The Old Virginia Ball
Virginia, the birthplace of
With a centuries' old tradition of
friendly hospitality is it any wonder then that “The Old Dominion” as she is
fondly known has a longstanding reputation among her sister states as the
leader in grace, manners, hospitality and gentility?
At the 2010 Old Virginia
Ball the friendly family of
We Make History Virginia stepped back
in time to travel a colourful path together, exploring the
music, dance and fashions of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries as well as
manners, expectations and cameo moments from history.
Historic fashions as per
any of the following eras ranging from 1607-1865 were welcome as were modern
evening and business attire.
Jamestown and Early Virginia 1607-1699: Virginia's first
century was during the reign of the House of Stuart. Think of the Jacobean
era, the English Civil War and the Restoration and early Baroque Periods.
Williamsburg, Colonial Virginia & The American Revolution
1700s: Virginia grew, prospered and fought for Independence. Think of
Georgian fashions; ornate gowns, wigs, tricorn hats and buckled shoes.
The Regency or Federal Period 1795-1825: Known to the
English as "Regency" to the French as "Empire" and to Americans as "Federal"
this period saw long, high-waited gowns for ladies and the advent of
tailcoats and top hats for men. During this period, four of the first five
Presidents of the United States came from Virginia!
The Antebellum Period and The War Between the States
1850-1865: Hoopskirts were the rage as ladies glided past in mounds of silk
past bowing gentlemen with a sense of chivalry, determined if necessary to
defend Virginia and Virginia's ladies against near-impossible odds.
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Letters from Old Virginia
It is hard to believe that The Old Virginia Ball is now
over two weeks in the past.
How time does fly.
Closing my eyes, all the sights and sounds of the
magnificent evening kept in fine company seem close enough to grasp!
What a fine evening it was!
Celebrating three hundred years of music, dance, fashion
and culture with you - the family of We Make History Virginia - makes
for time well spent indeed.
It is wonderful how friendships have developed and how
our gatherings have gradually reached beyond Northern Virginia (NOVA in
the local dialect) to include more persons from Maryland, DC and further
down into Virginia as well. Seeing families from many places enjoying
the arts together in a positive and uplifting environment is something
that I never seem to tire of. :o)
Several of you were kind enough to share with us
personally how you and your families have been blessed and encouraged in
being involved in We Make History Virginia. Perhaps you could write to
us and share your thoughts. We find such letters to be uplifting
It is our expectation to return this Fall for another
historic Ball and there is much more on the horizon as well. Perhaps the
following might serve to whet your appetite...
1) We expect to return for another historic Ball in
2) We expect to conduct training for persons desiring to
be involved in the 150th anniversary Battle of Manassas which will take
place in July 2011. (We'll be training men of all ages for this
important event. Let us know if interested!)
3) We may hold an additional historic Ball in another
part of Virginia as well.
It is our hope to spend significant time in the area and
conduct reenactor training, fashion and etiquette workshops, do historic
portrayals, play an important role in the Manassas Sesquicentennial -
and of course hold more historic Balls!
Regarding our Northern Virginia friends, here is a poll.
Would you like to see our next historic Ball...
... at the Grange in Great Falls again...
... at a church in Purcellville (there are a couple of
... back at the historic skating rink in Purcellville (if
it is restored in time) ...
We welcome your input and will share details when we have
I believe there was some interest in seeing photos and
artwork from the 2010 Old Virginia Ball. :o)
You may do so here.
Come & welcome!
Your humble servant
in a noble cause...
We Make History
Dear Lord Scott,
You are filling a gap in what I think is the experience of most of
my peers, as well as myself. We need opportunities to learn how to
act with courtesy, modesty and respect towards one another; and as I
said to you in person, thank you for initiating these historic balls
and for being the driving force behind them.
I am deeply grateful for the expressions of courtesy you taught us,
for the opportunity you gave us to practice those expressions, and
for the welcoming and gracious atmosphere you provided. The
Virginia Balls have been a unique and wonderful opportunity for
myself and many others. My feelings are ineffable; I can only give
you my sincerest thanks.
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