What we have missed – and what we can do

A look back

(1/3/2021) Our members and friends gathered on New Year’s Eve (online, of course) to look back on the pandemic year we are leaving behind. We reminisced about the people and places and activities we missed in 2020. We have all missed our time with family and friends, including restaurant meals, long walks, hugs, face-to-face classes, and bigger events like weddings, live shows, and dances. We missed tactile experiences like shopping for fabrics in person, hunting the thrift store sales, visiting museums and historic sites, and our many costumed events (all cancelled since March of 2020.) Many of us missed having a goal for our sewing projects; with no events to attend, we felt the lack of focus in our creative plans.

We did enjoy many aspects of our pandemic existence, including old-fashioned activities with our families and quiet time at home. Many of us have seen our neighbors more often (from a distance) and have gotten to know them better. We have been thrifty and developed another old-fashioned skill: making do! We have visited our sewing “stashes” for fabrics and trims to combine in new ways. We also benefitted from modern technology to see each other on our computers, keeping us in touch with friends far away. Some of us have taken advantage of online museum tours to “visit” places we have never been.

Hopes for the future

We took some time to imagine what will we do after the pandemic. We thought big! In our future, we plan on doing so much together, with adventures big and small. We want to travel together to historic sites and scenic places, we want to sit down to dinners together, we want to visit more museums, we want to teach and attend workshops, we want to host “de-stash” sales, we want to hear live music, we want a bier garten party; most of all, we want to meet face to face, talk and laugh together, and hug.

Plans for 2021

The future is still uncertain, because we don’t know how soon we will all be immunized and safe from the pandemic. Our Edwardian Society of Oregon Steering Committee is being cautious in planning for face-to-face events. Our first in-person event this year will be the annual Bring Your Own Boat Picnic at Peninsula Park on July 31, 2021. This free event is a potluck picnic, complete with toy boat races in the historic fountain pool. Two weeks later, we will have a Sundowner Safari; we’ll visit the African animal exhibit at the Washington Park Zoo in Portland, and then reconvene at a private home in Lake Oswego for Sundowners (gin and tonics) on the veranda. We’ll dress for the day in clothes inspired by “Out of Africa”, of course. There will be more events in the fall if we feel it’s safe to meet indoors.

But until we can meet again, we will see each other on our Facebook page and in online get-togethers. We have begun a new Facebook activity: Sew and Tell Sunday. Every Sunday, members and friends are invited to share pictures of their latest Edwardian accomplishments. Whether it’s a recipe, a new hat, a bit of research, or an amazing antique find, we want to see pictures! Here is a chance for our little community to stay in touch, even when we are far apart.

Here’s a cheer to a happy New Year! Wishing all of us better days ahead…

Please consider becoming a paid member in 2021 to keep up with all online events and more. As the year unfolds—late summer to early fall—we may add more outings and activities: sewing days, shopping trips, teas, or impromptu visits to museums or parks. In addition, we will share information (on the Facebook page and with our members) of related events hosted by other groups.

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What is The Edwardian Society's purpose?

We enjoy the style and spirit of the Edwardian era, approximately 1900 to 1919. Although this time in history was brief, its impact on the 20th century was huge. We will explore the ideas, arts, culture and style of the Edwardian era through our activities.

Who can be a member?

Membership is open to anyone interested in this time period. We especially invite those who want to dress in the clothing of 1900 to 1919 and participate in the activities of the group. Members will receive email announcements of Living History events, plus discounts on tickets to Edwardian Society activities.

What types of activities does it include and promote?

Many of our activities will be “play.” Everyone is welcome to attend, at any level of Edwardian dress, just to enjoy the style and activities of the early 20th century. These will include picnics, potluck parties, and promenades. A few of our activities will be at the “living history” level. For these, we will all take more care with our appearance and manners, to more closely match the mood of the era. These may include cultural events, dinner parties, dances, and eventually, immersion weekends and retreats. Our activities are limited only by our imaginations and our pocketbooks!

Where is it located?

Most of our activities and events will take place in the Portland Metro area and the Willamette Valley, although we hope to venture farther afield in the future.

How can I participate?

Soon we will have a submission form to join, but as the Society is so new, it's going to take us a little time to organize all our information to contact members regarding upcoming events. In the meantime, if you have questions, please email us for information!

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