The only element missing was Nick Carraway's narrative.

The only element missing was Nick Carraway's narrative.

Otherwise, an onlooker might have thought for a moment that the scene was straight from the 1920s home of Jay Gatsby, complete with women in flapper dresses and men in suits, all dancing the Charleston, following a sumptuous dinner of fried chicken, finger sandwiches and -- wait for it -- Jello.


That was just one of the authentic touches at the 10th annual East Egg Brunch held April 25 at Worthington Kilbourne High School.

Each year, students in David Miller's sophomore English classes re-create scenes from the classic American novel, The Great Gatsby.

After two readings of the book and a study of its era, the Roaring '20s, the students work for weeks to put on an authentic Gatsby-style party in the library at the school.

As in past years, the girls came dressed in short, fringed dresses, long beads and headbands. The guys dressed in suits and ties and fedoras.

Brunch, served on white tablecloths, of course, was food reminiscent of the times. On the menu were chicken, cucumber sandwiches (cut in triangles, crust removed), pineapple upside-down cake, fudge, Jello and popsicles.

The Jello and other refrigerated foods were popular because it was the beginning of modern refrigeration, so foods that hadn't been possible in the past were all the rage.

After brunch, students paraded around the room in their flapper finery. Everyone got to vote on their favorite outfit modeled during the fashion show.

Then, of course, was dancing. Everyone learned the Charleston; some chose the fox trot. Some played Monopoly or pickup sticks, both of which were developed during the '20s.

Participants said the classes this year really go into the spirit of the era, a time of prosperity and elegance in America.

"Everyone did such a good job," student Mia Greco said. "We captured what we wanted to capture, which was the whole era of the 1920s."