On a Sunday afternoon in January members of The Regency Society (Empirsällskapet) met up at Tyresö Castle for lunch and dancing. Winter decided to arrive with full force this day, so traffic was slow, but the park was breathtakingly beautiful. It was a challenge (I imagine) for the ladies in their sheer Regency frocks. The state rooms are closed to visitors off season. The wing is open though, and there is a restaurant, and above it a smaller (well, compared to the state rooms) drawing room that was kindly put at our disposal. The entire wing is used for wedding receptions and that type of events.
We were nearly twenty-five enthusiasts, all of us looking forward to some dancing.
The grounds of Tyresö Castle covered in snow. Photo by Eva Hillgren.
I wore my new top hat, boots, gloves and a warm scarf. Also première for new waistcoat.
We danced many of the familiar dances. Here I think it is Upon a Summer´s day. Photo by Eva Hillgren.
Or was it Grimstock?
Impressive fireplace! The castle dates back to the 1630s, and was restored and brought back to a (improved) baroque-glory by its last private owner, Marquis Lagergren, around 1900. The Marquis was a character with international connections – he collected Marie-Antoinette memorabilia, had an American wife and was Chamberlain to the Pope.
Dancing with newcomer Marie. I suppose we can call her a “debutante”. She did very well! Also the back of Sarah´s burgundy dress. Photo by Alexandra Ringblom.
We also danced Shrewsbury lasses, Gathering Peascods, New Bo Peep, “The Queen´s Anglaise”, and topped it off with Mr Beveridge´s Maggot. Photo by Alexandra Ringblom
The art is not even remotely historical. Apparently the room is used as a gallery for local artists. Photo by Alexandra Ringblom
Selfie-session in the ante-chamber. It was the first time I wore the waistcoat, a lucky find at the Royal Opera in August. Here is a glimpse of it. Breeches, boots and tailcoat.
We had a wonderful afternoon with lots of dancing, food and laughter. Warm regards to Anders for inviting us, and to our patient tutors Ylva and Jacob!
Do you have a favourite Regency dance? Do tell!
This post ends with Grimstock, a funny clip from Pride and Prejudice, 1995. You have probably seen it countless times, but it is always very entertaining. Have a nice day!