The ‘20’s are back in full swing!
by Holly Wilensky
Sep 02, 2010 | 31542 views | 0 0 comments | 836 836 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The Roaring Twenties were brought back to life this past weekend at Governor’s Island. The bi-annual Jazz-Age Lawn Party was the place to step back into history for the end-of-summer blowout. With a vintage motorcar exhibition, Michael Arnella and his Dreamland Orchestra and fabulous 1920s fashion at every turn, how could you not feel like you'd just stepped out of a time machine?

The Vaudeville scene was in full effect with St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur cocktails, picnic blankets, people dressed to impress and a full-on game of Tug-of-War. The spirit of the event was to honor the excitement, drama and fashion of the 1920s era of gambling, dancing, drinking and jazz.

The costumes were absolutely outstanding with women in long beaded necklaces, t-strap shoes, drop waist dresses topped off with hats and dramatic parasols. Their beaus wore caps, knickers, knee socks, ties and barbershop quartet-style straw hats. The leader of the Dreamland Orchestra, Michael Arnella, was the showstopper as crooned jazz tunes through his old-fashioned microphone and a megaphone. WFMU’s Antique Phonograph Music Program played ’78 records on a real phonograph for all to dance to.

The mustaches and canes were too many to count during the Charleston lessons taught by dance legend Roddy Caravella. If you forgot your hat or didn’t know what to wear, you were covered as Odd Twin Vintage Clothing ( of Park Slope along with The Village Scandal of Manhattan (19 E. 7th Street) were on hand to suit all of your 1920s style needs.

The live dance and jazz solo performances, pie recipe contest and parade of hats finished off the day as the sun went down bringing the festival to a close. Check out Time Out New York to get the full scoop on where and how to live the 1920s lifestyle.

Wanna jazz it up? Go to ( to have Michael Arnella and his Dreamland Orchestra pull you back in time. If styling your way back to the 1920s entices you, then head to Instant Replay at 7220 Austin Street in Forest Hills or Guvnor’s Vintage Thrift ( at 178 5th Avenue in Park Slope to get dapper for the next 1920s gala.

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