It’s hard to believe that 2017 is very nearly over. Where did the last three hundred and sixty days go? Looking back over what this year has involved it certainly has turned out to be quite an eventful year – historical costuming and otherwise. I certainly never anticipated how this year would unfold and I think that I can categorically say that 2017 was pretty good.
I know that I’ve written about several events that I’ve been to, and those should be easy enough to find already on the blog but I thought that I’d do a quick write-up of at least some of them.
March – 150 Years of Waipukurau Grand Opening
The Central Hawkes Bay Settlers Museum held an opening for their new exhibition and invited guests to attend in period dress. Challenge accepted. As I had been working on my first 1890s outfit I thought that I would debut that. Since then, I have remade the skirt and added braid.
April – Coachhouse Museum Skills and Trades of Yesteryear Open Day
Another invitation to attend in period dress saw me visit the Coachhouse Museum in Feilding for the first time. I had time to explore the museum, watch some demonstrations of past trades/skills, and go for a ride in a ladies’ gig.
June – Steam Incorporated’s Kapiti Express Family Fun Day
For Liane’s birthday, we took advantage of the opportunity to ride a steam train and in historical costume too. We caused a slight stir as we accidentally gave an impromptu fashion show while walking through the carriages looking for seats, visited the Paikakariki Railway Museum, and then met horses at Queen Elizabeth Park.
July – Alliance Francaise’s Bastille Day Masquerade and Dinner
There aren’t many opportunities to dress earlier than the Victorian era in New Zealand so when we found out about the Bastille Day Masquerade we just had to go. I borrowed a dress from Liane and we had an amazing time, even earning a standing ovation when we entered the room.
October – Taranaki Pioneer Village’s Open Day
At Labour Weekend, Liane and I attended the Open Day at the Taranaki Pioneer Village. It was so much fun to explore all of the different buildings, learn a little of Taranaki’s history, and we were welcomed with such open arms by the volunteers and public alike.
November – Oamaru’s Victorian Heritage Celebrations
Always the biggest highlight of my year, the Heritage Celebrations did not disappoint. I had the most amazing time, attending far too many events, spending time with friends, met so many new lovely people, and had my tintype taken not once, but twice.
Also, this is the year that I started this blog, which has been an interesting experience and one where I know that I still have a lot to learn. It has definitely given me a new appreciation of all of the historical costuming bloggers that I follow. Sometimes a post can be so quick and easy to write up while others take so much time and effort. I honestly don’t know how they do it and I love that they actually do.
Thank you to everyone who has found this blog, who has taken the time to read my posts, and who has supported me online or off. I really do appreciate it. Thank you so very, very much.
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