On Sunday June 22nd, I attended the 1920s themed “Gatsby Garden Party” at Spadina House.
Activities included croquet,
lunching on the grounds,
enjoying the sounds of several live bands playing good ol’ timey music,
taking dancing lessons out by the garage (which was actually a beautiful two-storey stone building with a peaked roof – see here),
strolling the grounds with old and new friends,
hanging around the lemonade stand,
and partaking in the costume contest.
Here are some of the contestants in all their finery.
Some particularly dapper-looking gentlemen:
This woman was wearing an authentic 1920s wedding dress.
A lady and her friend – the lady golfer.
1920s bathing costume.
Other honourable mentions:
The crowd thoroughly enjoyed the costume parade.
The costume contest winners are seen here:
The grand prize for costume went to this lady, who wore an authentic 1920s day dress and hat. I think it was well deserved.
The museum itself (the house) was also available for viewing. The interior design has recently been restored to its 1920s grandeur, complete with the original furniture as well as furnishings and housewares recreated using photographs and fabric samples left by the former owners (the Austin family).
Preparing a drink in the kitchen made from freshly squeezed lemons and oranges, mixed with ginger ale.
Master bedroom (with modern fan added – there was no a/c in the 1860s when the house was built):
Master bath, complete with heating element for shaving cream:
The house and flower gardens:
Imagine the fun parties – day and night – that would have taken place here in decades past!
Here is yours truly (I couldn’t resist taking a selfie this time):
Here is me and my gentleman friend, enjoying the party by relaxing on the lawn.
We had our photo taken so many times that day! One stranger was so enthralled with us that he insisted on taking this couples portrait:
Here we are enjoying the sunshine.
We had a great time! I plan to attend the party again next year!