I have wanted to attend since the beginning, but sadly did not have a completed costume. This year, I finally had one! I wanted to wear another jacket since I have worn this costume before, but I was trying to finish something for my husband. Unfortunately, a lot of things came up and distracted me every time I tried to make progress on Christopher’s costume, so I didn’t finish it in time. We decided it wasn’t worth the stress and there would be other events.
We had a blast, and plenty of people dressed up. I am still a little unfamiliar with some of the members of this group. When it first started, I was going to join and then had to stop sewing for a few years. I’m hoping to finally join in the next month or so, and am looking forward to more events so I can wear the 18th and 19th century costumes I make and meet fellow costumers. Everyone we’ve met through the group has been a blast!
My husband was taking photos for me on our iPhones, and he ended up focusing more on me. He was a little shy about taking photos of people he hasn’t met before, so I didn’t get as many photos of some of the members. We’ll get better about it over time. It can be hard to worry about photos when you’re having fun! Plus, security at the Gardens thought we were professional photographers, when all we wanted was a few snapshots of our fun time out.
Some of us brought period toys and games to play. There was a period kite, the game of graces, some wooden toys (like tops) for the kids, and even a yo-yo. The graphic the DFWCG used to advertise the event showed a period drawing with people playing with diabolos. A member had a smaller, wooden, period diabolo, but we all had trouble getting it to work. Christopher and I juggle and have a modern diabolo, so we brought ours out and took photos as well as taught some of the members how to use it. It was definitely a hit, and at least one person is wanting to buy one to practice for next year’s picnic!
Christopher and I also juggled a little. Unfortunately, we don’t have period juggling props, but we just can’t resist a little juggling at a picnic in the park! While I was pleasantly surprised that I could work with the diabolo while wearing my costume, juggling wasn’t as comfortable as I would have liked (mostly due to my mitts, which are unfortunately tight on my hands due to the fabric having less give on the bias than I originally thought). I only juggled three balls, and didn’t bother with the clubs.
I’ve posted some of my photos (including a few from friends) from the Third Annual DFWCG Georgian Picnic here.
We had a blast, and I’m looking forward to attending future events. In fact, I’m hoping the weather holds up for a 19th century event coming up!