Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A Victorian Valentine Weekend - For Lovers of All Things Victorian!

Who:  YOU!

What:  A Victorian Valentine Weekend - For Lovers of All Things Victorian
When:  Friday, February 15 through Sunday, February 17, 2019
Where:  The Historic Brookstown Inn, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Where Will We Stay?
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The Historic Brookstown Inn, established in 1837, was originally a cotton mill and was preserved with it's grand ceilings, original wooden beams, exposed brick, and refinished historic pine floors.  The Inn is now a seventy guest room getaway with luxurious amenities.  A block of rooms is reserved for us with a discounted rate of $119.99 and tax for Thursday or Sunday, and $139.99 and tax for Friday or Saturday.  The Brookstown Inn stay includes breakfast each morning, a Wine and Cheese Reception each evening, and cookies and milk at bedtime.  The restaurant at the Brookstown Inn also serves dinner on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.  The rooms are large with a sitting area and extra large closet and wardrobe space and can easily accommodate up to 4 people including costumes!  Optional rooms and suites are also available up to 950sf, with second floors, and fireplaces.  A personal refrigerator, microwave and Keurig coffee maker is available in every room.

Evening Wine and Cheese Reception Lounge

Historic Architecture

Courtyard Entry to Grand Ballroom

The Breakfast Room

Luxurious Guest Rooms

What Will We Do?

The weekend can be as full or as relaxing as you choose!  The Historic Brookstown Inn opens to a gorgeous courtyard and then into another building where we will have the Grand Ballroom to ourselves from 12:00pm Friday until 5:00pm Sunday.  The room can be divided into 3 rooms allowing us flexibility for fun.

Included in the weekend event price of $267 is:
  • Boxed lunches on Friday and Saturday
  • Friday evening Meet and Greet during Brookstown Inn Wine and Cheese Reception
  • Saturday Evening Buffet Dinner
  • Sunday Victorian Tea
  • Tour of either the Reynolda House Museum of American Art and the Reynolda Village, or the Old Salem Historic District
  • Three costuming classes with themed breaks
  • Tintype photograph for groups of 2 or more
--  Friday and Saturday Boxed Lunches --

 Choice of Lemon Tarragon Chicken Salad with Spring Mix on Croissant or
Roast Turkey Brie and Bacon with Cranberry Mayo on a Kaiser Roll
Both served with Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad and House-Made Cookie.

--  Saturday Buffet --

Herb Roasted Prime Rib
Salmon with Lemon Dill Sauce
Grilled Asparagus
Anson Mills Carolina Gold Rice Pilaf
Strawberry Shortcake

Rolls, Butter, Freshly Brewed Coffee, Iced Tea

-- Sunday Tea --
Smoked Salmon
Chicken Salad and Cucumber Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches
Assorted Biscotti
Miniature Confections and Scones
Iced Tea and selection of Hot Tea

-- The Tours --
Option 1:  Reynolda House Museum of American Art -  On Saturday after lunch you will taken to the 1917 home of R. J. and Katharine Reynolds.  The Reynolda House and Estate is the centerpiece of the Reynolda Historic District.  Here you will receive a guided tour of the restored mansion and explore masterpieces from three centuries of American painting and sculpture including Mary Cassatt, Frederic Church, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O'Keeffe and Grant Wood.

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Option 2:  Old Salem Museums and Gardens - Fortunately, the admission for Old Salem Museums and Gardens is a two-day, enter at will, experience.  This undescribable historic area extends for blocks and includes a Church and Education District, a Trades District, and a Gardens and Residential District.  Established through the late 18th and early 19th centuries, it is a living history experience.  There are interpreted museum buildings including the potter's workshop, the silversmith's workshop, the shoemaker's workshop, the joiner's workshop, and the gunsmith's workshop where firearms are still created through original design and methods for custom orders.  If you choose this optional tour, we will have a short leisurely walk down the Strollway from Brookstown Inn.  The walk back is slightly uphill, but a stop at the Salem Tavern will be a good refresher!
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-- The Classes --

Three classes will be offered during the weekend - Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, and Sunday morning.  The class offerings include a themed break.

Chapeaus and Chocolates

Parts of a hat and basic construction, supplies, patterns and books, getting started, the stash, fabrics,
floral construction/deconstruction, feathers, brim treatments, wire frame construction, examples.

Parasols and Petit Fours

Parts of a parasol, patterns and books, getting started with embellishing a modern parasol, recovering a modern parasol, recovering a vintage parasol, painting a frame and handle, the parasol seam, examples.

Fans and Fresh Fruit

Types of fans, patterns, supplies and suppliers, custom sticks, tassels, paper or lace or silk, examples.

-- Tintype Photograph --

We are fortunate to have Chris Morgan of North Carolina, join us to create a tintype photograph for each group of two or more included in your event package.  Additional photographs are available as time permits at an additional charge paid to the photographer.

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What should I wear? 

Victorian Valentine Weekend in its beautiful setting of The Historic Brookstown Inn, the Reynolda Historic District, and Old Salem Museum and Gardens is the perfect setting for those wishing to enjoy their passion for historical costuming.  We understand that not everyone wishes to do that and some may be attending to begin their costuming journey with our classes and the guidance of those that do costume.  Some will costume for the entire weekend, some only for the social events and tours, and some not at all.  Do whatever is comfortable and fun for you!

How do I pay?

Brown Paper Tickets is handling our financials with two options to pay:  1.  Full price of $267 or  2. Three payments of $89 due now, November 15, and January 15.  The Early Bird Three-Payment option expires October 15, 2018.

When full or first payment is made you will be sent the information to book your room at The Historic Brookstown Inn.  The room block will be released on January 15 and reservations after that time will be at regular price.

Since your event reservation will be confirmed with your first or full payment, there are no refunds and you agree to make all future payments.  All spaces are transferrable at any time to anyone you choose.  Since we have limited space at this event, we will keep a wait list for anyone needing to transfer their reservation.  We will also coordinate roommates if desired.

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How do I get there?

There are two airport options:  the closest airport is Piedmont Triad International Airport, GSO, in Greensboro, NC.  From there it is a 25 minute shuttle ride with ABC Door-to-Door.  Their link:  https://www.abcdoor2door.com
The other airport is Charlotte Douglas International Airport, CLT,  in Charlotte, NC.  From there it is about a 90 minute drive.

Who do I talk to if I have questions?

You can reply to this post and I will respond, or email me at theperfecttouchvictorian@gmail.com
Registered attendees will receive my cell number so they can reach me at any time before and during the event.  This event is also listed on facebook and we have a facebook group to share the costuming fun prior to the event.

Looking forward to seeing you at our Victorian Valentine Weekend, Victorian Lover!!

Your weekend host,