Monday, July 8, 2013

The Riverboat Ball Bringing 1920's Back For Some Romance. Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra

On Thursday evening, Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra embarked on
the crew's first ever Riverboat Ball on the Hudson River.
On board, 250 guests enjoyed oysters, shrimp and Champagne, not to mention the
joy of dressing up in 1920s garb. On the dance floor were ladies in pearls,
feathered headbands and flapper dresses and gentlemen in straw boater hats,
seersucker suits and suede oxfords.

Jazz music arrived in New York by way
of riverboat bands from the South, he
said. This bit of history led him to the
idea of throwing a Fourth of July party
aboard the Queen of Hearts riverboat.

"There are plenty of tourist-trap boats
going around the island, so I wanted to
create something different with a
romantic undertone and make people
feel happy and want to celebrate," he
said. "I didn't want it to be obvious. I
wanted it to feel private, like something
you had to discover. I turned this boat
into a floating speakeasy for a night."

Mr. Arenella  did just what he set out to do. Bring fun people together while making you feel that you were back in time, just for a little while. The flowing champagne, the view of the fireworks and the horns in the background, made this gala event such a success. Cant wait till next years party!

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