2012, Meet the Roaring ’20s

What started out as a dreary, rainy Saturday morning quietly turned into a gorgeous, sunny afternoon just in time for the 7th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party 2012. Closely monitoring the local weather report, I was confident the rain would dissipate and the show would go on as planned.

Officially a summer tradition with my dear friends Lauren and Christine (visiting from PA), the Jazz Age Lawn Party is quite a spectacle to behold. This year, my sister Jess also joined. We all opted for the $45 VIP tickets courtesy of Gilt City — separate VIP admission line, unlimited St. Germain cocktails, three-course lunch and a $25 gift certificate to Worth & Worth. A fine deal indeed!

Imagine a speakeasy smack dab in the center of Governors Island. Except this speakeasy may not have been so secretive considering the thousands that arrived dressed to the nines in their best 1920s-inspired ensembles. And there was nothing hush-hush about the ladies and gents who graced the dance floor, the smooth summer jazz tunes that filled the air or the attentive (and attractive, might I add) bartenders clad in vests and bow ties who kept the drinks flowing.

We donned our very best 1920s impressions and set off aboard the East River Ferry to another era. Like turning a page of The Great Gatsby (I can’t wait for the movie!), Jazz Age was a storied event complete with picnicking, beautiful people and romance. Hosted by Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra and St. Germain, this event continues to grow each year. I especially loved that no one was shy about dressing up.

Speaking of dressing up, I purchased an adorable dress from eBay especially for the event. Sadly, it didn’t arrive in time so I spent all of Friday night frantically running around Williamsburg trying to settle on another outfit. I scored a great flapper dress complete with sequins and fringe from Beacon’s Closet for just $21.95. As luck would have it, the dress I ordered was waiting for me Saturday evening when we returned from our time-traveling adventure.

All in all, another fabulous event that truly left me squealing with delight. Is it next August yet?

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