Have you read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel The Great Gatsby, or seen Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 movie adaptation?
(no, and yes for me)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in that world – New York City in the glitzy and glamorous 1920’s? (again, yes)
Well you can stop wondering and temporarily transport yourself into that world with The Jazz Age Lawn Party.
Dubbed as one of the most memorable events of 2011 and 2012 by The New York Times, what originally started off as a small gathering of friends, The Jazz Age Lawn Party is New York City’s “original prohibition era inspired gathering”. Two weekends a year in summer, guests are transported back in time to relive and enjoy one of the most colourful eras in American history.
The event is hosted by Michael Arenella and his orchestra – the Dreamland Orchestra, who will be providing the period soundtrack for the weekend. The family-friendly event involves dancing, live music and performances, vintage clothes-shopping, a motorcar exhibition and a multitude of 1920’s themed activities. Taking place every year at Governor’s Island, this year will be the event’s 9th year running.
This is a video of 2012’s weekend, filmed beautifully with narration of lines from The Great Gatsby:
This is being added to my summer 2014 bucket list and if you’re thinking of doing the same, get ready to don your flapper dress and suit with me ’cause the party is taking place on June 14th and 15th, and August 16th and 17th!