It won’t be long now ’til Michael Arenella’s swinging away, horn in hand, backed by a wall of golden sound courtesy of his Dreamland Orchestra. For three exclusive events this summer, the legendary host and band leader of the famed Jazz Age Lawn Parties of Governor’s Island is setting up shop in NYBG—and everyone’s got an invitation waiting! The first of our Jazz Age Evenings takes place this Thursday, June 26, leaving you with just enough time to snag a few tickets and don your finest flapper ensemble.
That’s not to say period-appropriate outfits are required, though we’re certainly all for them.
Jazz Age Evenings are a chance to not only indulge in the swing, hot jazz, and big band melodies of Arenella and his renowned band, but to indulge in a specialty cocktail and stroll through our Groundbreakers exhibition. Intimate after-dark lighting in the Conservatory sets the tone for a memorable night out unlike anything you’ll find in New York City.
This Thursday night’s opening event features a spicy take on one of my personal favorite drinks. Crabbie’s Moscow Mule combines what I’ll call a “kicked up” ginger beer with crisp vodka and a touch of lime for a drink equal parts punchy and piquant. Remember: this is only the first of three special nights at NYBG, so you’ll have other chances to join us if you miss out on this week’s opening. But don’t wait too long—tickets are available now. Oh, and for those of you looking to make a full night of it, MasterCard holders are welcome to join us for our champagne pre-party in the Shop in the Garden. More info here!
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