Join several hundred aficionados of the 1920's and 30's as they step back to a time when elegance was a way of life...at the Gatsby Summer Afternoon the panoramic front lawn of the historic Dunsmuir Helman House becomes the stage on which every participant dresses in vintage-day wear styles of the era..they play, picnic, sip champagne and dance; the Charleston and Fox Trot was all the rage...it is reminiscent of a scene from the famous 1925 novel - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald's.."Can't repeat the past? Why of course you can!" Jay Gatsby.
Gatsby Summer Afternoon Features:
Dancing is just one of the Gatsby Summer Afternoon Delights!
-Don Neely’s Royal Society Jazz Orchestra
-Gatsby Summer Afternoon
-The Crowning of Miss Art Deco
-Vintage Cars Enjoy Dozens of Art Deco Era Autos on Display. There is a contest for best vintage auto.
-Wine Tasting by LeVin Winery—
-Picnic Competition, including the new People's Choice Picnic Award...stop by the Membership table to find out how you can vote.
-Dunsmuir House Tours Complimentary House Tours 2pm to 3pm
-A Fashion Parade show off your vintage style and win prizes for best vintage outfit. Prizes for ladies, gents and children!
-Dance Demos featuring your favorites like the Foxtrot, Charleston or Lindy & a dance contest you can enter.
Vintage Car Owners!
Afternoon attire from 1920's- early 1940's (or reasonable facsimile) is required. Find tips on our How to Gatsby pages. Guests also bring period-perfect picnics complete with silver, crystal, linens, china...to simple wicker baskets on vintage print tablecloths. There is no food or drink available at the site so you must bring your own.
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