Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of updates. But I wanted to share with you what I did for my 26th birthday that I just couldn’t keep to myself.
My mom and I met in NYC for a birthday weekend extravaganza! First we met up with my cousin for drinks, then we walked our way to time square to see Anastasia on broadway! You have no idea how excited I was to see this. I loved the movie when I was 6 and now I’m in love with the musical 20 years later!
The next morning on my actual birthday, Mom and I took a ferry to Governor’s Island for the Jazz Age Lawn Party. People from all over the city dress up in their finest 1920s clothes and enjoy some jazz music, vintage vendors, and having a delightful picnic. Mom and I had the VIP treatment from the host himself! I made a silent film style video above to document that great party! There was a dress I wanted to buy on etsy that was from the 1920s, but seeing it was expensive, I decided to make my own version of it! My mom and I even got our photo taken with authentic 1920s cameras->
After a long and humid day under the sun, I took a quick shower at the hotel and met up with my old college friends for pizza and ice cream treat!
I usually don’t make a big fuss for my birthday. I usually go to a movie or see a baseball game, but this was by far the best birthday I ever had!
Seems a bit early in the summer for all these Governors Island vignettes to be popping up here, right? Well, that’s because after years of sautéing in the humidity of August, my friend and I finally had a novel idea: let’s pick one of the dates in June to go instead! Haha. Genius, right? As this wizened old high school English teacher of mine would have aptly scoffed, “What a bunch of Einsteins!”
I was all set to don my idling pinstripe suit when, suddenly, the morning of the affair arrived. I got out of bed. What the–? How did my apartment contract into such a suffocating mess overnight? I switched on the radio–yes, I’m still an addict–and dialed up the omnipotent 1010 WINS. Just in time, I caught Elliot Abrams reciting “It’s a good idea to bring the sun tan lotion with you today” but recoiled at his glee. I watched helplessly as my pinstriped dream quickly banished itself to the back hanger of my closet. There was no way it would participate in a reality so harshly beset upon by that fireballing outer space beach ball tossing off rays at a casual 92 degrees Fahrenheit. I’d have to settle for plain white shirtsleeves instead.
By the time I reached the Island, my friend Ella had staked out one of the best spots we’ve ever had: about 15 feet from the main dance floor. There was shade, a light breeze absconding with leaves, couples waiting in a line nearby to have their pictures taken on a half-moon rostrum, and Michael Arenella rousing the boys in his band. A few bars of “Toot, Toot, Tootsie! (Goo’bye)” and couples began shifting over the floor. Most were adorned in period fare, but a few went rogue and bounced around cheerily in shorts and tank tops. As “Tootsie” soared into an epilogue of freewheeling mischief, the master step-takers bloomed like lilies and locked up aspiring eyes from revelers across the crowd. Two gentlemen in particular–from different generations wearing identically suspended pink-patterned trousers–were amazing. Their white shoes tapped so smoothly in synchronous rhythm that the other dancers parted to enjoy their aerobics. The pair kept smiling as their cufflinks went blazing in the sun.
(Photos by Riff Chorusriff. Scenes from the 2017 Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. June 11, 2017. Previously:
Today I spent the day in period clothing out on Governor’s Island for the 10th Jazz Age Lawn Party. When I started getting a bit too crispy in the sun I decided to walk around and snap some pictures of the other attendees. I’ll have a full gallery up on Monday, but for now here’s a taste. Check out our Instagram (@racialicious) for others! - KJ
Cheers to another thoroughly enjoyable Jazz Age Lawn Party! Thanks to the St. Germain booth for the lovely printed event takeaways - I now know slightly more than I did [which was admittedly very little] about Elderflower Liquor.