This weekend was a trip up to NW Okieland for a quick visit with Britgal Sarah and hubster. They drove us over into a whole 'nuther country, otherwise known as the Texas panhandle. And let me just say this trip was full of surprises and one big huge small world story.
First up. The Citadelle. A former Baptist church turned home for an eccentric local family. The family has moved elsewhere in town and has deeded over this house for a local art museum. So we stopped in. OMG, what a surprise this was to see first up as we walked in the door.
Ball gowns! Colonial Ball Gowns! We were in Scarlett O’Hara heaven!
Now, I’m by no means a frilly girl, but Lord-have-mercy, what I wouldn’t give to have an opportunity to pull on one of these numbers. The docent was sure to let us know that these dresses probably weigh as much as 50 pounds each. Am pretty sure it was at least 50 pounds. Ah-may-zing.
(Correction after consulting their website: The dresses weigh in at 80 pounds)
Look at the detail on the back of this thing. Yowza. Everytime I look at these pics, I decide on a new favorite dress.
The dresses were made for the Society of Martha Washington Colonial Pageant and Ball in Laredo, Texas. And they are generally worn by 17 year old girls. Because no one else has a waist that small!
Excuse me – but is not the above dress the very epitome of Scarlett at the BBQ supper over to Twelve Oaks?
More soon, I promise. The small world story still has me reeling.