Get your fascinators, suspenders, and wingtips ready for Michael Arenella’s Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. For the ninth consecutive year, Michael and his Dreamland Orchestra will put on the show of shows for two weekends this summer, performing the best in jazz from the 1920s.
Other performances throughout each weekend will include the tap-dancing Minsky Sisters, Roddy Caravella and the Canarsie Wobblers dance troupe, the feuding vaudevillian lovebirds Gelber & Manning Band, the lovely Queen Esther, and who can forget piano man Peter Mintun. Fancy yourself a Charleston aficionado? Enter the Charleston contest and test your mettle. Need a lesson before that contest? Partake of the various dance lessons offered throughout the day. Thirsty? Make sure to stop by the St. Germain Elderflower Liquer area, where legendary mixtress Julie Reiner (co-owner of Clover Club, Flatiron Lounge and Pegu Club), and one of America’s top mixologists Andy Seymour, will be creating delicious cocktails for all.
As a two-time attendee, I can say with all honesty that dressing up in 1920s and 1930s attire is a must (although not required). If you don’t have anything to wear, not to worry. There will be vintage clothing vendors and artisans at the event to help transform you ladies into the flapper you’ve always wanted to be. And gents no need to fret, there’s clothing for you, too, along with a vintage motorcar exhibit straight out of a gangster film.
Chef Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy’s No. 43 is back with his delicious menu of gourmet food, including Squab on Toast, Shrimp Roll, and fresh-grilled Mexican corn. But it wouldn’t be a party without music, and there will be plenty of it. Aside from the various performances, antique gramophones will be stationed throughout the space, playing original recordings from the 1920s.
The Jazz Age Lawn Party will take place on June 14 and 15 and August 16 and 17. The event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both weekends. Tickets and information can be found at http://www.jazzagelawnparty.com/index.html.
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