Dateline: Marriott Wardman Hotel, Washington, DC
July 15, 2009
Or is it 1809?
If you were sitting where I'm sitting, you might wonder. Where am I? At the annual meeting of the Beau Monde Chapter of the Romance Writers of America.
There's a four-piece ensemble playing late 18th century dance tunes as gowned women dance country dances--so called because they're danced in two facing ("contra") lines--laughing and chattering as they tread through the steps.
There are sets of reproduction playing cards printed from original 1750 plates, along with rulebooks for playing 18th and 19th century card games and gold foil covered chocolate coins to use for betting. Yes, this is how Regency authors have fun in their off-duty hours!
Don't you love these costumes? Marissa and Regina, alas, did not attend suitably attired, but we hope you'll like these:
I want that hat!
And these shoes!
However, I'm glad I didn't have to manage the graceful but very long train on this beautiful dress!
And aren't these two lovely dresses just stunning? The feathers especially made it for me. :)