May 20, 2012

Regency Picnic

I had the opportunity to head down to the Virginia tidewater yesterday to attend a delightful regency picnic hosted by the Regency Society of Virginia.  They are a newly formed group so this was their first costumed event, and it was worth the 2 hour drive to go down!  They are a really lovely group of people and very eager to host Regency events throughout the state, so if you are interested in the period, I hope you'll consider joining and being part of the group.  They are also on Facebook!

Courtesy of the Regency Society of Virginia




Not only were we treated to truly perfect weather, but we got to play around at Bacon's Castle, a 17th Century (yes!  17TH CENTURY!) house in Surry, VA.  The staff was so welcoming to us.  We got a tour of the home, then we were allowed to pose using some of the reproduction chairs in the home.  They are intermingled with actual 17th C. antiques, and it was thrilling to be able to get so close to some truly stunning pieces of furniture.  If you are ever in the area, you should go out to this incredible site!  It's worth the trip!

Courtesy of the Regency Society of Virginia
Courtesy of the Regency Society of Virginia

I wore my Laure Bro Voile Gown, again reminded of how astonishingly comfortable it is!  The only problem is that I worried all day that I would get a stain on it- and I did drop a small drop of strawberry juice on the skirts- alas!  Oh well, this is the second time I've worn it and frankly that is pretty good for me!  If it gets really stained I'll just dye it a new color!

Courtesy of the Regency Society of Virginia

I had two new accessories to wear- a new bonnet and my newly-painted American Duchess Pemberlies.  I'm very excited about these shoes and they turned out better than I expected.  I'll try to get a post up about painting them soon!  They were very comfortable!


I'm also very happy with my new bonnet, which is a straw based lined with gathered teal taffeta and trimmed with matching pleated taffeta, vintage polished cotton ribbon, and some truly lovely paper flowers.  It was delightful to wear!


Regency Still Life
What a fun day it was!  Make sure you check out the upcoming events with the Regency Society of Virginia!   I know they have a picnic in October in the Charlottesville area that is definitely on my calendar!  I better get to work on that spencer...

3 comments:

  1. Very cool! I'll definitely check them out!

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  2. Oh that does sound fun - thanks for letting us know about this group! I just joined and look forward to the picnic in Oct. Yay a good reason to get my butt in gear and make that new frock and spencer I've been meaning to make for 3 years! :>

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  3. Your straw hat is marvelous!!!

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