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marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 11:40 pm
Sailing Masters Regency Ball
Essex, CT
May 8, 2010, 8-11 PM

I'll be driving down. Anybody want a ride?

There's a parade at 2 in the afternoon, and some other fun-sounding activities to follow. There was some discussion of a group attending that stuff in costume. I'm currently undecided as to whether I'll be driving down for that or just the ball.

marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Monday, March 8th, 2010 01:33 pm

For friends who might not have heard yet and might be interested, there will be an 1880s [decade of the bustle] themed ball in New Haven on Saturday, 27 March.

It's being themed as a costume party, about which more information should appear on the website shortly. Apparently Victorian costumes were frequently more about thematic coloring with possibly some accents inspired by the idea than literalism [so a "tree" might feature brown and green with a garland of leaves or somesuch], and they were highly into historical costumes. They were also apparently not very particular about historical accuracy. The goal here is to be low-stress for costuming: not only do you not have to make an all new outfit, but if you have anything historical-ish for the 19th century or earlier, or have, say, a kilt, or a white sheet for the Grecian look, you already have fancy dress for this event.

More details at the website; there's apparently also a Facebook group if you're into that sort of thing.

I'm thinking I'll likely attend as "a ridiculous Victorian notion of a Regency-era British fop", which could be my most historically accurate costume ever.

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Thursday, February 11th, 2010 10:30 am

[Written 2010-02-04, but delayed due to difficulty with jlj; sorry for the resulting late warning.]

I have two events that are important to me on the same weekend. I hate when that happens. This year:

NonCon is 2010-02-19/2010-02-21.

The Regency Tea Dance in Boston is 2010-02-21. [Note the new location convenient to the red line]

I haven't decided what I'm going to do about this, although I think I'm leaning toward the dance.

In any case, consider this a reminder to those of you interested in either event that they'll be occurring.

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Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 06:07 pm

Jane Austen's Birthday Dance in Rehoboth, MA. This Sunday, 2009-12-13, 13:00-16:00. I'm told Rehoboth is near Providence, and about an hour from the Boston area.

I'm planning to go. I'll hopefully be sporting my new breeches, which will hopefully be the first time I've ever worn a finished pair of breeches at an event. There's emphatically no costume requirement for this event.

This is Regency English country dance. As I keep saying, it's trivially accessible to people who do SCD, and skills in contra, modern ECD, and Victorian contras all apply. The event is beginner friendly, and everything will be taught.

I encourage other people to come. There's currently space in my car if anybody wants to carpool.

Disabling comments on LiveJournal to centralize responses in case there's carpooling discussion, and also so I'm sure I'll see any replies.

marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (regency cards)
Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 02:41 pm

It seems posting about events I'll be attending has the positive effect that friends of mine frequently decide to join me. Accordingly, I'm going to try to occasionally post information about upcoming events I'm planning to attend.

You can always contact me about any of these for further information; for some I don't have information or links on hand to provide.

October 31st, Albany NY, Fall Frolic [SCD] ($50, Students $25)

The Albany-area Scottish Country Dance group hosts an annual ball in late October. Always lots of fun and good dancing, I try to attend every year. On Halloween this year, which means costumes! No costume requirement I'm aware of. More information in the PDF flyer, including instructions for all the dances, 'cause SCD folks are cool like that.

December 13th, Rehoboth, MA (near Providence, RI), Jane Austen's Birthday Tea Dance [Regency]

Afternoon Regency Tea Dance, period day dress encouraged but not required. I'll probably post about this again when I have more detail.

December 19th, Salem, MA, Fezziwig Ball [Civil War?]

This is being hosted by CVD, and I don't yet have very complete details on the event. Evening event to be preceded by a lantern-light promenade in Salem. Period dress encouraged but not required: period being anytime during the life of Charles Dickens [1817-1870]. Dance likely to be primarly Civil War-era, but that's a guess.

I may not be able to attend this one, as mid and late 19th Century dance features a lot of couple dancing that's very hard on my right forearm. These are interspersed with set dances and quadrilles danced in the stately walking style.

February 21st, Cambridge, MA, Tea Dance [Regency]

I'll definitely be attending the Regency Tea Dance. Also worth mentioning is the rest of the Vintage Tea Dance series--I'm sure I'll be attending some of them, although as they're mostly Victorian, my arm may again limit my participation this year. These are great, fun events, though; I encourage people to go without me. These are Third Sunday afternoons through April.

Alternate Fridays, Salem, MA, Vintage Dance [19th Century]

Fun, beginner friendly, low emphasis on costume evening of dancing in Old Salem Town Hall. I get up there occasionally when my free Fridays coincide with the event, especially if I have someone to drive up with. However, again, with my stepping back from couple dancing I haven't been up as much recently.

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Friday, October 16th, 2009 04:42 pm

I've completely failed to post here about it, but the EAS Regency Assembly is tomorrow in New Haven. If you're interested and want to go, email/call for details. As always, it should be a lot of fun, and I highly encourage people to go.

A lot of people I mentioned this to in person, particular local Scottish Country Dancers, expressed interest but said they weren't available. I mentioned that there would be a tea dance here in the Boston area in February again. I just got the date, it's 21 February.

If I remember, I'll post again about that as it approaches. In the meantime, learn more about it and the rest of the tea dance series at the tea dance website.

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Monday, July 13th, 2009 03:51 pm

I'm off to Pinewoods Scottish Country Dance Camp!

I won't have internet access until I get back. I'll have the phone, but reception will probably be poor; it can be used in an emergency, or call the camp.

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Sunday, February 8th, 2009 11:45 pm

The tea dance was a lot of fun. It looked like we had a couple dozen dancers, and the quality of dancers was quite high. This was certainly aided by three friends of mine from the Scottish Country Dance community allowing me to badger them into coming. All of my friends who came tell me they enjoyed themselves, so I count this as a success.

Dances included a few country dances, a Swedish dance, four figures of the famous Caledonian Quadrille, the Country Bumpkin (for 9 dancers and a hat!), and Moneymusk.

The other day I talked about facial hair in a Regency context and quoted Beau Brummell on the topic. I had been planning to go in with a more normal beard + mustache combination, but was convinced to go ahead and attempt to duplicate the style he was describing. I'm not sure my facial hair grows in in the correct pattern to do it justice, but I tried. Further research is probably called for if I ever decide to attempt this again, which I probably won't.

I hope people appreciate that I signed up for Flickr just so I'd have a place to upload these pictures, and also the effort [livejournal.com profile] kdsorceress and I went through to take them. We took a few before the dance, but the memory card in my camera failed and we had to try again afterward. This explains any imperfections in my hair.

Enjoy the photos of me looking silly at regency 2009-02-08

With any luck, photos will become available of people dancing at the event, but I didn't get any.

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Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 03:20 pm

Quick announcement: Once again, the Vintage Tea Dance series returns to Regency England this Sunday, 8 February, 2009. The dance will be taught/prompted by Susan de Guardiola.

The tea dance series aims to be light on teaching/heavy on dancing, but there will be enough instruction to make it accessible to beginners. Regency dance is primarily set dances (in longways sets and quadrilles) with figures and footwork. For those who know Scottish Country Dancing, it's astonishingly similar, though there are recognizable style differences. Historical costume is welcome if you have it and enjoy it, but not at all required--expect to see a handful of people in period formal and a lot of people in comfortable modern clothes.

We had an amazing turnout last year, and everybody had a great time. I hope some more of you will decide to join us this time.

In short: come if you think this is something you'd enjoy. If you like this sort of thing, you probably will. Don't stress about lack of experience or costume. More info at the website.

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 10:37 pm

Someone took this nice video of the ball at Arisia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR8uiJyfvBo

If you watch the foreground, you can at various points see me (teal bowtie), [livejournal.com profile] kdsorceress, [livejournal.com profile] jere7my, [livejournal.com profile] genarti, jeffk (no LJ?), [livejournal.com profile] dhs, and [livejournal.com profile] tacnukesoul spin by.

[If you don't wish to be identified, I apologize; let me know and I'll remove your name.]

marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Saturday, February 9th, 2008 11:38 pm

I just repaired my underwear in order to avoid having to do laundry. That is all.

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Friday, October 19th, 2007 04:15 am

The waistcoat is assembled to the point that there are only 3 pieces left to attach to one another: the collar, the lining, and the outside. Thought it was about time I took a break for lunch.

This is pretty damn cool. I don't think i've ever done clothing from a pattern before.

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Thursday, October 18th, 2007 03:28 am

Elegant Arts Society Regency Assembly is this Saturday night, games on Sunday. So I'm in a bit of a frantic preparation mode.

I think, thanks to a combination of a comment dropped at Newport this summer and a bit of experimenting in front of the mirror, that I may have figured out a bit more about how cravats are supposed to work. Now I just need to come up with a nice, long, broad strip of very white fabric (linen would be ideal, but I should be able to starch cotton into submission) ASAP.

Construction on the waistcoat progresses slowly. By which I mean I'm going to have to do almost all of the work tomorrow. It should be an adventure. Probably the buttons won't get done, but I have hope I'll still be able to get the basic shape in place. Then start shopping around in the next month to get started on the next one, I think, if it goes well. I'm not sure how this got procrastinated so long, but I hope not to repeat that particular mistake in the coming year.

Unrelated, last weekend I finally dragged myself out to get weights and running shoes. Combined with getting a note from the doctor that I shouldn't go back to work, so I'm trying to think of my full-time job as repairing my health (in general, but particularly with respect to my hands), it's been a good kick toward improvement. I hope I can keep it up, but so far this week I've run at least a bit every day and done between half and all of my strengthening exercises each day. So far, so good; let's see if I can make it a pattern which really sinks in.

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Tuesday, August 14th, 2007 01:28 pm

I'm hoping to get more about Newport up eventually. Once the balls started, it was a lot harder to find time at the computer, and when I had a bit I didn't really feel up to attempting to compose my thoughts. There are things I'd like to get down so I can look at them next year, though.

In the meantime, I have some goals for the next year with regard to dance and dance events. I'm writing them here so I can hold myself accountable:

  • Make a Regency evening dress waistcoat and cravat by October Assembly to improve the extent to which I look the part.
  • Miss no dance at the Assembly excepting that I am working during it.
  • By the end of next Newport, have at least one Vintage Ball at which I miss no more than one dance during each half of the ball.
  • By the beginning of next Newport, refine my wardrobe and knowledge of historical attire so I can dress appropriately for each of the three balls.

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Tuesday, August 7th, 2007 04:26 pm

3 classes, no ball today. I think they're easing us into it. Tomorrow we add a class and start the balls.

My right foot is still bugging me, but it wasn't as bad as last night. My current theory is that I just tired out an inner muscle over the weekend or something and it just needs to rest and stretch out. I can give it the latter, and a bit of the former. But it wasn't bad dancing on it today in (relatively light) classes. And it feels weird even not in the shoes, or in other shoes, so I no longer think it was the shoes.

Details follow... )
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Monday, August 6th, 2007 11:11 pm

Checked in, etc. Locked myself out of my room (with key in hand, just couldn't get it to unlock. Dorm mommy managed to help me back in.

Everybody is incredibly friendly. It's just like a con; hall conversations happen all the time.

Something funky is going on with either my foot or my new shoes. It feels as though they're too narrow in the toe, but these are wides. I'm pretty confident they're the right size, except that when I wear them I feel this pressure on my two smallest toes, which, at least tonight, translated into discomfort dancing and eventually pain. Not severe, just worrying. I don't know what's going on; I'm beginning to be concerned it's something weird in the shape of my foot. Just the right foot.

As a result, I only danced a few one-steps, the mixer, and the one quadrille figure tonight at the Welcome Dance. It would have been nice to have gotten more dancing in, but I was worrying about my foot. I really hope this clears up tommorow, as I have a lot of dancing to do in the next five days.

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Monday, August 6th, 2007 11:31 am

I'm off to the Newport Vintage Dance Week! I'll be somewhere between almost completely and completely offline until Sunday. Call and leave a message if you need me, I'll check voicemail on the phone a couple of times a day.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 05:56 pm

It's now confirmed, I'll be at the following this weekend:

  • Elm City Waltz Friday, 7:45pm until 11:30pm, New Haven, CT. About half to 2/3 waltz, the rest an assortment of other cool couple dances. Relatively casual dress, casual atmosphere, fun music. A little bit of teaching, mostly dancing. This event is drawing a really nice assortment of dancers of different ages and experience, which makes it a lot of fun.
  • Take-the-Cake Ball Saturday, 8pm until 11pm, Melrose, MA. Set in the nineteen-teens, with live music (we love Spare Parts). Semi-formal+ dress preferred, period-appearing even better.
  • Elegant Arts workshops Sunday, 1pm - 6pm, New York, NY. Regency followed by Early Ragtime (new waltz and two-step).

And, looking forward a couple of weeks, EAS is hosting a Ragtime Ball on 19 May in New Haven, CT. Workshop in the afternoon, ball in the evening, stroll in the park and outdoor games followed by tea and parlor games Sunday.

Hope to see some of you.

P.S. I haven't entirely ruled out the possibility of sneaking down to Founder's Day between Elm City and the Take-the-Cake, although that level of insanity isn't looking too likely. It's, what, an extra 4 hours of driving?

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Monday, April 30th, 2007 12:10 pm

Speaking of formal dress, CVD will be hosting a Ragtime Ball this coming Saturday, 5 May, 2007 in Melrose, MA. It should be a lot of fun. Live music by Spare Parts! More information at Take-The-Cake Ragtime Ball, 2007.

I encourage everybody to go. Ragtime dance is pretty easy to pick up even if you don't know it. (If you can walk in time to music, you can One Step. Seriously.) While period-style dress is preferred, anything dressy is acceptable.

I'll almost certainly be there showing off my tails. The bit of uncertainty is because I haven't figured out how to be in two places at once, and I'm being encouraged to go to Founder's Day at Vassar. I wonder when I'd have to leave FD to make the ball...how insane am I this week?

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Monday, April 30th, 2007 11:58 am

I now own a "swallow-tail" coat, and all the rest of the stuff that goes along with. My mother took a couple of photos.

I hate it when my mother takes photographs of me. She insists that I "smile", and that I give a "real smile". By the latter she means an open mouth and lots of teeth. This invariably results in a photograph of me with a dorky grimace which looks nothing like me having a good time. If she'd take the photo while I'm actually smiling, I might not look ecstatic or like the expectations of someone in a photo—heck, I might not even look particularly happy—but at least I'd look like myself.

Anyway, here are the photos:

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