Two weeks to Française Dinner ticket deadline!

Two more weeks until the ticket deadline! You know you want a chance to win this lovely 1780s-style portrait brooch or portrait earrings by In the Long Run (quincy134). She will also be vending at the dinner, so you can examine the lovely wares you see in her Etsy shop and purchase in person!

Ticket information is available here, and for those who are coming from away, we still have a few spaces left in the group house.

I look forward to seeing everyone!

Française Dinner Call for Donations

Happy New Year! 10 weeks until the Française Dinner – make your plans now!

As we have done in the past, there will be a raffle to raise funds that will support this year's dinner and subsidize next year's dinner. Popular prizes in the past have included the always-coveted American Duchess gift certificate, period-appropriate (though not necessarily Georgian - most of us dabble in a number of periods) jewelry and accessories, and tea and tea accessories. We cover American Duchess – the rest is up to our lovely guests.

We are accepting raffle donations from now until March 11 – that's one week prior to the dinner. If you are interested in donating an item, please contact Jessica at You may bring your item to the dinner, but we must finalize our raffle list beforehand. Early donors (prior to March 1) are guaranteed an individual featured post on our Facebook event page and our blog with links to your business if you so choose. You do not need to be a business to donate, nor do you need to be able to attend the dinner in person; we welcome any and all gifts from our friendly fellow costumers and will toast the health of our absent friends.

There will also be goodie bags again this year! Every dinner attendee will receive a bag of special gifts from us and from any interested parties. We accept everything from advertising cards and coupons to ribbons and product samples; we ask only that donations be of likely interest to a discerning and diverse crowd of historical costumers. This is a good opportunity to put your small business in front of its target audience. Those interested in donating goodie bag items may contact Isabella at Goodie bag items must be received by March 1 so that we have time to fill the very cute bags for everyone.

Finally, we have a limited number of slots for vendors. We do permit on-site sales at the dinner. Vendors are responsible for transporting their own merchandise to and from the site as well as setting up and taking down their displays. For more information, please contact Jessica at

We look forward to seeing everyone in March!

Riversdale House Twelft Night Ball

This is a few months off, but it normally sells out early. I already have tickets!

Riversdale Twelfth Night Ball
Date and Time: Saturday, January 9, 2016, 7:30 pm
Description: Bring the holiday season to a close at our Regency-style ball and supper. Black tie or period attire encouraged. Capacity limited; advanced payment is required by December 31.
Cost: Resident of Montgomery and PG counties, MD $40; Non-Resident $48 Ages: Ages 18 & up
Location: Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park MD 20737
Contact: 301-864-0420; TTY 301-699-2544

Upcoming Events at Riversdale House

I have already bought tickets for the ball! I can't make the whole day of diversions, but it sounds awesome!

A Day of Regency Diversions
Date and Time: Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10 am
Description: Ladies and gentlemen, come for a day of activities at Riversdale! Step back in time while enjoying popular pastimes, demos, and activities. Period attired admired, but not required. Register by September 18 to guarantee a discounted ticket to the evening's masked ball for $22.
Cost: Resident of Montgomery and PG counties, MD $60; Non-Resident $72
Ages: Ages 18 & up
Location: Riversdale House Museum
4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park MD 20737
Contact: 301-864-0420; TTY 301-699-2544

Masked Ball
Date and Time: Saturday, October 3, 2015, 6 pm
Description: Enjoy a Regency-style ball and light refreshments. Mask and Regency attire or black tie requested. Capacity limited; advanced payment required by September 28.
Cost: Residents of Montgomery and PG Counties, MD $25; Non-Resident $30
Ages: Ages 18 & up
Location: Riversdale House Museum
4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park MD 20737
Contact: 301-864-0420; TTY 301-699-2544
Curious NCIS

Halloween Fright Tea? x-posted

I just saw this and wanted to see if anyone else is interested. It's a tea where they actually want us to come in costume!

Saturday, October 31, 2015


Seating at 7:00 pm

Call today to schedule your Tearriffying party!

Join us in Historic Ellicott City for this special day.

"Halloween Fright Tea"

Celebrate Halloween with "Fright Tea" at Tea on the Tiber. "Fright Tea" will be served at 7:00 pm and is the perfect way to celebrate this spooky day.
Come in your favorite Costume

Menu will include:
Warm Scones w/jam, clotted cream, lemon curd
Wicked Tea Sandwiches
Fruit and Cheese
A medley of Spooky deserts
A full brew of one of our 30+ tea selections
$35 per person includes tax and gratuity
Limited Seating Available;

Please call for your Reservations today;

Regency Writing

Vote for the best date for Francaise Dinner 2016 at Gadsby's in Alexandria! And 2017 ideas...

So, the 5th Annual Francaise Dinner, quincy134, padawansguide & I would love your vote for the best date in March 2016! So far the plan is for the dinner to be at Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant again, in Alexandria, VA, (although if anyone else would like to come forward/assist, we're open). Please vote in the poll below for the best date in March of 2016!

It's also VERY preliminary, and we're not sure if we will be hostessing in 2017, but with jenthompson's recent post on a Colonial Williamsburg trip, and everyone's enthusiastic responses on wanting to join and travel to CW, we were throwing around the idea of possibly moving the 6th Annual Francaise Dinner in 2017 to Colonial Williamsburg in a dinner at one of the tavern's in historic Colonial Williamsburg and be a weekend in Williamsburg, and just wanted to see what folks thought of this idea? It's too early to firm it up now, and we three don't know where our lives will be that far ahead, but it's an idea, and CW does group menus and group bookings for dinners, housing, concerts, etc. so we are also asking folks to vote on the preliminary idea of the 6th Annual Francaise Dinner being in Colonial Williamsburg in March of 2017.

Poll #2019951 Francaise Dinner 2016 Voting

What is the best date for the 5th Annual Francaise Dinner in 2016?

Saturday, March 5th, 2016
Saturday, March 12th, 2016
Neither of those work for me - my vote in comments below
Either of those dates are fine!

Preliminary idea to plan the 6th Annual Francaise Dinner in CW in March 2017: are you in?

Absolutely, I'll start saving now!
Maybe, if the timing and my budget support.
Not at all interested in attending this in CW: keep it in Alexandria!

Thanks for voting, and please feel free to comment below with other date suggestions if the two dates in March are not an option for you, and we will consider other options. Thanks!!

Jane Austen Ball August 8

Jane Austen Ball 2014

Tickets are now on sale for the Jane Austen Ball at Gadsby's Tavern Museum (which is physically connected to the restaurant where we held the Francaise Dinner, but is a city-owned museum and not a restaurant). They usually sell out, so I highly recommend buying tickets early if you want to go. As of right now, 35 out of 85 tickets have already sold, and they have only been available since July 1. LJ folks will be getting dinner beforehand, so let me know if you are interested in that.

From the Gadsby's Tavern Museum website:
Title: Jane Austen Ball
Date & Time: Sat Aug 8, 2015 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA
Event Details: Step back to the time of Jane Austen at this late-1790s era ball. The evening will feature a variety of English Country dances in the historic ballroom, live music, and “iced refreshments.” Period costume optional, “after-five” attire encouraged.
Link for Tickets:
Fees: $45 per person, reservations required.
Audience: Anyone may attend