September in the SF Bay Area is truly a costumer’s dream. Here are four more costume events including a popular Gatsby-era picnic, an antique autos event that welcomes costumers, a renaissance faire inspired by Shakespeare’s Elizabethan England and a Regency ball based on a Jane Austen novel.
Gatsby Summer Afternoon
Dunsmuir Helman Historic Estate, Oakland
1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
The Art Deco Society’s Gatsby Summer Afternoon is an elegant, vintage-style picnic where you can wear afternoon attire from the 1920s-1930s. You will feel like you’ve stepped back in time as several hundred costumed attendees gather to relax, play, picnic and dance just like Jay Gatsby in “The Great Gatsby.” There is a very comprehensive costuming guide in the event’s web site.
The 13th Annual Antique Autos in History Park
History Park, San Jose
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
This event will feature 200 antique autos, fire equipment, bicycles and motorcycles of all makes from the late 1800s to 1945. Thus, you can wear costumes from any era within this time frame and have your photos taken with the appropriate cars or any vehicles you fancy. There are also numerous photo opportunities with the historical buildings in History Park, which looks like a Victorian town complete with houses, a fire station, a hotel, a bank, etc.
Much Ado About Sebastopol
Ives Park, Sebastopol
Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
This Renaissance Faire, benefitting local public schools, will recreate a 16th century English town where you can interact with villagers as they celebrate the apple harvest along with Queen Elizabeth I and her court. There will be music, dance and theatre from the time period including, of course, a Shakespearean performance. Attending in Renaissance costume will enhance your experience and there is a costume section with links in the front page of the faire’s website.
Jane Austen’s “Sanditon” Ball
Arlington Community Church, Kensington
8:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
The Bay Area English Regency Society will be holding a costume and dance ball inspired by Jane Austen’s final (unfinished) novel “Sanditon.” The ball will evoke the atmosphere of new and still-growing seaside town. Regency era costumes are admired but not required. All dances will be taught at the ball. You don’t need to bring a partner. The dance caller for the evening will be Alan Winston and live music will be provided by the Divertimento Dance Orchestra.
Copyright 2013, Jean Martin.
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