Jazz Age Lawn Party, June 2014

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My apologies, dear readers! Work and life have gotten very busy lately (all good things!) and I have fallen very, very far behind with updating the blog!  There have been so many wonderful events and trips to post about in the past few months, but I’m going to start with the event we refer to the “Olympics” of the vintage scene- the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island.

This event is in it’s ninth year and since I’ve been going every year since the second year, I’ve seen it expand and change exponentially.  The first time I went there were about 60-75 people there, all swing dancers, and there was just the band, a small dance floor, and everyone brought a picnic lunch.  It was free, there were no vendors of any kind, and since Governor’s Island has just been opened to the public two years before, there was almost no one on the ferry to the island or on the island itself.  It was so peaceful, it really did feel like being back in the 1920’s when I closed my eyes.

But my how things have changed! Last I heard, 3,000(!!) people attended each day at the most recent Lawn Party this June.  There are clothing vendors, food vendors, cocktails by Saint Germain, three bands, dancer performances, a few “Follies” numbers, a bathing beauties promenade, a pie baking contest, a VIP section and so much more.  It is covered by countless media outlets around the world (including American and Brazilian Vogue), and director Baz Luhrmann  stopped by last year to check it out! (Pics from that amazing day are in a previous post).  It has become a cottage industry for the man who started it, Michael Arenella, and is at least partly responsible for the recent resurgence in interest of all things “Jazz Age” and 1920’s.  When I say this event has changed- it has CHANGED.

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Of course with change come good things and bad, but all in all its still a marvelous event that is really, truly worth going to if you ever get the chance.  It’s where I met Matthew (four years ago, while preparing for the Bathing Beauties Promenade, no less) and I have so many lovely memories surrounding it over the years, I’m forever grateful for Michael for creating it and growing it.  Here are just a few pictures from this year (and a few from years past, which have been noted), mostly by my uber talented photographer friends, Driely Schwartz and Jane Kratchovil.  Honestly, I have hundreds of pictures from the last weekend alone, but I’ve tried to edit it down to the most striking and beautiful photos that really capture the essence of the event.  If you’d like to see more pictures from the weekend in June, I highly recommend checking out the coverage by Racked, by the insanely talented Driely Schwartz, (which are my personal favorites), as well as NY Times T Magazine and the Gothamist.

The next Jazz Age Lawn Party is August 16th & 17th and tickets can be purchased and more information obtained at their site JazzAgeLawnParty.com. In June the tickets sold out and there were no tickets available at the door, so if you’d like to go be sure to buy our tickets beforehand!  And if you see us there please do say Hello!!

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