Saturday, July 17, 2010

Be-Jazzled - The Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island

Dapper gents and proper ladies partied Gatsby-style 'neath the ancient elms on another blazingly hot day in New York. Once again, Governors Island played the hostess with the mostest to a 1920s-era lawn party. Looking like a film set and despite the heat, many people were dressed very much in the spirit- the men with knee-socks and newsboy garb, the ladies with elaborate head pieces and hats, beaded dresses, even hose and gloves.

The day consisted of all sorts of good 'ol fashioned fun - Charleston lessons, a pie contest, highly polished vintage cars, carnival games and tug-of-war followed up by the finale, the Parade of Hats where the ladies showcased beautiful parasols and cloches. 

The day's activities were set to the authentic sounds of the Dreamland Orchestra with bandleader and frontman, Michael Arenella with his Clark Gable good looks.

Mega-phones and mobile phones.


My friend Layla (of focaccia and pickling class fame) and I sporting some glittery evening wear in front of this old jalopy. It was a very elegant day where you were immersed in the sights and sounds of the 1920s, and I was truly transported to another era.


  1. Beautiful photos! I can;t wait to go at the end of the to plan my outfit :)

  2. Thank you! I'm glad you enjoy them. I may go again, but this time just to take more photos of the other time travelers. It was a really fun party.