May 30, 2016

Dear Friends,
How time has flown! The 11th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party is
less then a month away and tickets are flying, too!
Tickets and some ticket packages are still available.
To see availability for the June  and August events please visit:
In addition to General Admission tickets, Packages include
“Jazz Baby,”“Bee’s Knees,”and “Bonnie & Clyde”.
“ The Gatsby” VIP package includes special perks such as table and bottle
We are excited to present the exclusive 
“Sheikh of Araby”,  an exquisitely appointed, private luxury tent for up to  
10 guests located right off the dance floor, with full table
service and  custom cuisine menu.
Tents may be reserved by emailing
On June 11-12 and August 13-14 from 11a.m. to 5p.m., guests transcend
time once upon the shore of Governors Island to celebrate the music
and zeitgeist of the Jazz Age.The romance, joie de vivre and
infectious rhythm of those halcyon days come to life once more, as the
distractions of the modern fade into the ether.Each weekend, guests will don fresh linen, lace, seersucker and straw
at this beloved prohibition era gathering. Featured programming includes:
featuring the finest Jazz Ageentertainment:Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra: the world’s premier
Jazz-Age dance orchestra, steeped in the hot-dance band tradition of
the 1920s and early 1930s, present a one-of-a-kind songbook from
Michael’s original album, “Blue River,”and his newest album,
 “Just In Time” (both available for purchase within event)!
“Just In Time” highlights Michael’s horn playing and
singing in an intimate, jazz-driven setting.
Roddy Caravella & The Canarsie Wobblers: performer, teacher and
Jazz Age Lawn Party Dance Director Roddy Caravella, and his fun-loving
dance troupe The Canarsie Wobblers, capture the spirit of the “Flaming Youth”
The Antique DJs: emcees and Antique Phonograph DJs Michael Cumella
and Michael Haar, spin vinyl and cylinder records on period crank up
talking machines awakening original recordings from the 1920s
The Dreamland Follies and crooner Gregory Moore: the ten-girl dance spectacular harkening
back to the days of the Great Ziegfeld, will delight guests
with choreography and Art Deco costumes. The Follies will present dazzling new performances this Summer.
Peter Mintun: the world’s greatest piano man will thrill guests
with his magical fingers
Queen Esther: hear modern-day jazz royalty as the award-winning jazz
vocalist presides over the lawn
The Gelber & Manning Band: feuding vaudevillian lovebirds,
specializing in raggy time songs and early jazz styles, will quarrel
and coo to your delight
The Minsky Sisters: tap dance darlings delight with fancy footwork
in the tradition of classic vaudevillian family acts
Tamar Korn: ephemeral vocalist, known for her love of singing songs
both lyrically as well as “instrumentally” with her pitch-perfect
pipes, will perform a repertoire steeped in traditional
New Orleans and early jazz
Molly Ryan: her lush, soulful vocal style breathes new life into forgotten songs and lyrics of the 1920’s and 30’s
set up right on the lawn!Dance Lessons: learn the hottest dance steps of the time from top
Jazz Age hoofer Roddy Caravella. (Charleston lesson: Saturday. Peabody lesson: Sunday.)
Dance Contests!:
Charleston Dance Contest on Saturday June 11th
Peabody Dance Contest on Sunday June 12th
see who’s the Bee’s Knees in these
lighthearted yet spirited dance-offs.


 Our mouths water to bring you New York’s fanciest picnicking
fare and gourmet food trucks with sweets and snacks by vendors
 such as Luke’s Lobster, Melt Bakery, Mayhem & Stout,
 Perfect Picnic, Fire Belly Korean BBQ, and Renegade Lemonade!VINTAGE COCKTAILS & BEVERAGES
St-Germain Artisanal French Elderflower Liqueur is our
signature spirit for the eighth consecutive year. Golden age elixirs
such as the St-Germain Cocktail (made with St-Germain,
sparkling wine, sparkling water and a lemon twist) will be served
alongside Strike up the Band (a refreshing Collins-style
cocktail blending summer strawberries with gin, St-Germain and fresh
citrus). Complete Cocktail list to be announced soon!
Ice Cold Beer: a selection of refreshing brews to be announced soon!
Additional Beverages include: old fashioned lemonade, soda, juices,
water, iced coffee and tea to whet your whistleFASHION & SHOPPING
Bathing Beauties and Beaus Promenade on Sundays June 12th and August 14th :
pull that itchy wool number out of the mothballs and
parade it for all to admire. (to register please email
Vintage Clothing Vendors and Artisans: a veritable village of
timeless treasures and inspired creations to take home.
Here is a list of your favorite vendors to be featured this June:
Howard’s Entertainment, Dora Marra,Toucan Hats, Prohibition Clothing,
Noble Vintage Clothier, Wildfell Hall Vintage, Mary Jane Lane Design,
Goddess Godette, Screaming Mimis, J.Press,
Penumbra Foundation, and Art Deco Society of New York
Kidland: carnival games and prizes for junior gents and Flapperettes
1920s Motorcar Exhibition: get up close and personal with flivvers,
Tin Lizzies and “Buttercup,” Gatsby’s very own 1925 Rolls-Royce
Vintage Portraits: immortalize yourself while perched upon one of our famous Paper Moons
Annual High Court of Pie Contest: registration is open for the
annual contest. Categories include:
“Mom’s Best” “Best Savory” “Most Original” and “Hobo’s Choice”
and introducing for the first time ever,
(word has it, he’s a Georgia Peach!)  
(For entry email:

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