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 [...]

Oshawa Community Museum

By | May 26th, 2015|Categories: Destinations, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , |

Where is the Oshawa Community Museum?   The Oshawa Community Museum is located in Lakeview Park, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Oshawa lies  on the Lake Ontario shoreline in southern Ontario, about 6o kilometers from Toronto. It is also the home of the Parkwood National Historic Site, which, according to Day Trips from Toronto: Getaway Ideas for [...]

Cinnabar Theater

By | May 21st, 2015|Categories: Destinations, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

History of Cinnabar Theater   Cinnabar Theater started life as a two-room schoolhouse built in 1908 on the outskirts of Petaluma, California. Marvin and Jan Kelbe purchased it during the summer of 1970. Marvin was a renowned opera singer looking for a way to spend more time with his family while feeding his need to [...]

Spencer Community Theatre

By | May 19th, 2015|Categories: Destinations, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Where is Spencer Community Theatre?   Spencer Community Theatre is located in the town of Spencer, Iowa.  Situated at the confluence of the Little Sioux and Ocheyedan Rivers, Spencer lies among the rolling hills and lakes of northwest Iowa.  A town of little more than 11,000 people, it is listed in The 100 Best Small Art [...]