Saturday, April 16, 2011

First Meet and Greet: Follow Up

Today, three (and a wee-bit) members of the Bluegrass Regency Society met for lunch at the 6 Friends Cafe, in Lexington, KY, where we welcomed our newest member Sharon into the group.  Welcome Sharon!  Sharron drove all the way from Somerset, KY to join us!  Such loyalty!  Unfortunately, several of our other members had prior engagements and couldn't join us, so, it was a low-key gathering, but a productive one, at that.

We shared a bit about ourselves, and got to know our newest member.  We talked about what we would like to get out of the group, and what we would like to see happen...that sort of thing.  We know we would like to learn and do more dancing (the English Country Dancing sort...typical of the period.)  Picnics are also enjoyed (who doesn't like a chance to dress out and try period food.)  As is touring local historical sites and meandering through local museum displays.

So, in order to set this thing in motion, we've gathered together a rough list, or calendar if you will, of events planned for this year.  Please see "Our Activities and Events" tab above.  And as always, feel free to join us at any of these events.  If you have any other ideas for venues, please jump in and leave a comment below!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Picnic at William Whitley House: Save the date

The Bluegrass Regency Society will be having a picnic luncheon at the William Whitley house on Saturday, May 14th, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00pm.

The home (considered a mansion during it's time) is located at
625 William Whitley Road,
Stanford KY 40484.

The picnic will be held on the grounds of the estate where we hope to eat (of course), possibly play some period games, walk the grounds, and tour the Whitley home. In general, we hope to have an over-all merry time of it!  All are invited!  Spouses and children are welcome!  There isn't a cost to enter the grounds, but if you wish to take a tour of the house, this will be available for the group rate of $4.00 per person. 

We humbly request that you bring a dish of some sort to share with the group.  Also, please bring your own beverages, cutlery, plates and cups (we recommend a picnic blanket as well).  You may be as historically accurate or not, as you wish with your food.  We do not require it, but it certainly is fun when it is!  If you do wish to make something period accurate, then here are a few links to some wonderfully researched period recipe sites.  I've tried a few of them myself.  HERE and HERE. They aren't nearly as difficult as they might appear.

Gode-cookery (17th c. but could still work)

As for what to wear...that is up to you.  A handful of us will be in period, Regency attire, but it certainly is not a necessity to dress this way in order to join in on the fun!  We understand some don't feel comfortable wearing anything but modern clothing, or perhaps you just haven't had the time yet to develop your Regency wardrobe.  Not a problem!  You won't be frowned upon if you don't dress out...we promise!

For information about the house and it's founders, the Whitley family, please visit the William Whitley House Foundation website, where they have posted a very informative video.

 As always, please feel free to leave a comment, or email us if you have any questions. We would love to meet other Regency enthusiasts in the Bluegrass area.  We hope to see you there!

Friday, April 8, 2011

The BlueGrass Regency Society First Meet and Greet

Do you live in the Bluegrass Area of Kentucky?  Are you interested in all things Regency? Do you dress up in Empire waisted dresses in your spare time and dance the night away to songs like "Mr. Beveridge's Maggot

Maybe you are a fan of Jane Austen, or read a little Keats or Byron in your spare time?  Perhaps you float away while listening to Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert?  Or, might you be interested in the social history or fashion of the late 18th and early 19th centuries? 

If you fall under any of these categories (or even if your Regency knowledge extends only to the image of Colin Firth emerging from a pond wearing a clinging white undershirt) then please come and join in on the fun of the Bluegrass Regency Society's first meet and greet!

Date: Saturday, April 16th
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Place: 6 Friends Cafe
191 Kentucky Avenue
Lexington, KY 40502

R.S.V.P. (or have questions?) then email Jenni at
This is a non-costumed event.
Hope to see you there!