That’s why a brand new event, an 1850s Heirloom Holiday Weekend coming in December, seems a perfect match for this history-loving community.
“The goal is to make this special weekend one that will engage the public and give them experiences to remember,” said Dotty Etris, executive director of Roswell’s Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“This special event combines living history with a holiday tour of homes, a bonfire, holiday bazaar and so much more. It is truly an interactive event that engages the public as if they were actually visiting during the 1850s.”
It’s a joint effort of the Roswell Historical Society, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, the city’s Southern Trilogy Homes Site Coordinators, the Roswell Business Alliance, the CVB, Teaching Museum North and staff from Roswell Recreation and Parks.
“Council member Rich Dippolito approached a group of us regarding the basic idea of creating a living history event for Roswell,” said Morgan Timmis, the city’s historic and cultural affairs manager.
“He was impacted by the experience of visiting Williamsburg and wondered if we could somehow bring our rich history out onto the streets in a similar way.”
“By working together, Roswell is able to offer an event that can’t be found elsewhere in the metro area and is truly uniquely Roswell,” Etris said.
Activities include a tour of historic homes, a period dinner at Great Oaks, a special holiday bazaar, a bonfire and more.
Moving from home to home and along Canton Street, strollers will encounter some period-dressed early Roswell residents from all walks of life and be able to engage in conversations with them, courtesy of Georgia Ensemble Theatre.
Visitors are encouraged to wear their own period clothing and enter the Best Dressed contest. Winners will be announced Saturday evening.
To get costume ideas, attend a free period dress workshop led by veteran costume designer Marie Estes Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. in the Roswell Cultural Arts Center meeting room.
“The workshop will mostly be informative and focus on costume history and avenues for procuring a costume that can at least pass as historically accurate if not actually be accurate,” said Estes.
The workshop will focus on how to make costumes from items already on hand as well as where to rent costumes or buy patterns to sew.
Estes said participants can expect to see some photo and live examples of historically accurate costumes and what goes into creating them.
Space is limited, so please RSVP to Anita Farley at firstname.lastname@example.org.