While there are tons of reasons to go to Frankie100, there are also plenty of reasons not to go. I don’t mean for this post to deter people from attending or to suggest that this won’t be an amazing event in many ways. In fact, I’m sure there will be people who attend and have a fantastic time. I know I’ll be one of the people reading all of the follow-up blog posts and constantly hitting refresh on YouTube for videos.

This post is intended for all of the people who can’t go, don’t want to go, or just feel bad about not going, whatever the reason is. And there will be a lot of us. Let’s join forces and not feel terrible about ourselves together.

Reason #1: Money

In addition to the basic pass price of $329, there will be travel costs (to/from the event and public transit during), accommodations (I can’t imagine there are enough NYC dancers to host everyone), food, and whatever else you decide to spend money on while there. It certainly adds up, and I knew pretty early on it wouldn’t fit into my budget.

Reason #2: Crowds

I’m not sure of the exact numbers, but I heard Frankie95 was about 1800-2000 dancers at the main event. I was there. It was crowded. It was hard to find people I knew, let alone dance with them. It took a lot of effort just to cross the dance floor, even between songs. If you’re not a big people person, you might feel overwhelmed.

Reason #3: Limited Number of Tickets

Tickets are selling out fast in the first few waves and I’m sure it will be the same for our zone. There are a lot of people going, but there are also a lot of people *not* going. If you don’t end up with a ticket, you are not alone!

Reason #4: You Don’t Need to Be in NYC to Celebrate

Whether you want to celebrate Frankie’s birthday and legacy, World Lindy Hop Day, or being part of the larger lindy hop community, you don’t need to be in NYC or at Frankie100 to do that. In fact, someone recently suggested that scenes host their own Frankie100 parties. I think this is a great idea! Put on a dance or even just a small get-together and celebrate in your own way.

So whether you don’t end up snagging a ticket or simply choose not to attend, my message is simple: it’s not the end of the world.

And so I and others don’t feel alone, please chime in if you’re not going and why.

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This is an update to my original life wish list. These are things I often find myself lusting over and dreaming about. Luckily I’ve already found several of them! Would be curious to see other people’s lists.

Tuxedo

With my top hat, white tie, and tails… I’m dreaming of a full tuxedo fitted exactly to me. I didn’t realize how much I needed one until I saw this shot of Sharon Davis. I’ll choreograph a solo Charleston (and tap, if I’m dreaming here) piece to perform all suited up. Something about a woman who can pull off a tuxedo is so sexy.

Sharon Davis

I emailed Lindy Shopper asking for advice on where to purchase one, and she recently got back to me suggesting this store in North Carolina. A full tuxedo with all the trimmings for $100? I’ll even have some money left over for the tailoring. Unfortunately they were closed during my last visit over New Year’s for Lindy Focus. However, I am a determined woman, and I will return.

Atomizer

A little spritz here, a little spritz there, it’s what you see all the old-timey Hollywood actresses using. When did perfume bottles lose their charm? You should need two hands to apply your signature scent (more on this later). My sister Ellie found one while thrifting and purchased it for me. It only took two years to figure out how to open it, which meant two years of spritzing air at myself.

My vintage atomizer

Picnic Basket

Picnicing is a big part of my life, and I hope it is a big part of yours, too. Throughout my childhood we would picnic at the beach in Ogunquit, ME, in the backseat of our station wagon at the airport (we loved watching the planes take off), and at the canal near my father’s work (he would meet us there for lunch).

Thrifted Picnic Basket

Now in my adult life, I still love a good picnic. A few years ago I came across this beauty at an estate sale hosted at the George Eastman House. I snagged it for just $7.00 and have used it many times since. Camping out under the shade of a tree on the hottest day of summer to listen to the Boilermaker Jazz Band, eating sandwiches while looking out at the falls at Letchworth Park, or bringing some cheese and wine to a showing of The Artist at the Highland Bowl, my handy picnic basket is there for me.

Signature Scent

You need something to fill your atomizer with! I purchased my first real bottle of perfume about a year ago. It’s floral, with pink peppercorns, Darjeeling tea, grapefruit, wisteria , Alba roses, amber wood, and cashmere musk. I love how natural of a scent it is and that I can still smell it on my scarf the next day.

I also have a small rollerball of Stella McCartney that I keep in my purse. It has similar notes of rose, peony flower, mandarin, rose absolute and amber.

Maybe not everyone is into perfume? They must have had a bad experience. All I know is that scents have a strong correlation to memories, and I want to be memorable.

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I got this basic no-hassle lasagna recipe from my friend Linda and found that it is far superior to recipes that boil the noodles ahead of time. No dealing with hot and slippery noodles! Then I altered the recipe to contain pesto instead of red sauce and added some vegetables. This twist on a classic recipe is always a big hit with guests.

Pesto Lasagna
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Yield: 6-9 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 package uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup pesto (I used fresh, but you can purchase it at the grocery as well)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 16-ounce container of ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups uncooked sliced vegetables (Whatever you like, I used sliced mushrooms and spinach)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together the ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add eggs, salt, and pepper and mix until combined. Set aside.

In another bowl, mix together pesto and water. Pour a thin layer of this mixture on the bottom of a 9×13 glass pan.

Add a layer of dry lasagna noodles to the bottom of the pan. Cover with spoonfuls of the cheese mixture and a layer of vegetables. Repeat this process until pan is almost full and pour the remaining pesto mixture over the top of the dish.

Cover tightly with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and cook for another 10 minutes.

 

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