Gatsby Returns to the Gardens this July
Submitted by: Laura Niemiec
“And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
You may have arrived at the gardens in your sleek, modern, sophisticated automobile last June as you arrived at Gatsby at the Gardens, but as you left the parking lot behind, and strolled the winding path to the gardens, you found yourself immersed in another era. The path gave way to a clearing where, to your left, an expansive sea of green was sprawling with lawn games such as the likes of badminton, bocce ball and croquet along with a large white tent where party goers chatted over hors d’oeuvres and cultivated cocktails. To your right, a long reflecting pool with fountains, edged with hostas, iss surrounded by a brick pathway which leads to an arched canopy nestled under towering spurce trees.
Under the canopy you sample adult beverages, spun around the dance floor as the jazz tunes wafted over the speakers, and mingled with the beautiful crowd who came dressed to impress. The women wore bright flappers and drop waist dresses complete with gloves, deco jewelry, feathered headbands and t-strap heels while the men donned crisp suits, both formal and some a little less regimented, with vests, bow ties, and fedoras. Some opted for a more causal look with knickers, suspenders and newsboy caps.
To take a break from the masses, you may have wandered the paths and explored the gardens, posed for photographs or even played a game of croquet or two, but as the evening drew to a close, and the lamppost lights begun to glow, there was a part of you that did not want the night to end – …..or, maybe you were unable to attend last year. Well, my friends, fret not for Gatsby is returning this summer. We look forward to seeing you in your finest attire on Saturday, July 28th as we step back in time and enjoy a summer evening in the 1920’s at the Friendship Botanic Gardens.
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