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Updated on July 4, 2017

Jazz Age Lawn Party at Governors Island NYC

If you happen to live in New York City (or the Greater New York Area), or you happen to be vacationing here this weekend; this Saturday and Sunday is the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. You have to buy tickets for this event, they're only $15 each (children under 12 are free) and it's well worth it; the ferry is free and truth be known you can go without tickets and stay on the outskirts of the picnic and enjoy the music too.

Jazz Age Picnic Governors Island
photo © by Judy Ferony

Michael Arenella & his Dreamland Orchestra will be playing live music at this wonderful picnic, there are vendors, usually an old classic car (or two) and best part is the people dress up in period costumes. Last year when I went it was by coincidence, we had decided to go check out Governors Island and when we were on the ferry I noticed a chick in a flapper dress, then another and a another. I thought it a bit odd so I asked one of them "What gives with the flappers attire?" and they let us in on what was going on. Too funny!

Go check out the 1920's Jazz Age Picnic

* I wanted to post this today to give everyone who is in or around NYC a chance to enjoy this event. I made this Lens for the Weekend Quest and hope to add more photos after the event (these are from last year). Thanks!

Jazz Age Picnic at Governors Island

Newton Island

The First Dutch Settlement

When the Dutch first decided to drop anchor in our then bucolic and lush harbor, they found the seas teaming with otters, porpoises, bluefish, cod and a land rich with flowers, nut trees (newton), wild berries, corn and other edible plant life in abundance. The Dutch chose to settle on Newton Island (now Governors Island) for it's location in the midst of the harbor, and an island being much easier to defend from a strategic standpoint. They would be vulnerable to attack on the mainland of Manahatta (the Lanape name for Manhattan) meaning "Island of Many Hills". One can only imagine what Henry Hudson saw when he first sailed into the Narrows, it's been said that the aromatic scent of flowers would reach the sailors noses before they even laid eyes on land.

Hawking Period Clothing at the 1920's Picnic

Jazz Picnic Vending © 2012 by Judy Ferony


You can rent a bike on Governors Island - You can also bring your own bike on the ferry.

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