Space available in our building!
Starting immediately, you can get space in the building that houses the Gemini & Scorpio Loft! New studio rooms have been built out on the first floor, and we reserved the largest ones to share as office, storage and craft space. Ideally we'd like to see them split between 2-3 performing arts groups and bundled with rehearsal and show bookings upstairs, but we're also open to individual co-working and co-crafting shares. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/GS_office (email: "loft" at "geminiandscorpio"). Or, to get your own space, see http://www.bandspacesnyc.com -- the room layout is here. (If you're going to do quieter things, please request our side of the building! It's A-C.) For anyone renting a room in the building, we'll offer discounts on any Loft rentals for meetings, rehearsals and shows.
6.17 - Sea Creature Stomp
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Sat, June 17, 8pm-2am, suggested sliding scale donation of $10-$20 goes directly to bands and DJs
Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK - use form below for location
Live music & DJs, cheap drinks, ice cream, and lounging on our sprawling roof. Classic Brooklyn summertime loft party. Special guest DJ Boogiemeister in from Hawaii spinning House, Global Bass, Future Funk and Moombathon.
Closest subway from parade: express B/D/N/Q to Atlantic-Pacific (or switch to R for local Union stop)
6.18 - Father's Day Grand Victorian Garden Tea
Sunday, May 14 (Mother's Day), 4-8pm, $40, all ages, rain or shine
at the historical Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 E 61st St
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Join us as we travel back in time to the Victorian Age, to an elegant country resort a short carriage ride away from the hustle and bustle of the city (which at that time extended only as far north as 14th Street). It's a proper turn-of-century tea party, with finger sandwiches, scones and fancies, in a darling garden attached to an impossible Victorian cottage overlooking modern Manhattan. Historical chef Rebecca Leigh Silverman will hand-make delectable treats from antique recipes, and give a small talk about each dish. All guests will have access to the museum as well as garden. In case of rain, outdoor covering provided. Very limited tickets.
Assorted Finger Sandwiches:
- Cucumber, butter, chive
- Cheddar & chutney
- Roast beef and horseradish
Scones with Clotted Cream & Preserves
Lemon curd & lilac tarts with sugared lilacs
Activities will include:
- Victorian garden games, including Game of Graces and Battledore and Shuttlecock
- Hand-drawn portraits of guests by Anastasios Taso Megaris
- Card games, including Logomachy, Flinch and Dr Busby, played with original decks from the turn of the century
- DIY amusements from original Victorian books
Dress code: 1800-1910s summer garden party, with all-white, cream and pastel tones encouraged. No modern casual wear, please - though modern cocktail summer attire is easy to accessorize with a nod to Victorian times. Costume inspiration Pinterest board (not ours) here.
About our venue: Constructed in 1799 as a carriage house for a 23-acre estate, and converted into the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1826, this stone building sits on land originally owned by Colonel William Stephens Smith, and his wife Abigail Adams Smith, daughter of John Adams. The hotel operated until 1833, at which point the house became the home for three generations of a New York City family.
6-24-25 - G&S 15th Birthday: Gilded Age Garden Party
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Saturday & Sunday, June 24-25, with overnight accommodations possible
Pretty Penny: historical Victorian mansion in Nyack, NY (235 N Broadway)
Gemini & Scorpio celebrate 15 years of immersive themed costume events with a weekend-long getaway to a historical Victorian mansion for a turn-of-century garden party.
Expect a lavish and historically accurate food buffet in the style of our Victorian events, a full orchestra performing in the garden all day, Victorian games & amusements, and outdoor silent films after sunset...all in a stunning historical mansion with a pool and terraced garden. Champagne and classic cocktails will be available by the pool and in the mansion.
Entertainment and activities:
- Retro Remix Orchestra - classic and modern hits performed in orchestral, hot jazz and swing arrangements
- Hand-drawn fashion illustrations of guests by Anastasios Taso Megaris
- Photo booth with celebrity portrait photographer Allan Amato: http://www.allanamato.com
- Victorian garden & parlor games
- Card games played with authentic decks from mid-1800s through early 1900s
- DIY amusements from turn-of-century books
1800-1910s summer garden party, with all-white, cream and pastel tones encouraged. No modern casual wear, please - though modern cocktail summer attire is easy to accessorize with a nod to Victorian times. Please wear comfortable shoes, and don't forget your swimwear and towels (and parasols). Costume inspiration Pinterest board (not ours): http://bit.ly/1WvlVyB - and ours for banquet/ball/tea research: http://bit.ly/29n5fZm
- Saturday day, $125: 3-9pm, including historical food buffet 5-8pm, two drink tickets, and a welcome champagne as you arrive.
- Saturday day + eve, $150: 3pm-12am, everything above plus dessert and parlor party at 9:30pm.
- Sunday day, $125: 1-7pm, including historical food buffet 2-6pm, two drink tickets, and a welcome champagne as you arrive.
- Weekend, $200: 4pm-12am Sat, 11am-7pm Sun, everything above plus breakfast at 11:30am Sun. Those with mansion accommodations have overnight access.
- Sunday eve add-on, $15: join the crew 7-11pm! The formal event is over, but you can join the crew for leftovers, cocktails, and lounging in the beautiful house. Go into town for dinner and a stroll. Those with mansion accommodations have overnight access. You will need your own transport after 11pm.
|Ground queen||1 queen||$225||$175||$375|
|Upstairs master||1 qn, 1 single*||$350||$275||$575|
|Upstairs double||2 single||$225||$175||$375|
|Upstairs queen||1 queen||$225||$175||$375|
|Upstairs single||1 single||SOLD||$150||-|
|*room for air mattress|
There are only five bedrooms in the house, ranging from a sprawling master bedroom with river views to a charming single, each with its own bathroom (some can fit air mattresses, as well). You can rent them for Sat, Sun or both nights. Please contact us directly to arrange: gs [at] geminiandscorpio
There are a few other hotel options in and near Nyack, ranging $150-275/night. We recommend searching through Kayak.com for best rates and booking sooner than later: Nyack is a popular town for summertime weekend getaways.
About our venue:
Ever since the legendary actress Helen Hayes and her husband, the playwright Charles MacArthur, bought an old wedding cake of a house in Nyack in 1932 and christened it Pretty Penny, the historic home has become one of the best-known properties the Lower Hudson Valley. The 7,000-square-foot house has front and back porches, hardwood floors, five bedrooms (each with its own bathroom), and several fireplaces. The interlinked public rooms on the ground floor include a formal dining room, music room, and several sitting rooms, but the heart of the house is the double parlor with a set of French doors that open to the river. A pair of fireplaces with elaborate Italian marble mantels bookend the room. Above them are large gold-framed mirrors that are said to have been bought in Nyack by Hayes. Beyond the floor-to-ceiling double windows, a terraced garden containing 600 conifers and 350 rose bushes leads to an oversized pool below.
Right from the start, the 1858 Italianate Victorian was a magnet for celebrities. Hayes and MacArthur entertained the likes of Ronald Reagan, Marilyn Monroe, Rosalind Russell, Ed Sullivan, Noel Coward, Laurence Olivier, Katharine Hepburn and Vivien Leigh. Cole Porter played the piano. F. Scott Fitzgerald left a signed copy of one of his books. John Barrymore was said to have once stopped by for a pack of cigarettes and left three days later. Edward Hopper famously painted the house in 1939. In more recent years, the home was owned and renovated by Rosie O'Donnell, and Russell Crowe rented it for six months while filming "American Gangster" in 2006.
A charming town just 20 miles outside of the city, Nyack has numerous retail, restaurant and bar options to keep you entertained if you want to venture from the mansion. We'll be about a 10 minute walk away from the center of town. We recommend booking your own accommodations nearby and staying for the weekend.
Transport options from NYC:
- Bus: (about $22 roundtrip, about an hour ride)
Port Authority Gate 220 to Nyack: 2:22pm, 3:15pm, 4:22pm, 5:15pm. Nyack to Port Authority: 8:08pm, 9:08pm, 10:08pm
- Train: (about $22 roundtrip, about 45 min ride + approx $20 for taxi)
Grand Central to Tarrytown and back: roughly every 20 min, last train back at 11:13pm. We're looking into the possibility of group tickets & a shuttle from the train station -- info TK.
- Car: Nyack is about 20 miles north of NYC, so a 30-50 minute drive, depending on where you start. There is limited street parking along N Broadway, and a few larger parking lots in town, but carpooling is strongly recommended.
We're also working on a charter bus directly to mansion & back. Info TK, but expect about $30-40pp, and about a 45 min ride from midtown.