Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Holiday Open House, Historic Annapolis 2018

     As many know, I lead a group of living historians for events in the Paca House and Gardens in Historic Annapolis.  I don't claim to be that great in working in first person, but those who are in the group are most excellent.  I do like to claim that we are very authentic in what we wear to events.  I wanted to share some photos of our latest event this past weekend.

     I'm wearing my own jewelry - of course - Penny River Costuming embroidered stockings are so unique and beautiful, American Duchess white Dunmore shoes that I had dyed gold (too bad they are discontinued as they are an amazing shoe), and a silk gown purchased months ago at Colonial Williamsburg.  If you have not popped into the Mary Dickenson shop and met Robin Gander, you need to.  She is the very best and amazing at knowing what is right and what may fit you.  They offer really beautiful gowns at a somewhat affordable price, that work for what we do.  Robin allowed me to take my time trying it on, and then of course I had to have it!

     Our event was a really big success.  The site has a new VP of Education and Interpretation - Mary Angela Hardwick - who saw us all in action for the first time.  We are so grateful for them allowing us to participate in bringing in the house alive, to Kenneth Tom for the amazing photos to capture us there, and to every one in the group who volunteer their time in which to make it all happen.  

     It was 15 December 1770, and Mr. and Mrs. Paca were having a holiday party before the 12 days of Christmas started.  They had been invited to so many, they wanted to start their party first.  So many things to talk about!  Their friends and family were there, with me portraying Mrs. Paca's sister.  

     Below are photos highlighting some of the best of the best.

Mrs. Eleanor Dorsey Hall (Marie Louise Halbert) and Mrs. Caroline Eden (Krista Jasillo)

Mrs. Margaret Chew Bordley (Me), Mrs. Margaret Tilghman Carroll (Michelle Sebastian), and Charles Carroll the Barrister (Chuck Aldrich) just arriving.

Mrs. Bordley, His Excellency and Mrs. Eden

His Excellency Governor Robert Eden (Harry Aycock) and William Paca (Matthew West) 

The ladies in the Dining room 

Okay, my prototype watch on one of my original chains worn by Mrs. Caroline Eden 

My Original Watch chain and French Gold Watch 

His Excellency Governor Robert Eden, William Paca, Margaret Chew Bordley, Caroline Eden, Mrs.Eleanor Dorsey Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Carroll the Barrister, and Mr. Mr. Brice Thomas Beale Worthington (Michael Halbert)  

The Gentlemen in the Parlor 

Mr. Paca and Mr. Worthington

Mrs. Mary Chew Paca (Gema Gonzalez) and Mrs. Worthington

Reproduction made by me in the museum 

Some of the Group 

Me, Mrs. Ann Tasker Ogle (Kerry McClure), and Mrs. Margaret Tilghman Carroll

The British Marines coming into the Paca House to raid the kitchen 

The ladies in the bedchamber before Mrs. Paca kicked us out!  Just Kidding. 

Standing in front of the Mr. Paca display with clothing donated that is in memory of James Goucher of which he is also wearing the "James" shoe buckles which were named after his originals and to him.  Remembering him and honoring his life. 

Cooks in the Kitchen (Robin Marchionni and Nicole Foronda) 

 Cooks in the Kitchen found Hogarth the mouse...