Jazz Age Lawn Party 2016: 5 Things To Know About This Fabulous Event
Since 2005, the Jazz Age Lawn Party has become one of the most popular summer events in New York. This year marked its 11th consecutive year of celebrating the spirit of 1920s and 1930s on Governors Island. The Jazz Age Lawn Party is the city's original prohibition era-inspired event hosted by Michael Arenella.
Throughout the years, JALP has attracted over 20,000 individuals over two weekends, and attendees have the opportunity to discover music, learn popular dance moves of the era and show off their best vintage attire over tasty cocktails and great food.
Here are five things to know about the event and why you shouldn't miss out on the 2017 Jazz Age Lawn Party!
And for those interested, the event will be traveling to South Beach Miami for the first time on Jan. 13 through Jan. 16, stay tuned for more details.
JALP founder Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra presented one-of-a-kind songs along with performances by Queen Esther, Molly Ryan, Gregory Moore & The Dreamland Follies and Roddy Caravella & The Canarsie Wobblers. The music is comprised of Hot Jazz, fun-loving, rebel tunes popular within the '20s youth culture, tap dances, piano and other signature classics!
As a special tribute to the late New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham, this year Gregory Moore and Simon Mulligan sang a song while photographs of Bill were displayed and guests paid their respects.
2. The Attire
It is not mandatory for guests to dress in '20s/'30s attire, but it does create a special experience to embrace the attire of those times and it's exciting to see what both the men and women put together.
For the most part, dresses were low-waisted and either or short with unique beading, sequins and/or fringe. Many of the women wore headbands, silk shawls and long pearl necklaces; and, of course, carried fans and/or parasols as staple accessories. Men were in colorful striped or lightweight tweed suits, bow ties, suspenders and straw boater hats.
The JALP is great for people watching!
As a guest, you can choose from different ticket options which include unique packages featuring food and cocktails. JALP offers the Bees Knees, Bonnie & Clyde, Gatsby's Garden, Tasty Town and VIP package options. We were able to try a variety of foods from fresh oysters and lobster rolls to a selection of tapenades, spreads and antipasto items. Valducci's pizza was a big hit and Andy's Italian Ices were a nice treat to keep guests cool from the sun.
St. Germain is the official spirit of the JALP and select cocktails were available including the "St. Germain classic cocktail," "Strike Up The Band" and "Flapper's Delight," as well as sparkling wines and beers. Non-alcoholic beverages included Perrier Sparkling water, Belvoir Fruit Farms Lemonade with lime and lemongrass and Heart of Tea iced tea with pomegranate orange.
4. The Shopping
Vintage vendors sell one-of-a-kind 1920s garments and accessories crafted by select artisans. Clothing and accessory vendors include Dora Marra, Toucan Hats, Prohibition Clothing, Noble Vintage Clothier, Wildfell Hall Vintage and David Owens Vintage. Special antique memorabilia vendors include Howard's Entertainment, Penumbra Foundation, Zelda Magazine and Art Deco Society of NY.
Whether you want to strut your stuff on the dance floor or participate in a pie eating contest, JALP has plenty of activities to choose from. The lawn is filled with dance lessons, vintage portraits, dress-up, a 1920s motorcar exhibition, Charleston and Peadbody dance contests, pie contests and carnival games for kids.
For more information, visit the Jazz Age Lawn Party website here.