1920s Party — Three Things Serial Story

Three Things Serial 1920s Party!  

You’ve all made this Roaring Twenties party a huge success.  New guests keep arriving (be sure to meet them in the comments).  Everyone is having such a great time that I’ve decided to let this hootenanny continue through this weekend too!   So happy holidays to all you Sheikhs and Shebas!

Welcome! Come on in — join the fun.  We’re all dudded up in our snazziest clothes, ready to enjoy great dancing, food, and friends.  Yes, it’s a Roaring Twenties shindig.  So in a comment, leave a link to your books, blog, or to your favorite 1920s food, drink, or entertainment. That’s what makes the party.

ape-tuxedo-cigarDon’t panic!  That really is a great ape in his tuxedo, getting the buffet ready, but it’s none other than Chris The Story Reading Ape.  He’s dishing up the fruit cocktail, and yes, that is made with bananas!  

That’s Tess with him, putting some finishing touches on the Swiss steaks.  I see Andrea Stephenson has brought a delicious lemon meringue dessert.  Thanks for your help everyone.  It’s looking mighty tasty! You’re the bee’s knees.  

(Excuse me while I answer the door…)  KathrynCome in — let me help you with that steaming pot of Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Crab.  Let me introduce you to some other guests.

That lovely lady twirling her long flapper beads is 1920s Catering Menu-2Sally Cronin.  She’s adding the nut and cheese sandwiches she brought to the 1920s dishes on the buffet table.  Hey Sally, those red shoes are pos-i-lute-ly the cat’s meow!  

Oh great, there’s Kirt D Tisdale.  Hey Kirt — while you’re taking pictures, be sure to get one of Sally and those shoes.  You’re the berries. Thank you. 

Another styling flapper just arrived, it’s Mary J. McCoy-Dressel.  Mary, you’re a real Sheba with that fringe dress and boa.  And would you just look at how cute — a pup in a Roaring Twenties costume — It’s Suzanne and Percy the pug!  Goodness, why is Percy barking so frantically?  It’s as if he hears something that the human ear can’t…  He seems fine now though.

John W. Howell is looking spiffy too.  He offered to be bartender and he’s making “John Cannon” cocktails (read his trilogy for the hero’s favorite drink) with our bathtub gin.  Thank goodness, there’s Geoff with more olives for those cocktails.  bartender-vintage

What’s that you say Geoff?  We’re almost out of beer?  Well, it’s too early for us to be getting splifficated anyway.  But no worries, I’ll call Dan Antion.  Dan was going to photograph doors on his way, so I’ll drop a dime to his cell phone. He sure can pick a great brew, and I’m sure he’ll step on the gas, and get here before we run out.

Ouch!  Oh, no John, I’m okay.  There was a shrill sound when I hung up the call with Dan, that’s all.  Erm… but my cell phone is gone and now I have one of those “candlestick” telephones they used way back when.  What the Sam Hill happened with the phone switcheroo?  Why yes, John. A Gin Rickey would be a good idea.  Better make it a double.  Thank you, it’s delicious.  Love that tang of lime.

I hear a car outside.  Is that Hugh Roberts I just got a Glimpse of?  He and Colleen Chesebro , Tina Frisco, and D. Wallace Peach just got out of a ritzy Studebaker.  With that dragon hood ornament, I know the car belongs to Diana.  Hey Colleen, love your new hairdo! It’s the berries!  Come on inside everyone.studebaker1920_2

Who’s that in the middle of that big cluster of ladies?  Oh of course, they’re all stuck-on Lord David Prosser.  Thank goodness Olga is nearby — some of David’s admirers don’t speak English, and Olga’s a great translator.  She finally took a break from the dance-floor. Where does she get all that energy? 

Applesauce!  What happened to the lights?  The dark will be just fine when Teri Polen and Barbara get ready to tell ghost stories, but…  Oh good, they’re back on.  But wait, those aren’t my lamps.  They’re snazzy Art Deco lights.  I can’t help getting goosebumps at all these odd happenings…

Wow, just listen to that music!  Thanks to Lavinia  and Kev performing, the tunes are great and that’s no phonus balonus!  You two have been playing your hearts out. Take a little break and I’ll turn on the stereo.  

1920s Dance PartyHey! Hang on… my stereo is gone, but there’s an old Victrola where it used to be. Okay, it’s making great 1920’s music though.  Donna Parker is really cutting a rug with the Charleston.  Hi Donna — thanks for bringing the deviled eggs and tea sandwiches.

Oh, and the vision in fringe and sequins over there, that’s Inese.  I see she put down her camera to dance.  I wondered where Christoph had gotten to, and that’s him with Inese. Applesauce, can they ever dance!

I wonder if they could teach me?  Suzanne Joshi and Judith both offered to give me a break from hostessing.  Dare I try?  I’m such a klutz.  Holy Hannah! Where did all the hummingbirds come from?  They’ve caught strands of my hair, and the fringe of my dress, and they’re pulling me to the dance floor!  I should have known — the hummers belong to Janet.  Maybe the hummingbirds can disguise what a horrible dancer I am…

Ah! There’s Gerlinde and Cheryl with with trays of tasty cookies to tempt the dancers away from the floor.  (What do you mean I didn’t dance yet?  You must have looked away… Here hummingbirds, I’ll give you a cookie if you’ll play along.)  

For a little slow down from the Charleston, Christy has a poem for us.  Also Lavinia has shared one of her sublimely beautiful songs. Take a breather, relax and enjoy.

Now maybe I’ll read you an excerpt from The Three Things Serial Story instead of dancing…  Christine would you please point all these guys and dolls to the living room? There’s room for everyone to sit down over by the television.  What do you mean “What TV?”  It’s next to the computer.  What do you mean “What computer?”

Everything in this house is like the 1920s!   Quick, somebody open the door and look outside…  The cars have all been replaced by antique jalopies.  Everything outside is like the 20s too!  What?  Yes, I said I’d read to you.  At a time like this you want me to read?  All right then. Sheiks and Shebas, gather around.  Who’d want to leave the Roaring Twenties anyway?

Excerpt

Pip, Mona, and two of the Fabro boys get invited to a swanky outdoor party.  Here’s what Pip has to say about it.

3-things-cover_3-2016“Applesauce!  This shindig is incredible.”

It was almost a carnival.  The party was huge and spread out along the banks of the Santa Rosa Sound.  There was a band stand, and a wooden floor was set up where dancers did the Charleston.  I saw balloons everywhere.  Tables with white linen and silver were clustered beneath a brightly colored tent.  In other places blankets were spread for picnics.  Everywhere I turned there was something else happening.

Then I saw it.  The yacht.  It was breathtaking.  I knew there was no way it would happen, but I really wanted to see the inside.  I must have been drooling over it because a flapper stopped and giggled at me.

“Be careful if you go in there, hon.  Doctor Fred might put you under that microscope of his,” the flapper told me as she hurried past.

I drew a breath to call out to her.  I wanted to ask the girl what she meant, but she was already gone in a flash of fringe and sequins.  Then a Victrola started blaring out the song “Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue.”

Abruptly an idea occurred to me.  I clutched my pocketbook and felt it still inside — the bent key.  I never had been able to make out what was engraved on it.  The flapper’s voice and the word “microscope” rang in my mind.  Was there really somebody on the yacht with a device that would let one see tiny things?  Maybe they could read the faint lettering on the key.

***

The mystery only deepens when the gang gets aboard the yacht.—  Hold onto your hats!

I really must give special thanks to a few people now.  I was thrilled to see reviews of this “Little 1920s Story” from OlgaColleen Chesebro and Donna Parker. My heartfelt thanks to them and everyone who reblogged their reviews, like Chris Graham, Sally Cronin, Adele, and Christoph.  

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you enjoyed the party.  Remember to leave a comment with links to your books and what-not.  You’re all the cat’s pajamas.

…We now return you to the era or universe of your choice.   Mega hugs! –

 

Copyright © 2016 by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

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149 thoughts on “1920s Party — Three Things Serial Story

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    • Welcome to this soiree, Doc! No worries, the party is still going strong. (In fact I’ve had such a high-stress week that I’m just going to let it ride as my post for this weekend.) Be sure to drop back in and bring a link to anything to do with your writing or what-not.
      Meanwhile, I see them beckoning to you from the dance floor. Go cut a rug. Mega hugs.

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  2. I dropped back in to see if things were still happening over here – and I must say I was not surprised to see that a few guests were still active. I’m not sure if any came from my site or not, but I certainly HOPE so. (I’d hate to think that my readers are so serious they couldn’t enjoy a good party – especially at Christmas.)

    Any bubbly left, btw? I’m ready for a couple of drinks after the day I’ve had!

    While I’m slurping, I wanna’ leave a link to my original article (instead of the reblog I linked earlier), since that’s the part with the actual suggestions for handling home-alone holidays — and a lot of people sort-of spaced that part.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    The original (with the suggestions)
    https://addandsomuchmore.com/2015/12/27/the-single-persons-holiday-playbook-1/
    ~~~~~
    Here’s the reblog again, for anyone who missed it – with the intro (and the link back to the party over here):
    https://addandsomuchmore.com/2016/12/18/how-to-navigate-those-home-alone-holidays/
    xx,
    mgh

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  3. Hey, Teagan, I finally made it after finding my string of pearls in the teapot! Don’t ask. Great driving the ladies over here, but it’s my car you know. Well, OK, it belongs to Diana, but I’m the one doing the driving.

    Now, you kindly said we could leave a link. So here’s a link to my Glimpses competition where there’s a £100 Amazon gift card up for grabs and 5 runners up will get a £20 Amazon gift card each.

    https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2016/12/06/win-a-100-amazon-gift-card-in-the-glimpses-competition/

    The competition is open until 28th February, so there’s still loads of time to enter. Plus, I published a post today with a clue to solve the anagram riddle.

    OK, I’m off to do some charleston now. Cue the music.

    Hugs to you.
    xx

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    • Woo-hoo! Thanks for bringing the link, Hugh — and for the reminder that your fantastic contest is still going! As I like to say, there’s no such thing as late at Teagan’s Books. Besides, the party is still going strong. Glad to see you cutting a rug. You’re the cat’s meow. Hugs right back.

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  4. https://addandsomuchmore.com/2016/12/18/how-to-navigate-those-home-alone-holidays/
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Linked from *How to navigate those “Home Alone” Holidays* and commented (in answer to, “So what’s a poor Single to DO?”) — Well you could take a page from the fabulous Teagan Geneviene and host a virtual party. Hop over to her Three Things Serial 1920s Party — either to join in on the fun or to peer through a virtual window to see what in the world I’m talking about!

    There are a ton of very jolly “official” writers in attendance, but I’m sure a few bloggers have slipped in as well — so don’t feel like you must bring a link to a book you’ve published to be welcomed warmly.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I’m also bringing along a link to a site with some 20s cocktail recipes (not mine – but those of what looks like a new blogger who seriously needs to be invited).
    https://cocktailthemes.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/roaring-20s/

    NOW – who really knows how to Charleston? It’s already midnight where I am and I’m itchin’ to d-a-n-c-e!!
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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    • LOL re the feathers. Thanks for making me smile Mary. (I’ve not gotten closer to sleep than a doze the past 2 nights. Who knew a virtual party could keep anybody up at night? I could wish that was really the case.)
      I’m totally in for anything champagne! I’m tickled pink that you came back with this link. Mega hugs!

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  6. I know it’s early, but I’m ready to party! I’ve brought a huge platter of home-made, cut out and decorated Christmas cookies. They will go good with your morning coffee. If you’d feel better reading ghost stories in the light of day, instead of the dark of night, here’s a link to one of my true experiences. http://wp.me/p3RE1e-t3 … Now, where is the coffee pot? 🙂 …hugs, Teagan, for the story excerpt!

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  7. I’m so happy I found this party, thanks so much for organising it, Teagan! So many people I don’t know, isn’t that exciting? 🙂

    I’m going to click on all those little blue stings 😉
    And I hope you don’t mind if I brong one of my own
    This is my book http://sarahzama.theoldshelter.com/ Roaring Twenties Chicago and… spirits.
    And this is my blog http://theoldshelter.com/ Everything 1920s and Dieselpunk

    I’m diving IIIIIIINNNNNNNN!!!!!!!

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  8. Hope I’m not too late, Teagan. Had unexpected last minute guests and a party of my own last night and couldn’t escape to the blog machine. So I got in my time machine this morning in hopes of making it…. Whoa! Chris! Nice tux you handsome brute! 😀 (Gotta spare Cuban for a fellow dazzler while I nip to the bar?) 😀

    I see a few lovely ladies present too ready with their drinks… some real head turners there! This is what I call a Par-tee! Er, has anyone seen my gal? 😀

    Looks like you thought of the whole kit and caboodle here, Teagan! Hang on, that sounds like my new book: Caboodle & The Whole Kit. You can check it out here dolls n guys: https://kcbooksandmusic.wordpress.com/2016/11/05/new-book-release-caboodle-the-whole-kit/

    How about a Christmas sing-a-long? Let’s gather around the piano… come on, Lavinia!
    https://kcbooksandmusic.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/christmas-time-3/

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  10. Omg Teagan, I don’t know where to begin! You sure know how to rustle up a slam dunk of a hootenanny! The food and potables are delicious, and the entertainment is outstanding. I adore the Lucy uke video. And what’s that you say? She also is a redhead? Ah … Of course she had to make an appearance. How sweet of you to tag so many of us. I’m thrilled to see my name among these blogging stars and to arrive in a ritzy Studebaker with Hugh, Colleen, and Diana. Indeed, a good time is being had by all. A number of our friends have already reblogged, so I’ll just share across my pages. But if I’d gotten here earlier (been buried in the publishing process and finally got the book uploaded today) … Love and hugs, sweet friend. You book is a smash hit 💖💖

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    • Congrats Tina!!!!!! How exciting to get your book to that milestone. I can’t wait to hear all about it. Be sure to leave a link at my place whenever it’s ready.
      Yes, in my imagination the voice of Pip (the narrator) quickly became Lucille Ball telling stories of her/Pip’s youth. The uke was popular back then, so I couldn’t resist that clip. In a video Olga brought there’s a flapper in the background playing one too.
      Thanks for taking time to come to the party. Mega hugs.

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  12. This nifty party was a gas and The Story Reading Ape looked a million bucks in that suit, didn’t he? Helpful too, lugging the heavy platters of swiss steaks. Such a hungry crowd after they danced for hours. I had a ton of fun. Thank you for the invite. What a swell crowd. Wonderful to see so many fellow bloggers in one place, schmoozing and boozing; talking and laughing together. I’m absolutely over the moon. The music was a blast. Where did you find that orchestra?
    Teagan this is a genius idea. Not hard to get caught up in the rhythm of the action you set. Love-love it. ❤ ❤ My hat's off to YOU. 😀

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  13. Dear Teagan, I don’t know if you’ll see this, I’ve tried leaving a comment a couple of times, but WordPress is playing games (I’ve heard the same from others on my blog too), oh joy!
    Thanks for inviting us to your wonderful party – what a lovely gift to your blogging family!
    Before I visit and share and then scram, just wanted to say you’re the berries and your guests are the bee’s knees!
    Now point me to that bathtub full of gin, I don’t need olives, just a funnel and clear route to the fire escape in case the coopers decide to jump the bash – I’ll drain the evidence so the flat foots can’t make trouble. 😉
    Thanks for the giggles and the gigglewater and the party. Hope the weekend treats you kindly my bearcat friend. 🙂
    Mega bubblybrain bonanza hugs, dear friend – what a way to kick off the season.
    P.S. I’ll be reviewing your novella in more depth later and I’ll pop a review on Goodreads too. 🙂

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    • Oh Donna, I’m so sorry to hear about the comment issue. Heartfelt thanks for your persistence. I’m delighted that you made it to this soiree! Thanks again for the lovely feature you did on my novella today.
      LOL, yes, it’s been quite a day. I’m happy that after a week of trying to get a plumber out here, I finally have a working shower again. But now I have to do something with all that virtual bathtub gin! *Hic!* Gin Rickey, gin & tonic, martini, gin fizz… I’d love to have any of them (or even one of each), if only my tummy could handle hard liquor… But I can still have wine!!! Mega hugs right back, my friend. 😀

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      • It was worth it! Thanks for having me, dear friend. 🙂
        Glad to hear about the plumber, you really cleaned up with that (best I could do with half a brain lol ). 😉
        Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker, but let’s not bicker and have chocolate instead. 😉
        Mega shower power hugs xoxo

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        • Wheew! After that last Charleston, I was extra glad to have the shower working! The party’s still going strong, but I think I need a second cup of coffee this morning. They’re putting out some bacon-egg cups for the merry-makers. (I wish I could do more than sniff them, but the egg allergy…) Yep… more coffee. And more hugs!

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  14. Whew, all that twirling with the fringe on my little dress flying all around sure was fun, but I fear I’ve lost some of the feathers on my boa. Don’t look on Lord David’s shoulder, though. Hey, he didn’t have to put on my cowboy hat. *blush* Thanks for inviting me to your fantastic party! The music was lovely and company has been grand! Cheers!

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  15. Nice one Teagan—- and now I´ll have to check out the song “Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue.”.
    I like the little installment here.. The yacht … and a microscope… It seems there are two levels of reality (or at least two shapes or sizes!)…. Loving the idea of using a lens to increase the effects …It is said that our senses might be tricky at times. So let´s beat them with the same weapon! 😀
    Wishing you merry Christmas, in advance. Hugs! 🙂

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    • Aquileana I’m so glad you made it to this party and that you enjoyed yourself. The song is subtitled “Has Anybody Seen My Gal” — you might have heard that name in an old movie somewhere. It was fun to research some of the era’s entertainment. Your latest (“spider woman”) post is a delight. I hope everyone will visit you. Merry Christmas to you as well. Huge hugs, my friend.

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  16. What a fabulous idea for a post, Teagan. A lot of work too, but so merry! Yes, I’d love to come over in my ritzy Studebaker. I’m also bringing real candles for the Christmas tree and egg nog with freshly ground nutmeg (and spiced rum, of course.) Huge hugs, my dear. If only we really could all get together in person. This is next best! ❤

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  17. Teagan, happy to point these guys and dolls to the living room for your roaring 20s party. I can do that with pleasure! Glad the TV & computer were out of sight, sort of not out of mind though. Love meeting many of my blogger friends there. Party on! 💛 Christine

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  18. Thank you so much for inviting me, Teagan! Wow, I love your party! Hope you see me… Yes, it is me strolling the hall with a glass of Bordeaux in my hand, picking up delicious canapes, tapping my foot to the sounds of Charleston. Where did I put that camera?… Oh, never mind! Many hugs!

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  19. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Hold onto your tassles.. Teagan Geneviene is having a 1920s flapper party with a cast that even MGM could not afford.. I am there in my flapper dress, beads and red shoes.. Chris The Story Reading Ape is preparing the buffet and then you will find many of your blogging friends arriving in great style.. Very clever and entertaining and a great fanfar for The Three Things Serial story — and yes there is an excerpt too.. Please do not comment here but go and leave you links and calling cards over on Teagan’s post.

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  20. Yeehaw, OMG Teagan this shindig is going to be the bomb and the event of the year. Here I thought I would have nothing to do on New Years Eve, thats going to be me wheedling my way near Lord David, quite the ladies man and all that delicious food. Can’t wait, Percy and I will get all dolled up for the party.

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