Book a Drive to Galveston for “#DickensOnTheStrand ”
When the weather in Houston is especially warm during this time of year, wouldn’t it be nice if the atmosphere of Christmas was only a drive away? Rather than jetting off to a snowy location, you can drive to the beach next weekend (Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2018) to get in the holiday mood.
Dickens on The Strand offers less humbug and more huzzah! Galveston Island’s world famous Victorian holiday festival returns for a weekend of fun, frivolity and festivities.
19th-century Victorian London
Inspired by the ghost of Dickens past, the annual street festival is decorated like 19th-century Victorian London. The event will feature round-the-clock entertainment on six stages, plus strolling carolers, roving musicians and bagpipers. There will also be parades, jugglers other entertainers and costumed vendors peddling wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday-inspired food and drinks.
Crowd Favorite Events
Dickens on The Strand is also a great shopping event for Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations and gifts. There are also several special events and contests. The annual Victorian bed race, which will take place Sunday, Dec. 3 at 4:30 p.m., is always a crowd favorite. Five-person teams race down Galveston’s historic streets, with awards going out to the top three teams, as well as an award for the best-decorated bed.
Galveston’s Strand National Historic Landmark District
The event is hosted every year by Galveston’s Strand National Historic Landmark District, which welcomes tens of thousands of guests each holiday season, and
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Christmas comes a few weeks earlier this year with Dickens on The Strand’s VIP contest! One lucky winner will receive a one-of-a-kind package for this year’s festival. Registration is simple and we’ll announce our winner on Friday, November 23! Don't miss your chance to win, sign up now on our website! 👉🏻More details and link in story👈🏻
#FunFact about this upcoming week, we are going to be doing a series called Dickens 12 Days of Giveaways! For the 12 days leading up to Dickens on the Strand, we will be giving away a new prize every day, anything from some of this year's merch (pictured below) to tickets to almost every Dickens event! To make sure you don't miss a chance to win, follow the official Dickens on the Strand facebook page, where a new giveaway will be posted every morning starting Sunday, November 18. Tag a friend in the comments below or share this post to your story, your friends will thank you!
Let's get to know this year's #jlgctxflymetothemoon Holiday Charity Ball Honoree, Jeannie Janota.
Jeannie Janota has been a dynamic part of our community’s past while shaping much of our present and future. Jeannie Janota was born and raised in #mygalveston , Texas and is the true definition of a community volunteer. She was an active member of the @juniorleagueofgalvestoncounty for 22 years before becoming a sustainer.
Many of us remember Jeannie as one of the first faces, voices, and influencers of our League experience – whether it was through sharing her own fundraising “how-to” experiences, fashion shows for #dickensonthestrand , or coming up with new and innovative ideas on how to serve our League and community more effectively. Our honoree’s impact still lives on in the League with what has become our successful “Epicurean Events”, an adaptation of a program Jeannie started!
Jeannie currently serves on the Boards of #galvestonislandmealsonwheels and @galvestonhumane. She is a superb volunteer fundraiser and as her niece, Kristen Lepo says, “an unparalleled party planner” – she is the go-to person for so many in our area. Last year, she chaired the first ever Gala for @seastarbasegalveston . Most recently, she took on a new volunteer role as a @casaofgalveston CASA volunteer. We have no doubt so many children’s lives will be immensely better because they will have Jeannie as their advocate.
Her volunteer roles over the years would be enough to fill anyone’s plate – but she has also had a life beyond her League and volunteer experience. She and her husband will celebrate 38 years of marriage this year – and she is a favorite aunt and key part of her extended family. We are thrilled to have Jeannie as our Holiday Charity Ball Honoree this year – as she has been such an example to so many of us. She is truly a Woman on a Mission.
Please help us honor Jeannie on December 8, 2018. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at jlgcflymetothemoon.com
Texas Icons Distinctive Gifts!!
This weekend Nov 1st to Nov 4th, 2018 @lonestarrally. We have masks, hats, metal art and some other cool stuff!
We are inside a white tent on Mitchell St / 24th and Strand. Stop by and say Hi!!
It’s bodice muslin time! This is the 1896 plain bodice from Truly Victorian, made up straight out of the package according to my (corseted) measurements and their sizing method (which is a bit more complicated than the traditional bust/waist/hips sizing). As you can see, I need to add a good amount of width to the bust and upper chest, but I could actually lose a bit at the center front waist and through the mid to lower back. I also think the sleeve needs to be balanced.
I’d be interested in hearing your opinions on whether I should attempt a FBA on the front, or simply alter the center front seam? Another option would be to cut a larger size of just the bodice front (this is possible with the way these patterns are drafted) and adjust the waist darts accordingly.
*Note! To all those noticing the horizontal wrinkle through my mid back - I see it too, however it has been my fitting experience to work one axis at a time, starting with the most glaring problem, which for me is the width-wise adjustments, and once I get those in place I will see where I stand with length-wise adjustments.
Once I make those changes, and if they result in a successful fit, then I will make the design changes I have planned for the sleeve and waist. About one month to go before #dickensonthestrand Time to step it up! .
This might be the silliest thing I’ve ever made!!! First, a disclaimer: please excuse the crappy lighting in these photos. My house is pretty dark on the brightest of days, but it’s been nonstop rain around here and I haven’t seen the sun in over a week! Second, excuse my uneven corset lacing in these photos. I just quickly threw this on and didn’t feel like lacing down tightly. But what is on my ass?!? I knocked together this late Victorian hip and bum pad for my Dickens costume this year. This is one of those details that always gets pushed to the back burner when I make my historical costumes, but they really make a difference! Victorian and Edwardian ladies loved their padding! By the 1890’s the huge crinolines and wired bustle cages of the earlier Victorian fashions had fallen out of favor, but these smaller pads were still used to round out the form and, along with huge sleeves, create a more dramatic hourglass shape. I think I may have actually overfilled my padding a bit, so it’s currently sitting under a stack of books to see if the stuffing will compress a bit, otherwise I might open them up and take some of the fluff out. I might also experiment with wearing them under the corset, like our Edwardian friends did. I didn’t use a pattern for this, but just eyeballed images on google and mostly copied @before_the_automobile because everything she makes is perfection! Note - mine aren’t nearly as beautifully sewn as hers are, they really were knocked together quickly, but the floral fabric makes them look prettier than they have any right to. Ok! That is all!