In the spirit of "The Great Gatsby," the big-budget, newly released movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, there's renewed interest not only in F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel about the Roaring '20s but also its Long Island backdrop. If you haven't had your fill of all things Gatsby, here are some free Gatsby-related events to help release your inner flapper and bootlegger.
Bring your own opulence Grab your top hat, cloche hat and vintage teacup for "The Great Gatsby Social Tea." The movie and the book will be discussed, and refreshments will be served. Dress in the fashion of the times. The Elmont Memorial Library (elmontlibrary.org) is hosting the event Sunday at 2 p.m. Register in person at the library; 516-354-5280.
Movie night If you'd like to see "The Great Gatsby" in a setting Gatsby himself would admire, Harmony Vineyards in Head of the Harbor (near Stony Brook) is holding a screening of the 1974 version starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. The outdoor screening begins Thursday about 8 p.m., weather permitting. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. As for this version of the movie, don't expect a great "Great Gatsby." In his review, New York Times film critic Vincent Canby wrote, "The movie itself is as lifeless as a body that's been too long at the bottom of a swimming pool." Call 631-291-9900 or go to harmonyvineyards.com.
Home sweet (millionaire's) home There were actual North Shore mansions that Fitzgerald used as the inspiration for Jay Gatsby's gargantuan galas. Therewill be a slideshow presentation featuring the now-bulldozed Gold Coast mansion Fitzgerald described in detail in his novel. Also on the program: a look at some still-standing jazz-era mansions, including Winfield Hall in Glen Cove. The nine-bedroom, 10-bathroom estate was built in 1916 for five-and-dime king F.W. Woolworth. "Gatsby's Long Island" is Thursday from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at Cold Spring Harbor Library (cshlibrary.org). Call 631-692-6820.
Novel idea Fitzgerald's book will be discussed and dissected and compared and contrasted to the earlier movie versions at the monthly meeting of the Book Project. The literary club, which meets at the Riverhead Project restaurant in downtown Riverhead, will feature clips from the "Gatsby" movies, a trivia contest and readings from the book. The event is open to all. The book discussion is May 29, 7:30-8:30 p.m., followed by a literary social. Free hors d'oeuvres will be served, and there will be a cash bar serving Gatsby-themed cocktails. Call 631-284-9300; facebook.com/thebookprojectny.