Last night I attended the Twelfth Night Ball at the Riversdale House Museum. This was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy period dancing, historically researched food, and a festive atmosphere in a beautiful early 19th century house (constructed 1801-1807 by the Stier/Calvert family).
The ball consisted of an opening hour of dancing, followed by a scrumptious supper (including a meat pie, salad, macaroni pasta, and spice cake, all researched by foodways historian Joyce White), and finishing with more dancing. There was live music, with the dances ably called by James Wass. Our hostess was none other than Mrs. Calvert herself (played by Katherine Spivey).
I was highly impressed with the entire ball, and I very much hope to attend future events at the museum. I am glad that I found the museum on a random jaunt last March!
I wore my dark blue tone-on-tone striped ballgown again, accented with a new wig from Fancy Nancy Hair on Etsy and a new necklace. I made the necklace only just before the ball, which included me working on it while already dressed in my gown (wielding pliers while wearing stays!). You can see a close up photo of the necklace (before I attached the clasp) on Flickr, here.
Isabella in her beautiful new pink spencer
Mike, wearing a new waistcoat that I made him earlier this month, his 1790s wool frock coat (on which I put a better collar for this wearing), and new breeches from Colonial Clothing of Mackinaw on Etsy
All of my photos are here.