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Got Great Gatsby Fever?

Celebrate the summer movie release with some of these local tie-ins.

The Great Gatsby is slated to premier on the big screen and it's inspiring people to delve deeper into the story’s history, culture, music, food and drink.

Starting with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s grave at St. Mary’s Church in Rockville, there are a number of local places to help you get your Gatsby on, according to The Washington Post.

If you venture to Fitzgerald’s gravesite, take note of the epitaph, which reads, “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” This quote is the final line in The Great Gatsby.

You can view costumes, set designs, paintings and films from the Gatsby era at the National Gallery of Art’s “Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes” exhibit, which opens May 12.

Check out some Art Deco architecture in Silver Spring at the AFI Theatre and Culture Center, which ironically, will not be screening the newest film.

You can drink and dine like Gatsby by ordering some of the cocktails and dishes created during the period at your favorite local bar or restaurant:

·         Caesar salad - Having nothing to do with the Roman emperor, the Caesar salad was invented in 1924 by Caesar Cardini in San Diego. 

·         The Gibson - this drink is a variation of the martini, with gin and vermouth, but uses cocktail onions as a garnish. The drink in this form made its first appearance in the 1920s.

·         Popsicles - The sweet summertime treat was patented in 1923 - the height of the Roaring Twenties.

Find out where The Great Gatsby is playing in your local area on Moviefone.com.

ED May 12, 2013 at 05:26 PM
F. Scott Fitgerald was not always buried at St. Mary's Church in Rockville. I visited his grave at Rockville Union Cemetery in the early 1970's. At the time of my visit, it was my understanding that the Catholic Church refused to bury F. Scott Fitzgerald in St. Mary's when he died. It's amazing that, after F. Scott Fitgerald became so famous, the Church reconsidered.

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