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New England Vintage Arts Society

Dedicated to recreating and enjoying activities from the past

Gatsby by the Sea
August 9, Nahant Country Club
part of the Nahant Vintage Dance Week

Imagine you are about to visit Jay Gatsby’s summer estate in Newport for the party of the summer. You might need to practice your dance steps beforehand so you will look fabulous on the dance floor. Fortunately there are classes scheduled in the afternoon! You can brush up on the basics of One Step, Fox Trot, Two Step and Charleston. Fabulous! What to wear? Something exquisite for madame, of course, and for monsieur, a formal suit that is fabulously tailored.
Once you arrive at the estate, enjoy hors d’oeuvres while watching the sunset from the piazza, or stroll in the garden while sipping a cocktail (cash bar) before sitting down to a suptuous dinner. Later you’ll dance the night away to fabulous live music by the Nahant Dance Orchestra, which includes world renowned band leader Dan Levinson on clarinet and saxophone; Sue Fischer, drums; Dan Gabel, trombone; Jan Frenkel, piano; Justin Meyer, bass; Paul Monat, trumpet.
The musical program will begin with tunes of the 1910s to get our toes tapping during dinner, and continue with 1920s hot jazz to lift your spirits and call you to the dance floor. Suggested attire is formal evening wear of any era, with an emphasis on turn of the century through 1920s dress in keeping with the spirit of the evening. So jump in your Rolls Royce and head to the seaside!

What to wear?

1890 hairstyles and combs

The costume page will be ready shortly
We can help you put together a fabulous ensemble that’s the bee’s knees! Ladies and Gents are encouraged, but not required, to dress in fashions reminiscent of the era from the 1910s and 1920s. We will be putting together a guide where we will share all our best tips, hints, and resources to make you look like you just stepped out of the pages of a fashion magazine.

Where is Nahant?

1890 hairstyles and combs Our event is in one of America’s oldest summer resort towns, a one square mile town that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. It was once full of hotels and grand summer estates where anyone who was anyone went to escape the summer heat. The perfect place to spend a summer evening. The town is filled with enchanting period venues amidst refreshing ocean breezes. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to experience a summer holiday as it might have been during the Victorian, Belle Epoque, Ragtime & Jazz ages.

Other events during the dance week:

  • 1920s Silent Film with live organ acccompaniment by Jeff Rapsiss
  • Gatsby by the Sea Jazz Age Dinner & Dance with the Nahant Dance Orchestra featuring Dan Levinson and Dan Gabel
  • Evening in Vienna Victorian Ball with Spare Parts
  • Formal Afternoon Tea & Seaside Promenade
  • Costume and Dance Classes
  • Museum Tour & Shopping Excursion

New England Vintage Arts Society

P.O. Box 9, Nahant, Massachusetts 01908
phone: (781) 49-WALTZ (781-499-2589)

© 2019, New England Vintage Arts Society, All rights reserved

Last updated: 14jun2019/csb

Dance Week Registration now open, you can sign up for one day or all four days, There are many options to choose from.

Follow the link above to register for the weekend. If you have already paid a deposit enter promo codes as needed:
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Note: the details for the optional outings Monday August 12 will be available soon. Send us a message, email is best, if you have any questions or special requests.

  • Thursday: Silent Film
  • Friday: Gatsby by the Sea Jazz Age Dinner & Dance
  • Saturday: Evening in Vienna Victorian Ball
  • Sunday:Concert, Afternoon Tea & Seaside Promenade
  • Monday: Fabric Shopping & Museum Tour

Gatsby by the Sea Schedule

1:00 to 4:00pmDance Classes
6:30pmArrivals & Cocktails
8:00 to 11:00pmDancing

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