2011 Jazz Age Lawn Party
Even gloomy weather and grey skies (but no rain, phew!) couldn't keep spirits down for the bi-annual Jazz Age Lawn Party weekend at Governors Island. Flappers and their escorts flocked to the ferries with picnic baskets and blankets to stake out spots on the lawn and around the dancefloor on Colonel's Row. Hosted by the ever-dapper Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, with guest turns from Drew Nugent and Gelber and Manning, the dancing tunes kept coming even as the hooch ran out.
Everyone said this was the biggest one yet in the six years that the Jazz Age Lawn Party has been taking place, and that wasn't hard to believe—we've definitely never seen it so crowded. A fun day of picnicking for everyone, there were vintage cars and bathing beauties on parade and tug-of-war duels and pies and fantastic hats. If you needed to spruce up your look, vintage (and vintage-style) vendors were on hand. If you needed to polish your knowledge of the Jazz Age era, you could pick up the latest copy of Zelda, the magazine of the vintage nouveau.
And if you forgot your picnic, they had you covered with pulled pork sandwiches and other summer cook-out snacks. But it seemed that the most popular idea of the weekend was to grab a few St Germain cocktails, with a never-ending line of tipplers, the valiant crew of mixologists finally ran out of booze just after 4 pm. "What is this, Prohibition?" one clever party-goer quipped. Stay tuned for the next one later this summer!