Nahant Victorian Dance Weekend
The 2014 Nahant Victorian Dance Weekend
will take place August 8, 9, and 10.
Mark your calendars!
Complete details are still
being worked out for 2014, we are hard at work planning a long weekend of enjoyable vintage activities. Below you will find the 2013 information and schedule for
reference. We welcome suggestions for next year’s schedule.
Thank you for another wonderful event!
News, Updates and Photos
We made it into the New York Times! and you can also view Bill Cunningham’s coverage in the New York Times!:
Press Coverage: You may have noticed the gentleman, Bill Cunningham, photographing us all weekend. Bill was ecstatic to be witnessing such a lovely slice of history brought to life. We've seen a preview and the photos are lovely. His photos will appear in print in the Style section of the New York Times this Sunday (August 18); the pictures are already available on the web:
- Bill's pictures of
the Ball are on the New York Times’ website.
- Pictures of the Sunday events are online too!
- A video compilation of the whole Weekend can be seen here:
On the Street (warning, this video opens with sound).
Saturday, 10 August, 7:00 pm
The Twenty-Second Annual
A 19th CENTURY
Concert: Waltzing Through Time
Sunday 11 August, 1:00 pm
with Spare Parts
Followed by Formal Tea
Dancing will commence after the Tea.
to Benefit the Nahant Historical Society
For those of you coming in from out of town many people are staying at the
Comfort Inn, 14 Hill St., Woburn, MA.
781-933-5363 (the group rate has expired but in might not hurt to mention the “Nahant Victorian Dance Weekend”); there are also
several people staying at the
Courtyard Marriott, also in Woburn. We also have a page of alternate lodging recommendations.
Join us for An Evening in Vienna, and dance to the
strains of Strauss and other Viennese composers, and our own Nahant Quadrille, as we enjoy the evening sea breezes of Nahant.
Refreshments for the evening will include exquisite Viennese inspired pastries.
The trio of Bill Matthiessen, Liz Stell and Eric Buddington
also known as Spare Parts, will provide the music for the evening.
Mr. Ben Bishop will be the evening’s Prompter and will also be leading the afternoon dance workshop.
Spare Parts will return Sunday afternoon for a concert entitled Waltzing Through Time following the evolution of the waltz, including
the Nahant Waltz. The concert will be followed by formal
Afternoon Tea. The afternoon concludes with dancing to the music of Spare Parts
Registration for 2014 is not yet open
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
from Ballou’s Pictorial, July 21, 1855
The weekend's schedule:
SATURDAY AUGUST 10
Free Dance Workshop, 3:00-5:00 PM
with Ben Bishop
Grand Ball: An Evening in Vienna
both at the Nahant Town Hall,
334 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA
SUNDAY AUGUST 11
Concert: Waltzing Through Time
followed by Afternoon Tea
Nahant Community Center
41 Valley Road, Nahant, MA
Costumes of the 1850s through 1890s encouraged at the ball but not required!
Summer whites of any era, and hats encouraged at the concert and tea.
Visit the Costume Timeline Page for a selection of fashions
from the 1850s-1890s, or the Costume library for a number
of links to pages detailing fashions of various eras.