Saturday, August 14, 2010

La Prairie Ghost Walk 2010

Last night we went to see Marie-Ange-the-Celt's annual Ghost Walk, Marcher dans l'ombre du passé, in her hometown of La Prairie, QC.

I love history, and Old La Prairie has some very nice sites.

La Prairie and History Series by Marie-Ange-the-Celt

The Ghost Walk is basically amateur theatre, but it is cute nonetheless, and Marie-Ange-the-Celt makes most of the costumes, on nearly no budget, so it needs to me mentioned here.

Unfortunately, I was running late and had left home when I realised I had forgotten my camera (I could have kicked myself). So the pictures here are either Marie-Ange-the-Celt's, or were taken last year, but either way, these are costumes I saw last night.

Skipping chores to dream by Marie-Ange-the-Celt

These two outfits are meant to be 18th century peasants. The patterns are not historically accurate, Marie-Ange-the-Celt says so herself, but the look is about right. The patterns were made by her and her co-worker and were based on images of the period. In any case, she whipped them up in a night each and they look descent enough!

MageKnightTerra as a Victorian Bather

Apparently, once upon a time in Victorian days, the St. Lawrence River came up much higher than today. To illustrate this, Marie-Ange-the-Celt made this outfit meant to be a Victorian bathing suit. It is far from accurate, but it gets the message across, AND she made two of these in one night.

Marie-Ange-the-Celt as a Victorian Lady

To play a Victorian character, Marie-Ange-the-Celt whipped up this outfit by mixing a white blouse with a laced bustier from a medieval store, an imitation shantung a-line skirt and a bustle and apron made of brocade she got in a fabric exchange at last year's Fall Harvest and based on Burda 1888.

Marie-Ange-the-Celt was also one of I believe three actors to play the role of the old Storyteller and you can see her here on YouTube (French only):

I do invite everyone to go next year; it's always a lot of fun. Just check out the Société d'histoire de La Prairie-de-la-Magdeleine's website for updates.

And next time, I'll think of my camera.