Queue Scene: A blaring trombone, a longing sideways glance, the citrus spray of a twist of lemon into a shaken cocktail. A little ankle and calf peaking from beneath a dress. A tip of wicker hat… "Good day, old sport!"
Have you ever sat back and thought. ‘I was born in the wrong era?’ Some people have an inexplicable attachment to an era not their own: the Jane Eyre Victorian Era, the peace-loving and groovy 60s, and more specific to my addiction, the nonconformist and speakeasy-ridden 20s. So, when the opportunity arose to dive back into the 1920’s Jazz Age, I donned my suspenders and swam into the warm waters of that special era.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the Jazz Age Lawn Party took place on New York City’s Governors Island, which can only be accessed by visitors via ferry boat.
Once on the island it’s a short walk to the event lawn situated in between rows of stately municipal brick houses.
Dressed in typical period garb with my fashionable partner-in-crime, we joined the hundreds of other revelers at the afternoon soirée. Blanket and parasol in tow, we snagged a spot under the welcome shade of a tree as the sunny lawn quickly filled with flappers and dappers snacking on savory treats and tasty morsels from their picnic baskets.
I was excited to see that so many New Yorkers share my passion for nostalgia.
Jazz Age Lawn Party Checklist:
Vintage and Era Appropriate Garb
Colorful Parasol and Hand Fan
Large Lawn Blanket
Stylish Basket of Tea Sandwiches
Glass Mason Jars
Sweet Juices and Mixers
Red Paper Straws
(most importantly) a Jazzy Sassy Spirit
Slowly Sipping a chilled St. Germain cocktail while a jazz band played back up to the crooning notes of Gregory Moore and the Dreamland Follies, we sank into the sweet bubbly tonic of the roaring 20s. Ah, what a day…