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~Past Events~

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Seaside Assembly 2019


WRS returned to Tokeland! 

November 8-10, 2019

The Washington Regency Society gathered at The Tokeland Hotel on Willapa Bay, for a Retreat from the modern world,

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bonnet lady

Buckram Bonnet Workshop – part 2

September 15, 2019

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Buckram Bonnet Workshop

Saturday,  August 24, 2019

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Tall Ships at Port Orchard

August 17, 2019


The Tall Ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain docked at Port Orchard on August 17, 2019.

Back by popular demand !  This exciting event was “A la Carte” .

We brought our own picnic, tables and chairs, blankets, foods, cutlery, drinks to Picnic at Givens Play Field (1025 Tacoma Ave.  Port Orchard 98366 ).

After the sail we did retreat to Bay Street Bistro On the Bay (834 Bay Street) to have dinner.

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Picnic at Lakewold Gardens


Sunday July 21, 2019

10 am to 4 pm

Lakewold Gardens —  12317 Gravelly Lake Dr SW, Lakewood, Washington 98499

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Sunday June 30, 2019


We met for a sewing day at the Shoreline Library

345 NE 175th Street, Shoreline, Washington 98155

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Washington Regency Society



Sunday, May 5, 2019  1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Queen Anne Library Meeting Room,  Seattle

 The first part of our meeting was our business meeting with our President’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, and descriptions of how our members can get involved.  The second part of the meeting was an educational presentation on fashions during the Regency period.  This is intended to help newer (or current) members obtain the necessary information to start their own wardrobes.  We also had a program on the Regency fashions at the Museum of Fashion History in Bath England.  Two of our members were able to inspect some of the fashions in their collection and will be sharing details and photos of those garments.

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A Weekend House Party at Pemberley

April 6, 2019 from 12:30 in the afternoon through a ball in the evening

JASNA Pemberley Party April 6 2019

The Jane Austen Society of North America, Puget Sound Region  invited the Washington Regency Society to join them for this festive occasion.

More photos of this event are available here:

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Secret Garden Tea

March 3, 2019

entering the secret garden

WRS returned to the site of our very first function!  We had a delightful tea and played parlor games

WRS Sewing Day

February 3, 2019. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


WRS Sewing Day at the Federal Way Library –  34200 1st Way S, Federal Way, Washington 98003

Twelfth Night Feast and Ball

 Saturday, January 5, 2019

Link to twelfth night

Held at the Wells Hall in Tacoma

Group Sewing Day

Sewing tools

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2018 — 2:00-5:30 P.M.


 7001 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406


WRS Hunting with Horses and Hounds – November 3, 2018

WRS Hunting with Horses and Hounds

WRS Sari Safari –  October 13, 2018

 link to sari safari 2018

WRS at the SITU Garage Sale- September 22, 2018


WRS Founders Day Picnic – September 15, 2018


Regency Corset and Stays Workshop


WRS Summer Picnic – July 15, 2018

lounging picnic

 Sewing a Regency Gown – May 20, 2018


 WRS Spring Tea Event – April 14, 2018

Museum and Tea in Kitsap County April 14 2018

Tea at the Empress Hotel – March 10, 2018


Twelfth Night Feast and Ball –  January 6, 2018

at Lakewold Gardens – Wagner House

ball 2018 lakewold


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Turban Workshop – September 17, 2017

1818 la belle assemble

A workshop in making the Fixed style turban of the late 18th and early 19th Century

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Tall Ships at Port Ludlow, Washington – August 26-27, 2017

Tall Ships Port Ludlow 2018

This year’s sail on the sailing ship Lady Washington was out of beautiful Port Ludlow Washington on the Olympic Peninsula.  We met for a stroll on Saturday in historic Port Gamble.  This nationally registered town has many old buildings and information on its past history as an early port in Puget Sound.  On Sunday, we met for a picnic lunch on the grounds of the Port Ludlow Resort.  Participants researched appropriate foods for a Regency Picnic, and even brought their own small tables and chairs for a very elegant repast under the evergreen trees.  In the evening, we enjoyed a spectacular sunset sail on the Lady Washington.  The all volunteer crew from Historical Seaport out of Aberdeen does a wonderful job of demonstrating how a ship of the period operates and even entertained us with period sailing songs with a volley of cannon blasts to top it all off.

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 Summer Picnic at Lakewold Gardens July 23, 2017

lounging picnic

Playing Croquet at Lakewold Gardens
Playing Croquet at Lakewold Gardens

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Secret Garden Tea – May 21, 2017

Secret Garden Tea 2017

Washington Regency Society had its Spring Tea at the Secret Garden Tearoom in Sumner, Washington this year.  It was a lovely day for strolling through their gardens and enjoying afternoon tea.  This year we had a Bonnet Competition.  Participants researched and created period bonnets which were awarded miniature bonnet prizes.  Past Spring Teas have included a talk on Tea during the Regency Period and a presentation on Letter Writing during the Regency.

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WRS Spring Retreat at Tokeland – April 28-30, 2017


Many members of the Washington Regency Society met at the Tokeland Hotel, a much loved destination, for a 2 night retreat near the Washington Coast on Willipa Bay!  All meals were provided!

We relaxed with hand sewing, resting, conversing, playing games and reading.  The weather was wet and chilly so we stayed inside most of the time.

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 SITU Costumer’s Garage Sale

Saturday, February 25, 2017

WRS had a table at the sale where WRS members sold items to make money for the WRS treasury.

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Tea at The Empress Hotel, Victoria British Columbia, Canada – March 4-5, 2017


A few members of the Washington Regency Society made a Spring Getaway to Victoria BC with High (Afternoon) Tea at the World Famous Empress Hotel!

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Sewing Day at NYFA  – January 29, 2017


Sewing event at the New York Fashion Institute in Seattle.

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Nabob’s Twelfth Night Feast – January 8, 2017


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Hunt Party Tea ~ November 6, 2016


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Tall Ships Experience –  Saturday August 27, 2016


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 Lakewold Gardens Picnic – Sunday, July 10, 2016

lakewold gardens

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Summer Tea – June 26, 2016 – Secret Garden Tea Room


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A Seaside Assembly  April 29 – May 1, 2016


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WRS Sewing day – Sunday April 3, 2016

Cynthia and many others met up to work on their Regency wardrobes for the Seaside Assembly.


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Super Sewing Sunday

was on Super Bowl Sunday February 7, 2016 from noon to 4 p.m. at the New York Fashion Academy,  5201 Ballard Ave N.W. (at the corner of N.W. 20th) in Old Town Ballard, Seattle, WA 98107 — we had 9 people there busy cutting out patterns and sewing and fitting.   A successful day.   Parking was tight as it always is in Ballard on Sundays because of the Farmer’s Market.

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Third Annual Twelfth Night Nabob’s Feast – Sunday, January 3, 2016 4 p.m.

Our Nabob Uncle Ebenezer brought back many wonders from the orient.  This year he delighted us with the cuisine of Ancient Persia.


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Jane Austen’s Birthday and the Holiday Season Tea  – December 20, 2015

At the Olive Branch Café Tea Room in Tacoma’s historic Freighthouse Square

Olive Branch Tea Tower
Olive Branch Tea Tower
Olive Branch Interior
Olive Branch Interior


And at the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory


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Learn Tea History with the Washington Regency Society!

was Sunday, November 8, 2015  10:00 a.m.

 Tea History Class  Taught by Roberta Fuhr of Experience Tea


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Washington Regency Society aboard the Lady Washington – September 5, 2015

Sadly lightning prohibited us from cruising but we had a good day anyhow with a picnic in the park and some stayed at the dockside hotel bar for cocktails – watch for next year’s sailing schedule — we will try again.


photograph Attribution: “Mike” Michael L. Baird

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WRS Picnic at Lakewold Gardens – Sunday July 12, 2015

with a Bastille Day Theme!


this was an absolutely delightful day and will surely be repeated in upcoming summers – keep on eye on this event page for more info

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ORS Pittock Mansion Picnic

Sunday July 26, 2015  – ORS Pittock Picnic


although rain threatened many valiant picnickers came out and enjoyed the day.  It’s an annual event on the last Sunday in July – so plan for it next year.

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WRS Sari Safari to Kent, Washington – May 30, 2015  1-4 p.m.


In Kent, Washington there are a number of shops selling saris and other garments and textiles from the Indian Subcontinent – many of these textiles are appropriate to use in re-creating Regency Era clothing.

The  Kent Sari Safari was a huge success and will probably happen again!

Many of you have heard of the legendary British Columbia Sari Safari hosted by the Beyond Reality Costumers Guild in February but we wondered if we could “hunt” a little closer to home.

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Queen Charlotte’s Tea – April 26, 2015


at the

Secret Garden Tea Room

4:00 p.m.

         We enjoyed a delicious gourmet tea at the Secret Garden Tearoom which is located in a lovely Victorian house in Sumner.

Wearing our best May Day bonnets, and promenading at Windmill Gardens.

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Valentine’s Tea and Workshop – February 7, 2015


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Nabob’s Twelfth Night Feast – January 3, 2015

Indian fest food

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Experience Tea with the Washington Regency Society!

 Sunday November 9th 2014

 Tea Discovery Class  Taught by Roberta Fuhr of Experience Tea

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Costumer’s Garage Sale!


Sponsored by SITU Saturday, September 13, 2014

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Oregon Regency Society – Regency Retreat – September 18-20, 2014

Regency Retreat 2014
Regency Retreat 2014

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Members of  the Washington Regency Society visited the

Oregon Regency Society

Picnic at the Pittock Mansion – July 26, 2014

Pittock Mansion Picnic 2014

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WRS Botanical Garden Tour – July 13, 2014

In our Regency finery we toured the Bellevue Botanical Garden.


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Jane Austen Gala – Sunday June 22, 2014


Many members of WRS joined the JASNA group for an

Elegant luncheon and Stimulating Entertainment

Women’s University Club, Seattle

Houses in Jane Austen’s Life and Fiction”

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Sewing tools

Our group sewing days have been a great success.

June Sewing Day was in a private home of one of our officers in Olympia/Lacey

May Sewing Day  was at the New York Fashion Academy

April Sewing Day was at the Monroe Library

March Sewing Day was at the New York Fashion Academy

February Sewing Day was at the Bellevue Library

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 WRS group shot

WRS Easter Bonnet Tea Party – April 6, 2014

 Washington Regency Society and Somewhere In Time, Unlimited had a day of antiquing and a tea party on April 6

 Location: Antique stores in downtown Sumner  and The Secret Garden Tea Room

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Nabob’s Twelfth Night Feast – January 4, 2014

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WRS Regency Holiday Tea – December 7, 2013

Ruth hosted a beautiful tea party in her home where we all brought items to share for the tea

She was able to share her historic Christmas Creche with us as well.

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