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A Garnished Glimpse Into an Unusual Night

Hendrick’s Gin and Atlas Obscura joined forces to celebrate summer.

The aerialist Tanya Brno, suspended from silks that invoke the climbing vines of a creeping cucumber.
The aerialist Tanya Brno, suspended from silks that invoke the climbing vines of a creeping cucumber. All Photos: Christina Judd

No matter the heat, no matter the distance, the Hendrick’s Gin Grand Garnisher rambles on. The spectacular 38-foot-long, cucumber-slicing vehicle was recently spotted in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, where it charmed guests of Atlas Obscura with its “marvelously inefficient” garnishing antics.

Gin-sipping partygoers were also enchanted by circus performances from the highflying aerialist Tanya Brno and the twisting contortionist Meg Russel. The harpist and singer Monica Schley performed, shaded under an arbor of branches and fairy lights, while DJ Jeffery Taylor inspired guests to jitterbug in the summer night.

Inside, Lauren Iida constructed a delicate, ephemeral world from a double-story draped ream of paper. Scraps of paper fluttered around her as she cut fruit, leaves, eyeglasses, fish heads, vines, and magic wands into the sculpture.

See the Hendrick’s Gin Grand Garnisher for yourself this summer as it makes its way across the country. Residents of Atlanta and Washington D.C. take special note: Atlas Obscura will be hosting garden soirees in your cities next.

The Hendrick's Gin Grand Garnisher dwarfed guests as they entered the courtyard.
The Hendrick’s Gin Grand Garnisher dwarfed guests as they entered the courtyard.
The gentleman whose languid locomotions power the Hendrick's Gin Grand Garnisher.
The gentleman whose languid locomotions power the Hendrick’s Gin Grand Garnisher.
Some sunny smiles from a pair of ladies in their summer best.
Some sunny smiles from a pair of ladies in their summer best.
A trio of guests, lively and lipsticked.
A trio of guests, lively and lipsticked.
The contortionist Meg Russell gets low among the flowers.
The contortionist Meg Russell gets low among the flowers.
Even a classic gin and tonic came with a touch of floral whimsy.
Even a classic gin and tonic came with a touch of floral whimsy.
Monica Schley cooled the balmy evening with original songs.
Monica Schley cooled the balmy evening with original songs.
Garden games that work as well indoors as out.
Garden games that work as well indoors as out.
A dapper dandy surveying the amusements of the evening.
A dapper dandy surveying the amusements of the evening.
Local artist Lauren Iida creates verdant worlds that blossom from intricately cut reams of paper.
Local artist Lauren Iida creates verdant worlds that blossom from intricately cut reams of paper.
Lauren's work spilled from a second story balcony and amazed guests with its delicacy.
Lauren’s work spilled from a second story balcony and amazed guests with its delicacy.
A cooling moment for one of the minders of the Hendrick's Gin Grand Garnisher.
A cooling moment for one of the minders of the Hendrick’s Gin Grand Garnisher.
A botanical beauty refuses to wilt despite the midsummer heat.
A botanical beauty refuses to wilt despite the midsummer heat.

This post is promoted in partnership with Hendrick’s Gin. Follow the Grand Garnisher’s journey at Hendricks.com.