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15th Annual Georgian Picnic

Join us for our annual favorite, The Georgian Picnic, celebrating its 15th year this November!

15th Annual Georgian Picnic
15th Annual Georgian Picnic

Time & Location

Nov 18, 2023, 1:00 PM

Arlington, 3600 W Arkansas Ln, Arlington, TX 76016, USA

About the Event

Dress: Georgian Period Costume (1714 - 1837)

Price: Free!

It’s that time of year again – time for the Georgian Picnic!  With an afternoon filled with charming Rococo and Regency costume, delicious food, fun period games, and lively conversation, it’s easy to see why this has become one of our most popular events! Bring your favorite picnic foods, or if you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at an 18th Century recipe! All attempts and interpretations of 18th Century costume are welcome, from exacting recreations to dastardly pirates!

LOCATION CHANGE

Our picnic will be held at Veteran's Park in Arlington.  If the weather is good, we'll meet at the Bandshell.  We'll be decorating it to add to the ambience.  If it's rainy, we'll meet at the covered pavilion.  

This location has two parking areas.  One is near the monuments and is closest to the pavilion, restrooms, and playground.  The other is near the Molly Hollar Wildscape, and provides a paved route directly to the Bandshell. 

Click here to view a customized map of the park showing parking, restrooms, and picnic locations.

What to Bring:

Feel free to bring your own chairs, tables, table decor, blankets, lawn games, and picnic lunch, and friends!

We're hoping to up our game this year with a decorated space for a more immersive experience.  Check out our Pinterest board for inspiration!

We'll have tables set up for any potluck items you're willing to share with the group.  Decor/ambience items would be also welcome.  This is completely optional.  If you'd like to participate, please check out our signup list!

Costume Links:

There are a wide variety of patterns available that you can use to make a Georgian costume.  There are a few suitable patterns in the Halloween section of the "big 3" pattern makers that you can buy in any fabric store, but some of the better patterns are only sold online. Here are a few companies that sell the most popular 18th century and Regency costume patterns:

Virgil's Fine Goods

Scroop Patterns

Laughing Moon Mercantile

Sense and Sensibility Patterns

Past Patterns

Larkin and Smith Patterns

J.P. Ryan Patterns

Black Snail Patterns

You can also find a variety of options from smaller pattern makers at 18th century sutler shops like these:

Wm. Booth Draper

Smoke and Fire Company

Jas Townsend and Son

Simplicity and McCalls now also have several Georgian patterns thanks to American Duchess and Angela Clayton:

Simplicity S8941 - 1790s open robe

Simplicity 8579 - 18th Century foundation garments (pocket hoop fashions)

Simplicity 8162 - 18th Century foundation garments (bumpad fashions) (American Duchess has some hacks on their blog to make the pattern more historically accurate.)

Simplicity 8578 - 18th Century Robe a la Francaise gown

Simplicity 8161 - Outlander inspired 18th Century outfits

Simplicity 8411 - Outlander inspired court gown (With American Duchess hacks for better accuracy.)

McCall M7826 - 1780s-style "zone front" or Robe a la Turque inspired gown

McCall's collection of Official Outlander patterns.

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