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Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 05:38 pm
Hey local ladies! I just posted a big suffragette picnic post on the Yahoo group, but feel free to chat here if it is easier. I was hoping to find out 1. if you are coming, 2. if you are bringing chairs/decorations/games/etc. and 3. if you are bringing food to share.

I am SOOOOOOOOOOO freakin' excited about this event! It's all I can think about right now. The suffrage movement is eating my brains.
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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 06:03 pm
So the suffragette event is back on! We have moved the venue to Chestnut Square, and we'll set up a little suffragette booth at their farmers market, and then have a private picnic at noon when the market ends. I am SO excited to be back on track with this again, and I hope everybody is still able to come. (but I'm REALLY sorry that it is farther away for you, Christy!)

I had the idea of bringing paint and extra ribbon so that people could paint their own "votes for women" ribbons to wear. It would be a fun way to occupy our time, and I think even some of the random market folks might want to get in on the fun. I figured that I would just buy some cheap floral ribbon and make a stencil that people could use for painting.

But anyway, when I was looking for examples of banners, I stumbled across a FABULOUS suffragette site that I hadn't seen before.
It has an overview of the suffrage movement in America and an image gallery of various suffragette stuff that was really helpful. Jay was wondering what colors were used for the banners back then, and the answer seems to be mainly yellow or gold, but purple and white were used extensively as well, and purple/white/green was also used occasionally (those were from the British movement). I also think I'm going to paint a copy of one of those posters and it would be cool to have a banner with a slogan on it too. And I was going to print up some fliers with one of the propaganda illustrations from this site and a quote from one of the speeches. Can you tell that I'm excited about this? ;)

Okay, but then after the market is over, we can relax and have fun doing other various Edwardian activities. I thought about bringing cards or dominoes so we could play some games. If anybody else has any ideas, I'd love to hear them!
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Sunday, April 18th, 2010 08:41 am
First of all - thanks for all the extra perspectives on the exchange between the museum director. It really did help a lot. I think I can understand where she was coming from now, but I'm still not sure that changes my overall feelings about what happened. Oh well. I think time is the best medicine in this situation. We'll address it again at the business meeting in a few months.

I tried to start a discussion about alternate event ideas on the DFWCG yahoo list, but you guys seem to get oddly shy over there, so feel free to give me feedback here if that is easier. I think I'm leaning toward the Plano Farmstead for our first attempt, and then Old City Park, and the a tearoom if those don't pan out. And the only reason that I'm putting the tearoom last is because we are supposed to have another tea later in the summer, so I'd kind of like to save that for later. BTW, Chestnut Square is out because they have farmers markets there every Saturday. I don't know of any other historical sites off the top of my head, but there might be some that I'm overlooking.

I'd suggest the Dallas Arboretum, but admission is $10 and parking is $7, so we might as well save our money and go have a nice tea party! (BTW, we need to talk about this in regards to the Georgian Picnic! I don't think people realized that admission was that much when we voted on locations!) There are probably other public parks that we could meet at for free, but it's memorial day weekend, so I expect most parks to be crowded, which could suck.

After that, I'm out of ideas, other just just hosting a party at my house... which I am definitely willing to do, but it's just not as exciting. Do you guys have any other suggestions?
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Sunday, March 21st, 2010 01:05 pm
Are any of you local folks thinking about coming to the suffragette event on May 29th? I have 5 people who are coming right now, but I'd love to get some more. Even if you can't commit for the whole time, you can come and go if necessary. Bring your menfolk and kids too - all are welcome! I have costumes that I can lend out if you don't have one - even a maternity outift, [livejournal.com profile] jaelie! How about you, [livejournal.com profile] ashnimehal? It's free and you already have that gorgeous black and white dress that would be perfect for this. Or how about you, [livejournal.com profile] princess_lesa? I seem to remember you having a beautiful Edwardian outfit too. And we all know that the suffragette movement was really all about the HATS, so I'm looking at you, [livejournal.com profile] bookwench! How about you, [livejournal.com profile] nuranar? I know it's not your period, but I know we could scratch up something for you to wear. I'll go through my whole f-list and try to convince each of you one-by-one if necessary! LOL!

I know several of you work on Saturdays and it's the last weekend of Scarby, which will tie others up, but if you are free and at all interested in coming, I would SO LOVE to have you join us!!!