Avalon Ball – May 12th

The 10th anniversary staging of the world famous Avalon Ball kicks off this coming Saturday May 12 at 6 pm! Hundreds of your Art Deco and dancing friends have already made arrangements to be there on this auspicious night—don’t miss out!

There’s still time to purchase your advance admission to the most exciting, romantic event of the year and be there when we celebrate a decade of vintage magic at the completely restored—and simply spectacular—Art Deco Casino Ballroom. With a 10,000-square-foot dance floor (yes, you read that right!) surrounded by romantic ocean views, there is plenty of room to foxtrot, swing and tango the night away to the authentic big band music of Dean Mora & the Avalon Ball Dance Band.

Special Anniversary Extras!

  • No-host “Speakeasy” at the Avalon Grille following the Ball
  • Member prices for the Catalina Island Museum’s 25th Anniversary Silent Film Benefit on Saturday – save 15%
  • Member prices for tickets to the Silent Film Benefit Patron’s Ball on Friday – save 38%
  • Click here for more details!

Advanced Tickets:
     $35 for Art Deco Society of Los Angeles Members
     $45 for Non-members
Tickets at Door (May 12, 2012):
     $45 for Art Deco Society of Los Angeles Members
     $55 for Non-members

Picnic with Gatsby

What a delightful afternoon I had prancing around the Historic Dunsmuir Helman Estate at the The 27th Annual Gatsby Summer Afternoon! There was hardly enough time to take everything in. All the guests were dressed to the nines in their best 1920-1940s daywear and they even brought red wagons filled with picnic baskets, lemonade, all the fixing for Mint Juleps, pie, scones, and scotch. And to make sure they were comfortable while dining, many people brought their picnic blankets and chairs. One group even brought a rug, six wicker chairs, a tea set, punch bowl, a well stocked bar, and an enormous umbrella. Needless to say, they were the picnic champs of the afternoon.


Pictures from my phone, Kevin St. Laurent, Walter Nelson, and Kim Yasuda

I had not attended this party before so I prepared for the live music to be mediocre, but instead it was marvelous! The Don Neely’s Royal Society Jazz Orchestra was killin’ it all afternoon, and so much so that within moments of arriving, Kevin and I hit the dance floor to bal. Yup, that’s right, we did Balboa and we were cutting sick (for us)! Hehe, ok, perhaps not the ideal choice of words when describing one’s (1) balboa dance at (2) a vintage garden party, but eh….it’s my post. DISCLAIMER: Kevin and I do not claim to be balboa dancers. We can do it to some degree, but we are no means as skilled as someone like Mickey and Kelly, nor do we claim to be.

So anyways…had a sweet dance with Kevin and then my hair managed to undo itself. I redid my hair, introduced myself to a number of people, and saw some familiar faces from the past like Michael (of Michael and Persephone), Jane Barnes, Jason Hesse, Chris Lee, and Rusty Frank. I ate, I drank, I chased Kevin around with a camera and took various photos of him, and I danced twice more. The shim sham came on and I think every lindy hopper there hit the floor. Shortly after that, there was a partnered Charleston Contest which Kevin and I won. We are now the 2011, Art Deco Society, Great Gatsby Picnic, Partnered Charleston Champions! What a mouthful. *smile To be perfectly honest, our Balboa dance at the beginning of the afternoon was MUCH more spectacular than what we did on the competition floor, but regardless, we graciously accepted first…..and then I had to redo my hair again.

There was more drinking and mingling….and then the party was done. As the sun sat lower in the sky, people packed up their picnic baskets, folded up their blankets, loaded up their wagons, and the vintage cars rumbled away. The afternoon was reminiscent of a dream. It all happened so quickly and then it was done. As I type about it now, sitting in front of my trusty Mac in my modern pajamas, it doesn’t quite feel real. Thank goodness for photos….and a first place ribbon.

Gatsby Summer Afternoon

Guess what I’m doing tomorrow?

The Art Deco Society Of California Presents
The 27th Annual Gatsby Summer Afternoon

Sunday, September 11, 2011 1-6PM

Dunsmuir Helman Historic Estate
2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94615

On the second Sunday in September the Art Deco Society of California hosts its annual Gatsby Summer Afternoon at the historic Dunsmuir Helman House in Oakland California.

The Gatsby Summer Afternoon lets several hundred aficionados of the 1920s and 30s step back to a time when elegance was a way of life and the Charleston and Fox Trot were all the rage. This is not a spectator event; every guest is part of the scene in their vintage best. From 1-6 p.m. the panoramic Dunsmuir front lawn becomes the stage on which all participants play, picnic, dance, and sip champagne; reminiscent of a scene from The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel of 1925.

Featuring:

Gatsby Summer Afternoon

Dancing is just one of the Gatsby Summer Afternoon Delights!

Don Neely’s Royal Society Jazz Orchestra
With Carla Normand
Dance to RSJO’S Authentic Jazz Era Arrangements

The Great Gatsby Bathing Beauty Revue With
The DecoBelles

Toast the Crowning of This Year’s Miss Art Deco

Grand Motor Car Exhibit
Enjoy Dozens of Art Deco Era Autos on Display

Wine Tasting
Wine provided by LeVin Winery—Commemorative Wine Glass $5

Dunsmuir House Tours
Complimentary House Tours 2pm to 3pm

Prizes will be awarded:
Best Auto, Best Costumes for Ladies, Gents and Children, Best Picnics, Petite to Grand, Best Charleston

A Fashion Parade at which you can show off your vintage style in a promenade before our stage!

Dance Demos featuring your favorites like the Foxtrot, Charleston or Lindy

Surprises every year!

With everyone attending this event in period fashion, the effect is amazing! Guests bring period-perfect picnics, with elaborate spreads, complete with silver, crystal, linens and china; to simple wicker baskets on vintage print tablecloths.

Afternoon attire from 1920-1940 (or reasonable facsimile) is required.

Some places to find clothing:

Clothing: Vintage and Custom

Anna Newman Vintage Fashion
1125 El Camino Real
San Carlos, Ca. 94070
(650) 631-1600
www.anewmanvintage.com

Costume Party
Wearable vintage for men & women
1058 Hyde Street (at California)
San Francisco Ca 94109
(415) 885-3377
Mon – Sat. 11am – 7pm Sun. 12 – 6pm
www.costumepartysf.com

By Kimberly Manning Aker and Sara Klotz de Aguilar

Decades of Fashion
Great selection for men, women & children
1740 Haight St (between Cole St & Shrader St)
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 668-8202

Fascination – Antique Trove
Especially accessories! By appointment
1119 Industrial Road, Space #12
San Carlos, CA.
(510) 793-5895

La Rosa Vintage
Finest men’s & women’s vintage
1711 Haight Street (between Cole St & Shrader St)
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 668-3744

Recapture Vintage Bridal Designs
Retro & custom ~ accessories ~ gifts
5405 College Ave.
Oakland, CA
(510) 530-5828

ReVamp
Limited edition vintage re-creations
Platt Building 834 South Broadway Suite 1200
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 488-3387
www.revampvintage.com

Shadows
San Anselmo
415.459.0574
www.shadowsjewelry.com

Theresa LaQuey Couture
Custom designs
(510) 635.6554
www.theresalaquey.com

Torso Vintages
A rare collection ~ women’s & men’s
272 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 391-3166