Don’t miss the first Dorothy Parker Society party on Governors Island! It will be Sunday, June 8th, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the beautiful and historic national landmark. Come dressed in 1920s clothes for a lawn party with live music and dancing, or wear a vintage swimsuit and enter the pageant! Pack a picnic basket and bring your lunch and drinks for the day, take along a blanket too. The DPS will have a good spot staked out.
Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra invites you join us on this hidden gem just off the southeastern tip of Manhattan, nestled in the heart of majestic New York Harbor.
Under a shady grove of centuries-old trees, caressed by fresh sea air, a sprawling green surrounded by historic officers’ quarters and 18th century naval ramparts becomes the setting for a true Gatsby affair. Widely anticipated by flappers, sporting gents and tiny tots alike, this event has been featured annually by The New York Times.
In addition to Michael Arenella’s 11-piece Dreamland Orchestra, Gypsy-Jazz virtuoso Stephane Wrembel and band will join us on Sunday; his guitar-driven band serves up “Le Jazz Hot” like no other.
A wide array of music, activities, games and contests are open for all ages to enjoy:
Schedule Sunday, June 8th
Note: You must take the 11 am ferry to catch the first act; complete ferry schedule at bottom of page. (All games, vendors and exhibitions run throughout the day)
11:30 – 12:00 Matthew Hinson spins his vintage Victrola Credenza while you stake out your picnic spot!
12:00 – 1:00 Stephane Wremble, Gypsy-Jazz a la Django
(Take the 11 am ferry at the latest to catch this act; you don’t want to miss him!)
1:00 – 1:45 Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra – Set I
1:45 – 2:30 Beginners’ Peabody lesson with Paul Grecki
2:45 – 3:30 Bathing Beauties and Gents Vintage Swimsuit Parade! (3:15)
Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra – Set II
3:30 – 4:15 Advanced Peabody lesson with Paul Grecki
4:15 – 5:00 Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra – Set III
The Ferry is free. Ferries depart on the hour from downtown Manhattan to Governors Island:
9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm
Ferries return to downtown on the half hour from Governors Island to Manhattan :
10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm , 3:30pm, 4:30pm , and 5:30pm, and 6:30pm (final boat leaves at 7pm)
Governors Island Ferry
10 South Street, in lower Manhattan
Just northeast of the Staten Island Ferry
R train to Whitehall Street