Governor’s Island

From Governors Island official calendar: Civil War Weekend 2017
Aug 12, 2017 – Aug 13
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Governors Island National Monument
Presented by the National Park ServiceMeet Union soldiers in the Soldier’s camp, watch musket and artillery firing demonstrations, and listen to Civil War music performances!

Artillery Demonstration and Small Arms Demonstration
Watch us fire a real 1860s-era cannon and demonstrate a variety of muskets soldiers would have used during that time period.

Getting There
5 Minutes from Soissons Landing 10 Minutes from Yankee Pier
3 Minutes from Soissons Landing 5 Minutes from Yankee Pier

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Jazz Age Lawn Party: June 10-11 & August 26 -27 2017

“I can’t think of a more delightful way to spend a weekend in the city“

-Bill Cunningham, The New York Times 2014

The Jazz Age Lawn Party is New York City’s original prohibition era inspired gathering. Hosted and conceived by Michael Arenella, the event started as a small gathering of perhaps fifty friends and fans. The event, initially produced by the island, was handed over to Michael in its third year to organize and grow. Under his watch, the event was carefully crafted and nurtured, becoming what is now referred to by The Wall Street Journal as, “the biggest (not to mention the cleanest and most family-oriented) regular event in the ‘Retro Noveau’ movement…” It was at this time that St-Germain joined forces with The Lawn Party, delightfully whetting the whistles of fops and flappers with their refreshing summer cocktails.

Selected by The New York Times as one of the most memorable events of 2011 and 2012, The Jazz Age Lawn Party offers a magical opportunity to travel back in time. Two weekends a year, guests are invited to discover and experience one of the most colorful and formative epochs in American history.…

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Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra hold the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island Saturday, August 13th and Sunday, August 14th. Dressing in period costume is highly encouraged. A guide for those who wish to dress in 1920s “Flapper” style: How To Wear Stockings Like A 1920s Flapper

Tickets online here.…

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A 3-D Journey through Space and Time
with Gerald Marks
Holocenter Summer Museum – Nolan Park House 19B, Governors Island, NYC
(Tickets: $12.)

To celebrate the 46th Anniversary of the moon landing Gerald Marks is presenting a special astronomy slide show in 3D.

Gerald Marks is an artist working along the border of art and science, specializing in stereoscopic 3D. He may be best known for the 3D videos he directed for The Rolling Stones during their Steel Wheels tour. He has taught at The Cooper Union,
The New School and the School of Visual Arts, where he currently teaches Stereoscopic 3D as part of the MFA program in Computer Art. He was a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Media Lab, where he worked in computer-generated holography producing One Particular Wave that is currently on view in the main gallery.


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Saturday July 11 & Sunday July 12
11am – 4pm

Four of the Transit Museum’s vintage buses are headed to Governors Island for a summer getaway! Our Vintage Bus Bash will transport visitors back to the 1940s and 1950s. Come see iconic “fishbowl” windows, the first air-conditioned bus in the country, the bus model that Jackie Gleason drove in his role on The Honeymooners, and more. No bus fare needed – this event is free!…

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Jazz Age Lawn Party

Governors Island
New York, NY

Editor’s Note
Governor’s Island turns into a 1920’s prohibition era dreamscape for the 10th annual Jazz Age Lawn Party. The summer event presents the Retro Noveau movement in all its glory, and we’re not just talking about flapper dresses, beaded pearls, and sporting suits. There are dance lessons, vintage portraits, gramophones playing classic recordings, a Charleston dance contest, and a ’20’s motocar exhibit. Roaring performances include Michael Arenella and his premier jazz age orchestra, The Dreamland Follies, known for their Art Deco spectacle, and the exuberant dance troupe Roddy Caravella and the Canarsie Wobblers, among others. Plus a picnic spot and a wild dance floor. This year promises a second stage and dance floor, new ticket package bargains, and shorter lines, Tickets are selling fast.
Sehba Mohammad

Sat Jun 13 & Sun Jun 14
Sat Aug 15 & Sun Aug 16
11AM – 5PM

 $35.00 – $900.00

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from the New York Times:

The ninth annual Jazz Age Lawn Party took place last weekend on Governors Island with Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra. Mr. Arenella, founder of the event, paid for it himself at first, and the earliest parties drew a few hundred people. Last weekend, nearly 10,000 attended, many in costume.…

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Sunday, August 24, The NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam, Colonels Row, 10 AM
The Traffic Jam is a spectator-judged vintage Volkswagen car show and picnic. With great views behind a vibrant line-up of nearly 100 Beetles, buses, dune buggies, Things, and other original VW’s circa 1950’s – 1970’s, this car show is a one-of-a-kind event for both the casual spectator and classic VW enthusiast. Because show cars ride a ferry to get to the event, registration is mandatory to secure a spot at the show. Registration opens June 30th. Registration will be first-come, first-served. Car Registration $20.00 and spectators attend for free. Visit www.vwtrafficjam.com

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