Living History: Calvert Costume Workshop July 8-10

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When it comes to maintaining an oldtimey atmosphere, Calvert is still a pioneer town in the Brazos Valley. Located just 30 miles north on Hwy. 6 between Bryan/College Station and Waco, Calvert is a city dedicated to evoking the same of air of prosperity and Southern hospitality on which it was founded back in 1868. For folks who would like to step back to that time, complete with period costumes, the Calvert Chamber of Commerce has two events tailor made for you.

 

When it comes to maintaining an oldtimey atmosphere, Calvert is still a pioneer town in the Brazos Valley. Located just 30 miles north on Hwy. 6 between Bryan/College Station and Waco, Calvert is a city dedicated to evoking the same of air of prosperity and Southern hospitality on which it was founded back in 1868. For folks who would like to step back to that time, complete with period costumes, the Calvert Chamber of Commerce has two events tailor made for you.

Later this fall, the chamber will host its 11th Annual Victorian Tea and Gala designed to attract guests with affinities for Victorian-era lifestyles and fashions. To make sure you’re dressed in your 19th century best, they will also sponsor a costume workshop July 8-10. Organizers say a big budget isn’t required for a fashionable and appropriate costume. Attending the costuming workshop will provide the help needed to create an outfit plus plenty of tips, techniques and tricks for easy and inexpensive costume assembly.
Beginning on September 30 and ending the evening of October 1, walking walking around town will seem like a live version of “Hello, Dolly!,” minus the sporadic singing and extended choreography sequences. The experience will bring visitors a strong sense of Victorian times, when life was more about tea parties, balls and girls in petticoats. While period attire is encouraged it is not required.

When it comes to the official event weekend, guests are invited to attend a welcome reception Friday, September 30, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the historical Gibson-Hensarling Home (c. 1900). Enjoy an old-fashioned hayride complete with stories about historic sites and people who helped to make Calvert the unique town that it is.

On Saturday morning, festivities begin at 10 a.m. with an open house at Katy Hamman-Stricker Women’s Heritage Center that lasts until 12 noon. The Heritage Center was originally the American Woman’s League Calvert Chapter House, the first of three in Texas and one of the first four in the country. Take a tour of the third largest historic district in Texas (47 blocks, to be exact), and visit shops on Main Street for shopping, dining and chances to win some door prizes.

Afternoon Tea begins at 2 p.m. and lasts until 4 p.m., when a staff of Victorian servers will provide savory, home-baked delights and tea to guests. After tea is served, guests are encouraged to try a game of English croquet on the lawn at the Barton-Satterwhite Home (c. 1909-1910) where a tea hat contest will also be held.

On Saturday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Victorian era delicacies, dancing and music by the Celtaire String Band will be hosted at the historic Virginia Field Park Pavilion for the final gala. Prizes will be awarded to winners of a costume contest.

For visitors who plan on staying overnight in Calvert for the workshop or the gala, historic bed and breakfasts are available to complete the Victorian experience.

Tickets for the afternoon tea and gala can be purchased separately or together. A ticket for Saturday’s afternoon tea is $35, and a ticket for the gala is $65. Guests may attend both the tea and gala for $90. Attendees must fill in and mail a reservation form, found on www.CalvertTx.com, with full payment in order to secure reservations for the event.

Rooms at the following historic bed and breakfasts are limited, so guests are encouraged to reserve early!
Pin Oak: 979-364-2935, 888-367-8096, www.pinoakbb.com
Parish House: 979-574-5603, www.parishbb.com
Annie Mae’s: 979-219-9235, email: anniemaesbb@yahoo.com

For more details about the workshop, tea and gala, or alternative suggestions for overnight stays, visit www.CalvertTx.com, call 512-468-8317 or email VictorianCalvert@gmail.com.