Friday, March 1, 2013

An Evening Sociable

In July of 1861, Godey's Lady's Magazine informed us that:

"The most fashionable as well as pleasant way in the present day to entertain guests is to invite them to evening parties, which vary in size from the “company,” “sociable,” “soiree,” to the party, par excellence, which is but one step from the ball. 

The entertainment upon such occasions may vary with the taste of the hostess or the caprice of her guests. Some prefer dancing, some music, some conversation. Small parties, called together for dramatic or political readings, are now fashionable, and very delightful."
This years Ladies & Gentlemen of the 1860's conference started with a Thursday evening sociable; guests were invited to attend in their 1860's loungewear, if they so desired - a decidedly modern touch that would have been unthinkable in the 1860's!

Next was the entertainment, starting with feats of magic!

Dramatic readings,

 And song, both vocal and instrumental.

It was a delightful beginning to the conference and bravo to all those who were brave enough to step forward
and offer us entertainment!

1 comment:

  1. How fun. I am enchanted with 1800's costumes. Thanx for sharing.