry awards worldwide and is currently being distributed in 22 states in the US, as well as 20 countries in Europe and Asia.