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New England Vintage Arts Society

nahant victorian dance weekend

August 9 to 13 2018

Vintage Victorian and the New England Vintage Arts Society present an unforgettable weekend of dancing and amusements in one of America’s oldest summer resort towns in enchanting period venues amidst refreshing ocean breezes. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to experience a summer holiday as it might have been during the Victorian, Gilded, Ragtime & Jazz ages.

The schedule is almost complete, there are only a few details that still need to be finalized. Come for all 4 days or just a few events. We’ve sold out for the last several years, full registration is open now, register today!

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PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (details subject to change)
We will enjoy classes during the day and in the evening we will view a silent film with live music by Jeff Rapsiss, followed by dancing to recorded music at the Nahant Knights of Columbus hall, with a stunning seaside view of Boston.
Friday we will once again enjoy a day of classes. The evening dinner & dance includes a formal plated dinner held at the Nahant Country Club the historic mansion of Frederick Tudor. We will have with live dance music, with Ragtime and twenties tunes.
1890 hairstyles and combs SATURDAY:
Saturday we will shop ‘till we drop at a vintage bazaar in the morning (you may reserve a table to sell your wares for a small fee). In the afternoon we will have a dance class or two before we dance the night away at the formal Victorian Ball: An Evening in Vienna with live music by Spare Parts. Lavish refreshments will be served at the intermission.
Sunday’s plans include an afternoon’s activities including a live concert by Spare Parts, formal tea with fresh baked scones, & a seaside promenade. We encourage everyone to continue their NEw England Summer by the Sea by registering for the Providence Vintage Dance Week.
Monday we will may be adding an optional outing or Zimman’s fabric shopping trip, more details TBD.

As with all our events, period dress is greatly admired but not required. Children are welcome if well behaved and supervised.

LODGING: We will have a block of rooms reserved at a local hotel

The weekend has been organized for over two decades by Katy & Ben Bishop to share their love of vintage dance and recreate the activities of nineteenth century social life. Some venues and services are donated to help keep the costs down, ensuring that everyone can afford to attend. We hope you’ll be able to join us this year!

nahant victorian dance weekend

      There are few watering-places in the United States more widely known than Nahant. Few strangers come to our metropolis, in the Summer season, without paying it a visit. It is almost like going to sea to visit the extremity of the peninsula, which pushes its bold front far out into the ocean, and breasts the Atlantic surges which dash continuously against its iron base.

from Ballou’s Pictorial, July 21, 1855

Sponsored by Vintage Victorian and The New England Vintage Arts Society

New England Vintage Arts Society

P.O. Box 9, Nahant, Massachusetts 01908
phone: (781) 49-WALTZ (781-499-2589)

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