Roar Into the Roaring '20s on New York City's Governors Island

Staff Writer
Escape the 21st century with a weekend of champagne and jazz
Dave Ernst

Still can’t satisfy your Great Gatsby cravings even after seeing Leo on the big screen? Throw on your best flapper dress, grab some bootleg liquor, and get ready to do the Charleston at the eighth bi-annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. The party will be hosted for the second time this summer on Aug.17 and 18, and tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door (children less than 12 years old are free).

Take the chance to escape the heat of mid-August and transport yourself back into the Roaring '20s by doing the Lindy Hop to the jazz music of Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra or the vaudeville couple Gelber & Manning. Take a break from dancing to soak in the sights of the 1920s Motorcar Exhibition and commemorate the weekend by having your very own vintage-inspired portrait taken in the Sweetheart Booth.

And, of course, no party would be complete without refreshments — sample the variety of St-Germain elderflower liqueur cocktails on offer or grab a Brooklyn Brewery beer, served alongside 1920s-inspired snacks including hot popped corn and ice cream. Additionally, restaurateur Jimmy Carbone has created a Jazz Age menu for the weekend, including options like grilled bratwurst and pickles on a stick.

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If you can’t make it out to Governors Island for the festivities, throw your own '20s-inspired fete by putting on The Great Gatsby soundtrack, popping some champagne, and having friends over for oysters — no one will even remember it's 2013.