The Jazz Age Lawn Party is one of my favorite events of the year in NYC. If you know me, you know I love a party. So I don’t use the word favorite lightly here. Just in case you haven’t heard me mention the Jazz Age Lawn Party before, it’s a yearly event that transforms the historic and beautiful Governor’s Island Colonels’ Row into a 1920s soiree complete with amazing live music and entertainment. Attendees are encouraged (although not required) to dress in period appropriate attire. People COMMIT to their ensemble for the day. These aren’t merely Halloween flapper costumes you can pick up at any costume store. Each year I am more impressed with the attendees’ efforts. Seeing so many people dressed so beautifully, dancing and picnicking in the shade of giant trees with the sounds of a full jazz band is a transformative experience.
I am so sad to say that I was unable to attend the picnic either weekend this year, for the first time in many years. But, the crazy year I’ve had means I never even posted the images I took of last year’s picnic, so I’ll finally share them now.
Last year marked the event’s 10th anniversary. My friends and I started attending the 4th summer of the picnic and instantly felt like we belonged. It has become our tradition not only costume ourselves in the most creative, period-inspired costumes we can concoct, but to throw ourselves a civilized, elegant picnic. Last year I think we really, truly outdid ourselves, in large part to the efforts of my friends Haven, Lauren and Rebecca. Thank you ladies for your culinary and prohibition-breaking talents. Also, for looking so beautiful to sit next to (even the sweet Mr. Bill Cunningham couldn’t resist snapping a few shots of us!). I’m sorry I missed the festivities this year. I promise to come back next year with flair (and gin, lots of gin).