Historic Hope Plantation Christmas Open House - December 2, 2012
Our humble Society was invited to celebrate the season during Hope Plantation's Christmas Open House in Windsor, NC. We spend a lovely afternoon demonstrating period dancing to the crowds who came to enjoy the home of North Carolina Governor David Stone. We were also able to enjoy the grounds which included the Hope Mansion and the King-Bazemore House, which were both decorated for the holiday. Want to see for yourself? Do join us over on Facebook to see our pictures from the day!
Regency Hair and Headwear: Getting Your Head Around the Period Look - November 3, 2012
Members and guests of the RSV gathered at Historic Boykin's Tavern in Isle of Wight (thank you to the Isle of Wight Historic Resources Division for the use of the space!) for a survey of hairstyles and headwear from the Regency period. Margaret Overton gave us an overview of the way ladies of the era wore their hair and the origins of the styles using period portraiture and fashion plates. She was followed by Taylor Shelby of Dames A La Mode Historical Headwear who presented year-by-year bonnet, cap and turban illustrations from period fashion magazines. She also treated us to a selection of her own handcrafted reproduction bonnets and even some extant examples from her own collection. After these two delightful presentations, we retired upstairs to get pointers on how to recreate the beautiful styles Ms. Overton had shared with us earlier. Shawn Marchman of Divine Hair Designs shared her expertise while doing hair on models with short, medium and long hair and offering answers to the questions posed by the audience. We look forward to seeing what everyone learned at this informative event at our next costumed event! Pictures up on Facebook.
Regency Picnic at Poplar Forest - October 13, 2012
While Mr. Jefferson was not there to play host to us at his retreat outside of Lynchburg, VA, the weather was most welcoming as a respectable party of ladies and gentlemen of all ages assembled on the grounds for a picnic. Our group met up with members of the Regency Assembly of North Carolina and indulged in excellent conversation, excellent food and, in general, an excellent time all around! After a tour of the home, which is in the process of being restored to its former glory, we enjoyed a sumptuous repast of period foods. The sun was most cooperative for the duration of the day and we took full advantage. There were games to be played ( a wide variety--graces, whist, Fox and Geese, to name a few), news to be shared, and dances to be done! The company learned Auretti's Dutch Skipper, Physical Snob and Mr. Beveridge's Maggot and did so with great skill (and, sometimes, hilarity...). We beg that you would not miss the next gathering as we are eager to expand our social sphere! (If you did miss it, though, here are some pictures on Facebook to be enjoyed!)
Hope Plantation Living History Day - September 14, 2012
The weather was just as beautiful for our outing to Historic Hope Plantation in Windsor, NC as it was ugly for our Ladies' Tea a few weeks prior. In the course of the day, RSV members taught period games, an English Country dance, and some basic embroidery stitches to over 500 North Carolina students. We were also able to connect with other groups who were participating in the Living History Day. Many, many thanks to Hope Plantation for the invitation and a special thanks for the generous donation of embroidery supplies from our friends at the Regency Assembly of North Carolina. Pictures are up on Facebook.
Ladies' Regency Tea - August 25, 2012
The weather did its level best to dampen our spirits, first attempting to flood Smithfield and then being so unkind as to interrupt power to the fine establishment at which we were meeting. And, had we been made of lesser stuff, we would have denied ourselves a most pleasant afternoon. As it was, however, we persevered, the rains abated enough to allow us passage to the delightful Olde World Tea Company and the power restored just as the clock indicated that it was time for our little party to commence. We were treated to delicious food and a sampling of wonderful teas but, most delightfully, the excellent company of one another. No doubt this is only the first of many future teas that the Regency Society of Virginia will host. Of course, it is our hope that the weather will be just as sunny as the fellowship the next time! Pictures are up on Facebook.
War of 1812 Weekend at Fort Norfolk - June 9-10, 2012
The Regency Society of Virginia participated in OpSail Virginia 2012 in grand style, enjoying a lovely spot within the walls of historic Fort Norfolk. The weekend was spent interacting with the public as they filtered through the Fort and enjoying the hospitality and companionship of the other reenactors there. We did some old fashioned "networking" with others who were fans of the same period we hold dear. Thank you very much to the Army Corps of Engineers and Norfolk Historical Society which opened up the Fort for all to see and a special thank you to the War of 1812 Fort Norfolk Garrison who invited us to participate and were very gracious hosts! Pictures up on Facebook.
Regency Picnic at Bacon's Castle - May 19, 2012
Our first costumed event took place at Historic Bacon's Castle in Surry, Virginia under clear blue skies and delightful temperatures. In addition to enjoying the period dishes brought by those in attendance, we played Regency era games, socialized, and toured the house and gardens. Thank you to all who made the trip to Surry. A special thanks to the staff and volunteers of Bacon's Castle who made us feel at home on the grounds and even allowed us to pose for pictures in the rooms of the house which were most suited to "our" era. Pictures up on Facebook)!
Introduction to Regency Swordsmanship - April 28, 2012
Our hearty thanks to Maitre D'Armes Walter Green and his historical swordsmanship team who introduced us to fencing techniques and edged weapons during the early 19th century. We were treated to an informative overview of the evolution of swordsmanship both before and following the Regency era. Mr. Green and his team gave us a unique perspective on swordplay during the period by presenting the techniques discussed via a lesson as it might have played out during the period itself. After watching our hosts, we were given the opportunity to handle "shortswords" ourselves and test our skill. (Suffice it to say that it's much harder than it looks!) Pictures up on Facebook!
Introduction to Regency Fashion - February 11, 2012
Our Introduction to Regency Fashion was a great success! Nicole Rudolph, accompanied by Gwendolyn Besala provided us with a fantastic presentation! Below are some pictures from the event. Ms. Rudolph graduated from Ball State University where she studied costume design and became interested in historical fashion there. She moved to Williamsburg, Virginia shortly after earning her degree and worked as a tailor in the Colonial Williamsburg Costume Design Center after which she opened Golden Hind Millinery, a historical clothing company specializing in 18th and early 19th century garments and accessories. You can see pictures from our very first event on Facebook.