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Historic Garden Week Gathering at Bacon's Castle

May 4, 2019

The forecast did not bode well at the start of the week for the conclusion of Virginia's Historic Garden Week, however, the weather defied the weathermen and changed from almost certain rain to a warm, sunny day to the delight of those RSVers who gathered at Bacon's Castle.  Traditionally a very casual event, those in attendance were able to enjoy one another's company, the grounds of this 17th century gem, and take a tour of the house itself.  A few visitors were brave enough to approach the folks dressed in old-timey clothes and we were pleased to have the opportunity to chat with them about the early 19th century.  Many thanks to the folks who turned out to make this event a pleasant one and to Preservation Virginia's Bacon's Castle for the invitation!  If you weren't able to make it, you can see some photos from the day in our album on Facebook.


Stronger Than Sorrow: The Life of Dolley Madison

March 13, 2019

The RSV teamed up with the Norfolk Historical Society once more to promote interest in the early 19th century with a presentation on Dolley Madison.  Mrs. Madison was very capably portrayed by professional interpreter, Anna Deitel.  The full house audience was treated to the story of Mrs. Madison in "her own words," covering the span of her life from her childhood to the end of her husband's presidency.  We were delighted, too, that those members who attended in period attire had the honor of escorting "Mrs. Madison" out of the auditorium at the conclusion of her presentation (at which time she was gracious enough to pause for photos with us).   Thank you to the ladies and gentlemen of the RSV were turned out in their early 19th century garb in the middle of the week in order to add to the atmosphere of Ms. Deitel's performance.  To see some pictures from the evening, check out our album on Facebook


RSV Annual Business Meeting

February 2, 2019

With a room filled to capacity, the RSV met to discuss the organization's past and future at our annual business meeting.  In addition to membership and treasury reports, we heard comments about members' opinions regarding the direction of the group, outlined the 2019 calendar, and concluded with our traditional "swap meet."  More items than ever were brought to try to find new homes among the membership and we are delighted to say that there were many happy sellers and purchasers following the meeting!  Many thanks to all of the members (and prospective members!) who took the time out of their busy weekends to attend.  To see photos of the meeting, be sure to check out the album on Facebook.


Sixth Annual Twelfth Night Dinner

January 5, 2019

For the first time in a couple of years, we were able to host a Twelfth Night Dinner very close to the actual Twelfth Night!  Mother Nature, in a more cooperative mood than in the past, decided to refrain from pelting Central Virginia with freezing rain or snow, and we welcomed our guests once more to the beautiful and historic Hanover Tavern.  The first hour of the gathering allowed attendees to mingle with other members and friends, chatting, drinking, and enjoying a Regency era game or two.  Afterwards, the entire party retired to the Historic Dining Room for a delicious meal and dessert.  There was much pleasant conversation around the dinner table and all left in a festive mood.  Thank you to the staff at Hanover Tavern for your hospitality and to all of the RSV members and friends who closed out the holiday season with us.  If you weren't able to make it, be sure to look at our album on Facebook.  (You do not need a Facebook account in order to access the pictures.)
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