We put the date on our calendar almost two years ago! How quickly the months passed and tonight was the night – a splendid Civil War Ball complete with dancing and elegant refreshments and beautiful period attire ball gowns on all the ladies!
For my gown, I spliced my taffeta skirt with the bodice of a formal dress from my costume collection, and created my headpiece from a vintage headband, plumage, and rhinestones. Wearing the ensemble over my smaller hoop skirt (easier to navigate on a dance floor), I was happy to break in my new dancing slippers I’d ordered special for the occasion from the Victorian Trading Company.
Ed had been growing out a stylish handlebar mustache and goatee as he wanted to appear the Southern Country Gentleman. I think he achieved his goal
Upon entering, our photo was captured as a souvenir . . .
|Photo by T&F Camera, Vineland, NJ|
Our program/dance card explained all the proper etiquette for the evening:
So – to the dance floor we ventured, led by a team of Dance Mistresses and Masters from the Tri State Victorian Dancers, with live period music provided by the Wild Mountain Time Band.
Couples gathered on the floor for the opening Grand March as three sets of dances ensued. Each dance was explained and rehearsed before we were let loose swinging partners and do-si-do-ing all about. For lots of great photos (my camera just couldn’t capture the fun justly) by our local newspaper photographer, Cody Glenn, click HERE.
During the two intermissions (and if one chose to sit out a dance) elegant refreshments were set out including a menu of scones, pastries . . .
Cucumber tea sandwiches . . .
Salmon mousse, and my favorite . . . pumpkin pudding!!!
Ed and I enjoyed about every other dance – allowing some of the more energetic numbers to be left to those hardier youths.
It was so nice to see so many young people attending. Young and old, though, attended dressing in the spirit of the occasion – circa 1861. Here I am posing with a Civil War re-enactor friend of mine, Miss Viola, who, you will note, does not look into the camera, nor does she smile, but remains solemn when photographed in period attire – ever in character. I, however, always forget that part.
The event was sponsored by The Friends of Historic Vineland, a number of our board members (Ed and I included) posing here in all our finery.
I admit, I did not have a hand in organizing this grand affair – so much more that I could really just enjoy the event! So, off to the dance floor we’d go – our favorite dance pictured here is the Patty Cake Polka. Great fun!
A final waltz closed the evening, and this much anticipated event was now a part of our Vineland history – with plans to do it again next year, too!
Many thanks to Merighi’s Savoy Inn and the Blue Ribbon Committee for all their hard work in making such a memorable evening for all!