This Weekend, Pretend You’re in The Great Gatsby

Photo: C. Holly Van Voast

Have you ever let your mind wander while reading Hemmingway or Fitzgerald, and wonder what it might have been like to live during their time?  Have you ever thought about the authors of the “Lost Generation” and wished that you could have been a part of the roaring twenties?  If you answered no, watch this trailer for the new Great Gatsby movie and then get back to me.

I’ve got some good news and some bad news for you.  First, the bad news is that the roaring twenties have come and gone, and that lavish, free-wheeling lifestyle may have led to the Great Depression.  Also, The Great Gatsby, while a great piece of literature, is fiction.  It didn’t actually happen.

The good news: who cares!  This weekend on Governors Island is the Jazz-Age Lawn Party featuring Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra.  Dress up like you’re on your way to Gatsby’s mansion to wine and dine with West Egg’s finest.  Grab your partner for the Charleston Dance Contest or take some lessons and learn how.  The 1920’s are back in New York this weekend, so let’s have some fun!

The party will be held on both Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m.  Advance tickets are sold out, but entry is available at the door for $15 on a first-come, first-served basis.


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