One of the best New York City summer events around is the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. The bi-annual picnic, now in its sixth year, is organized by Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra who is also featured as the main event.
Period costume is optional, but many folks went all out and donned their 1920s glad rags.
There were vendors hawking vintage clothes and jewelry, food (overpriced and lines were long so it’s best if you bring your own) and beverages – soft drinks and beer, along with St-Germain Elderflower Liqeur, a refreshing & boozy alternative.
But star of the show was the music! Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra featured a big band playing vintage jazz age dance music that made it hard to sit still.
Another crowd pleaser was the Brooklyn-based sassy ragtime jazz of Gelber & Manning that really got the group on their feet.
Seriously good times and here’s something I learned – there is actually a jazz age scene going on in the city. I was aware of a couple of bands that specialized in fun old-timey tunes (check out The Two Man Gentlemen Band, The Lucky Dogs, and Lauren Ambrose & The Leisure Class to name a few) but there is an entire vintage party circuit one could plug into. Turns-out there are a number of people who would rather party like it’s 1923 and here's a sampling (Wit's End, Gypsy Jam, The Champagne Riot). Who knew?
Click here for more information about the Jazz Age Lawn Party.
*(To help you fit-in when you hit the parties, here's a handy guide to jazz age slang)
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