Port Townsend Victorian Festival

By | March 24th, 2022|Categories: Customer's Ball Gowns, Customer's Fashions, Destinations, Recollections, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations, Women's History|

We recently heard from a customer who wrote in to let the Recollections team know how much she was enjoying her new jacket. We always love hearing from happy customers, but when we learned that the jacket had been purchased to wear at the Port Townsend Victorian festival that she was helping to organize, we [...]

My Holiday at Tombstone Monument Ranch

By | January 6th, 2022|Categories: Destinations, Holidays, Old West|

I wanted to do something out of the ordinary this past holiday season. As someone who lives alone, I have found that certain holidays are easier than others and that Christmas tends to be a time that I prefer to do something away from home. Last year I made a promise that I would travel [...]

The Tournament of Roses Parade (Rose Parade)

By | November 21st, 2019|Categories: Destinations, Entertainment, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , |

The Origins of the Tournament of Roses Parade What do you do when the “flowers are blooming and the oranges are about to bear” and it’s cold and snowy in Chicago and New York? Well, if it is 1890 in southern California, you have a “festival to tell the world about your paradise!” – Charles [...]

Victorian Days in Belvidere, NJ

By | August 12th, 2018|Categories: Destinations, New Jersey, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , |

Oh, the things you will see when you take the road less traveled! I love taking the ‘scenic route.’ On a recent trip through New Jersey, it was a delight to drive through Belvidere, New Jersey! Why take the interstate when there is a bridge over the Delaware River in this historic little town? [...]

Catholina Lambert and his castle on Garrett Mountain

By | August 8th, 2018|Categories: Destinations, Edwardian Era, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Growing up in the greater Paterson area of New Jersey had many perks. One of them was visiting Garrett Mountain and Lambert Castle. On a recent visit to the area, I was able to share the experience with my own daughter. What makes Lambert Castle so special? And, what of Catholina Lambert, the man who [...]

Sleeping Bear Inn: Victorian Charm on Lake Michigan

By | October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Destinations, Fashion, Pioneer Dress, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , |

Once a year, my husband and I head out on an anniversary adventure. This year we visited Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on the Leelanau Peninsula in Michigan but had no idea our travels would take us to the Sleeping Bear Inn. After climbing the Empire Bluff, we headed to Glen Haven to visit the [...]

Presque Isle County, Michigan: a Photographic Step Back in Time

By | September 3rd, 2016|Categories: Destinations, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What a joy it is to live, work, and play in our little slice of northern Michigan. Presque Isle County is a four-season wonderland. Yes, it gets very cold and snowy during winter, but that makes summer all the more glorious! As we close out the summer of 2016 , we'd like to share a little [...]

The Tea Ladies, Inc.

By | June 14th, 2016|Categories: Destinations, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Tea Ladies: Victorian and Edwardian History Events The Victorian Tea Ladies is a dedicated group of volunteers who offer a variety of programs related to the Victorian and Edwardian eras. They have been doing this for 13 years! Some programs take place in Bloomington, Illinois. They also have a traveling program where they will [...]

Costume College 2015

By | August 21st, 2015|Categories: Ball Gowns, Civil War, Customer's Ball Gowns, Destinations, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Old West, Pioneer Dress, Polonaise, Roaring 20s, Steampunk, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Sue McDonald   Costume College - Whirlwind of Classes and Special Events   If you haven’t heard about Costume College, then you haven’t been paying attention! After hearing about it for years, a friend convinced me to enroll last year, and I am now positively addicted to the excitement, the many opportunities for learning [...]