This morning, after staying up late to put the final touches on my dress, I picked up my Mom at the airport and off we were on our road trip to Portland.
We were able to check in to out room at the Hilton early. We went to registration tables, saw some cute T-shirts, picked up our packets and headed up to out lovely room, where we dumped out our “Jane Austen- The Abbey” tote bags to admire the contents.
Mom and I decorate our nametags And take a quick snapshot before unpacking or dresses.
After this we went down to our dance workshop. We practiced four English country dances in an hour and a half. Sometimes it was exasperating, but when the dance came together it was exhilarating! I danced across from my mom, but after the first dance they encouraged us to change partners. A nice looking and friendly woman agreed to be my partner. I saw my mom introduce herself to her new partner, and thought I should do the same, but then upon seeing her nametag I got VERY excited and almost lost it. I was dancing with Laurie Viera Rigler, the author of ‘Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict’ and ‘Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict’! Oh! (I may need a moment)…..Do you know how AWESOME that was???
OK, composure regained.
After dancing and a great dinner, we went to look at ‘Milsom Street’, the emporium full of booths, books, and other items for sale. Here is a sampling of the ‘shops’
Rebecca Morrison Peck of ‘The Thatched Cottage’.
Kay Demlow, Designer, Dressmaker, and Fashion Historian for Lavender’s Green Historic Clothing
There were also some lovely historic dresses on display that I photographed for your enjoyment. But first, here are links to a few more of the vendors:
Jean Judy- Jane Austen Charm Jewelry
Charlene Ahern- Henry Was a Railroad Man Card Company
After a brief rest in our room we attended Angela Barlow’s “Jane Austen, An Actor’s View”, with observations, readings, and delightful observations about the characters Jane Austen created. That leads us to where we are now, enjoying the view from my window, exhausted.
And now for more DRESSES………….
See you tomorrow,