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Williamsburg Weekend

Whew! What a weekend!

girliegirl32786 (who had arrived the night before) and I drove down to Williamsburg Friday afternoon. Unfortunately not only were we running late but we ran into construction on I-95, then had issues checking into the hotel *grrr*. By the time we got into our room we had 35 minutes to dress head-to-toe in 18th century. We did it in 45 minutes (I did "pouf" hair in 15 minutes - that has to be a record!) and so were only 10 minutes late. I forgot my muff and gloves but we made our goal of not being the last ones to arrive anyway... :P

There were 30-40 people in our party (inculding local LJers marcine, isabelladangelo, williamsburg24, sadievale & idlewild_grey) and we were all seated in the same room at four large tables. Dinner was yummy if rushed. I tried the rum punch for the first time and loved it - there will be more of those in my future!

Next we all walked across the street to Raleigh Tavern for a candlelit concert. girliegirl32786 described it as "magical" and it really was. The concert itself was delightful, a lovely program of late 18th-century music played by a trio of pianoforte, viola da gamba, and baroque violin. Each piece was introduced with lots of interesting history and you could tell the musicians were passionate about what they were doing and were having a blast doing it. Add to that the room being full of 18th century frocks, sparkling spangles, rustling silk, feathers swaying, fans being gently fanned in time to the music - all in candlelight - and it really was magical. It was one of the coolest things I have ever done as a costumer and exactly what I needed that night.

Afterwards some enjoyed the lovely evening with a stroll through the historic area to the after party a couple of blocks away. The after party was fun, a chance to chat and catch up with both local and far-flung costuming friends while nibbling desserts and sipping port. We didn't stay too long which was fine with me, as much fun as I was having I was exhausted. We had another lovely stroll back, zoccolaro graciously detouring to walk us to our car. Thanks so much Francis!

girliegirl32786 and I got back to our hotel room which after getting dressed in such a rush was an utter disaster. So we tidied up, packed up all our costuming (which felt kinda strange!), managed to get a comb through our hairspray drenched hair, showered and crashed into bed.

The next morning we slept in and had a disappointing hotel breakfast before heading to the CW Visitor's Center. Our first stop of the day was the Dewitt museum to see the Accessories: Head to Toe exhibit. It was small but full of pretty and unusual things. Among my favorites were a frilly silk covered hat, a chemisette made out of sleeve ruffles and some rectangle mother of pearl game counters.

After thoroughly exploring and documenting the exhibit we wondered around the museum a bit before heading to Merchant Square for lunch at the Cheese Shop, coffee, and the chocolate cake of doom. We then headed to the Governor’s Palace, did the house tour and wondered the gardens.

We were on our way to see some of the trade shops when we ran into demode, jubilima, zoccolaro, trystbat, angldst, seekatesew & howlgirl who all looked awesome (the riding habits - ahh!) and were on their way to the Shoemaker. That shop had been on our list too so we joined them. I about tripled my knowledge of shoemaking in the 15 minutes I stood around listening to zoccolaro & the shoemaker talk. It was awesome!

After that A & I shamelessly followed the pretty costumes around the Governor’s Palace grounds taking pics and trying hard not to steal hats and walking sticks. It was a temptation let me tell you!

After we said goodbye to the pretty people it was time to head back to the hotel to meet Mom and Dad for dinner. We went to the Blue Talon for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Dinner was great but the dessert menu was truly epic. girliegirl32786's lemon tart was beyond fabulous, my chocolate mousse was perfect and Dad’s absinthe had the best presentation evar. *sigh* We went back to the hotel for Jampange and a rousing game of Uno. The parents crashed while Aubry and I stayed up into the wee hours chatting, scheming and generally talking ourselves hoarse in the sitting room of our suite. It was awesome.

We all slept-in the next morning, checked out of the hotel and went to Aroma's in Merchant's Square for breakfast. Some shopping was done and then it was time to say goodbye to girliegirl32786 (sadness). The parents and I headed out of the town too, taking a leisurely back way, stopping at an antique store or two along the way.

Monday afternoon found me on the road back to Williamsburg. I HAD to see bauhausfrau while she was in Virginia so I joined her, demode, jubilima, sarahbellem, zoccolaro, trystbat, seekatesew & howlgirl for dinner at the King's Arms Tavern. It was a lovely evening! It was nice to have a more leisurely dinner at the tavern this time and of course the company was beyond fabulous.

A lovely after-dinner stroll to the Governor’s Palace for silly pictures then back to the Lodge, where I changed out of my stays in bauhausfrau's room. I really wasn’t ready to leave yet so I hung out there for a little while longer before dragging myself away. The 1.5 hour drive home was fine, thanks in part to the long nap I'd taken earlier in the day (I be smart) and the wine I had with dinner (alcohol doing for me what caffeine does for most people hee). I pulled into the driveway at 1am. I have to say it didn't feel nearly that late, I guess the daylight savings time change worked to my advantage for once!

Needless to say my lack of enthusiasm for making any new 18th century this year is now gone and I'm feeling all inspired to delve back into my favorite era. I particularly need a riding habit - stat! You people are evil! (you know who you are)

My pics can be found here: (I have to admit slacking off on Friday night - pics weren't going to do it justice so I didn't really bother!)

Friday Night & Saturday Touristing - plus a few pinched from Aubry! :>
Accessory Exhibit
Monday Night Dinner

More photos from the weekend: (I'll add more as they appear online)
Isabella's pics
Loren - videos (locked post)


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countess_rosina From: countess_rosina Date: March 15th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC) (link)
How divine! I'm especially jealous of your costumed concert.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 16th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC) (link)
Divine is a good word! I know, I'd be jealous of me too! Hee.
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: March 15th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC) (link)
What a fabulous weekend you had! :-)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 16th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC) (link)
It was great if exhusting!
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: March 15th, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC) (link)
Wonderful photos! Looks like you had a fantastic time! And 15 minute pouf hair?! Go you!!! It looks fantastic :D
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 16th, 2011 02:11 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks - I'm glad you liked them! I'm going to try and do a tutorial this week on the hair... I figure I should document it while I can still remember what the heck I did! :>
madamekat From: madamekat Date: March 15th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC) (link)
That was a great write up and I love all the photos! I'm so impressed with all the outfits and so wish I could have been there, too.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 16th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it! Everyone looked so amazing, it was a delight to be in such beautiful company all weekend!
twilatee From: twilatee Date: March 15th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC) (link)
OH!! you all look so lovely! How fun! :)

kinda jealous... kinda mostly jealous... but still! Yay! Fun! :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 16th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks! It was such fun!
From: aimeekitty Date: March 16th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC) (link)
so much pretty and fun!!!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 16th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC) (link)
Yes and yes! :>
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: March 16th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC) (link)
So much fun!!! And such wonderful pictures!

And 15 minute hair? I'm impressed :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 16th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks - I'm glad you liked the pics! I thought of you the whole time and how someday you must come to Williamsburg when it's not stinking hot. It really is a different experiance!

I know, right?! Heck I was impressed! :>
mandie_rw From: mandie_rw Date: March 16th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC) (link)
Wow, sounds like a fantastic weekend (and looks like it, too)! And really, that's a 15-minute pouf? I am extremely impressed! I can't do it that well, no matter how much time you give me! ;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 16th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks, it was wonderful! I'm going to try and do a tutorial this week on my pouf hair... I figure I should document it while I can still remember what the heck I did! :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: March 16th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC) (link)
Despite the drama and not feeling well, it was such a lovely weekend. I'm so glad I came down! Thank you for being my tour guide and sharing your hotel room.

I was sad to miss dinner on Monday but I'm glad you had a nice time!

Edited at 2011-03-16 04:10 am (UTC)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 16th, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm so glad you came too. Sorry about the drama and such! It wouldn't have been nearly as much fun without you!
angldst From: angldst Date: March 16th, 2011 07:25 am (UTC) (link)
It was so wonderful to see you and A. I've missed y'all, and have been following along with your beading progress posts, and am so awed by your talents. You and A looked so very pretty in your finery on Friday night.


jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 16th, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much - it was nice to see you again too! :>
lmcbeth From: lmcbeth Date: March 16th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC) (link)
Looks like a fun and fabulous weekend was had! Of course I'm green with envy to have missed out on all of that, but thanks for sharing the recap and pictures :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 21st, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm glad you enjoyed the pics! Next up CosCon! :>
suededsilk From: suededsilk Date: March 16th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC) (link)
What a fantastic weekend! :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 21st, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC) (link)
It was really fun!
saharazara From: saharazara Date: March 18th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC) (link)
Ah! I'm so jealous - and, I don't know how I missed you all, since I came down Sunday. Waa! You look gorgeous - I still love that dress! Looks like you guys had a great time!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 21st, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC) (link)
Well I left Sunday morning and was only back on monday for a couple of hours - I was easy to miss! :> Thanks so much - I need to wear that stripey dress much more often!
trystbat From: trystbat Date: March 18th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC) (link)
It was great to see you! Thanks for the little tour around the governor's mansion gardens :-) And I'm loving the photos (who knows how long it will take me to get mine off the camera).
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 21st, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC) (link)
It was great to see you too! You are more than welcome, glad you enjoyed it! Oh and thanks for your pics too - you got some fun ones!
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 4th, 2011 04:15 am (UTC) (link)
Wow your outfit looks fabulous, ditto hair. Mmmm, sounds like a wonderful event to go to. Nothing like that around here in Australia! Well I can wish!
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