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The Jazz Age!

I am excited to be part of our second annual Jazz Age Sunday Social on Sunday, March twenty-second! This is a partnered event with The Art Deco Society of Dallas. It will be an afternoon filled with Jazz from The Singapore Slingers, Razzmajazz, and Amelia Fox Trot on two vintage phonographs.

The Singapore Slingers are Matt Tolentino’s pre-Swing, 1895-1935, American orchestra since 2007. The Slingers consist of eighteen members and are completely authentic and period accurate in attire and music. The orchestra plays fox trots, waltzes, marches, one-steps, rags, tangos, castles walks, rhumbas, and the maxixe. Amelia Fox Trot is another one of our featured artists from the Austin Phonograph Company that specializes in vintage hand cranked phonograph record players. She, like Tolentino, takes her job seriously, and dresses in early 1900’s attire. Her 78-rpm records feature music from 1920’s Jazz to Texas Swing.

With great music comes memorable dances such as The Charleston, which Elaine Hewlett from the Rhythm Room will be teaching at The Village. We also want you to dress in your finest white attire because will be hosting a costume contest for those interested in Jazz Age clothing. But the fun does not stop there! We also have various games, activities, and food on site that fit into our Jazz Age Sunday Social themed event!

Now you may be asking why a 1920’s Jazz Age theme at The Village, which represents 1840 – 1910? Because The Jazz Age, as coined by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was the push from farming/pioneer culture to modern culture in America and specifically here in north Texas. Industry was booming, prosperity was growing, and life in general was good. It was not called the Roaring Twenties for nothing! Jazz was not only a swinging music genre that originated in New Orleans, but a way of life that played a significant part in massive culture changes.

Jazz Age 2Jazz is a fusion of African and European music that glorified city life. The focus was on the metropolises like Chicago and New York and these cities saw massive influxes of population. As F. Scott Fitzgerald would say, “The parties were bigger, the pace was faster, the shows were broader, the buildings were higher, the morals were looser, and the liquor was cheaper.” Jazz was not only music but also a way to rebel against traditional modest culture. The traditional role of a woman, as the Gibson girl, was gone and the new woman emerged in the form of a Flapper. These Flappers were bold, independent (with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, and also taking part in the work force after WW1), wore short dresses, pants, cropped hairstyles, and danced the night away to the Charleston. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue were the epitome of Jazz culture and still resonate with us today.

You as a guest will be lucky to participate with us at our Sunday Social, where we will be stepping back to a time of prosperity and good ‘ol fashioned Jazz Age themed fun! We encourage you to bring lawn chairs and a blanket and stay all day so you can participate in our various activities planned throughout the day. Like prohibition, all of our fun will be alcohol free. We hope to see you there!

This post was written by Guest Services Representative, Amanda Morton.