Jazz Age on the Delaware


Jul 29, 2017 – 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM

5001 Grant Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19114 Map

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- Philadelphia’s premiere roaring Twenties party to draw guests from around the region to outdoor lawn party at the last Gilded Age mansion on the Delaware River -

Philadelphia, PA -- Jazz Age on the Delaware will return on Saturday, July 29, from 11:00am to 5:00pm, on the estate of Glen Foerd on the Delaware. Enjoy open-air merriment with 1920’s music and dancing, live entertainment, dance lessons, elaborate picnics, vintage-inspired food and drink, vintage shopping, mansion tours, lawn games, antique automobiles, pie baking and fashion contests, and much more. Plan to step out in your best period attire and celebrate the elegance of the era.

Tickets are on sale now at Children 12 and under are free. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Glen Foerd’s new environmental programs.

Glen Foerd on the Delaware is one of Philadelphia’s most beautiful public parks and historic sites. The Gilded Age estate, which boasts a beautiful mansion and numerous outbuildings, will serve as the grand host for the roaring Twenties party. Step through the estate’s front gates and travel back to a time when the Charleston was all the rage on the dance floor, hemlines and hairstyles were on the rise, and libations went underground with Prohibition.

“Jazz Age on the Delaware is a day to experience and partake in the free-spirited fun so prevalent in the 1920s,” said Executive Director Meg Sharp Walton. “Guests will come as close as they’ll ever get to an era where it seemed as though good times would never end.”

Revelers will enjoy an experience that brings together the best of 1920s music, dancing, fashion, food, drink and more. All festivities listed below will take place on the Glen Foerd grounds at 5001 Grant Avenue, and are included with the price of admission (unless otherwise noted). The rain date is Sunday, July 30 th . Tickets are non-refundable.

For more information about Jazz Age, visit or call (215) 632-5330, follow @phillyjazzage on Twitter and like Jazz Age on the Delaware on Facebook.


Jazz Age on the Delaware presents the bees knees of entertainment from Philadelphia and New York City. The line-up will include:

Dandy Wellington & His Band - With a passion for obscure songs steeped in the Jazz tradition, Dandy Wellington has assembled a catalog of music that invokes an atmosphere of class. From the golden age of cinema, to the bounce of New Orleans, each song is hand selected and played to perfection by a band cut from the cloth of elegance.

Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society – Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society specialize in playing jazz, blues, and pop music from 1900-1934. With a focus on the Jazz Age, this ensemble boasts an extensive catalog of songs that will surely get you dancing.

The Gin Canaries – The Gin Canaries have Miss Christa Hackenberg and Paul Salter on vocals (and horns), Louis Marchesani on guitar and banjo, and David Graves on the keys. Each member shares a love of the jazz era and together, these birds bring it back to life.

The Minsky Sisters – The Minksy Sisters are swingin’ and shufflin’, tappin’ and flappin’ their way around speakeasy street, hoping to give you a glimpse of what has been referred to as “sizzle!”

The Old City Sweethearts – The Old City Sweethearts are ready to tap their shoes and cut a rug! These lovely ladies from Philadelphia can turn any party or event into a real vintage soirée.

If your toes start tapping and you find that you don’t know the moves, complimentary Charleston lessons will be provided on the dance floor under the blue skies.


Prohibition may have been law, but in the Twenties, rules were meant to be broken. Enjoy vintage-inspired cocktails, as well as handcrafter beer, while enjoying the sights and sounds of Jazz Age on the Delaware. Cocktails feature Bluecoat American Dry Gin, handcrafted right here in Philadelphia – the birthplace of America. Bluecoat represents the pinnacle of artisanal craft spirits. The distillery, tasting room and event space is located in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Our beer sponsor, Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, is a craft brewery and taproom operating in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Saint Benjamin’s interprets classic styles and design new creations such as the India Cream Ale and Junto, a coffee kolsch. The brewery, taproom and restaurant is located in the historic carriage house and stables of the defunct Theo Finkenauer Brewery.

Jazz Age tips the hat to Prohibition days with no outside spirits allowed on premises. All guests must be 21 or older to drink.

There are two options for your dining pleasure. Bring a picnic basket chock full of your homemade cuisine, or choose from delicious dishes from the area’s best food trucks. Don’t forget to bring a blanket to relax on the lawn! NO outside alcohol is allowed.


Dust off your grandmother’s recipe box, get out your rolling pin and enter the Jazz Age on the Delaware’s pie baking contest.

Pies will be judged on the day of the event by a panel of esteemed judges that will include the region’s top bakers. Organizers are looking for the flakiest and most tender crusts. Pie categories will include fruit and sweet pies, savory pies and most original pies. Upon arrival, contestants will drop off their pies by 12:30pm at the porch of the mansion. All Jazz Age guests can watch the judging at 1:30pm.

Here are the rules:
 You must be an attendee of Jazz Age on the Delaware to enter.
 All pies must be made from scratch.
 Entries will be accepted on the day of the event.
 You may register as many times as you’d like, but each pie can only be submitted into one category.
 A list of ingredients must be submitted with your entry, but measurements are not required. We just want to know what we’re getting into.
 Pies should not need heat or refrigeration.
 Pies should be delivered in disposable pie tins.


What’s better than being the best dressed in high school? Being the best dressed of the 1920s!Put together an outfit that will steal the show! It’s easy to enter the fashion contest. Just give your name to the judges at the fashion contest table when you arrive. Prizes will be awarded to the “Most Dapper Gent” and the “Most Fashionable Flapper.”

One runner up will be selected in each category. Contestants will be sorted by the gender of their outfit, not the gender of the contestant. The criteria for our judges include: design, authenticity, and flair so come dressed to the nines and win some prizes!

As part of the authentic Jazz Age experience, all guests are strongly encouraged to dress in 1920’s attire.


Step inside the beautiful Glen Foerd mansion for guided tours that show off notable features, including cantilevered grand staircase, impressive pipe organ, stained glass skylights, and even a rathskeller (translation: basement beer hall). Hear about the people, both wealthy and working class, that are part of the Glen Foerd story.


On the ground surrounding the mansion, look for vendors selling their vintage fashions, decor and memorabilia. Antique cars from the 1920s will be parked in the grand circle in front of the mansion’s main door. Stoll over to the riverside garden terrace and relax at the cigar bar. Join your pals in a game of croquet or a rousing game of badminton.


Jazz Age on the Delaware is presented by Glen Foerd on the Delaware, with support from Crown Holdings, Inc., Cunningham Piano Company, Philadelphia Distilling, Philadelphia Federal Credit Union, SureShade, St. Benjamin Brewing and Urban Engineers.


Jazz Age on the Delaware is easily accessible by train, bus and car. Glen Foerd is conveniently located one block from the Torresdale Train Station, or by taking the 19 or 84 busses. Off-site parking will be available at available at the Torresdale Train Station SEPTA lot (Grant Avenue and James Street) located only one block from Glen Foerd. Please do not park in the neighborhood surrounding Glen Foerd. Street parking is available on State Road.


Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Glen Foerd, one of Philadelphia’s most beautiful public parks and historic sites. The 18-acre estate is Philadelphia’s only remaining historic Delaware River estate open to the public.

Glen Foerd will be introducing environmental programs and bike-to- boat adventures over the next couple of years. Your ticket to Jazz Age this year will fund the development of new programs that explore the consequential relationship between the environment and people. Experiencing the river and participating in fun, creative programs will increase appreciation for, and understanding of, the environment, resulting in healthier and more livable communities.

For more information about Glen Foerd, visit or call (215) 632-5330.
Adults $48.00 Children 12 & under FREE

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