So as Devon mentioned in our last post, we had an absolutely great time at the Spencerville Heritage Fair!
We spent Friday morning getting ready for the day, and also Devon and I had a chance to stroll through Kathy’s garden/yard and pretend we were in a BBC drama. The best part is that this picture was candid, I really was making that ridiculous face.
Here are the Good Time Regency Girls’ Pictorial Top Ten from the Spencerville Heritage Fair:
10. Late Thursday Panic Sewing!
Devon and I spent most of Thursday night frantically finishing up projects for the following day! I was working on my ball gown and Devon was finishing up the trim of her stays! Both vital elements of the weekend! Thankfully though, we powered through and passed out in a heap around midnight!
9. GTRGs go to 100% historical accurate ATM. That’s right, 100% accurate. There was also an LCBO but sadly, Devon had not brought the ye olde flask. It should be noted that this did not stop us from imbibing during the weekend. (see: Port Night).
8. It was a good thing that Devon had not brought the flask because as soon as we got to Spencerville we headed to the Town Hall where we took part in one of the two dance workshops that weekend in preparation for the Saturday night ball! In the pictures below you can also see our good friend Victoria Gzebb (in her cap and pashmina dress!), she spent the weekend with the GTRGs and also gave an informative talk on Sunday about being an Accomplished Lady! The GTRGs were unsurprised to find that they are slightly lacking in MOST accomplishments. The distinction as ‘ladies’ is yet to be determined (see: port night).
7. After the workshop the GTRGs head to the Reenactment Camp to peruse the historical wares available and chat with some of our friends who were also in period attire!
6. Port Night
…please note no media survived port night. Probably for the best. What happens at Port Night, stays at Port Night…
5. The next morning, the GTRGs slowly made it back to Spencerville for the day’s festivities. One of our first stops was listening to Dr. Ed! He offered to bleed us to re-balance the humours of the previous night, but we declined as blood is just too hard to get out of muslin, and the coffee was working wonders.
4. After we escaped Dr. Ed and his leeches, we were accosted by some well dressed politicians demanding that we make sure our men came out to vote. Well considering at most Regency events we refer to ourselves as widows, they soon lost interest in us, and headed on to more willing constituents.
3. Nothing feeds into a woman’s ego like having a duel fought over her, and on Saturday, Devon got to experience just that! Here is Devon and her temporary husband, Dave!
The scene was set as Dave called out Mr. Flint for having liaisons with his wife! Naughty Devon! (That is however why we are known as the Good Time Regency Girls, and not the Appropriate Time Regency Girls)
In the end, however, Andrew met his demise, and Devon stayed with her husband, because for the GTRGs in 1812 money always trumps.
2. After Andrew was miraculously revived by the surgeon, the GTRGs head over to the field to watch the skirmish. While the cannons and muskets were loud, it was all quite thrilling!
1. After the battle we stepped back into our BBC miniseries life – dancing, music, regimental soliders and fireworks – no not that kind of fireworks, literal fireworks. Though they were SPECTACULAR. with over 20 minutes of some of the best fireworks the GTRGs had ever seen! At one point I literally jumped and shrieked, giving my best and accidental Lydia Bennett impression!
Bonus: The GTRGs were one of the 238 participants for the Guiness World Book of Records attempt for the most people dressed in Regency attire in North America. Unfortunately we did not hit the record of 409, but even in the pouring rain it was a lot of fun to be a part of such an attempt!
All in all, the GTRGs had a pretty great weekend taking in all that Spencerville had to offer. We met some fantastic people who love the Regency just as much as we do, we took in some wonderful events and we were so sad to leave on Sunday afternoon! For the Good Time Regency Girls’ debut event, we couldn’t have ask for anything better!