Halloween is Just Around the Corner!

By | September 3rd, 2015|Categories: Ball Gowns, Civil War, Downton Abbey, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Old West, Pioneer Dress, Roaring 20s, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Halloween is Just a Hop-Skip-and-a-Jump Away!   Yes, the calendar just flipped from August to September, and the thermometer is still registering summer temperatures. But, make no mistake, it's almost heeeeeerrrrre! It's time to start thinking about autumn and one of its highlights - Halloween.   Themed parties, no theme parties, and everything in between [...]

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 [...]

Unstoppable Margaret Brown – a True Pioneer

By | August 20th, 2015|Categories: Old West, Pioneer Dress, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , |

The name is Margaret Brown - The Unsinkable Molly Brown is a Myth Margaret Brown, popularly known as Molly Brown, was never addressed as Molly by anyone who knew her personally. She was known as Maggie to her family until she married. Molly is the creation of legend and Hollywood. Margaret, the flesh and blood [...]

Titanic Museum

By | May 11th, 2015|Categories: Destinations, Edwardian Era, Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , |

Titanic Museums Spanning the Pond   There are many Titanic Museums and exhibits located in the United States, Canada, and Northern Ireland. I remember experiencing an exhibit at the Florida International Museum in the mid-1990s when I chaperoned my daughter's class trip. It was absolutely fascinating to see how people traveled across the Atlantic Ocean [...]

Period Events & Entertainments Re-Creation Society

By | May 4th, 2015|Categories: Ball Gowns, Edwardian Era, Steampunk, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

What is Period Events & Entertainments Re-Creation Society?   The Period Events & Entertainments Re-Creation Society (PEERS) is a non-profit corporation based in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. The organization is dedicated to remembering, researching, and re-creating the performing arts of the past. Their goals include producing and sponsoring original and re-creations of [...]

Harem Pants: The Lost Edwardian Clothes

By | April 20th, 2015|Categories: Edwardian Era|Tags: , , , |

When people think of the Women’s Liberation Movement, they know that it began in the United Stated in the Edwardian Era with marches for the women’s right to vote, and the 1920’s generally is known for having androgynous fashions that began to dismantle gender stereotypes for fashions. However, women began wearing controversial fashions in the [...]

WBKB Insights Show Features Recollections

By | January 25th, 2015|Categories: Downton Abbey, Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

  WBKB in Alpena, Michigan, produces a local public affairs show called Insights that airs on Sunday mornings. In December, we were approached about being on the show. That got us wondering, "what is it like to be part of a television show?" We found out on January 12th when Alexandra Johnson and her crew, John [...]

Valentine Photo Contest

By | January 16th, 2015|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." And so begins this very romantic poem penned by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, one of the Victorian era's foremost poets. What a great love she and Robert Browning shared. This poem was written early on in their relationship; during courtship and early marriage. History.com relates that [...]

Besser Museum’s Season of Light

By | December 27th, 2014|Categories: Ball Gowns, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , |

  By Donna Klein   On the northern edge of Alpena, not far from the Thunder Bay River, is a gem of Northeast Michigan called the Besser Museum.  Named for Jesse Besser, a pioneer in modern concrete technology, the museum is home to a variety of exhibits.   Each year, the museum hosts a "Season [...]