Feed the Hungry’s Great Gatsby Party
By Janice Zimolzak
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel was hardly a runaway best seller. Even though it had been made into a silent film the following year, Fitzgerald died in 1940 believing that he was a failure and his work had been forgotten. The film itself is lost, but the novel experienced a revival during WWII, and by the 1950s, The Great Gatsby had become a part of America’s high school curricu-lum. Fitzgerald had captured the glamour, newfound freedom, easy money, and relaxed social values of the Roaring ’20s. Gatsby and his parties have come to define an entire decade. A Great Gatsby party holds the promise of opulence and elegance, and Feed the Hungry’s event on February 21 will not disappoint.
Great Gatsby Party
To Benefit Feed the Hungry
Sun, Feb 21, 2pm
Rosewood San Miguel de Allende
Nemesio Diez 11
Victor Hugo Ramos and the 30-piece Orquesta Sinfónica de San Miguel will entertain with the music of the times. Patty Arietta, a choreographer and professional dancer, and eight “flappers” will not only perform but also will help you brush up on your Charleston, foxtrot, and the like. If “cutting a rug” is not your style, wander over to the roulette and blackjack tables, where you can win big prizes for small stakes.
The menu, created by the chefs at Rosewood, has been influenced by the pages of Fitzgerald’s novel. The decor and ambiance, inspired by the Gatsby films, will be enhanced by the spacious and lovely Rosewood Lawn. Don’t forget that the entrance to the lawn is on Cardo, across from St. Paul’s.
Shop till you drop for fine art that includes a museum-quality vessel from renowned ceramist, Gustavo Pérez, a life-size, metal sculpture from up and coming young artist Jim Smith, designer jewelry from Piedras, and several high-quality paintings. Covetable items from more than a dozen galleries at La Aurora include offerings from Hilo Negro, Aquimia, and Rachel Horn. There will be classes, sessions with interior designers, jewelry, wine, and fashion. Need a vacation? An exceptional beach home at one of Mexico’s most desirable locations and an urban home in an exciting US city are being offered. You dine at your favorite or soon to be favorite restaurants, including The Restaurant, Zuma, Berlin, and the hot new spot Mi Casa Bistro by 2 Suecos and Gil Guitérrez. Whatever catches your fancy will be among the best that San Miguel has to offer.
For a preview of a Great Gatsby party, three films are available. The 1949 version stars Betty Field and Alan Ladd and features Macdonald Carey, Ruth Hussey, and Shelley Winters. The 1974 version, directed by Jack Clayton with screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and costumes by Edith Head, showcases Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby and Mia Farrow as Daisy. The 2013 Hollywood epic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire won Oscars for best production design and best costume design. Critics felt the film lacked loyalty to the book.