So here we have the Francaise dinner itself. There were so many logistics that weekend, but amazingly, it really couldn't have gone better!
Gloria's friend Beth is a professional photographer and she took beautiful photos for us! I'll share some of those in another post.
Here's the group pic she took:
A very big thanks to Gen for making us these beautiful cameo chocolates, which we put on everyone's plate. They were so pretty and much as I hated to eat them, they also tasted delicious. Thank you, Gen!
More behind the cut.
Our raffle prizes:
We also had some new folks from various reenactor groups join us, which was really fun!
Kristin helped us out with selling raffle tickets:
I was really happy Megan was able to come out from Texas - the DFWCG is so nice, it was so nice to be able to host one of their members at one of our events! Since Megan stayed with me, we got lots of chances to chat and it was so nice getting to know her better!
I was also super happy that Katherine was able to make it out from LV! She stayed over one night so we had a chance to catch up as well. So fun!
Jenny-Rose had amazing hair!
Sarah came out from Boston - we didn't have as much of a chance to chat as I would have liked, but we still got to hang out quite a bit! I haven't seen her since the NJ Costume Con!
I didn't take pics of my dinner but here is the trifle I had for dessert:
This nice lady played Mrs. Calvert, the hostess of the gorgeous ball we went to at Riversdale House!
One of the nicest surprises of the night (by which I mean we totally planned it) was this gentleman, who was entertaining the diners at Gadsbys. He came into the room, closed the door and then proceeded to work the room, riffing and entertaining, all while staying in period character. And it turns out he was an excellent guitar player. He came back later in the evening and he was a big part of making the evening so fun and unique!
Katy got up and sang opera and he somehow managed to pick out a perfect accompaniment:
Samantha sang also:
It was all in all a lovely evening. Big, big thanks to my fellow organizers, Gloria and Stephanie, for all they did to make this event great! Thank you to our raffle donators, our goodie bag donators (which includes American Duchess in both capacities!), Kristin, Beth, and Gen! And everyone else who helped out!