You can take the A train to Harlem, but to transport back in time to the golden age of jazz, take the 2 or 3 train to South Ferry and hop on a boat to Governors Island. That's just what the Junior Baby Hatter family did for the 10th annual Jazz Age Lawn Party, New York City's 1920's themed outdoor event that attracts 20,000 fans over two weekends. As soon as you get off the train you see the young and old and families with kids of all ages decked in flapper dresses and dapper suits waiting in line at the entrance of the ferry. Everyone participates! The enthusiasm of the crowd, braving July and August heat in three piece suits and boater hats for gentlemen and gowns and heals for the ladies, is contagious. You feel like you've traveled back in time to a whimsical and sophisticated era you romanticized about while watching black and white movies.
The dance floor is packed with people carelessly two-stepping and doing the Charleston. It also serves as the stage for a variety of acts including Roddy Caravella & the Canarsie Wobblers and the dazzling Dreamland Follies.
The Jazz age Lawn Party is the perfect mini getaway for families to picnic outdoors on the lawn, shop unique vintage finds, and dance away their cares to the soundtrack of a live jazz band.
Growing up in a colorful Caribbean family as a first-generation American gave me an appreciation for different cultures. I gravitate towards things that are eclectic, ethnic, vintage, colorful, and have multiple influences. My training in theatrical costume design satiated my obsession of different time periods and places and gave me a creative outlet through millinery and costume construction. I love hat making because hats are nostalgic yet timeless.