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Sep 27, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village Museum is inviting fans of the BBC series Downton Abbey to experience an afternoon of activities inspired by the hit British historical drama.
The September 27 event will feature a proper English afternoon tea in three of the museum’s historic homes. Quintealia’s Tea Parlor, of Burton, will cater boutique tea sandwiches and savories in the museum’s elegant historic setting.
Vintage cars on display throughout the museum grounds will provide photo opportunities for guests to preserve memories of their “Downton-in-Geauga” experience, which will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Downton Abbey television series has aired on PBS WVIZ since 2010. The show follows a family of British aristocracy and the servants of their Yorkshire country estate in the period following the sinking of the Titanic.
The Century Village Museum event organizers are encouraging guests to “dress to the nines” and don their favorite hats, gloves and pearls for the occasion. Prizes will be awarded for the best dress and best hat. The afternoon also will include a raffle featuring Downton Abbey-inspired items, including a DVD set of the first four seasons of the PBS series.
The event’s featured presentations by a historic fashion expert and a scholar of Victorian customs are expected to draw the attention of the area’s style and history enthusiasts, engaging even those unfamiliar with the Downton Abbey series.
Guest speaker Susan Powers of Ursuline College will highlight an exhibit of Edwardian and early 1920s fashion.
Kathleen Gips, author of The Language of Flowers, will present The Victorian Art of the Tussie Mussie (a small floral bouquet often given as a gift).
Guests also will have an opportunity to view Century Village’s special exhibition, “A Century of Wedding Gowns,” displaying the museum’s collection of bridal fashion spanning the 1840s through the 1950s in Geauga County.
Finally, vendors will be on the grounds offering merchandise ranging from fascinator hats to antiques. Reservations for this special event are limited. To purchase tickets, call 440-834-1492. All proceeds benefit Century Village Museum.