You don't have to invite the Good Girls twice so we hopped in our bucket seats, Debi heading north, Judy aiming south until we met in the nation's Oldest City.
It's the last stop in the U. S. this blockbuster exhibit of authentic period costumes and accessories from the addictive PBS series Downton Abbey.
Nancy was particularly interesting. For the first three seasons, the actors were clad in historic attire from British collections of antique garments .
Interesting, but we wanted to see those clothes!
As Debi remarked, "The dining room table setting is so inviting I wanted to jump across the ropes and sit down."
Alas, neither of us were wearing anything as elegant as the chic gown on display, one of our favorites.
As we circled the tableaux, we came across curator Nancy again who summed up the experience perfectly.
"The camera focuses on the face. Now you can see the whole ensemble."
|Curator Nancy Lawson.|
Tickets are $19.99 per person for the exhibit and the museum; reservations are advised as this will likely be a sellout. Group tours an be arranged for a service fee; 844-426-4088, www.lightnermuseum.org/tours.www.lightnermuseum.org/tours
Many special events accompany the show.
High Tea at Cafe Alcazar. Set in what was the hotel's enormous indoor swimming pool, it includes sweets and savories , 3-5 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, 2-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For reservations contact Cafe Alcazar (lunch can be had there throughout the week), 904-825-9948 or the museum.
Upstairs/Downstairs at the Alcazar. Learn what life was like for guests and staff during the Gilded Age in a one-hour tour for groups of 10 adults; $45; www.lightnermuseum.org/tours.
Unless otherwise noted, contact the Museum for reservations, www.lightnerhotel.org.
Nov. 4: Nicholas Dawes, "The Treasures of Downton: An Appraiser's View," 10 a.m., Casa Monica Hotel. The Antiques Roadshow appraiser and member of the Heritage Auctions team speaks on decorative items found in the great English homes of the 19th century.
Nov. 4: Nicholas Dawes Appraisal Clinic,:11 a.m., Flagler Room, Flagler College. Dawes will appraise one small item for each special ticket holder.
December 12-14: Dining at Highclere with Francine Segan, James Beard-nominated author and Italian cuisine expert, talks of elaborate etiquette, entertainment and the dishes Mrs. Patmore would have sent to table.
Munch, Mingle and Matriculate, ay history of chocolates.
American Food Fads - Gilded Age to Today.
Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Soiree and Anniversary Party, Lightner Museum Historic Pool Area.
Bed and Breakfast "Dressing Downton" promotion.
Reserve a two-night, three-day stay Sunday through Thursday for two at the St. Francis Inn or Casa de Suenos, ask for the Dressing Downton special and receive
• Two Golden Admission tickets to the exhibition and museum at any time during the admission date.
• A keepsake tin of Downton Abbey tea
• Fine chocolate from Cadbury
In all, a $60 value.
Now through Jan. 7, 2018 excluding Dec. 26-29, 2017.