WHERE'S THE PARTY?
Alan says "hats off (or on) for our Sepia Saturday theme this week. Since long ago we had hats as our theme, I'm offering a bit of a hat twist today!
Please note, all the names have been changed to protect their status on Facebook. So those not invited to the party will suffer no ill feelings about missing the ball!
Miss Mary Arabella Belacqua
(sporting an embroidered helmet-like hat)
thought throwing a ball
would be all the rave!
You are all cordially invited to her lovely seaside villa.
Everyone, who was anyone, was certainly on the guest list.
To prepare for this gala event
of the year
even the horses were
the finest of head gear.
Here, Jose Pappanostos assists Ceclilia Harrison with adjusting Lady-Blackstar's
hat while Jazzy-Lady delights in a snack.
All in the name of good business.
In case you're wondering, yes these fine horses belong to the Belacqua family.
Of course, Arabella knew that her guests would delight in only the finest of entertainment.
She hired a line of eight chorus girls and included a top-hatted man in the middle of it all.
Naturally she required (per Alan's theme) that they all be dressed with the most attractive head gear!
...and they were, don't you think?
I shouldn't forget to mention, although Arabella wished to keep this a secret
there are always those who decide to create their own little party.....
Some folks would rather just play cards.
But they did wear hats as requested!
(The one gent without a hat, lost it to the wind.)
Oh heavens, this undertaking could not be printed in the society page.
Arabella made sure that Jules Byron (aka Miss Fish-Hat) the town's only journalist would stay far away from their card game, and offered her boat for their card game enjoyment.
Below, Miss (never did marry, ever) Jules Byron
Miss Fish Hat
(trust me, she wrote an all telling but delightful article about the entire ball.)
You aren't mistaken if you see she's also holding something very fish like.
Ah yes, Miss Fishy indeed.
Arabella's family owned their own hat factory, as you see pictured below.
Hence her reason for requesting hats to be worn at all her parties.
Although there were also shops in town that the Belacqua family owned as well.
This lovely Hat Shop was located on 5th Avenue and Sycamore Street.
High on her list of invites is
Violetta Namebury (okay aka as Lillian Russell) displaying her exquisite beauty in a plumed hat.
We can disclose since Lillian doesn't approve of Facebook, that she was a talented American actress and most lovely singer.
However, Maggie Cornelius
Arabella's old college chum
Is still looking for the perfect mate, although a very private and shy woman in her twenties, wishes to remain anonymous.
With every Belacqua function, they hired their own private photographer.
Their family always known for their trend setting, enlisted the services of "a new style in camera men, by selecting a woman camera person."
So, with the entertainment set, reporter and photographer engaged let the tables be set.
....and allow the guests to be seated for dinner....
...and as usual, Gwendolyn Deryn, who believes she has the most attractive hair-do of all refuses with snobby sternness she shall never down a hat. Ever. Period.
...and so once again, Arabella Belacqua presents the most gala of spring functions from her seaside villa. Enjoy. Let the games begin.
As well as more Sepia Saturday post can be found here