August 30, 2010

A 'Roaring' Good Time

 


On Saturday morning we packed a picnic lunch and headed to the ferry for our second trip to Governor's Island this season. This weekend the island hosted a 1920's Jazz Age Lawn Party complete with a full jazz orchestra and a dance floor on the grass!



There were tap dancers and pearls and suspenders and bow ties! Everyone was dressed to the nines. Some people got the hair and makeup so right on you'd swear they stepped out of a time machine. Not to mention the dancing! I tried to keep up with my boyfriend's swing dancing moves, but I was mostly swung around like a rag doll (he says we're a backwards couple because he always wants to dance and I... only sometimes want to dance).



And okay... Here's one of us. We tried our best with the costumes, pulling from our closets the night/morning of. We were definitely well below average on the costume scale (considering I'm not even showing you my complete outfit), but we made a solid attempt, and Adam (my boyfriend who shall henceforth be referred to by name) even had a functioning pocket watch!



Also, the tap dancer on the right (in the top left photo) is a friend of Adam's from college. He spotted her during her routine (a fun surprise!). Hope you all had a lovely weekend and a not-so-bad Monday. xo

6 comments:

Aron said...

Hey, you guys looked great! I've always wanted to know how to dance swing. Ashley and I used to dance salsa together back in Davis--but the salsa scene there was way less intimidating than it is here.
That girl in yellow could dance like crazy, right?!

Emily said...

Haha, yeah. So many amazing dancers! My boyfriend is a jazz musician and an actor. And I... well let's just say I should probably stick to the visual arts :)

Sara said...

That looks like sooo much fun! I love swing dancing! Wish I was in town last weekend. You guys look great.

Helen from Clio's Curiosities said...

My goodness, that looks like a wonderful day, I wish we had things like that in England (well we probably do, I just don't know about...)

I recently stumbled upon your blog, I forget how, and I just thought I'd say how much I love it. S interesting and inspiring! Being a lover of history and art, it was great to read some of your posts. The photos and thoughts about your parents was lovely to read, and thanks so much for introducing me to Doris Eaton Travis, I shall definately go on a hunt for that book now.

And the art you've found - wonderful. I love the carpet floor in the post below and the interactive things in Union Square - especially enjoyed the hugging strangers one, magical and ingenius! I just wish I'd been there...

Emily said...

Thanks for such a sweet comment, Helen! You made my day. Keep reading :)

Anonymous said...

Murr from Impractical Jokers in the second pic. Lol

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