What Does Dorothy Parker, Battle of the Bulge & ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Have in Common?

25 Jan

{What Does Dorothy Parker, Battle of the Bulge & ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Have in Common?} ... Themes of three amazing historical and vintage events happening this weekend!

Feeling the hot jazz at Wit's End, these flappers modify their Charleston for a close hold.

It’s pretty obvious — I am “into” vintage. But why? Well, the answer stems from my adoration of people, places and their stories — in other words, history. To me, vintage is the closet I will come to the historical events and eras of the 20th century.

If wearing vintage is like touching the hem of history, then going to vintage nouveau events is like getting a small hit from a bygone age. And this weekend is no exception. In fact, there are three amazing events occurring in the Tri-State region — all on Saturday, one in each New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Since I haven’t earned my super-woman wings just yet, I’ll only be attending two of three … However, it means we’ll have a good chance of bumping into each other. Yet the only crime worse than not time-traveling together, will be if you completely miss out on the nostalgic fun. After all, history is only made once …

Living history reenactors commemorate the Battle of the Bulge at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., in this undated photo.

Battle of the Bulge: 66th Commemoration
Saturday, January 29: 10AM to 2:30PM
Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, Pa.

Stand on the field of one of our nation’s training facilities which prepared troops heading to the battle fronts of World War II. At your back are the original 1940s barracks while hundreds of living history reenactors draw battle lines complete with heavy vehicles and armaments, as well as a German field hospital. Honor living and fallen veterans at the wreath laying ceremony. Shake the hand of true American idols and learn something new that history books could hardly fathom. No fee, nor tickets required — after all, history is priceless! For more info

The Jazz Babies Ball
Saturday, January 29: 7PM to Midnight
Flute Bar, Midtown Manhattan
205 W 54th Street

It’s more than putting on the ritz, it’s the monthly celebration of the jazz age with vintage cocktails, dancing and live hot jazz … Oh, and it’s held in a legitimate Speakeasy, one of the many New York boasted of during the Prohibition, but one of the few which still have its original trappings. Complete with a free dance lesson at 8:30PM, cutting the rug in earnest starts at 9 as Marquis W. Howell II appears with The Hobohemians of Ancient Jazz. Vintage attire of the 1920s-1940s is encouraged and evening attire is required. Tickets: $12.
For more info

Swing Dance-Off
Saturday, January 29: 6PM to Midnight
Ocean Ballroom, Bally’s, Atlantic City, NJ

As continued celebration of Atlantic City’s rich history that went into techna-color overdrive in the 1920s, Caeser’s Entertainment’s event is co-sponsored by Yehoodi.com, the international Web site on all things swing.

Channeling the big bosses of the “Boardwalk Empire,” the event will feature a sizzling 6-hour dance off as flappers bring their best Charlestons in hope of going home with some extra loot — $5,000 is up for grabs in the Style and Stamina competition categories. And, with the likes of Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra, as well as The Boilermakers Jazz Band setting the pace, the floor will be hotter than a cat on a hot tin roof. A dance lesson is offered from 5:30 to 6PM and dancers are asked to dress authentically for the 1920s. For more info


One Response to “What Does Dorothy Parker, Battle of the Bulge & ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Have in Common?”


  1. January Recap « Reenactors Gazette - February 19, 2011

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