I was watching Castle the other night and there was a place for people to go, dress and have fun in the late Victorian Era (1890s). They are romantics and are drawn to the simpler times. I thought the idea of the club (minus the murdering) was wonderful and would love to visit a place like that. The only thing similar I have ever participated in were the Madrigal Dinners in high school (where I was a wench and served the lords and ladies at my table). I attended in later years.
I've been to a couple of different Madrigal Dinners but none of them do it up like my former high school Well, at least not locally. From the moment you step out of your car you are transported. Street urchins with candles or lamps lead you through the back halls of the school, darkened and decorated. There is hay on the floor with the poor in sack cloth begging as you go. Once you enter the "castle" you are greeted by a chancellor and are left to wait until the hall is ready. The entire place is decorated with candles, greenery, and banners. As we make our way to the hall we pause to listen to the woodwinds.
We know ahead of time the name of our table and are led there by another wench or page. On each plate is the program. And for each table is the list of attendees. However, it is not your normal name. You could be a Countess, Princess, etc. with your name. It is great fun to find who you can pretend to be for the evening, and who outranks who.
The food is always delicious from the Wassail and fresh bread, barley soup, to the beef and potatoes, then Cornish hens, fruit and finally a rum cake. And between courses the Madrigals sing, jesters perform and the king makes his rounds. All in all it is a wonderful evening. This dinner is so popular that when the tickets go on sale for the 3 (maybe it is 4now) nights, they are sold out by 1:00 p.m. that day.
It is always fun to escape and be entertained at the same time, much like the club in Castle.
I've heard of Jane Austin societies having balls and soirées, but have never had a chance to attend one. I would participate in something like that in a heartbeat since the Regency Period is one of my favorite eras.
I have attended the Old English Fare and enjoyed the meat pies and watching the entertainment, but I don't really escape into the past. And, I haven't had a chance to participate or watch historical reenactments.
Have you have had the opportunity to attend an event that takes you to a different place and they do it so well you forget about the present world? If you had a chance to visit a club or event, which era in history would you like to escape to?