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-James Madison


    • 03/17/2020
    • 12:00 AM
    • 05/01/2020
    • 11:30 PM
    • RSV Web Site
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    With all the cancellations and closings that abound these days, it has led most of us to a prodigious amount of time off. But, what to do with it all?  The RSV has just the ticket to enliven even the darkest of days.

    The RSV proudly announces a Reticule competition. Yes, you heard us correctly.  Why spend your idle hours in monotony and woe, when you could be creating something fabulous to put haughty Mrs. Elton in her place at the next RSV event? Or be the recipient of more adoration than Jane Fairfax over your winning design?

    Now gentle readers, we have decided not just go blindly into the night, but have chosen a theme: Hibernation, and what it means to you. Do you curl up like a squirrel in a tree?  Nestle into your comfy bed with a book?  Go for a long walk down a country road for solace?  The choice is yours. 

    The size, shape, fabric and design are totally up to you.  Go wild, be bold! 

    But, you say, why should I bother with this trifling matter?  Why, because our prizes include choice of these beautiful 18-19th century prints to brighten up your lonely cave, um, we mean home.  There will not only be the Grand Prize winner, but 2nd and 3rd prizes as well. Grand prize winner has first choice of the prizes.

    To enter simply create your objet d’art and send up to three photos as well as an explanation of what hibernation, and your design, means to you. List any fabrics and trims used to create your designs. All entries should be mailed to: info@varegency.org by May 1, 2020.   The winner will be chosen by voting for one’s favorite (or two or three) designs.  Notification of when voting opens will be announced on our web site and Facebook.

     mage: Embroidered Reticule, Martha Kittredge, New England, 1811, White cotton thread embroidered on white cotton fabric, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005.272

     

     


    • 04/03/2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • St. John's Episcopal Church, 424 Washington St, Portsmouth, VA

    CANCELLED:  Out of concern for the health of our community, the Regency Society of Virginia has suspended gatherings through mid-April, at which time we will reevaluate the current situation and make a determination as to the resumption of activities. Please watch your e-mail for updates!

    Regency dance practices return once more for the RSV!   Join us for a casual class and familiarize yourself with the basics of early 19th century English Country Dancing. No experience is necessary to participate and there is no need to bring a partner. All are welcome and there is no charge to take part in the lesson regardless of your membership status with the RSV. We do ask that you please register for each session you wish to attend in order to give us an idea of how many to expect.

    • 04/07/2020
    • 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Online
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    Simply because one must stay indoors and a safe distance apart does not require that one give up the civilizing influence of tea time with one's acquaintances!  Grab a cuppa, don your favorite hat, cap, or bonnet, and log on to Zoom (click here to open a free account) to join friends and members face-to-face via this convenient online platform.  Each gathering will have a different theme or topic and we welcome your company and conversation.  You must register in order to join the meeting but you do not need to be an RSV member in order to participate. Registration closes April 6.

    This week's theme: Regency Accessories!
    • 04/14/2020
    • 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Online
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    Simply because one must stay indoors and a safe distance apart does not require that one give up the civilizing influence of tea time with one's acquaintances!  Grab a cuppa, don your favorite hat, cap, or bonnet, and log on to Zoom (click here to open a free account) to join friends and members face-to-face via this convenient online platform.  Each gathering will have a different theme or topic and we welcome your company and conversation.  You must register in order to join the meeting but you do not need to be an RSV member in order to participate. Registration closes April 13.

    This week's theme: Regency at Retail!  Bring your tips for making modern items work for an Early 19th Century impression!
    • 04/17/2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • St. John's Episcopal Church, 424 Washington St, Portsmouth, VA

    CANCELLED:  Out of concern for the health of our community, the Regency Society of Virginia has suspended gatherings through mid-April, at which time we will reevaluate the current situation and make a determination as to the resumption of activities. Please watch your e-mail for updates!

    Regency dance practices return once more for the RSV!   Join us for a casual class and familiarize yourself with the basics of early 19th century English Country Dancing. No experience is necessary to participate and there is no need to bring a partner. All are welcome and there is no charge to take part in the lesson regardless of your membership status with the RSV. We do ask that you please register for each session you wish to attend in order to give us an idea of how many to expect.

    • 04/25/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 465 Bacons Castle Trail, Surry, VA
    CANCELLED:  In compliance with Governor Northam's Stay-At-Home order, all events through June 10 have been cancelled.  Should the order be rescinded prior to that date, we will restore events where possible.   Enjoy the pleasures of taking the spring air as we help Preservation Virginia's Bacon's Castle celebrate Historic Garden Week.  We ask that volunteers for this casual out-of-doors event be in period attire to help greet visitors to the 17th century estate and formal gardens.  We will be picnicking, so be sure to bring a blanket or chair and any accessories and food necessary to participate.  (We'll have games and other outside activities available as well.)  The event lasts all day but you may come and go as you please.  Volunteers in period attire will also be given the opportunity to take a tour of the site.  Please register no later than April 23 so we may gauge participation. This listing is for those volunteering with the Regency Society of Virginia at this event.  Looking to attend the Garden Party as a visitor?  Get more information for guests by clicking here to get to the Bacon's Castle event listing.
    • 04/25/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 2050 James Monroe Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA
    CANCELLED:  In compliance with Governor Northam's Stay-At-Home order, all events through June 10 have been cancelled.  Should the order be rescinded prior to that date, we will restore events where possible.  Inspire the next generation of history buffs by volunteering your time at James Monroe's Highland for their annual Girl Scout Day.  We would love to have enough folks to present both a clothing table and help teach early 19th century dance for the attendees.  Lunch will be provided to volunteers after the conclusion of the event at noon.  Period attire is required.  Please register no later than April 20 so that we may determine how many will be participating.  This registration is for RSV Volunteers Only.  Interested in your Girl Scout attending this event?  Register with James Monroe's Highland by clicking here.
    • 05/01/2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • St. John's Episcopal Church, 424 Washington St, Portsmouth, VA

    CANCELLED:  In compliance with Governor Northam's Stay-At-Home order, all events through June 10 have been cancelled.  Should the order be rescinded prior to that date, we will restore events where possible. Regency dance practices return once more for the RSV!   Join us for a casual class and familiarize yourself with the basics of early 19th century English Country Dancing. No experience is necessary to participate and there is no need to bring a partner. All are welcome and there is no charge to take part in the lesson regardless of your membership status with the RSV. We do ask that you please register for each session you wish to attend in order to give us an idea of how many to expect.

    • 05/15/2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • St. John's Episcopal Church, 424 Washington St, Portsmouth, VA

    CANCELLED:  In compliance with Governor Northam's Stay-At-Home order, all events through June 10 have been cancelled.  Should the order be rescinded prior to that date, we will restore events where possible. Regency dance practices return once more for the RSV!   Join us for a casual class and familiarize yourself with the basics of early 19th century English Country Dancing. No experience is necessary to participate and there is no need to bring a partner. All are welcome and there is no charge to take part in the lesson regardless of your membership status with the RSV. We do ask that you please register for each session you wish to attend in order to give us an idea of how many to expect.

    • 05/29/2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • St. John's Episcopal Church, 424 Washington St, Portsmouth, VA

    CANCELLED:  In compliance with Governor Northam's Stay-At-Home order, all events through June 10 have been cancelled.  Should the order be rescinded prior to that date, we will restore events where possible. Regency dance practices return once more for the RSV!   Join us for a casual class and familiarize yourself with the basics of early 19th century English Country Dancing. No experience is necessary to participate and there is no need to bring a partner. All are welcome and there is no charge to take part in the lesson regardless of your membership status with the RSV. We do ask that you please register for each session you wish to attend in order to give us an idea of how many to expect.

    • 05/30/2020
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 11617 Caledon Rd, King George, VA

    CANCELLED:  In compliance with Governor Northam's Stay-At-Home order, all events through June 10 have been cancelled.  Should the order be rescinded prior to that date, we will restore events where possible.  Join us at beautiful Caledon State Park for their History and Culture Day!  We are looking for volunteers willing to help at stations that will allow visitors to explore the history of the site formerly owned by War of 1812 veteran Gustavus Brown Alexander.  Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the park.  Period attire is required for this event.  Please register by May 27.

    • 06/12/2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • St. John's Episcopal Church, 424 Washington St, Portsmouth, VA
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    Regency dance practices return once more for the RSV!   Join us for a casual class and familiarize yourself with the basics of early 19th century English Country Dancing. No experience is necessary to participate and there is no need to bring a partner. All are welcome and there is no charge to take part in the lesson regardless of your membership status with the RSV. We do ask that you please register for each session you wish to attend in order to give us an idea of how many to expect.

    • 06/14/2020
    • 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • 240 W Freemason St, Norfolk, VA
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    Help inject a little Regency into a Victorian atmosphere by volunteering to assist with a Jane Austen Tea Program hosted by the Hunter House Victorian Museum.  (Interested in attending the program instead of volunteering?  Visit the Hunter House's Event page for more information!) We are searching for individuals willing to demonstrate and help teach early 19th century dance to participants at two tea seatings: 2pm and 5pm.  Period attire is required for this event.  Please register no later than June 10 to help us know how many volunteers we will have available.

    • 06/26/2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • St. John's Episcopal Church, 424 Washington St, Portsmouth, VA
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    Regency dance practices return once more for the RSV!   Join us for a casual class and familiarize yourself with the basics of early 19th century English Country Dancing. No experience is necessary to participate and there is no need to bring a partner. All are welcome and there is no charge to take part in the lesson regardless of your membership status with the RSV. We do ask that you please register for each session you wish to attend in order to give us an idea of how many to expect.

    • 09/24/2020
    • 4:30 PM
    • 09/27/2020
    • 11:00 AM
    • 1273 North Point Farm Rd. King William, VA
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    Enjoy a weekend in the Regency era with other ladies as enthusiastic about the time as you are!  This 4-day/3-night event will be hosted at the beautiful North Point Plantation, an 18th century estate overlooking the Mattaponi River.  Period attire is encouraged (but not required).  Registration includes all lodging (shared beds) and meals for the duration of your stay.  We will indulge in early 19th century amusements and pursuits throughout the long weekend.  Space for this event is extremely limited so early registration is encouraged.  Registration will open for RSV members on March 6, and will open for non-members on March 13.  We are accepting both online and offline payments for this event.  Payments made by check will be granted a $10 discount, however, the check must be received no later than one week after registration in order to hold a spot at the retreat.  If you are unable to secure a space, be sure to add your name to the waitlist as we have often been able to pull from it in the past when a registrant is unable to attend.  Registration will close for this event on September 1.

    • 10/14/2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • 1610 Coliseum Drive Hampton, VA
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    The RSV is delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the annual Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) Conference being hosted in Hampton, Virginia this year.  As a part of the event, the organizers wish to create a timeline to share the positive contributions African-Americans have had throughout American history.  In keeping with the desires of the AAHGS, we are seeking to represent the Early Republic period with a group that is "diverse, ranging in age from young children whose  parents bring them along to events, to the elderly, and portray events consistent with present day understanding of African American history."  Period attire is required for this event and, in order to offer the most educational experience for conference attendees, must be as accurate as possible.  Please register no later than October 7 so we can gauge participation.

    • 10/17/2020
    • 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • http://varegency.org/event-3753537
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    Don't miss out on one of the highlights of the RSV year!  Join us for our annual Victory Ball, hosted once again at the beautiful Country Club of Petersburg.  Delight in a varied program of early 19th century dances, stirring music, excellent food, and (even if we do say it ourselves...) superb company.  You ticket includes admission to the ball with heavy hors d'oeuvres and a practice session the day of the ball.  Period attire is greatly admired but not required.  You do not need to be an RSV member to attend.  Get the latest updates by checking out our Victory Ball Main Page but be sure to register no later than October 10 since there will be no ticket sales at the door!

    • 12/06/2020
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 132 Hope House Rd, Windsor, NC
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    Welcome the holiday season at historic Hope Plantation, built c. 1803!  We are looking for volunteers to demonstrate early 19th century dancing to visitors.  When we are not dancing, we are able to enjoy the music, house tours, and horse-drawn carriage rides that are available at the event.  This is a costume-required event.  Please register by December 3 to let us know that you are interested in participating.
    • 12/12/2020
    • Downtown Smithfield, Virginia
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    Add a little history to the holidays by joining us for an old fashioned Christmas parade!  We'll join the Historic 1750 Courthouse group as we stroll through the Downtown Smithfield streets sharing good cheer with those observing.  Period attire is required for this event and you will need to be able to walk for approximately one mile to complete the route.  Please register with us by December 9 to let us know that you will be in attendance.

Want to see what else we've done?  Visit our Past Events page!

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