For two weekends each summer, the Dreamland Orchestra hosts a Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. People get ridiculously into it and it's fun to see the result. So after finding some vaguely vintage-looking outfits, Lis and I grabbed a picnic lunch at Trader Joe's and headed down to the ferry.
Not the ferry, but cool.
The ferry, with Brooklyn in the background.
We followed the costumed throng off the boat and walked to the fenced-in area in which the lawn party is held. Seeing the line to get in, we decided to have our picnic lunch on the grass outside.
Or $8 ~sangria~Once we'd finished eating, the line had died down, we went in and wandered around, checking out booths of vintage-inspired items, the old cars, the over-priced food and drink, and best of all, the dance floor.
The lawn party was fun, but at a pretty steep cost of $30. (Each year, the popularity and price go up.) It's great if you're a photographer or into early 20th century dance - I was in photo safari heaven! Lis was ready to leave after a couple of turns around the ground, so we went to explore the rest of the island.
We didn't get a chance to check out Fort Jay, but seeing the entry as we left reminded me I need to get out my National Parks passport book and get it stamped this summer!