What better way to celebrate the future than to step into the past?
That’s the plan for New Year’s Eve at the Armory, which plans to usher in 2018 with a party reminiscent of those nearly 100 years ago. Party organizers are channeling F. Scott Fitzgerald for a Roaring ‘20s-style Gatsby party unlike any seen in Janesville before.
“New Year’s is a time to let your hair down and go all out,” said Brett Frazier, who is involved in organizing the event. “We don’t want to do a New Year’s Eve party just to say we did one. We wanted to do something unique so we started to think about what people might think was fun ... what hasn’t been done. This was the idea.”
Guests are encouraged to dress the part. For women, that means tiaras or headbands, feather fans, long pearl necklaces and “flapper-style” knee-length slip gowns with fringe, sequins or feathers. For men, it’s about striped suits, flashy ties, Homburg hats and walking sticks.
“There are a million places to go on New Year’s Eve, and tons of things to do,” he said. “A lot of them are fun, but a lot of them are the same. Hopefully this is something unique, because the Armory prides itself on offering unique, special and memorable events.”
Despite the Prohibition-era backdrop, mint juleps, gin fizzes and all other types of libations will flow freely in the venue’s Drill Hall bar. Hors d’oeuvres also will be served throughout the evening, Frazier said.
And what would a Roaring ‘20s party be without period music stylings to keep the crowd on its feet? The Armory has booked the Gatsby Gang Jazz Band, a popular Minneapolis-based jazz combo that performs nationwide and has entertained at functions for such companies as Google, Mercedes-Benz and The Ritz Carlton.
“They will do hits from the ‘20s and offer some vintage takes on today’s hits,” Frazier said. “It should really be a blast. I can guarantee this experience will not be available anywhere else in town.”