Sunday, April 13, 2014

Topsails and Tea 2014 - a stellar event!

Topsails and Tea will be taking place in Astoria this year, the first permanent settlement west of the Rockies, and Oregon's oldest.  We will be there to welcome our lovely lady friends, the Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington.  The event takes place over the last weekend in May, starting Friday night, May 30 with the Astor Ball.

The Astor Ball will be held in the beautiful Masonic Center in Astoria, a building that has a lovely Grecian/Roman appearance.  Inside is a spacious ballroom and a mezzanine room from which participants may view the dancing while at cards.

Columns and a classic portico to welcome ballgoers.
The ballroom below, the mezzanine room across,
an elegant space for our purposes.
On Saturday, there will be a museum visit, and tea at the infamous, and historic Flavel House, a graceful Victorian beauty in the center of Astoria.

The Flavel House Museum.
Saturday evening will then feature the evening sail on the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain. These are ships out of the Grays Harbour Historical Seaport.

The Lady Washington

The Hawaiian Chieftain
We will tie up the weekend with a picnic at Fort Clatsop on Sunday.  It is a full weekend of all-regency-all-the-time fun, so pack your trunks and join us! All are welcome to all of our events in the beautiful, historical Astoria, Oregon.

A soaring view of Astoria and the bridge.
Astor Ball event page on Facebook (must be logged in and a member of the ORS group to view)
Topsails & Tea event page on Facebook (must be logged in and a member of the ORS group to view)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

A date for the ORS's 2014 retreat!

Hello all! We have a date for our 2014 retreat, as well as a stunning and lovely, private location. We will be having the retreat at the Chateau at the Oregon Caves this upcoming year. We have the whole lodge to ourselves! So save the date.  The first five registrees will qualify for a very special prize (TBA).  There are only 40 spots available for this retreat so book soon. We will allow the retreat fee to be paid in installments, which will be provided on our event page soon.

In the meantime, mark your calendars, start arranging transportation (if you are coming from afar) and start working on your autumn wardrobes! We will post details on the events page as they come! Keep checking with us, and click HERE to view the Facebook event page, where surely there will be lots of chatter. :)


Only 40 spots available, so register today to secure yours! Download your registration forms here.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Recent Events from the NW Chapter.

To punctuate our most productive event meeting, we enjoyed a well-attended picnic at Pittock Mansion this past Sunday with no fewer than forty-five people in costume and several in plainclothes. It was a wonderful occasion and everyone had a splendid time!  See our little slideshow(s) below for images of the picnic (directly below) and a slideshow of our Topsails & Tea event in Hood River on June 1.



More events are being finalized and will be posted under our events tab soon. Keep checking back to know what we're up to for the next six months at least.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Productive meetings = new events!

The ORS leadership had a meeting this past week, and the result is a nice busy list of events that reach well into the spring of 2014. Yay! Amid other plans, we are also working on the retreat for our state as well, but those plans will be announced when we have settled things.  In the meantime, we've already got something for our membership every month through March of 2014, which is faboo, and as it always happens, new things will pop up in between as we go along.  For now, our events page will be populated as venues are confirmed, with a few 'save the dates' so people have time to plan.

Among the many new events are a few new additions to the ORS Workshop Series, including two day workshops to create foundation costume pieces for a Regency wardrobe, including the 'unmentionables', and even gowns.  So keep checking in!

The first workshop to come up is a weekend workshop to create a set of Regency stays. With the assistance of experienced costumers, like Nora Azevedo, participants will be able to create a set of stays from start to finish (hopefully) during this workshop.  Materials for the foundation of the stays will be provided as part of the fee, and all participants have to bring is their sewing kit and fashion fabric if they want something fancy to cover the exterior of their stays other than plain white.



The ORS's Northwest Chapter has two very popular posts about Regency stays, and participants can use them to help decide which type of stays would best suit them.




The Regency stay is a crucial, foundation item that is required to achieve the proper regency silhouette, there is no doubt about it. There are very few substitutes for the stay, even a bodiced petticoat has its limits. Gowns designed to work with modern bras have longer backs, and although superficially they have the regency shape, they do not have the accuracy of a period costume.  Any participant looking to advance their skill level and their accuracy in regency costume, and to have the foundation garments that they can build their wardrobe on, this is the workshop for you.  It's over a two days on a weekend, and will be held at the private home of ORS leader Mary Whittaker (aka Aelfgyva). See the events page for details.

And remember, all ORS workshop series events are costume-free. Show up in jeans, a t-shirt with a latté clutched in your hand. We don't always play dress-up, but when we're not all trussed up for Regency fun, we are at least getting together to prepare for it. ;)  See you at our next event!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A delightful assembly


Friday evening was wonderful. It was a warm evening, and attendees enjoyed dancing before and after dining. Kathryn Plett of Set to Music Country Dancing was kind enough to call the dances for us on this lovely balmy Spring night.

TaborSpace was an excellent venue with excellent staff, and we were delighted to be welcomed there. It was a family-friendly evening of dance, dining and diversions.