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Enjoy a game of croquet or horseshoes! Photo by Rhonda Williams

Brought to you by Dallas Heritage Village and the Art Deco Society of Dallas, the 2nd Annual Dallas Jazz Age Sunday Social promises to be one of the largest, grandest vintage-inspired events Dallas has ever seen. New York and Los Angeles both proudly boast large scale lawn parties such as this, and it’s time Dallas has such an event to call its own!

The Jazz Age Sunday Social is a throwback to a simpler time in America’s past. A full day is planned to take all who attend back to another time and place - to an era of flappers and sheiks.

Guests will know that they’ve come to the right place, as the sounds of Bill Flynt and his 1923 Tangley steam calliope fill the air with a joyous, happy sound. As guests enter the grounds, they will walk past a collection of antique automobiles, including an assortment of Model A Fords from Vintage Coach, a locally based classic automobile association. These cars will be available for rides, too!

As the guests proceed out onto the lawn, they will be greeted by the sight of the newly restored Van Cleave bandstand… and on that bandstand? The 18-piece Singapore Slingers. The Singapore Slingers feature a repertoire of traditional jazz from the 1920s and 1930s, and their upbeat music is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face. The grounds surrounding the bandstand will be filled with the sight of the crowd enjoying their picnic lunches on blankets and lawn chairs. A portable dance floor will be set up for those who wish to dance to the joyous sounds of the Singapore Slingers. Razzmajazz Dixieland band will also perform! For those who’d like to brush up their dancing skills, Elaine Hewlett from the Rhythm Room dance studio will be teaching everyone the Charleston and other era dances.

Guests will be encouraged to check out the vendors who will be present including Savannah Hoffman Designs and Ahoy Cruises (vintage-inspired cruises). Guests are also welcome to wander Dallas Heritage Village and tour the historic buildings on the grounds.

Carnival Barker’s Ice Creams will be on hand with their delicious frozen confections, made right here in Dallas. Dallas Heritage Village will be selling soft drinks and lemonade, as well as popcorn and cotton candy from their vintage popcorn wagon.  Easy Slider Food Truck will also be on site. After the guests have enjoyed their lunch and ice cream, we invite them to return to the lawn and try their hand at a game or two of croquet and horseshoes.

All guests are encouraged to dress in the finest whites and/or vintage duds. There will be a costume contest in addition to the afternoon’s festivities- a chance to win prizes from area shops and restaurants like Curiosities and St. Martin’s.

Dallas Heritage Village is the ideal setting for the event, with its lush greens, new bandstand, and historic setting. The Jazz Age Sunday Social takes place at 1515 S. Harwood St. in Dallas, 75215. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday March 22, 2015. Admission is just $10, and children 12 and under are free. This year, a limited number of patron tickets ($25) will be available including entry at 11 a.m. (an hour before event begins), a more exclusive dance lesson with Elaine Hewlett of the Rhythm Room at 11:30, and a code for $10 off tickets to Dallas Heritage Village’s April 25 fundraiser History with a Twist. Patron tickets must be purchased by Friday, March 20 and will not be available at the door.

 This will be one of the biggest vintage-inspired events Dallas has ever seen.  Won’t you be a part of it?

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