Every year, Michael Arnella and the Dreamland Orchestra host the Jazz Age Lawn Party. Hoards of New Yorkers flock to Governors Island dressed to the nines in vintage fashions to dance, picnic and experience one of my favorite annual parties. The place is completely transformed. When Jon and I had gone in previous years the weather was unbearably hot. This year we were blessed with perfect weather and a cool breeze that would sweep across the great lawn throughout the day.
The place is absolutely transformed. Everywhere you look people are fully outfitted in period dress. That’s part of the fun!
Also, Bill Cunningham was out snapping away and smiling all afternoon. It totally made my day to see this legend in person.
We made sure to buy our tickets early. The event is very popular and can easily sell out. We also made sure to catch the first ferry out in the morning to Governors Island. There are three options for you to choose from. You can take a free ferry from Brooklyn Bridge Park or in Midtown or you can pay to ride the East River Ferry. Make sure to get to the party as early as possible in order to stake out a prime spot. We were among the first group to arrive and found a great spot right by the pie contest table and under a great deal of shade. Speaking of which, it would be helpful to bring a parasol or a large sun hat because there is very limited shade on the lawn. We also brought some snacks and drinks with us as you can picnic on the lawn. However, there are drink and food vendors on site as well. The cocktails and food are delicious but make sure to bring cash because they don’t take credit cards.
If you missed the party in June, not to worry. Another one is set to be held in August. It’s definitely an experience that is not to be missed. I’m already looking forward to next year’s.