The Battle of Craney Island Bicentennial Victory Ball was held at Harbor's Edge Retirement Community, just outside Fort Norfolk. I wore my finally-finished apron-front gown under my sheer ballgown from my first Regency ball, and Brian the Engineer wore his dinner dress blues uniform.
|Pinning on our cockades. Yes, I got a bit of sun during the day. :p|
|Me and Brian the Engineer. Doesn't he clean up nice?|
|Check out that cheese spread!|
|So many pretty dresses!|
|We were graced with the presence of Mrs. Madison!|
|She gave a short speech welcoming us to the ball.|
|We sang Hail Columbia, which was the unofficial national anthem in 1813.|
|Stacy Weissner, chair of the Victory Ball Subcommittee, also said a few words of welcome.|
And the dancing began:
|Our Dance Master, who taught us the dances and called out the figures|
We had the run of the whole first floor of the building, so after some dancing Brian and I wandered and found some photo ops.
|Hey look, it's Napoleon!|
|I was not aware this photo was being taken. But seriously, the food was fantastic.|
|Omg, the desserts!|
|This was a cream-filled strawberry on a cookie.|
|And yes, it was THAT good.|
|Brian was quite happy with his red wine.|
|The courtyard was even pretty after the sun went down!|
|And Brian found a pool table. :p|
|Yes, he made that shot. He's got skillz.|
|Devine Comedy provided beautiful period music.|
You can even hear the music in this short video I took of the dancing.
|My hair held up rather nicely. :)|
|I think the Regency Society of Virginia composed about half the attendees at the ball. :p|
|As with all good things, eventually the ball must come to an end.|
I'm a big fan of this uniform...
This was the best couple shot I could get with my self-timer.
All in all, I'd say the evening was a success!