Fitzgerald Gala goes intercontinental at Historic Union Station in Montgomery, Alabama.
Dance the Charleston dressed as Flappers and Dappers for the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Gala in Montgomery’s historic train shed and secret speakeasy.
Sequins, gin, jazz, and too much fun fueled the roaring 1920s and, thanks to Zelda Fitzgerald’s southern roots, they can fuel you, too.
On May 6, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. until Midnight, history, literature and music lovers are invited to embrace their inner Gatsby or Daisy. In Montgomery, Alabama, the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum will hold its 23rd Annual Gala to celebrate to life and times of the distinguished author Scott and Montgomery native painter and dancer Zelda.
For the first time, the annual Gala will be held at the Historic Union Station under the theme ‘Intercontinental’, celebrating the famous Fitzgerald’s travels around the world. The Gypsy Cornbread Band will enliven the southern night air, with a grand showcase of hors d’oeuvres from several Montgomery caterers, plus complimentary wine and a cash bar. Accompanying the “Jazz Age” party of epic proportions will be a silent auction to include international art, getaways, and vintage gowns and jewelry. At a past gala, a diamond ring was scooped up in a live portion of the auction and then immediately placed on the hand of a lucky flapper whose military man fell to his knee and proposed marriage! She said “Yes!” and the couple later married on the Museum grounds.
Also for the first time, you can bid to stay overnight at the Museum when it opens the upper living quarters of the Fitzgerald’s home for visitors through Airbnb this June. The two-bedroom apartment will boast high-end linens, vintage furniture, crystal for afternoon Manhattans, and the time-travel feel of staying in a classic 1920s New York apartment. This event is also the Museum’s largest fundraiser, setting the annual budget and helping to support the lecture series, literature award, and day-to-day museum activities.
Post-gala, a secret speakeasy location will be revealed to VIP ticket holders to continue the reverie until Midnight. A visit to the museum and a luncheon the following day will complete a weekend of play in Montgomery.
“Why should all life be work, when we can all borrow. Let’s think only of today and not worry about tomorrow.”
– Zelda Fitzgerald
Odds of Encountering Children: Very low. The event is aimed at an adult audience; a few high school students will be attending as part of a graduation gift.
– Image & photo courtesy Fitzgerald Museum; photos by Thomas Lucas