Things to do, places to go and exhibits to see in the world of Victorian art and architecture.
February 17 to November 3, 2013
Critically recognized as the best Shakespeare troupe in North America, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has recently expanded its repertoire to include 20th century plays and beloved musicals with astonishing success. This year, Amanda Dehnert directs Lerner and Loewe’s adaption of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. Call (800) 219-8161.
March 16, 2013
Cherry Hill Historic House and Farm, Virginia
What better way to celebrate your Irish heritage–whether real or romantically imagined–than with a live Celtic concert held in a mid-1800s farmhouse?
March 16-17, 2013
New York City
Over 500 vendors will exhibit at New York City’s anuual antiques show along the Hudson River. Get your heirlooms appraised by Antiques Roadshow’s Gary Hohmers, $5 per item. Call (973) 808-6806.
March 22-24, 2013
Port Townsend, Washington
Learn to quilt and do needlework, enjoy a 19th century fencing demonstration, experience a Victorian ball and more at one of the Pacific Northwest’s best-preserved ports. Call (206) 799-5069.
April 6-7, 2013
“Ooh” and “ahh” at the beautiful interiors of five restored homes, including a lovely Queen Anne. Call (361) 485-3116.
April 20, 2013
Dearborn Inn, Michigan
Dig your English Garden hats out of storage! At its 13th annual Victorian tea luncheon and raffle, the American Autoimmune Association will award prizes for the best hats in three categories. Call (586) 776-3900.
April 26 to May 5, 2013
Cape May, New Jersey
Enjoy a host of events—including crafts and antique shows, a vintage dance weekend, and a murder mystery dinner—amidst the fully-restored Victorian splendor of Cape May. Call (609)-884-5404.
April 27 and 28, 2013
Explore West Virginia’s landmark buildings, homes and gardens, including the Eastwood Farm, an circa 1840 Greek Revival house that is being opened to visitors for the first time since 1982. Bonus: Eastwood Farm visitors sample slices of the Shenandoah Garden Club’s “Famous Apple Cake!” For more information, call (304) 676-5505.
May to July 2013
St. Louis, Missouri
Laugh your way through a live whodunit at the Bissel Mansion Restaurant, which still possesses its original 1820s mantels and trim and boasts the distinction of being the oldest home in St. Louis. Call 314-533-9830 or 1-800-690-9838.
May 17-19, 2013
Piscataway, New Jersey
Think of it as a Renaissance fair, but with top hats, goggles, plaid spats and plastic light-up laser guns. Last year, the world’s largest Steampunk festival welcomed over 4,000 guests; be sure to join the fun this spring!
June 8, 2013
Discover the maritime past and Victorian architecture of one of California’s best-kept secrets. Call (800) 346-3482.
Combine ice cream, Victorian games, a cotillion dance and bagpipes for the best Independence Day celebration Southern California offers Victoriana fans. Call (951) 826-5273.
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