Schedule

Pub Crawl
Building Tour
Victorian Ball
Events
Presentations
Fashion Show
Teas
Museums
Tours


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2016 Presentations, Lectures & Events

Exhibition Hall

The Victorian Festival's Exhibition Hall provides a venue for hands-on and up-close exploration of historical hand crafts, artifacts and materials. This years Exhibition Hall features:

Hours: 10am - 4:30pm
Location: American Legion Hall (Monroe and Water St)
Admission: General admission ticket

Outdoors, don't miss the Victorian Festival's historical suttler's tent and wet plate photography.

Corsets – Bound by Tradition or Can You Really Bend Over in That?

Location: Cotton Building - 607 Water St.
Time: Saturday
Price: General Admission

Miss Cherries Jubilee (aka C Mariahn Scarborough, Ma Ed) is an amateur historian and experienced corset wearer, costumer, and teacher. After a year of study on the subject of corsets, both modern and historical, she decided to corset daily to reduce pain in her upper back. She has a continuing fascination with the construction of 19th century underpinnings and how they sculpted the fashion silhouette from 1800 to 1910. She is particularly interested in how these fashions interacted and effected the physical, political and personal lives of women of the time.


Victorian Watches and How Women Wore Them

Location: Cotton Building - 607 Water St.
Time: Saturday
Price: General Admission

Valarie LaBore is a member and past President of the San Diego Costume Guild, and Costumers Guild West in Los Angeles, CA. She has been participating in the Port Townsend Victorian Festival for 5 years in the fashion show. Valarie likes to learn and teach how to accessorize her historical costuming by looking at authentic photos from the past. While closely looking at hundreds of photos and seeing how women wore their watches, she realized she had been doing it all wrong, and wanted to share that knowledge with other costumers. Her lecture covers the time period from the 1500s to 1910, and includes men.


THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC IN THE VICTORIAN ERA

Location: Cotton Building - 607 Water St.
Time: Saturday
Price: General Admission

Come join "Toot Sweet" as they play a selection of music spanning the Victorian era. Enjoy a variety of musical styles from Brahms' Hungarian Dance from 1869 to Joplin rags from the turn-of-the-century. Also sing along with Gay 90's popular music hall songs and learn interesting facts about the music and composers, and their impact on their world. "Toot Sweet" is a clarinet quartet composed of accomplished players with experience including performance as soloists with orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, principal clarinet with various symphonies, and performances with many local groups. The quartet also plays for many area events, and returns for its third year to the Vic Fest. In keeping with Port Townsend's Victorian heritage, Toot Sweet performs in Victorian garb.


Victorian Home Restoration

Location: Cotton Building - 607 Water St.
Time: Saturday
Price: General Admission

The members of this panel have each restored a Port Townsend Victorian home built in the late 1800’s. Some are still very much in process. They will each give a brief description of their project and be available for questions. Some panel members will have pictures. Some may even invite you to see what they have done in person. Bring your questions and your own current challenges. There will be a handout of local and other resources.

Victorian Home Restoration Panel members:
Kathleen and Todd Knoblock have been restoring the John Fuge house (1879), 1609 Washington St.
Craig Britton has restored the Henry Landes house (1871), 1934 Franklin St.
Michael Klupfell has restored the James Stockland (Grace) house (1887), 110 F St.
Kathleen Croston is restoring the James W. Griffiths house (1890), 2030 Monroe St.
Two of the homeowners have received the prestigious Mary P. Johnson award for exceptional historic home restoration.


Victorian Hunting Pastimes in Field, Forest & Plain

Location: Cotton Building - 607 Water St.
Time: Saturday
Price: General Admission

This panel will highlight some of the favored hunting pastimes of the Victorians, for both survival and pleasure - how the early settlers in the Oregon and (later) the Washington Territories hunted to survive, as well as delving into some of the more exotic adventures of the Victorian explorers: Sir Samuel Baker, who searched for the source of the Nile, tiger hunters of India, and buffalo hunters such as Billy Dixon. With each segment, we will also talk about and display examples of the firearms and gear which were popularly used by the people we'll be discussing, and the amazing advances in firearms technology. Definitely something different!

Gordon E. Frye has always been fascinated with both History and Weapons.
Found “talking guns” with some “Old Timer” in Death Valley when he was 3, he hasn’t changed much.
Gordon’s interests led him to film work where he has assaulted the Alamo, commanded Horse Cavalry, and has portrayed soldiers, sailors, cowboys and even an Afghan Freedom-fighter.
He earned a Master’s Degree in Western History at the University of the Pacific in California and teaches US and Naval History at Navy College on Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, WA.
He currently lives in Kingston with his wife Nancy, along with assorted horses, cats and chickens.

Michael Garvais is a recreational historian, amateur marksman, and part time big game hunter.
His particular foci of study are the incredible technological changes of the late Victoria era and their impact in the 20th century.
He is often found at the local pub spouting some nonsense that the invention of smokeless powder in 1884 led directly to the cultural masterpiece of western civilization that first aired in 1984. No one believes him.


Living History: A Panel of Veteran Reenactors

Location:Cotton Building - 607 Water St.
Time: Saturday
Price: General Admission

“Living history” is a curious phrase. It describes a genre (“living history exhibit”), but it often embodies a lifestyle for those whose interest in the past extends to exhaustive research and reenactment. Join four 19th Century history experts addressing not only how their interest in history has transformed their lives, but also the startling discoveries they’ve made by living and working in the era. With a myriad of movie credits, museum exhibitions, and extensive lecture and training experience, our panel invites you to join them in an exploration of where exhaustive knowledge and dedication to authenticity can go.

Nancy Frye graduated in 1988 with a BA in Drama from the University of Washington and jumped right into the theatrical scene, working for the UW and Seattle Opera Costume shops, Taproot Theatre, and various other theaters in the Seattle area.
After a brief stint overseas, she landed in California where she began a long exploration of historical reenacting, starting with Medieval, then Civil War, then back and forth across the 19th century, back to the 18th century, and up as far as World War 2.
The best time she's ever had reenacting was getting audible gasps for a particularly good death during a Civil War skirmish.
She believes cage crinolines are a tool of the devil, a good corset is divine intervention, and cooking over a fire isn't so hard as long as it's not a hot day or dumping down rain.

Don Talmadge has always been drawn to history and thought it would be fun to experience it on a personal level.
He has gone through various phases: a muzzleloader/buckskin persona in the early 80s, the civil war era, the middle ages (although reenacting 500 years was a little confusing) and finally went for a tour of Fort Nisqually.
It was a place he had visited over 50 years ago in 6th grade, and this time he met a woman who turned out to be a volunteer reenactor.
Long story short, he became addicted. At the Fort he is a part time laborer, rope maker, woodworker, gardener, chicken chaser, blacksmith helper, orator, teacher, clerk, and Father Christmas.
The Fort is set firmly in 1855, and includes two of the original buildings. He was part of a Hudson Bay group invited to honor the 150th Anniversary of the amazing Cariboo Wagon Road, traveling into Canada’s Fraser Valley as far as Barkerville, home of the 1860s gold rush.
This year he will encamp at English Camp in the San Juan National Historic Park for their 100 year centennial - possibly the last time this camp will be observed.

See Gordon Frye's biography and Andrew Williamson's biography.

Historical Canning

Location: Legion Hall - 209 Monroe St.
Time: Saturday 10-4:30
Price: General Admission

I am WSU Jefferson County extensions Food Safety and Preservation Specialist. I have been canning for over 40 years and enjoy the history of food. I will have research tested resources with me and some fun facts about what has changed over time and what has not.


Historical Firearms

Location: Legion Hall - 209 Monroe St.
Time: Saturday 10-4:30
Price: General Admission

Presented by historical scholars and firearms experts Gordon Frye and Michael Garvais.


Treadle Sewing Machine

Location: Legion Hall - 209 Monroe St.
Time: Saturday 10-4:30
Price: General Admission


Camping on the Frontier

Location: Legion Hall - 209 Monroe St.
Time: Saturday 10-4:30
Price: General Admission

Andrew Williamson: I’ve had a fascination with history all my life, and have researched every period from the Bronze Age to the 20th Century. My particular interest, though, is in the American frontier. For the past 15 years I’ve been participating in historical reenactment, during which I’ve studied and demonstrated the use of period firearms, the techniques of historical martial arts, and the skills of day-to-day living, such as camping, firemaking and food preparation.

I’m currently a member of the Cascade Mountain Men, a reenactment group devoted to recreating the fur trade era from Colonial times through the 19th Century; Goode’s Company of Foote, which reenacts a company of pike and musket from the era of Elizabeth I; and the Salle St. George, a school of classical fencing which teaches the use of various historical weapons, including rapier, longsword, and smallsword.


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