We have been holding the annual Parkerfest since 1999; we are going to be having a two-day affair this month. Mark your calendars for Sunday, Aug. 21, and head to Governors Island on the free ferry to the Jazz Age Lawn Party run by Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra. On Monday, Aug. 22, to mark the 118th anniversary of Mrs. Parker’s birthday, our destination is the Algonquin Hotel (of course). We’re going to have a happy hour walking tour that starts in the lobby at 6 p.m. sharp, and then return to the hotel for cocktails & toasts.
Sunday, Aug. 21, Noon-5 p.m.
Jazz Age Lawn Party & Festival on Governors Island.
Join us as we have a Sunday afternoon picnic party at one of New York’s greatest parks, the one that is located on Governors Island in New York Harbor. Dress up in period 1920s attire. Live music by Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra. A dreamy afternoon rendezvous of live music and dance, instruction in period dances, picnicking, a “best pie” judging competition, a vintage automobile exhibit, and more. The ferry ride to the island is free (transit info is here: governorsislandguide.com). Tickets are available in advance $7; $10 at the doors (kids under 12 free). Buy tickets here.
Monday, Aug. 22, 6 p.m.
Algonquin Round Table Walking Tour
Location: Algonquin Hotel, 59 W. 44th St (bet 5th and 6th Avenues)
Walk in the footsteps of the Vicious Circle in the only walking tour dedicated to the city’s greatest literary friends. See the places where the Round Table lived, worked, played and drank. You’ll visit the former homes, theaters and speakeasies associated with Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, Franklin P. Adams, Heywood Broun, Edna Ferber, George S. Kaufman and many more. The walk begins and ends in the landmark Algonquin Hotel; it will be shortened to accommodate the evening start and finish time. The walk is led by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, president of the DPS and author of “A Journey into Dorothy Parker’s New York.” RSVP to kevin (AT) dorothyparker (DOT) com.