Jazz Age lawn parties on Governors Island have become a summer staple for the dress up crowd, and the first of the season was held this weekend, transporting guests to the 1920s. Yesterday’s fete was all about retro picnic baskets and paper parasols, live big band performances, and dancing to the tones of Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra’s under a paper moon.
Accompanied by a cool breeze and blue sky, attendees spent the day doing the Charleston, drinking champagne and sweet cocktails. Partygoers of course arrived in their 1920’s finest, flaunting their long pearls, gloves, suspenders, bowties, and ever variety of head adornment.
The Jazz Age returns for a second weekend, Aug. 16 and 17 if you feel inspired to start gathering your best beaded gowns and cigarette holders (not that you can smoke on Governor’s Island).