Friday, September 26, 2014

A lovely poem inspired by the second Winter Ball in 2008 at the David Cole Mansion.

Ode to a Regency Ball 
by Ruth Haring

Tiny lights twinkle in the frosty night,
Covering turrets and windows with a heavenly light.
Our trailing skirts are lifted to enter the hall,
We’re giddy with excitement – it’s our first regency ball.

Hours and hours have been spent dreaming and planning.
Yards of ribbon and fabric and lace have been spanning.
Our house for weeks now, but finally we’re near,
And our magical night is about to appear.

We’ve curled every hair, tied every cravat,
Laced up the corsets and donned every hat.
We’ve primped and we’ve fussed, checked and rechecked
‘Til we’re all completely and properly bedecked.

Katie is a vision in silky ice blue,
Kristin is regal in a lovely lavender hue,
The gentlemen are looking particularly smashing,
An evening coat and cravat is terribly dashing.

As we entered the mansion, we see a magical sight,
Scores of ladies and gentlemen are packed in tight.
They’re lined up in rows and gaily dancing,
The ladies are gliding, the gentlemen prancing.

Before very long, we've joined in the throng,
Twirling and spinning along with the song.
We’re learning new terms like set, honor and cast,
Dancing to lovely old tunes from the past.

The Duke of Kent’s Waltz and Hole in the Wall,
We’re learning! It’s amazing! Please don’t let me fall!
But everyone is helpful, glad to advise,
And we are so grateful for these words from the wise.

Between some of the sets, we step out in the dark,
To find tables with refreshments under trees in the park.
Their trunks are wrapped in more twinkling lights
And the laughter and music spill into the night.

We've been transported to an earlier time.
When men were more courtly, with manners sublime.
Women wore gowns that made them feel
Like those fairy tale princesses really were real.

Finally tired but happy, we head for the door.
Curls have drooped, and feet are sore.
But the magic has happened – we’ll never forget,

This wonderful ball, nor the friends that we’ve met.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Flashback! 2008 Midsummer Night's Dream Masquerade

One of the folks that orchestrated this lovely event back in 2008 dug up these videos that were once posted on the 'Past Events' page on the old website. I'm glad she did! This was a stellar event, starting with a wonderful meal, then a performance by wonderful actors of an excerpt from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, to an evening of dance and jubilation.  These were filmed by Brightjoy productions. Theodosia and the Chevalier had the vision and the knowhow to pull off this event, and it was lovely!

A lovely video showing a variety of activities during the event.


This second video is of the performance on the outdoor stage.  This event was held at the lovely Ainsworth House and Gardens of Oregon City, one of our very favourite venues.



Enjoy! We did. :)  A lovely, whimsical evening of delights. Thank you Mme Theo and Chevalier!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Topsails & Tea - A resounding success!

Great fun was had this past weekend; our costumed membership took over the city of Astoria, and could be seen promenading in their regency finest at any given time during the three days.  We've complied a little slideshow movie that summarizes the events of the weekend.  Enjoy!



Join us next year for Topsails & Tea. We're not sure yet, but we'll let you know when we do. :)

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.