Travel Back In Time—Eat, Drink and Charleston—at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island
ZEALnyc, June 2, 2017
It’s easy to be swept away in the romanticism of the parties and lifestyle depicted in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic The Great Gatsby. Over the years, events and celebrations evoking this ‘devil may care’ sensibility and featuring period jazz band music and dancing have remained part of our culture. With a more recent legacy (dating back to 2005), a small, private affair, began right here in our own backyard and has continued to grow and gain a faithful following, which is now known as the Jazz Age Lawn Party.
The Jazz Age Lawn Party is New York City’s original prohibition era-inspired gathering. Hosted and conceived by Michael Arenella, starting as a small gathering of around fifty friends and fans on the then recently open-for-public-access Governor’s Island. The event was initially produced by the island, but was handed over to Maestro Arenella in its third year to organize and grow. Under his watch, the event was carefully crafted and nurtured, becoming what is now referred to by The Wall Street Journal as, “the biggest (not to mention the cleanest and most family-oriented) regular event in the ‘Retro Noveau’ movement…” It was at this time that St-Germain joined forces with The Lawn Party, delightfully whetting the whistles of fops and flappers with their refreshing summer cocktails.
The Jazz Age Lawn Party offers a magical opportunity to travel back in time. For two weekends a year, guests are invited to discover and experience one of the most colorful and formative epochs in American history. This year’s party weekends are June 10-11 and August 26-27, 2017.
Some of the activities for the weekends include dance lessons, vintage portraits, a pie contest, a Charleston dance contest, as well vendors selling clothing and vintage-inspired treasures. Period inspired food and drink are available for purchase as well. For more information about the event click here.
Cover: Michael Arenella with guests at the Jazz Age Lawn Party; courtesy of organizers.