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Day 1 – Your arrival in Richmond should be approximately 4:00pm or 5:00pm if you want to check-in to your hotel before dinner. Once everyone has freshened up you will attend a cooking class at Southern Seasons. Learn from regional notables as they share secrets, techniques and recipes in a beautiful, high tech cooking classroom that completely redefines the concept. Your actual meal is from the lesson plan and we can work with you on several unique menu concepts. After dinner the group will have time for shopping in the Southern Seasons store, it’s a gigantic paradise for foodies with everything from kitchen gadgets, to ingredients. (D)
Day 2 – This morning begins at the Virginia Historical Society host of the special exhibit: “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times.” This exhibit will showcase the award-winning costumes of the Crowley Family & their servants who inhabit the fictional English Country Estate of Downton Abbey. These costumes reflect the times that uprooted British Society and ushered in the Roaring Twenties and the Jazz Age. The displays range from Country Tweeds to servants uniforms, to lavish gowns and evening attire of fine fabrics decorated with intricate embroidery, lace and beading.
Next, you will enjoy a Victorian Era fashion show. “The clothes make the man or woman” is a phrase that could have been coined during the Victorian period. In those days clothing was very much a symbol of who you were, what you did for a living, and how much money was in your bank account.
Today’s show is a private event for your group and it is an opportunity for you to market your own costume competition – should you wish. Simply encourage your guests to dress in period for the day and package a prize for your winner in the final price.
Following the fashion show you have a Women’s Suffrage meeting on the right of women to vote and to stand for electoral office. In the United States, 1920 was the first year when millions of women exercised their right to vote. The suffrage movement began nearly 100 years earlier and it is said that it had a “style” of its own. This meeting will give you a chance to hear the arguments, express your opinions and witness that “style.”
This afternoon you tour the Maymont Mansion and Gardens. This is a special place where the man made elegance of art and architecture is surrounded by the natural beauty of plants, animals, water and paths. It was the 100 acre Victorian country estate of James Henry and Sallie May Dooley and it remains an opulent home, with gardens and grounds that are magnificent.
Next is a tour of the Virginia House, an English Manor Home that was relocated to here in 1925. It is situated on a hillside overlooking the historic James River and is a blend of three romantic English Tudor designs, it was for its time a thoroughly modern home complete with seven full baths, central heat, modern kitchen, and commodious closets.
Once the tour has ended, you group will be seated in the expansive main foyer where a wonderful meal is served. This will be followed by a brief concert by Jazz Singer Emme St James. The dining area has an orchestra box built above the main entrance, just off the library, from where she will perform. (B,D)
Day 3 – This package ends this morning after breakfast. (B)