The Virigina Reel and Something Called the Patty-Cake Polka

This past weekend was our 64th Annual Pilgrimage and the re-enactment of the Battle of Port Jefferson.  Everyone was in their Civil War dress and there were battles and skirmishes all over town.  Four of our beautiful historic homes were open for tour and several of our gardens were available for twilight strolls.  We had a quilt show, heirloom plant sale, and art show.  It was a grand weekend.  The men were handsome and chivalrous and the ladies were once again…ladies.

I had the very best time Saturday night with my girlfriend, Vicki.  Since both of our husbands were in the Diamond Bessie Murder Trial Play (Tom was on the jury and Joe is the judge), we decided to have a girls night out and go to the Southern Heritage Grande Ball which is part of the re-enactment event.  I cannot remember the last time I had so much fun or laughed harder. Vicki and I danced all night long.  We learned how to do the Virginia Reel, the Patty-Cake Polka and something called the Gay Gordons dance.

Vicki and I felt like we had been transported to a different time. We were both in our period dresses.  I was in my sea foam bustled day suit and Vicki was wearing a gorgeous blue hooped gown.  The men were all in their uniforms complete with white gloves. They would escort their dance partners to the dance floor by a gentle hand and then back to their seats where they bowed to them and then thanked them for the dance.

I could just kick myself that I did not get any pictures of us that night dancing.  After we get our dresses back from the cleaner, we will have to get all gussied up for a photo opp.  It won’t be the same as catching Vicki kicking up here heels doing the Virginia Reel but it will have to do.

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