Happy Valentine’s Day, dear friends! It’s been a little snowy today, but luckily last Saturday was a clear and lovely day for Locust Grove’s Historical Ball! This year was our third ball, although it would have been the fourth annual event, if last year had not been cancelled due to ice and snow. I was delighted to see so many familiar faces, as well as some new friends, decked out in their period finery! Guests came dressed in their favorite period garb, whether it was Regency, the Roaring Twenties, or the 1940s! Tom and Toni Tumbusch of Cincinnati acted as our dance callers, and brought along their adorable puppies, Bingley and Tilney, as they led our guests through reels, waltzes, and quadrilles, although my favorite was the Grand March! Here are some pictures from the event, many shared by our guests! Enjoy!
Many of our guests created their own costumes for the evening. Melissa’s frock, seen above, is based on a 1922 Robe de Style design by Lanvin, with great success! Melissa chronicled the process of making her frock here, in case you have a yen to learn more about historical dressmaking!
Many of our costumed interpreters were in attendance at the ball! See if you can spot them from Christmastide!
Although I didn’t get to experience all the dances, I managed to pop my head in for the Grand March, which looked like such fun! You can read more about the Grand March here.
I had such fun watching all the dancing, seeing the clothes, and visiting with friends, new and old, that I hereby take it upon myself to proclaim the 2015 Historical Ball a success! If you were at the ball, leave a comment by clicking the link at the top of the page to let us know what you thought! But the fun and frivolity doesn’t stop there! If you’re interested in becoming a costumed interpreter at Locust Grove, auditions are just around the corner! You can visit this page for more information, or contact our program coordinator Brian Cushing at firstname.lastname@example.org. Auditions are February 25 from 6-7pm and February 28 from 1-2pm. Come join us for a chance to be a part of our historical cast!
February means we’re open for tours again, so be sure to stop by to see us soon! We’re always glad to see our friends.
I remain, yours affectionately,
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