An Invitation to 1812 !
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of dispair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going straight to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short the period was very like our own . . . . . . . . ." Tale of Two Cities
So Charles Dickens described the last three decades of the "long 18th century" when two revolutions turned the world upside down and set the scene for the Regency in England and Napoleon Bonaparte's rule of France. Consider this:
* One George famously rose and prevailed, while "the other
George" went mad and a Regency was declared.
* A queen named Marie lost her head in France while a
Quaker named Dolley lost her husband but remarried a Mr. Madison & became a beloved American First Lady.
* An Anglican priest's daughter named Jane wrote of picnics, assembly balls and muslin gowns in her 1811 novel "Sense & Sensibility", while Emperor Bonaparte won
battles & bathed in bathtubs filled with 4711 cologne.
The world turned upside down indeed!
Welcome to the Regency Period !
As a group of Regency Era Enthusiasts, we endeavour to celebrate all aspects of the period some call the Regency Period (1795-1820); some call the Federal Period (1783 - 1820) and others, the Napoleonic Era (1793-1814).
Whatever one chooses to call it, since Jane Austen's life (1775 - 1817) spanned this most remarkable era AND since she writes of it so wittily and well, it is hard to resist her claim on all aspects of it, even if she almost totally ignores the world war raging around her.
However . . . rather than dancing on the head of this pin, let us dance with each other instead, dine with each other, sew with each other and take tea with each other. For THAT is precisely what we invite you to join us to do.
We are a group of 21st c. admirers of Regency Era music, architecture, fashion & dance. We love tea and company! We enjoy Jane Austen's sharp wit, wonderful characters & happy endings. Emperor Napoleon and his consort Josephine do fascinate us as well and First Lady Dolley Madison is simply irresistable!
Kindly consult our Calendar & plan to join us at a Assembly dance, tea or picnic. By all means come !
Truly, dressing in the year 1812 is not required!
We welcome one & all !
Do join us !
Music on this site is performed on period instruments by
David & Ginger Hildebrand on their delightful CD,
Over the Hills & Far Away;
Being a Collection of Music from 18th-Century Annapolis
which can be purchased on their website www.colonialmusic.org