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Costume vacation documentary, San Mateo County women reenactors this coming week

Blo Norton Experience documentary screening and Notable Women of San Mateo County history reenactment
Thomas Dowrie/T&T's Real Travels and San Mateo County History Museum

This coming week, there will be a screening of a documentary featuring a group’s fantasy vacation in an English manor. There will also be a program on notable women in San Mateo County’s history. These two events involve costumers and costumes can be worn to both.

“The Blo Norton Experience” Exclusive Screening
March 27
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Camera Cinemas 12, San Jose, Calif.

The Blo Norton Experience” documents how 10 costumer friends went on a fantasy vacation at a 16th century English manor house. Filmmaker Thomas Dowrie shows how the group picked the location; designed and packed their costumes; and re-created several time periods including Tudor, Baroque and Victorian.

A Q&A with the filmmaker and cast follows after the screening. There will also be a raffle for gift certificates and other prizes. Attendees are welcome to come in costumes from any time period.

Tickets are available in advance for $7.50 and on the day of the event for $11.00. Parking is free with theater validation. The documentary is available on DVD and Blu-Ray if you aren’t able to catch the screening.

Notable Women in San Mateo County History
March 29
1:00 p.m.
Courtroom A, San Mateo County History Museum, Redwood City, Calif.

In honor of Women’s History Month, the History Museum Auxiliary presents a program featuring four notable women from the California Gold Rush through World War II. Reenactors will be attired in costumes from the museum’s education department clothing collection and will portray San Mateo charitable worker Abigail Parrott, rebellious Coastside artist Sybil Easterday, San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools Pansy Abbott and star golfer and philanthropist Helen Lengfeld.

Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to wear period costumes. Hats from the museum’s collection will be available to wear for the event. The program is free with the price of admission to the museum: $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. You can RSVP at (650) 299-0104 or

Copyright 2014, Jean Martin.

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