Sunday June 8th Lawn Party on Governors Island

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:

  • Charleston and Peabody Dance lessons with legends Roddy Caravella and Paul Grecki of Sandra Cameron Dance Center.

  • Bathing Beauties and Gents Vintage Swimsuit Parade!
  • Vintage ’78 records spun on a gorgeous 1920s Victor Credenza phonograph machine by Matthew Hinson (wait ‘til you see the horn on this thing!)
  • 1920s Motorcar Exhibition – lucky game winners will get a spin around the island in a genuine rumble seat; hold on to your hat!
  • Vintage clothing dealers and boutique milliners including Ellen Christine, Cassie McGregor and Leigh Magar of Magar Hatworks. They will all be peddling wares, so be sure to tuck some cash into your garter.
  • Croquet games hosted by The New York Croquet Club, Horseshoe Toss, Tug O’ War.

    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

    Ferry Schedule

    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

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