Atlas Obscura took over the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy on Saturday (6/2) evening for the second edition of their "Great Forgotten Garden Party." The immersive event offered attendees the opportunity to explore the lush, sprawling gardens, and also featured performances from two artists who are no stranger to this website, and whose captivating and haunting voices were perfect for a special event like this: Marissa Nadler (before sunset at the base of a waterfall at the "Temple of Love") and serpentwithfeet (after dark between sphinx-topped pillars inside the "Walled Garden"). Seeing both artists in such unique, beautiful environments was a treat, as were the additional performance art elements that took place throughout the evening, like a sundown "fire ritual" overlooking the Hudson River and a quintet of water nymphs frolicking in a waterfall while a harpist played. "Festive" dress was encouraged and interpreted in a variety of ways, from formal wear to flapper dress to more fantasy-inspired outfits that wouldn't have been out of place at a Renaissance Faire. Check out pictures from Saturday in the gallery above.

Atlas Obscura hosts unique events all over the world, in cemeteries, theatres, mansions, and beyond. Their upcoming NYC events include a tour of the Financial District's cemeteries, "The Beer Barons of Bushwick at The Evergreens Cemetery", and a Prospect Park Soiree. See Atlas Obscura's events page for a full listing of their upcoming events.

Marissa Nadler has been working on a new album, and has an upcoming show with The Decemberists in MA (tickets).

serpentwithfeet releases his debut album, soil, on Friday (6/8). His upcoming shows include the Atlanta edition of Afropunk, Treasure Island, and Le Guess Who? festival.


photos by Amanda Hatfield