Looking for a Ragtime Sugar Daddy (or Mama)

ImageFor something like a decade now, we have had a very nice ragtime tea dance in the Lanterman House in La Canada/Flintridge. Ian Whitcomb has provided the music, and the Locke - Noble Tea Company provided the tea, and 50-60 people have had a very nice afternoon in the ballroom of the 1915 Craftsman house.

Social Daunce Irregulars 15th Anniversary Ball, Nov 2003

This is a video of the "Grand Opera Ball", held in November 2003 to celebrate the Social Daunce Irregulars' 15th Anniversary. The Social Daunce Irregulars have been staging Victorian Balls since 1988.

The dance was in the Pasadena Masonic Hall. Music was provided by the Philadelphia Promenade Orchestra.

Video of the June 2010 Social Daunce Irregulars Victorian Ball

This video features music (and vocals) by the Band of the California Battalion.

This was held on Saturday, June 5th 2010 at the South Pasadena War Memorial Hall.

Website for the Social Daunce Irregulars:

Website for the Band of the California Battalion

The Impressionists' Picnic, 2010

On June 13, 2010, a few friends put on their Victorian finery and gathered for the annual "Impressionist's Picnic" at Los Encinos State Historic Park. Here are a few pictures from that gathering.

The images are presented as a Flickr slideshow.

Victorian Picnic

Video of the "Impressionist's Picnic": an artful gathering in 19th Century attire.

This is a re-post of something that I first posted in 2006.

Some Reflections From an Aging Fencer

ImageI fenced for about seven years, while in High School and College, and then when I got out into the real world, I no longer had a place to fence nor people to fence with, and I stopped. A couple of years ago, a fencing school moved into my neighborhood, and I started up again. All in all, despite my 27 year hiatus, it's gone remarkably well, and I think I am now a better fencer than I was when I was 20. Since I am over 50, and inclined to reflect on almost everything about my life, I have been pondering the meaning of this as well, and drawing a few conclusions that tie into whole notion of getting older and still staying in the game.

Flying Down to Buenos Aires on the Pan Am Clipper

A video mashup of a Pan American promotional film called "The Lindberg Trail", that was shown all over the country in the mid 1930s, some vintage travel posters, and some period music. This is in aid of a presentation on the experience of travel in the 1930s that I will give on Sunday, June 6th 2010, at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

Some Places to Rent a Costume

I am constantly being bombarded with questions from folks new to the vintage dance scene about "Where can I rent stuff". I have generally dodged the question, since I have seldom been impressed with what is available from retail costume rental places, and the movie shops are expensive and intimidating for the uninitiated. I worry that any recommendation will be perceived as an endorsement, and in my limited experience, I have yet to find a rental place I could give my unqualified endorsement.

However, the fact remains that there are countless newbees out there who want to join in the fun, don't have the time or skills to make stuff themselves, and either can't afford a costumer or can't afford to wait for a costumer.

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