All Aboard for 1950

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To celebrate Valentine’s Day, my husband and I set on an excursion to 1950. Before you start asking where the DeLorean is, I’ll explain that this wasn’t a scene from Back to the Future. The Tennessee Central Railway Museum hosts excursions to the DelMonaco Winery in Baxter, Tenn. My husband and I couldn’t resist jumping on board this retro voyage.

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Of course we had to dress the part. I mean, we literally live in vintage clothing any chance we can get. The day before I went to my favorite antique warehouse to scout out a vintage hat. I found a hat…and a 1950s vintage ladies suit. It fit like a glove and I was thrilled to have brought it home. My husband wore a vintage suit as well and we arrived at the station bright and early Saturday morning.

Mr. & Mrs. before boarding.

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Our train car host greeted us dressed in his uniform and assisted us to our seat. He thoroughly gave us our instructions for the three-hour trip to the winery. Before you think you can’t handle a three-hour trip on a train, I have to point out that the winery had a staff member on board that conducted a wine tasting that lasted the entire trip there. We sipped on whites then reds, tasting the most driest to the most sweetest wines the DelMonaco Winery produces.

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Viewing the countryside from this angle was quite interesting. We traveled through a few towns but for the most part, we drank in the rolling hills of slumbering scenery while sipping on fine wine. A few times we passed by houses and caught a few people waving as we traveled by. We had the opportunity to see our state from a point of view we hardly ever get to see and it was a treat.

The passenger train we traveled on is a restored classic 1950s era American streamlined stainless steel passenger train. The museum has preserved this gem well and we felt so pleased they have. When we arrived at the winery, I snapped a few shots of the ladies restroom/lounge with my camera phone (sorry for the poor quality).

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Who wouldn’t want to gab with their girlfriends while powdering your nose or ensuring the curls in your hair are behaving? 🙂

Upon arrival at the winery we had approximately two hours to have lunch and check out the winery. Unfortunately it was a chilly February day so we stayed inside instead of exploring the grape vines. The winery had live music and guests sat around round tables enjoying their favorite wines they purchased as a result of the wine tasting.

When it was time to board we had a few folks snap our picture with their camera. One gentlemen pointed out that people no longer get “dressed up” to go on trips. That they just throw on a pair of jeans just to be comfortable. For my husband and me, this is part of the fun. We love to dress from days gone by and it definitely adds to the event.

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Before we boarded to go back to the city.

Before we boarded to go back to the city.

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On the way back we sipped on one of our recently purchased wines and I put on some Bessie Smith while we enjoyed the wine. We plan to take another excursion once the weather is warm and take a picnic when we go. This was by far the best Valentine’s Day celebration I’ve had so far. I highly recommend booking a trip on one of the Tennessee Central Railway Museum‘s excursions. And if you don’t live close by, check out what is in your state. After this trip, I declare we bring back railway travel.

 

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Art Deco Weekend in Virginia: Day One, Part 2

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So here we are, at the Jazz Age Preservation Ball hosted by the Art Deco Society of Virginia. The event was at the historic Bolling Haxall House. Talk about a grand place to put on such an elegant event. The historic building is an 1858 Italianate Mansion. If you read my recent post about Second Empire style, you can figure I was about to have a heart attack when I entered the place.

The event was to benefit the historic Byrd Theatre in Richmond, Virginia. The Art Deco Society of Virginia aims to raise funds through the Jazz Age Preservation Ball for one of Virginia’s  selected Art Deco preservation projects. The Byrd Theatre definitely had the classiest-looking benefactors to raise awareness about it’s preservation. The night kicked off with some dance lessons by two of the Art Deco Society of Virginia’s board members. Guests grabbed their partners and learned the Charleston to get them ready for dancing the night away.

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Everyone danced to the sounds of the Blue Crescent Syncopators, a jazz and swing band that brings back the music from the 1920s to 1930s. There was a silent auction that had a bevy of jazz age items for guests to bid on. Guests could sign up to get their photo taken by photographer Lynn Redmile so they could capture their twenties look. There was plenty of food and drinks for everyone to enjoy while mingling among each other.

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Towards the end of the evening there was a burlesque performance by The Garter Snaps. The Garter Snaps are burlesque-duo that treated the Jazz Age Preservation Ball guests to a hot little number to the music of  1933’s “We’re in the Money.”

We were so glad we got to experience such an extravagant event. It was such a sight to see everyone dressed up to celebrate their love for this era and help raise money for Art Deco preservation. It truly was the cherry on top to our weekend and we look forward to next year!

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Art Deco Weekend in Virginia: Day One, Part 1

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Recently my husband and I took a little jaunt to the lovely city, Richmond, Virginia. It was a long weekend for me (having the Monday holiday off from work) so we had planned our little Richmond trip in advance. We arrived late Friday night due to several flight delays but made it a little past midnight. We stayed at the historic Linden Row Inn. Neither of us have visited Richmond, Virginia so we were excited to see the city.

The next morning we had time to explore the city a little before we got ready for the main reason of our trip, to attend the Art Deco Society of Virginia’s Jazz Age Preservation Ball. I had done a little research online prior to our trip regarding things to do while we  were in the city. And one of the Art Deco Society of Virginia’s board members gave me a great list of places to eat and shop. We found out Richmond has an Edgar Allan Poe Museum and they happen to be hosting a birthday bash all day for the sullen poet. The museum opened in 1922 and is housed in the oldest home in Richmond. It is just a few blocks from Poe’s first Richmond home and first place of employment.

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There was a tour, music, entertainers and the grande finale was at midnight when the cake would be cut in honor of Poe. We primarily walked between the different buildings that kept all the items and pieces of history from Poe’s life. I definitely recommend checking out the museum because the museum gives so much history about his life. There is even one room only dedicated to his hauntingly beautiful poem Annabel Lee. In this room, onlookers are presented with bits and pieces of information about which specific lady in Poe’s life inspired this poem, although this has always remained a mystery.

We had a lovely afternoon and it was time well spent to soak up our day before we got ready for our big event. After our little adventure at the museum, we went back to the hotel to start our transformation into the Jazz Age.

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Getting Decked Out in Art Deco

First thing first, happy new year!

I’m a little belated on my happy 2014 exclamation. I did have a fun and entertaining New Year’s Eve celebration and kissed 2013 goodbye.

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Currently, my husband and I are getting ready for the next big event on our agenda, the Jazz Age Preservation Ball in Richmond, VA. We are SO excited! The Jazz Age Preservation Ball is created and presented by the Art Deco Society of Virginia.   I stumbled across the non-profit organization and found they put on this extravagant event. So my husband and I thought, let’s go! This will be their second year and by the looks of the photos from their inaugural event, it’s going to be a grand time.

I am a Jazz Age and Art Deco enthusiast and love to get my hands on anything from this era. My husband and I love this time period so much our wedding was 1920s themed. (See article on this here ☞ Saying ‘I do’ Roaring Twenties Style.) I’ve always had a dormant obsession with the twenties. Unconsciously admiring the structure of finger waves and secretly falling in love with the flapper style. I love many decades between the 1880s to 1960s, but if I had to choose, hands down the 1920s win. This time is just intoxicating for me. The colors, style, architecture, and the way America was after the Great War and before the second one. When we became engaged and I was going over the theme of our wedding with our photographer, she suggested I start a Pinterest board to give me wedding ideas. At the time we had not decided on a 1920s-themed wedding, but knew we wanted a vintage-theme event. I started my search and started to come across couples who had done this. Thus began my (so far) 1, 777 pinned images of the 1920s style. I could literally live my life in this style, no joke.

So we’ve prepared for our trip to Virginia and are ready to attend the Ball. We’re looking forward to meeting other Jazz Age and Art Deco enthusiasts. Keep your eyes peeled for details on this event!

Here’s a sneak of my dress ☞ photo

Now please, let me show you some images of what I’m obsessing about. 🙂

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Date Night with Bettie

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This past Friday, my husband and I attended the Bettie Page Reveals All movie premier at the historic Belcourt Theatre. It was a sight to see all the Bettie fans eagerly await the showing of the film. So many movie goers were dressed up in retro 1950s attire to see Bettie on the big screen.

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The hubby and I wore our matching black with white piping 1950s western outfits. The clothes did not come as a set. My husband had originally bought his and I found this dress that seemed to fit it quite well. I channeled my inner Bettie and curled my hair and snipped my bangs to create the infamous “Bettie bangs.” My husband slicked back his hair and threw on his cowboy boots. We were ready for the show!

Everyone looked so excited before the film began. Ladies with their 1950s-inspired clothing and victory rolls in their hair and gentlemen looking super dapper. Just as a sidebar: this historic theater happens to serve alcohol so we sipped on drinks while we enjoyed the show. The lights dimmed and the camera rolled and there was the iconic “sultry siren of the southland” as she was introduced in the opening of the movie.

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The film is narrated by Bettie herself during her older years. The movie began with her childhood and chronologically showed her life through pictures as she told us about the moments of her life. It was great to hear about her from her. Not all biographies have the opportunity to have the actual person do this. Towards the end we see how much Bettie influenced culture and art. Bettie has been the muse for many artists; one of my favorites being Olivia De Berardinis.

Bettie is such an iconic women that has bedazzled and inspired so many people. Thankfully, she is still an inspiration today and still hypnotizes anyone that lays their eyes on her famous pictures.

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