Sunday at Doors Open: Dalnavert

During the Doors Open event in the last weekend of May, I had two costumes out.  The 1845 paisley “Atessa” dress and on the Sunday the 1903 Battenburg blousewaist (formally known as a table cloth) and the 1903 black trumpet skirt made an appearance.  I also added the Battenburg apron I found at a flea market which gave me a good “house keeper” kind of look.  This was ideal as I was doing some volunteer work at Dalnavert House.IMG_20180527_095918344

This was my first stint volunteering at the house and I really enjoyed it.  My volunteer roll for this event was primarily floating, giving rests to people who had assigned spots.  It gave me the chance to really get to know parts of the house.

After a busy day volunteering, I really was thirsty so a can of coke was like ambrosia!

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As I drank it, I remembered all kinds of Coke ads and memorabilia I have seen over the years so I “went with it”!

The modern hall attached to Dalnavert housed the Costume Museum’s display so I got to see the things I helped prepare.

Next post: more of the Costume Museum’s display!

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Doors Open 2018: Kildonan Cemetery and Church

In the past few years, I have volunteered at the old jail for Doors Open.  This year I decided to change it up.

On the Saturday my costume group, Truly Victorian, went to 3 venues.  And on Sunday I volunteered at Dalnavert House museum.

The cemetery and church was the first stop.  Lottie and I went in 1840’s attire and Shirley was in later styles.  3 2

Of course when one goes to an old cemetery, one wants to see old graves.

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There are the sad ones of dead babies.

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The ones that reveal family tragedies.

The above stone shares of one man’s losses. His 24 year old wife died Feb 21, 1890.  Six days later, their daughter died at only 45 days old.  4 years prior, they lost a 12 day old baby girl.

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There are the stones that make you angry. Like this repaired one. There were several like this that possibly fell victim to vandals.

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And there are the ones that are creative and beautiful.

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The church, built in 1852, is under restoration at this time but we were allowed to go in and see it.

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The balcony was off limits as it is no longer safe.  But the main floor, in spite of needing a little TLC is in good shape. b

The stain glass, which was added in the 1920’s, was my favorite.

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And of the 4 of them, this was my favorite both in terms of the picture itself and because I recognize the Henderson name as I lived a few blocks from a street named after that family.  And on Henderson, there is a church named after the pastor that originally founded this church, John Black.

When we were done looking at the interior of the church, we walked around the exterior to see the work that had been done.

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On the right side of the photo you see the west side wall still covered in stucco. The left side of the photo shows the north wall with the stucco removed and the tyndall stone revealed.

For those of you who liked to be a bit grossed out, I have to show you what I saw next to the door on my way out of the church.

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Dozens of Lady Bugs.

I used to like Lady Bugs but last year they introduced an Asian variety to our city in hopes of controlling aphids.  Those little devils bite.  I can’t tell if these are the Asian ones or the nice kind but even the nice kind are gross in huge bunches!

 

How did you celebrate the Queen’s birthday?

My group, Victorian at Heart, launched our costuming season this past Victoria Day.  We dolled ourselves up and headed out to Lower Fort Garry to tour and take photos.9

Here is Shirley in her lovely plaid ensemble.  Love the jaunty hat!1

Lottie is in a lovely golden print. She had fabulous curls under her hat!

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These lovely ladies were not to proud to shake the hands of the day maids.

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I wore my 1861 Señora dress.  I left off the jacket because it was just too hot.

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I had fun with my phone afterwards, playing with filters and frames.

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The highlight of the day was the dance in the men’s quarters.

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And after a little of the Governor’s rum (aka iced tea) I took a twirl on the dance floor too.  26

 

 

Year in review: costumes that got out of the closet

I really thought more of my costumes got out of the closet this year but I guess not.  I think it was because there were no events like the Dicken’s Festival or Coco where multiple costumes get worn. Here are the ones that did get out.

Seven in total.  Eight if you count the time I played a hooker at the old jail and stood in my undies for the audience.

I’m hoping, this new year, my costuming buddies and I will make it out to the Dicken’s Festival in Saskatchewan.  That will increase the number of dresses that get worn!  I also hope that I will have the opportunity to wear the ones that didn’t get used this year.  I don’t like the idea of dresses languishing in the closet too long.  But perhaps that may encourage me to part with the ones that no longer thrill me.  The ones that have flaws that now seem glaringly obvious.

PS.  I hope you folks had a good New Year’s celebration and you enjoy this new one.  May your troubles be few and your joys be many!

 

Goin’ out Edwardian style

I had my first event in Edwardian Fashions.  I finished the Trumpet Skirt I was working on and paired it with my shirtwaist made from a table cloth and wore it to the Urban Gallery display at the Museum of Man and Nature.  Lottie was also in Edwardian fashions and Shirley came in modern clothes and played “photographer”.  Here are some of the highlights…

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You can almost see the authentic Edwardian belt buckle in this photo.  You can’t see the pin stripes in the skirt at all!

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In a lot of my photos, my shirtwaist was riding up under my left arm and my hat had slipped WAAAAY back.  Sigh.  And I looked in the mirror before we started!

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The dummy behind the counter had a similar shirtwaist on as the dummy in front of the counter!

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Lookin’ for the laudanum and found the laxatives instead.

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Lottie’s hat is the best! She took apart 3 hats to make this baby!

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Time to play the harlot!

Then it was time to go home and play with the photographs.

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Out and about…at least my body was!

Victorian at Heart went to the old fort for our end of summer outing.

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Shirley wore 1850’s, Lottie wore early 1860’s, I wore early 1870’s (which I ran around telling everyone was late 1860’s) but, look at  the expression on my face…. I was quite clearly strung out from the excessive heat.  I forgot the icepacks I usually wear under my hats to keep my brain functional.

In spite of the heat, it was a pleasant afternoon wandering around looking at things.  The big house, which is the highlight of the place, was shut down for renovations which was too bad. But the smaller houses were charming as were the workers.IMG_20170827_141541415

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Here are a few of the better shots.  Please excuse all the crazed, uptight expressions I am sporting.

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