It is that time of year again. It has become a tradition to arrange the Stockholm Empire days over a weekend in August. There is a picnic, afternoon tea, a dance practice, culminating in the ball. It isn´t as spectacular as the Jane Austen festivals in Bath or Kentucky, but we do attract a growing number of enthusiasts. We decided to repeat last years success and had the ball again at Skokloster Castle, where I work, so I was actually paid to organise it. Terrific, but it meant that I was unable to attend the other events.
Anyway, this is the castle:
We released the ball tickets in May, and the lion´s share sold out quite fast. The guests were not only from Sweden, but from the neighbouring countries and as far away as North Carolina! I will not bother you with the caterers, renting china, bus transfers, etc, but it was my main focus after the vacation.
Following photos were taken by Viveka Edit Sjölund, who was appointed to official event photographer.
When the castle had closed for the day, and the tourists were gone, the guests started to arrive. I quickly changed to full dress: black silk tailcoat and breeches, ruffled shirt, cravat, white waistcoat and stockings, and pumps. (You can see me here and there in the photographs below.) Chilled prosecco was served in the outer courtyard:
The program comprised of four dance sets, with three to four dances in every set. If you ever attended a historical ball you know that one dance can actually go on indefinitely, or at least a quarter of an hour, so that is about four, five hours of dancing in one evening!
The ground floor gallery is very grand with its vaulted ceilings and columns in Italian marble:
It was a magic evening! (And to me the best mix of business and pleasure.) I hope you can feel the atmosphere through the photos. Now when it is over I can´t help feeling a hint of post-event blues.